Lynn & Staff
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.
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 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 is a composer, artist, and educator. He 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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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