Meet the Kindermusik and Young Years Educators
COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL
Maureen Bolain, coordinator
Obtained her B.A. in Christian Education summa cum laude with emphasis in child development, music and piano performance from John Brown University, where she won the Outstanding Cathedral Choir Member and Biblical Studies Faculty Awards. She taught at her own Kindermusik studio in South Bend, Indiana from 1998 – 2001, joining Kindermusik Academy of St. Louis and the Community Music School in 2001. She has taught and developed curriculum for preschool and elementary choirs and is an experienced piano teacher. In addition to her role at CMS, Maureen is also the Music Director at Church of the Resurrection and accompanist for Francis Howell Central High School and the St. Charles County Youth Choir. In the summer of 2011 the touring choir of SCCYC traveled to Williamsburg, VA and Washington, DC where they were invited to perform at the historic Bruton Parish (home congregation of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson) and First Baptist Church (attended by President Carter). They were also invited to be the clinic choir for Master Classes taught by Dr. Henry Leck, world renowned conductor of children's choirs. Maureen and her husband Jerry, also a musician, have a college-age daughter, Hannah, who is a graduate of Kindermusik and continues to nurture a love for all genres of music.
[Miss Mo is] "A gem! Warm, nurturing, passionate about kids, music and learning. Very positive and interactive. My son pays close attention and has increased attention span. . .we're huge fans of this program" . . . Meagan Mottl, mother of Beacan, age 2-1/2; "Miss Mo is excellent with kids" . . . Katie Dolan, mother of Jack, age 2.
Nancy Love earned a B.A. in Behavioral Studies from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. As a French Horn player, she participated as first horn in the New York State All-State Orchestra, and has extensive instrumental, choral and modern dance training and experience. In addition to teaching Kindermusik classes, Nancy is a teacher-trainer for Kindermusik International, conducting training workshops in St. Louis and other cities. She led the music program at Countryside Montessori Preschool for three years, before becoming a Kindermusik educator in 1999. Nancy has decided Kindermusik is her "calling," and devotes all of her energies and love of children and music to Kindermusik now. Nancy and her husband Steven have two musically talented daughters, Victoria and Louise. They have been extremely involved in Irish Dance, performing and competing in other U.S. cities as well as in Ireland.
"Mrs. Love is amazing!" . . . Ofir Kaidar-Heafetz, father of Eshkar age 5-1/2; "Mrs. Love is awesome. Jaden loves her." . . . Sarah Mitchell mother of Jaden age 2; "We come to Kindermusik because of Mrs. Love!" . . . Rayme Woley mother of Peyton, age 5-1/2; "Mrs. Love is a wonderful teacher. She has such a nice and warm way with the kids. . . . she also has innovative ways to introduce music, sounds and other concepts to the class. I always appreciated that she made him feel special and cared for." . . . Angela Gusky, mother of Connor, age 3; Mrs. Love is loving, creative, enthusiastic, loves what she does and it shows" . . . Debi Coil, mother of Cassie, age 2.
Jeanne Magee has extensive experience in vocal performance, and strong group-leading skills from bible school and church-related music teaching. She holds a B.A. degree in Communication with a minor in Psychology from the University of Missouri, and joined the Kindermusik Academy staff in 2003. She uses her vocal talents as a cantor, soloist, and choir member for her church, and sings for weddings as well. In the recent past, Jeanne had the honor of singing the National Anthem as a duet at Busch Stadium. As an advocate of the life-enriching power of music, Jeanne was inspired by the joy and educational advantages of Kindermusik since her two daughters Kathleen and Mary were enrolled in Kindermusik from birth to age 6, in each level of Kindermusik. These Kindermusik graduates, Kathleen, age 14, currently sings in her parish's Children's Choir and is involved with choral roles in musical theater, and Mary, age 16, also involved in musical theater and her freshman chorus. Jeanne is now sharing her love of music and the Kindermusik experience with others.
"Jeanne is great! She has a terrific voice. She makes each child feel special" . . . Kristen Wild, mother of Jessica age 2-1/2. "Jeanne Magee is a wonderful educator, she is very bubbly & relates very well with the children & adults -- she makes everyone feel special" . . . mother of Noah, age 3. "Miss Jeanne is wonderful with the students. So patient! Every child gets attention. She is warm and welcoming." . . .mother of 2-1/2-year old son.
Malinda Thompson earned a Bachelor Degree in Music Education, summa cum laude, from the University of Central Arkansas in 2001. Throughout her college experience, Malinda received the St. Cecilia Award for outstanding choral leadership, the Outstanding Music Education Student Award, and the Outstanding Music Student Award. She was also named a Presidential Scholar at the University of Central Arkansas for four semesters. Malinda has lived and taught in Arkansas, Virginia, and Missouri, where her teaching experience included private piano and voice. She also served as accompanist for the Central Arkansas Children’s Choir. In 2007, Malinda expanded her teaching to include Kindermusik, and in 2009, she became co-director of the East Central Children’s Chorale in Union, MO. Malinda was introduced to Kindermusik while attending “Our Time” classes with her oldest daughter. She was then inspired to become a Kindermusik educator after being impressed with the high quality and broad genres of instrumental and vocal recordings that Kindermusik provided, and realizing that the Kindermusik curriculum exposes children to many of the same solid music education fundamentals that were introduced in her college music education studies. Malinda and her husband have four children, ages 13, 10, 9 and 2; all of her children have been influenced by the educational benefits of Kindermusik, and her daughters particularly enjoy singing in school and community choirs. Malinda enjoys bringing music into the lives of children and is committed to the support of music education in the community.
Obtained her Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in music education in 2009 from Webster University. She holds Orff –Schulwerk and Kodaly Level 1 Certifications. In addition, she obtained a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with training in music, theatre and dance in 1985. She has been teaching Kindermusik and Young Years classes for the St. Louis Symphony Music School and the Community Music School of Webster University since 1998. With Maureen Bolain, she co-wrote “Music by Leaps and Bounds” early childhood music curriculum for children aged three to five years which continues to be offered in the Young Years department. In 2013, Karen designed and taught an early childhood music education methods class for study-abroad students from Taiwan. A professional vocalist with 30-plus years experience in local groups including the “Bob Kuban Brass” and “Everyday People.” She currently performs with her husband, Rick Zelle (piano instructor for the Community Music School); three sons aged 25, 27 and 29 years, a niece and two nephews in the “Zelle Family Band.”
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