Annette Morris is the owner and director of Kindermusik with Ms. Annette & Friends, which started in September 2001 and has taught Kindermusik for 17 years. She combines her two passions: children and music. Annette holds a B.S. degree in Child and Family Development from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, as well as a Masters in Early Childhood Education. Annette has taught third grade in the Virginia Beach Public Schools as well as teaching 4 year olds in a private Christian school in North Carolina. She has an extensive background in music with training in several instruments as well as vocal training. Annette went through Kindermusik training classes and was licensed in Kindermusik in 1994. Annette has been named a "Maestro Conductor's Circle" by Kindermusik International, which was based on the performance and growth of Kindermusik with Ms. Annette & Friends and as a result she and her staff have achieved this award from 2003 to present. Her program is ranked 16 out of over 5,000 educators world-wide in her enrollment, staff and customer satisfaction. She has also been recognized by Kindermusik International for having the 3rd largest ABC Music & Me program worldwide in 2006.
Terri Doty's love for music began with piano lessons at age 6. As a teenager, she served as pianist/organist at a local church. She graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Music Education, and received her Orff Level 3 certification. After teaching K - 6 music in Memphis City Schools for several years, Terri became a stay-at-home mom and homeschooled her three children - Alan, Sarah and Erin. She has been a licensed educator with Kindermusik with Ms. Annette and Friends since 2005. In addition to teaching Kindermusik classes, Terri teaches piano students at her home in Bartlett, and serves as pianist at Leawood East Baptist Church in Cordova.
Karen Schowalter Cooper is from New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in vocal performance from Louisiana State University. She was recruited by the University of Memphis to work towards her Doctorate in Musical Arts in vocal performance as a Hohenberg-Scheidt fellow. Karen is near completion of this degree. She also recently became Level I Orff certified. Karen has performed in Germany, Italy, Israel, and throughout the United States. She was a national finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and in the Chicago Lyric Opera Center for American Artists. She has performed numerous operatic roles as well as oratorio with orchestra. She is alto section leader/soloist with the Rhodes MasterSingers chorale and along with teaching Kindermusik classes, she is the Children's Music Specialist at Germantown Presbyterian Church, where she leads a children's choir and Sunday school music. Karen is also the Music teacher at Germantown Presbyterian Preschool. She teaches voice, piano and guitar lessons at St. George's Independent School in Germantown and through her private studio, "Make A Joyful Noise!" Karen has been a "Certified Kindermusik Educator" since 2006.
Cheri Wooster joined the staff of ”Kindermusik w/ Ms. Annette & Friends” in August of 2007. She grew up singing in several church choirs and performing in church musicals. She served as a VBS music assistant at her church for a year. She taught tumbling and dance to children ranging in age from 3 - 12 years old with Mrs. Pat's School of Dance in Cordova, TN. Her own dance experience extends to the college level. She has been involved in school concert bands for six years and various marching bands for thirteen years. She is currently the color guard instructor for two local high schools. Cheri graduated from the University of Memphis in the summer of 2007 with a degree in Management Information Systems. Ms. Cheri is an enthusiastic, fun teacher that loves singing and dancing with children. She currently teaches "ABC Music and Me" classes.
Emily Rachel Fowler has been enjoying Kindermusik with families since 1997. She has a Bachelor of Music Education degree with an Instrumental Emphasis from Harding University, became licensed in Kindermusik in 1997 and received her Level 1 Orff certification in 1999. She has been recognized as a Maestro in Masterful Teaching by Kindermusik International since 2008 and previously participated in achieving each Board Certifying Level from KI. After 14 years teaching Kindermusik for The University of Memphis’ Community Music School, Emily was blessed to join the staff of Kindermusik® w/ Ms. Annette & Friends in 2012. Along with her husband Clay, it has been a treasure for Emily to participate in Kindermusik classes with their children. Both their daughter and son experienced Kindermusik in the womb, while mom taught, and went through the complete program until graduating at 7 years old. In her spare time, Emily delights in God’s creation in the great outdoors, enjoys goofing off with her husband and teens, walking with their dog Chopper, playing or performing on her flute, and reading.
Valerie Robbins was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She is a member of the Bellevue Baptist Church adult choir and sings on the praise team. She has over 10 years of experience working with preschool music at Bellevue, and for the past 5 years, she assisted with coordinating the Middle School Choir students in the Singing Christmas Tree. She has also served as a chaperone for the Student Music Mission Project for the past 3 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Memphis. She is married to Steve and is a homeschool mom of two children, now in 9th & 11th grade. Along with her love of singing, Valerie enjoys hanging out with her family, woodworking & needlework such as smocking, knitting & crochet.
Rachel Boyd, is a native Memphian that has been involved with music since childhood. In Elementary School, she was in choir, sang in church, and fell in love with singing. In Middle School she enjoyed band, rachael newbut returned to singing in choir in High School. After High School, Rachel was involved with her church youth group doing musical performances and singing solos. After several years as a stay at home mom, Rachel became a preschool teacher at a local Mother's Day Out. It was during this time she was exposed to Kindermusik and fell in love with it! It became her favorite day of the week. She enjoyed interacting with the children during all the Kindermusik activities. It wasn’t very long until she realized that God wanted her to use her love of music, her teaching skills, and her passion to see young children grow in confidence and in their love for music. Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris, and her four children, Elijah, Conner, Hayden and Lily.
Lisa Hill began falling in love with music at the age of 2 while sitting at the piano with her grandmother, an accomplished pianist. She began teaching piano and violin lessons out of her parents’ home at the age of 16. Lisa is a graduate of the University of Memphis where she graduated in 2008 with a degree in Choral Music Education. There she was a member of the University Singers and traveled and competed in worldwide competitions in both Austria and Germany. Lisa also became Orff Level 1 Certified through the University of Memphis and taught early childhood music and movement at Presbyterian Day School for 5 years. She has been a Midsouth Fair Youth Talent judge, an active member in Community Theatre in the Memphis area and is enjoys singing at her church. Besides teaching preschool music at several local preschools , she also is a princess/performer with Mirror Mirror Parties.
Peggy Warner began teaching Kindermusik in the fall of 1997, and has enjoyed every minute of it! She was the owner and director of her own studio before joining Annette in 2018. She graduated from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia with a B.S. degree in Psychology and minors in French and Math. Peggy has been singing as long as she can remember…in elementary, middle school, and high school choirs, as well as all age levels in church choirs. Before leaving home for college, she spent several years singing in a trio with her two sisters. Besides teaching Kindermusik, Peggy sings in the adult choir and directs one of the Children’s Choirs at Germantown United Methodist Church. She lives in Germantown with her husband, and has two adult daughters, one in Dallas (with 3 sons, all of whom are Kindermusik graduates) and another in Memphis.