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 is a licensed Kindermusik educator and began teaching for Ms. Annette in January 2005. Her love for music began with piano lessons at age 6. She is a graduate from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Music Education. Terri has directed children's choirs in several churches, and has performed in folk music concerts in the Memphis area. She currently serves as pianist at Leawood East Baptist Church. Terri has directed children's choirs in several churches, and has performed in folk music concerts in the Memphis area. She currently serves as pianist at Leawood East Baptist Church. Terri has been a "Certified Kindermusik Educator" since 2005.
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. Along with teaching Kindermusik classes, she also leads children's music at Germantown Presbyterian Church Sunday School and teaches singing and guitar lessons at Grace St. Luke’s Episcopal School. She teaches beginning piano, guitar, and voice out of her home. 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.
Kristy Fischer received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Memphis in 1993. She's a former home school mom of 10 years and has several years experience teaching Kindergarten. Kristy completed her certification to be a Kindermusik Educator in August 2012 and loves teaching her classes in Collierville, Germantown, Bartlett and East Memphis. She loves the Lord and loves little people. Some of her favorite things to do include singing, painting, crafting, and teaching-- but, most of all being with her husband of 20 years and their 2 teenagers-- Really! Her favorite verse is "Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture." Psalm 100:1-3
Emily Fowler has been enjoying Kindermusik with families since 1997. She has a Bachelor of Music Education with an Instrumental Emphasis degree 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. She is excited 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.
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.
Joanna Neal joined the Kindermusik with Ms. Annette team in 2015. Joanna is a Memphis native, receiving her degree in music education from the University of Memphis. In addition to her Bachelor of Music, she is Orff Schulwerk and Suzuki violin certified. Joanna is married to a wonderful violinist and public school music teacher, Michael, and has two children, Jacob and Fiona. Joanna has spent seven years teaching in the public school system in Knoxville and Memphis. Along with teaching in the Musik Adventure program, Joanna teaches violin and viola in her home, plays with the Delta Symphony Orchestra, and enjoys playing in small ensembles for special events around the city. In her spare time, she loves to craft, garden, play board games, and spend time with family and friends. Joanna loves sharing the gift of music with all children, big and small!
Marie Cory was born in central New York and also spent part of her childhood in central Iowa. She received her Bachelor's in Music Education at Drake University in 2004, and her Master's in Music Education at the University of Kentucky in 2008. She has Level II Orff certification and Level I Dalcroze certification, both from the University of Kentucky. Over time, she has taught music to nearly every age group from birth to 20 years old! While the majority of her teaching has been general music, she began as a middle school band director, and has also assisted an orchestra program. She is at her happiest, however, when she is teaching the youngest of children. For the 2014/2015 school year, Marie was the music director at Rozelle Creative and Performing Arts Elementary school. For Marie, a deep passion for the art drew her to be a music teacher. Discovering all the ways it can help children grow keeps the fire burning bright.
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.