Early childhood music classes begin in September for Alley Bell Music in Lake Forest Park

Monday, August 17, 2015

Alley Bell Music, a licensed Music Together center, will be opening a new location at the Northwest Ballet Center in the Lake Forest Park Town Center in September 2015! 

Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music curriculum for children ages 0-5 and the adults who love them. The program is built on the fundamental beliefs that:
  1. All children are musical
  2. All children can achieve basic music competence
  3. The participation and modeling of parents and caregivers is essential to a child’s musical growth
  4. Young children’s musical growth occurs best in a playful, musically rich, and developmentally appropriate setting, free of direct instruction and performance pressure, where learning activities are interesting, fun and accessible for both children and adults
Alley Bell Music also has a center in downtown Edmonds at the Barclay Shelton Dance Centre. All of their teachers hold advanced degrees in Music, and have also completed the intensive Music Together Teacher Training Certification program. To register for fall semester classes or a free demonstration class on August 27, visit their website.

Teaching staff

SARAH RICHÀRD: is the director and teacher of weekly classes at Alley Bell Music. She earned a B.M. in Music Education from Western Washington University, and an M.M. in Voice Pedagogy from Texas Christian University. It was during her time at TCU that she was introduced to Music Together®. She received her Music Together Teacher Certification training in 2011 from the co-founder of Music Together, Lili Levinowitz. In addition to teaching at Alley Bell Music, Sarah has ten years of experience as a K-6 music educator in the Edmonds and Shoreline School Districts, and has a private voice studio at Kennelly Keys Music in Lynnwood, WA. She frequently performs as a soprano soloist in the greater Seattle area, most recently with the Mukilteo Community Orchestra. She is mother to six year old Josiah and two year old Jamison.

BRENNA WELLS: a native of the Pacific Northwest, Brenna is relocating to the Seattle area after spending the last several years in Boston. She holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Western Washington University, an M.M. in Vocal Performance from Longy School of Music, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Vocal Performance from the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. Brenna completed the Music Together Teacher Certification training in 2012 at the South Shore Conservatory in Massachusetts. Prior to her move to Seattle, she taught Music Together classes at Music and Movement, a licensed center in Newark, MA. In addition to teaching at Alley Bell Music, Brenna also maintains a thriving career as a professional soprano soloist, and private piano and voice teacher. She is the mother of two young boys.

LAURA COYER: has worked for many years as a music educator through her private piano studio and as a teacher of early childhood and elementary music classes. Music has been a central part of Laura's life since she was young through years of study on piano and cello, participation in numerous orchestral groups and as a solo performer. She received her Music Together training in August 2014 and is thrilled to be joining the Alley Bell Music team. Laura has a strong commitment to bringing music into the lives of all families, and was a Music Together parent for many years with her own children. Laura has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music and completed her Doctoral degree in piano performance at the University of Washington. Laura performs locally as an accompanist, chamber musician and soloist on the piano and plays in the cello section of the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra. Laura is also on staff at Chickadee Music Together in Seattle, WA.

The Ballet Center is located in the lower level of Town Center, behind the retail spaces. Entrance via a stairway from the parking lot or the hallway behind the escalator. Town Center is at the intersection of Bothell Way and Ballinger Way.


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