Cathy started Kindermusik of Cleveland in 1996 and has been recognized as a top 1% Kindermusik Program worldwide every year since 2000. Cathy is married and has a son and daughter, both in their 20's, who when home for a visit, fill the home with music and lots of laughter.
Cathy sang to her dolls and her dog, Herkie, when she was little and decided a group setting might be fun. So she sang in choirs in Junior High, High School, and College. Cathy studied voice, is a soloist, and has sung with many groups in Northeast Ohio, including The Western Reserve Chorale, PAND, The Renaissance Feasts at Stan Hewitt Hall, The Cleveland Music School Settlement Chamber Choir and Madrigal Singers.
Cathy loves to sing in the car with her husband and children. They are quite accomplished at carrying their own parts in a round! Her son is a wonderful pianist and sang in an a cappella group at Swarthmore College. Her daughter (a Kindermusik of Cleveland graduate) has a terrific ear for pitches, and sings with the Lehigh University Choir. Her cats are not able to meow in harmony, but she loves them anyway. Cathy loves that Kindermusik reaches every child’s learning style and she sees the tremendous impact that a continuing musical education can have on a child’s development.
Cathy teaches in the Shaker Heights Studio.
Miss Dorina comes from a European culture that boasts a proud tradition in music education. Seven years of established Russian music learning, starting in elementary school, with its comprehensive teachings of music theory, musical history and literature, piano and choral singing training, made her a music enthusiast and a strong believer in music education for children. As an adolescent, Dorina performed in school plays, gave piano recitals in Moscow’s concert halls, and sang in choirs on the stages of conservatories, schools, and family theaters. As an adult, she has been actively involved in musical, artistic, and cultural events in her community. Dorina’s own child’s music education had an early start. At six weeks old, Anna, was enrolled in her first Kindermusik class. Since that time, Dorina has become a devoted Kindermusik parent, who is passionate about spreading the value of Kindermusik to other families by word of mouth and through her entertaining blogs. Becoming a licensed Kindermusik Educator to her seemed like a natural progression.
Possessing excellent communicational skills, Miss Dorina is eager to share her zeal for music and child development. She is passionate in helping children discover their own strengths and talents, which she can nurture further with Kindermusik’s unique educational method.
Dorina teaches in the Bainbridge and Pepper Pike Studios.
Miss Rachel has loved both music and dance for as long as she can remember. Rachel used to create and perform impromptu songs about all the wonderful things she could see out the car window. At home, she constantly played imaginary games in which she became a frog, a bear, or her absolute favorite, a tiger. Miss Rachel's mother got her singing in church by the time she was five, and in Ballet classes by the age of 3.
In 2012 Rachel received her Masters in Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. While in her graduate program, she studied voice with Professor Beth McGee of the Theater Department, and Professor Marla Berg at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Miss Rachel loves exploring how a child's development can be aided through music and movement, as well as how the bond between parent and child can be strengthened in such an inspiring and exciting way! In addition to teaching Kindermusik, Miss Rachel is a part-time lecturer in the Department of Dance at Case Western Reserve University and works at World Relief Akron helping refugees settle in the Northeast Ohio area.
Rachel teaches at Heartland Childcare Center in Chesterland.
Miss Sarah’s grandmother was the music teacher in the small town where she grew up. Therefore, it came as no surprise that Sarah was raised with music all around her. She often passed the time on long car rides by making up songs and singing with her imaginary friends. Her Grandma taught Sarah to play the piano, and her school days were filled with choirs, musical theater, and band – where she played percussion. She loved exploring new rhythms and sounds with all those interesting instruments!
When Sarah became a parent, she looked for a way to share music with her son, James. Kindermusik turned out to be just what Sarah and her family were looking for. She loves the Kindermusik program, and has realized the many benefits for James, so she jumped at the opportunity to become a licensed Kindermusik Educator.
Miss Sarah is very excited to be following in her Grandma’s footsteps; guiding young children and their families as they develop their minds and relationships through a shared love of music.
Sarah teaches in the Kirtland and Shaker Heights Studios.
Miss Sharon is passionate about sharing her love of music and education, and can’t wait to engage your child in the rich musical activities, as well as help educate parents on the value of an early musical education.
Sharon’s mom says she came out singing and she hasn’t stopped since. When she was just a toddler, she used to hum and eat at the same time rocking back and forth in her chair. Sharon’s really not sure which she liked more, the food or the singing! Miss Sharon has had a life long love of singing and performing. Growing up in Cleveland, she spent her formative years at Heights Youth Theatre, continuing to perform in high school and college musical productions, countless community theatres, as well as summer stock theatre in Maine. Sharon is a vocally trained singer having studied vocal performance privately for many years. Sharon currently sings in her Temple choir and enjoys performing at local senior venues as well as performing in community-sponsored musical productions.
Sharon teaches in the Pepper Pike Studio.
Marilyn was destined to play a stringed instrument from the moment she was born. The youngest of four children in her family, she was needed on the viola to complete a stringed quartet. Marilyn studied piano, violin, and viola. She played in school orchestras through 12th grade and attended Interlochen Music Camp and New England Music Camp for several summers. Marilyn continued to play in orchestras throughout her college years and currently plays with the Solon Philharmonic Orchestra. She thoroughly enjoys playing in this community treasure, and loves getting to know her fellow orchestra members who range in age from 15 to 85!
Marilyn is the mother of 2 boys, who learned to play violin in the Suzuki Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Both boys played in the Solon Schools Orchestras. Marilyn is also involved with the Solon Schools Music Program. She is a teaching assistant for 5th grade strings. It is not unusual for her to tune 100 or so stringed instruments throughout the day! Now she enjoys answering your questions and looks forward to helping you through your magical Kindermusik journey.
Marilyn greets families in the newly remodeled office/waiting room in Shaker Heights.