About Lynn Kleiner
Lynn Kleiner, an internationally recognized leader in music education, has been teaching since 1978. She is the founder and director of Music Rhapsody, a music school teaching thousands of children, infants through teens, in day cares, preschools and elementary schools as well as Music Rhapsody centers since 1983.
Awarded the prestigious Oppenheim Award, Lynn’s instrument and DVD kits for children have also received the Dove Award and are recommended by the National Parenting Association. Lynn has several books and CDs which have won the Creative Child Award, and her own line of percussion instruments through REMO. Lynn is a popular presenter for AOSA, The American Orff Schulwerk Association as well as well as Orff Associations in several other countries. 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.
Sasami studied French horn and music education at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. From touring in Europe with the Grammy nominated Gil Evan’s Jazz Orchestra to playing in chamber music groups and recording studios in New York and Los Angeles, Sami is an active performer in a variety of settings. She has worked as a theory teacher and chamber music coach at the Eastern U.S. Summer Music Camp and teaches private instrumental lessons. Under the mentorship of distinguished music educator Donna Brink Fox, PhD, Sami taught in the early childhood music program at the Eastman Community Music School before coming to Music Rhapsody.
Lis Craft is a fiddle player from Sacramento, CA. She earned her Bachelors of Music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA – where she studied violin and contemporary writing & production. Lis has completed Music Rhapsody’s early childhood and elementary Orff training and is now teaching infants – age 12 in our schools as well as our Redondo Beach classroom. Now living in Long Beach, she also teaches private violin lessons and performs with several bands in the Los Angeles area.
Mary Erwin has a bachelor of Music Education Degree from Louisiana State University, with a California Teaching Credential: Music PreK-12. Her early childhood music training, as well as Orff training is from Lynn Kleiner. Mary has experience teaching both preschool and elementary music in private and public schools.
Michelle Hazen started learning piano at the age of 7 and has been playing ever since. She studied piano at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, earning a B.A. in Music in 2013. With over 6 years of teaching experience, Michelle enjoys teaching students of all ages. In addition to her love of teaching, especially the Simply Music piano program, Michelle enjoys singing and playing the ukulele with Music Rhapsody’s younger music makers.
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.
Justin Janer earned his Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music in New York City and his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from California State University Northridge. An active alto saxophonist, he has earned many awards such as the McNamara Creative Arts Project Grant, a Latin Grammy Nomination, 2009 Latin Jazz Saxophonist of the Year, and a Downbeat Magazine Outstanding Soloist Award among others. His latest CD “Following Signs” features Justin’s original compositions and has received critical acclaim. Justin teaches private saxophone, flute, clarinet and piano lessons at the Music Rhapsody studio. His early childhood music and Orff Schulwerk training are from Lynn Kleiner.
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.
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.
Natalie Rutkin holds a Bachelors degree of Fine Arts (BFA) in music from the California Institute of the Arts where she was classically trained in vocal performance. She is a professional vocalist and sings jazz and a variety of music styles. Natalie has over a decade of experience teaching Orff in elementary schools. After her son was born, she discovered the joy of teaching infant and toddler music classes. Natalie has completed Music Rhapsody’s early childhood as well as elementary Orff training and loves teaching early childhood music at the studio location.
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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