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About Music Rhapsody

Why Music Rhapsody

We believe that every child is born with an innate and profound musicality. At the most basic and obvious level, this musicality is demonstrated every day in such things as our ability to walk and talk. Our musicality is a gift, and with proper nurturing, it grows with your child.

The Music Rhapsody program, developed by internationally renowned music educator Lynn Kleiner, is based on a philosophy called Orff Schulwerk and addresses each age and stage of childhood development. It meets your child exactly where he or she is. Beautiful and diverse songs, singable phrases, and the use of repetition, instruments, puppets, and visuals all foster the love of music in an exciting and creative environment. It’s a program that, to its core, acknowledges and values the input and creativity of each and every child. 

Music Rhapsody perfectly prepares students and parents to transition into our playing-based Simply Music Piano method. Simply Music Piano has students from age six through adult playing arrangements and accompaniments of contemporary, classical, blues, jazz, and gospel from from their very first lessons. Utilizing an approach that honors and emulates the natural development of all humans, we temporarily delay the reading process and teach you and your child to play by immersing you in great-sounding music immediately!

At Music Rhapsody, we believe that music should be an integral part of life, and that everybody has the ability to acquire and retain music as a lifelong companion. As such, we provide programs that offer seamless continuity – from birth through all ages of adulthood.

What is Orff? The “Experience First” Approach

 

The Orff philosophy was developed by German composer and music educator Carl Orff and associate Gunild Keetman, and focuses on allowing students to learn by doing what they already enjoy. Children learn to hear and make music before they learn to read and write it, much like how they learn spoken language. Orff includes activities that all kids like to do: sing, chant rhymes, clap, dance, and play instruments. Musical concepts, vocabulary, form, harmony and expressive qualities as well as pitch matching and listening skills are taught in a joyful, game-like atmosphere. By starting with Orff (and then adding piano with Orff classes around the age of 6 or 7), timing, listening and musicality is jump-started so the child is given the best chance for a lifetime of music making pleasure!

About Lynn Kleiner

Lynn Kleiner is an internationally recognized leader in music education and has been teaching since 1978. She is the founder and director of Music Rhapsody, a music school teaching thousands of children ranging from infants through teens in daycares, preschools, elementary schools and Music Rhapsody centers since 1983.

Lynn’s instrument and DVD kits for children have received the prestigious Oppenheim Award, the Dove Award, and are recommended by the National Parenting Association. Additionally, Lynn has several books and CDs which have won the Creative Child Award, and she has her own line of children’s percussion instruments in partnership with REMO.

Lynn is a popular presenter for the AOSA (American Orff Schulwerk Association) as well as Orff Associations in several countries worldwide. She is a frequent presenter for national and international early childhood associations, NAfME (the National Association for Music Education) and has presented several times for the International Society of Music Educators.

Music Rhapsody Staff

Shine Hwang

Shine Hwang

Shine Hwang has earned her Bachelor’s degree in music education from City University of New York at Queens College and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in music education at California State University at Long Beach. She holds state certification from both New York and California for Pre-K through high school teaching. She has completed Music Rhapsody’s early childhood and elementary Orff training and is currently teaching in two of our elementary schools.

Deonna Johnson

Deonna Johnson

Deonna Johnson has a Bachelors of Arts in Music from CSULA and has been working with children in schools since 2013. She is also a church music director and is pursuing her license in Music Therapy. Deonna has completed her early childhood Orff music training and has been teaching preschool music with Music Rhapsody since April 2019.

Zachary Kenefick

Zachary Kenefick

Zachary Kenefick is a composer, artist, and educatorHe has a Bachelors of Art degree from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. He was trained by Lynn Kleiner in Orff Schulwerk and early childhood music education and teaches at several of our preschools, elementary school as well as the Music Rhapsody studio. Zachary enjoys playing recorder, piano, saxophone and banjo!

Kimberly Kilmer

Kimberly Kilmer

Kimberly Kilmer has been playing music for twenty-five years and teaching music for fifteen. She has a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Contemporary Flute Performance from University of California, San Diego. She also has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Flute Performance from California Institute of the Arts, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from University of Arizona. Kimberly has performed with such groups as the Philharmonia Orchestra of Tucson and performed in Carnegie Hall. Kim’s Orff and early childhood training is from Lynn Kleiner.

Georgia Kirtland

Georgia Kirtland

Georgia Kirtland has a Bachelors of Arts degree from Purchase College State University New York with certifications in Music & Movement Education for Young Children and Early Childhood Orff Music Education. Georgia has been teaching since 2016 and joined the Music Rhapsody staff in 2019, teaching in many of our preschools.

Sharon Ledesma

Sharon Ledesma

Sharon Ledesma received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Clemson University, with a minor in Piano Performance. While at Clemson, she received a music scholarship and accompanied both the University Choral groups and Musical Theater productions. She has taught piano lessons for ten years. Sharon is also a certified AMS Montessori teacher. She enthusiastically taught music and movement in her K/1 classroom as well as summer camps. Sharon looks forward to using her Orff and recorder training in her classes.

Harold Rodriguez

Harold Rodriguez

Harold Rodriguez, who was a 2006 National Taekwondo Champion, has trained in early childhood music and Orff under Lynn Kleiner. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Universidad Pedagogica Nacional. Bogotá, Colombia and has experience teaching many different age groups.

William Rustrum

William Rustrum

William Rustrum earned his AA degree from Musicians Institute and has a bachelors degree from California State University Long Beach. He performs in several music groups and is endorsed by Sfarzo, a guitar string company. William has Orff Schulwerk training from the University of Nevada and early childhood music education course work from Lynn Kleiner.

Ann Louise Thaiss

Ann Louise Thaiss

Ann Louise Thaiss holds a BA in Vocal performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. She is certified through Music Rhapsody’s early childhood and elementary Orff teacher training and currently teaches 2 to 5 year olds through Music Rhapsody at Manhattan Beach Preschool. Ann is a member of Honey Whiskey Trio, a group who won the National Harmony Sweepstakes in 2013 and since then has been having a hoot and a holler performing all around the LA area.

Adrienne Henze

Adrienne Henze

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Lynn Kleiner’s Holiday Songs and Winter Adventures Earns 2019 Book Of The Year Award

Creative Child Magazine has awarded Lynn Kleiner’s Holiday Songs and Winter Adventures book with the 2019 Book Of The Year Award! Fall/Winter lessons and concerts are made fun and easy with these delightful activities and recordings. Jam packed with songs, rhymes, dances, lessons, arts, crafts, and more!

Lynn Kleiner’s Music Rhapsody Kits Capture Prestigious Oppenheim Award!

Throughout our 35+ year history, our products have earned acclaim several organizations, including Creative Child Magazine, Dove Foundation, National Parenting Center, Oppenheim Best Toy Awards, and the iParenting Media Awards, and as well as endorsements from Kids First, REMO, and Alfred Publishing.

The Oppenheim Award, in particular, was awarded to Lynn Kleiner’s instrument/DVD kits. The award is given by the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, which is the only independent children’s media evaluation company in the United States. The organization analyzes games, toys, computer products and appropriate musical instruments for children by age groups.