Meet the Kindermusik and Young Years Educators | Webster University

Meet the Kindermusik and Young Years Educators

COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL 

Maureen BolainMaureen 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 has taught and developed curriculum for preschool and elementary choirs and is an experienced piano teacher.  She taught at her own Kindermusik studio in South Bend, Indiana from 1998 – 2001, joining the Community Music School in 2001 where she has continued to promote the incredible physical, cognitive and social/emotional benefits of participating in music from a young age.  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. She will be traveling with the FCH choirs to New York City in the spring where they will perform and record at Carnegie Hall under the direction of composer Ola Gjeilo and Conductor Gary Weidenaar.   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 LoveNancy 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.  Nancy has been teaching at CMS since 2001, is currently teaching in St. Louis Public pre-schools through Springboard to Learning and has recently received Teaching Artist Training from Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts in Washington D.C.  She has been a teacher-trainer for Kindermusik International, conducting training workshops in St. Louis and other cities. Prior to joining CMS Nancy led the music program at Countryside Montessori Preschool for three years, becoming a Kindermusik educator in 1999.  Nancy and her husband Steven have two musically talented daughters, Victoria and Louise. They have been extremely involved in Irish Dance and Music, 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 MageeJeanne 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 has been working as a wedding vocalist throughout the St. Louis area for over 30 years.  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 newborns to age 6, in each level of Kindermusik. These Kindermusik graduates, Kathleen, age 19, and Mary, age 21, continued their music education through grade school and enjoyed singing, traveling, and participating in MSHSAA competitions with the Cor Jesu Academy Concert Choir as well. Now in college, music continues to bring them joy through concerts and shared family love for musical theatre.

"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 ThompsonMalinda 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.

Karen Zelle

Karen Zelle earned an M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in music education from Webster University and obtained Level 1 certifications in both Orff –Schulwerk and Kodaly. She has been an early childhood music educator for 20 years. Karen co-wrote and taught “Music by Leaps and Bounds,” an early childhood music curriculum for children aged 3-5 and designed and taught an early childhood music education methods class for study-abroad college students from Taiwan. As a professional vocalist, she has performed with local musical groups such as the “Bob Kuban Brass” and “Everyday People." She currently performs with husband, Rick Zelle and son Cary Zelle in the "Zelle Band."