Meet Our Teachers

Kari Soroski

 

Kari June 2015From singing rounds in the car with Mom and Dad to listening to my Dad’s band play anything from “Little Brown Church in the Vale” to “Waltzing Matilda,” I’ve loved music and its benefits since I was a little girl.

When I was eight years old, my Mom had the wonderful sense to put me into dance. And there it began – the love of movement. I continued to dance well into my 30’s. Dance training led me to an interest in how the body works, so I became a Registered Massage Therapist and maintained a busy massage practice for 20 years. It also led me to my career as a Kindermusik Educator, which I have enjoyed for 17 years. I am still amazed by the necessity of movement in brain development, spatial awareness, coordination and mood enhancement. Thanks, Mom!

In January of 2012, along with two of my Educators, I participated in a Brain Gym 101 class, which has greatly enhanced our work with young children. Since that time, we have been studying the works of Becky Bailey, an expert in child development and developmental psychology.

I currently sing in the Joy of Vox – a 200+ voice choir and volunteer with the Kids of Note.  My lifelong love of music, movement and children has made me a passionate Kindermusik Educator. There is no greater joy than working with children!

I am married to my husband, Jim, have four children between the ages of 20 and 34, and three beautiful grandchildren!

 

Megan Sever

 

Kindermusik_with_Kari_&_Friends_Miss_MeganI was first introduced to music when I entered the Suzuki program for violin at the age of four. I continued with violin and fiddle lessons until I finished high school. Along the way I also played French horn in the school and concert bands, was part of an extracurricular hand bell choir and dabbled in piano and accordion. After high school I taught myself to play the guitar, and I now enjoy singing and playing all types of music, as well as writing my own.

In October 2007 I became a mommy. I enrolled my son Austin in a Village class with Miss Kari when he was 3 months old. Austin and I both really enjoyed the class. I found it very rewarding when after only a few classes, Austin began to recognize the songs when I would sing them at home.  Austin recently graduated from our program at the age of 7!!  Wow, how time flies.

It is a pleasure to share the gift of music with your children.

 

Tia Cowie

 

Kindermusik_with_Kari_&_Friends_Miss_Tia_2014Tia graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan in 2006, and taught French immersion for seven years. Tia began teaching for Miss Kari in 2007, and is thrilled to be involved with Kindermusik once again.

Tia grew up with a very musical family, and was always encouraged to pursue her love of music.  She grew up playing piano and trumpet, and participating in children’s theatre.  Tia has continued her musical pursuits as an adult, playing guitar and singing in local bands.  Tia is currently experimenting with new sounds using looping and effects pedals to generate new soundscapes.  Tia also continues to play the trumpet in the Saskatoon Auxiliary Band and has joined Pareb Poet and the Hip Hop Hippies!

Tia has attended the Regina folk music festival for ten years with her sister Andrea. She has begun a new summer tradition with her father Gerry, making a trip to the International Music Camp where she sings with a ladies’ barbershop group.  Tia attributes her love of music to her mother Pierrette, who taught her many french folk songs, and would sing with her day after day.

Tia loves teaching Kindermusik because it is a warm and differentiated learning experience.  Tia has had the chance to teach and learn from such very special Kindermusik families, and is looking forward to the new faces she will teach in the fall.

 

Laura Carlson

 

Laura June 2015

We love Kindermusik in our family! Our daughter was taken to a free introductory class when she was two, and ever since then, she’s been hooked. We have watched her grow musically and creatively, all because of her beloved Kindermusik.

Music has always had a special place in my heart. When I was a very young child, I used to sit in my Dad’s truck and listen to the oldies on the radio with him. We sang along too. What strong memories music can evoke!

During my younger years, I took Suzuki violin lessons and piano lessons. I am now married to my wonderful, hilarious husband, and we have two beautiful children. Being a mother is the most fun I’ve ever had! Watching our children learn, grow and interact is such an interesting and exciting process.

I am honoured to be part of this excellent team of Kindermusik educators and I look forward to working with your child(ren). We’re going to have a blast!

 

Rosemary Stephanson

 

SUS_2676I was born and raised in Saskatoon, and I’ve lived here for most of my life. I started out as a classically trained vocalist, and went on to pursue both jazz and musical theatre later on. From 2009-2011, I attended the Canadian College of Performing Arts, a triple threat singing/dancing/acting program located in Victoria, BC. At present, I happily split my time between Saskatoon and Toronto. The “big city” of Toronto doesn’t seem quite so big anymore. 🙂

In addition to my love of music, I also love children. I’m honoured to be part of Miss Kari’s team as a licensed Kindermusik Educator, and I’m excited to facilitate Playdates that are full of music, movement, education and (lots of) fun this summer!

You can always find me online – I blog, post, Tweet and film all things Kindermusik with Kari & Friends!

 

Anne Klassen

 

Kindermusik_with_Kari_&_Friends_Miss_Anne_2014Miss Anne grew up in Daytona Beach, FL. She began playing violin at the age of 6 and piano at age 7. She has a degree in Music Education from Florida State University and taught orchestra and band in Salem, OR and Lima, Peru for a total of 11 years.

After moving to Canada in 2008, Miss Anne married her wonderful husband, Kelly, and then worked in a daycare for 2 years before becoming a mom to Madison. Miss Anne works part time as a nanny and much of the day is spent singing and dancing with the three toddlers in the house.

As a Kindermusik parent herself, she understands the importance of music in the lives of children. Miss Anne is excited to be a member of Miss Kari’s team and to share her love of music and movement with children and parents alike.

 

Johanna Clancy

 

SUS_2738Johanna’s love of music began at the age of 4 when she started a “Music in Early Childhood” program, and has continued ever since. Throughout her music career, she has learned piano, organ, flute, trumpet, saxophone, bagpipes and voice. She also has over 25 years of dance experience in many different disciplines, including ballet, jazz, lyrical and Irish dance. Johanna has obtained a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master’s of Science in Food Science, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Education degree, specializing in young learners.

As a Kindermusik parent herself, she understands the benefit of music education for children of all ages. Johanna has taught music and dance students ages 3 to 83 and is looking forward to watching children develop a love of music.

 

Leanne Hoeft

 

LeanneI am so glad that my Mom decided to start me in the Yamaha piano program when I was only 3 years old! I can’t imagine what my life would look like now without music. As a child I took piano, voice, guitar, and dance lessons, and after high school I decided to continue my music education and attended the University of Saskatchewan where I completed degrees in piano performance as well as psychology. I then decided to combine my love of music and psychology and off I went to the University of Windsor to complete my Music Therapy degree.

I am now a Music Therapist in Saskatoon working with children with varying abilities. I live with my wonderful husband and two year old daughter who has been a Kindermusik baby since before she was born!  Always looking to further my musical education, I have recently begun playing the bagpipes and look forward to joining a pipe band in the near future.

I began teaching Kindermusik with Miss Kari in 2008 and after a brief hiatus am thrilled to be returning to her program! I strongly believe that all children should have the opportunity to live a life full of music regardless of age or ability, and Kindermusik is a wonderful way to do that!