Let us take our children seriously! Everything else follows from this…only the best is good enough for a child. – Zoltan Kodaly
Real art is one of the most powerful forces in the rise of mankind, and he who renders it accessible to as many people as possible is a benefactor of humanity. – Zoltan Kodaly
Music has always played an important role in Michele’s life providing a space for self-expression and exploration through voice and piano. Twenty years ago, Michele’s young daughter whom she was home schooling asked to be taught piano and so a new vocation began combining Michele’s ardent love for music with her passion for instruction. Michele recently moved from Minnesota to Longmont, Colorado leaving behind many fond memories of instruction with students aged 4-84. Michele is accepting new students and looks forward to serving the community of Longmont, Colorado.
Michele attended St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin studying voice, piano, elementary and Kodaly music instruction. She has acquired 20 years of piano study, 5 years of voice and over 7 years of ensemble participation. She has completed college theory and history requirements, piano pedagogy and conducting. In 2003, she earned a B.A. in writing from the University of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN and, in 2004, Michele attended a graduate pre-school music program – First Steps in Music – with John Fierabend at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, WI. Michele earned her NCTM (Nationally Certified Teacher of Music) in 2007 from the Music Teachers National Association.Michele is currently a member of MTNA – Music Teachers National Association and CMTA – Colorado Music Teachers Association. She has served as registration and food coordinator on Minnesota Music Teachers Association convention committee and treasurer for four years for East Suburban Federation of Music Clubs in Minnesota.
In addition to Michele’s involvement in the music world, she has taken great interest in community building activities inspired by her Faith community. She served as a pre-school children’s class teacher using curriculum that focuses on virtues and character development. In 2006, she was appointed as a coordinator who assisted with and encouraged the training of new teachers to serve these children’s classes. She is presently hosting special gatherings for friends and family to explore inspirational writings related to spiritual themes such as unity, friendship, justice etc. Inspired by her Faith community’s holy writings she has also composed piano and vocal music setting prayers and quotations to music.
The art of music is divine and effective. It is the food of the soul and spirit. Through the power and charm of music the spirit of man is uplifted. It has wonderful sway and effect in the hearts of children, for their hearts are pure, and melodies have great influence in them. The latent talents with which the hearts of these children are endowed will find expression through the medium of music. Therefore, you must exert yourselves to make them proficient; teach them to sing with excellence and effect. It is incumbent upon each child to know something of music, for without knowledge of this art the melodies of instrument and voice cannot be rightly enjoyed. Likewise, it is necessary that the schools teach it in order that the souls and hearts of the pupils may become vivified and exhilarated and their lives be brightened with enjoyment. -Abdu’l-Baha