Your JAM Instructor is a highly-qualified educational professional with extensive classroom and field experience in early childhood music education and child development.
JAM offers a comprehensive, language-and-movement-rich sequential program for the musical development of children. Each class is educational, fun, and purposeful, allowing for a wide spectrum of student ability and success.
Family education and involvement are a huge priority. Activity guides and high-quality recordings extend the fun and benefit of music education at home. We love to see your child flourish!
Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.
The Junior Academy of Music practices inclusion. Our classes are process-oriented with an emphasis on individual achievement and a wide spectrum of success. Children of all needs and abilities are welcome.
Our program’s unique focus on sensory development & movement is ideal for children with exceptional needs. The study of music, combined with deliberate rhythmic movement, activates the senses and refines both gross and fine motor movement. Both vestibular and proprioceptive senses are engaged and enhanced throughout each class session.
Students are immersed in rich, poetic literature throughout each class and are encouraged to incorporate it in a variety of meaningful modes of communication. Familiar songs, call-and-response games, and silly sounds promote language acquisition, providing motivation for your child to use his or her voice in purposeful ways.
Focused listening, taking turns, and appropriate social interaction is practiced in each and every class session, better preparing students for long-term success in school. Students develop the capacity to think collaboratively, creatively, and analytically — skills fundamental to developing the next generation of world-problem-solvers.
Mary-Elizabeth received her Master of Arts in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) from Rollins College and Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Music from Rollins with an emphasis in Vocal Performance (Art Song) and classical Piano. She has studied under several esteemed performers and educators, including: Dr. John Sinclair, Dr. Daniel Crozier, Dr. Lori Lovell, and Birgit Fioravante. She performed extensively with the acclaimed Bach Festival Society of Winter Park while studying under noted director Dr. John Sinclair. She has also studied under Musikgarten founder, Lorna Heyge, and co-founder, Mary Louise Walker.
Mary-Elizabeth has performed internationally as a classical vocalist with the prestigious Fjord Cadenza in Norway, the Norwegian National Opera, and throughout Ireland during the Bach Festival’s summer tour of Mozart’s Requiem. Additionally, she worked on the Children’s Educational Programming team at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, developing and coordinating large-scale community education programs for children PK-12.
Mary-Elizabeth is a highly effective, state-certified educator with extensive experience in early childhood education and child development. She has taught children with a variety of backgrounds and exceptionalities, including: gifted, developmentally delayed, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and speakers of other languages. She is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi education honor society and has been published in the New Teacher Advocate regarding best practices for fostering creativity in children. She was featured on NPR to discuss the use of educational technology with children who have sensory disorders and has had the privilege of participating in a variety of innovative pilot programs within Orange County Public Schools.
Mary-Elizabeth believes in the unmatched power of music education to “give wings to the mind” and develop the next generation of imaginative, intelligent thinkers, world problem solvers, and patrons of the arts. When she is not making music with the little ones, she can be found pretending to be a ballerina at ballet barre classes, volunteering with the Junior League, or taking adventurous walks around Winter Park with her pup, Penny Lane.
Miss M-E is our favorite music teacher! Always in control, she is patient and full of kindness. A joy of music and teaching exudes from her–just the kind of person that parents and students both love to learn from! She was even able to captivate my very active 4 year old son! As a fellow music instructor, she is both an inspiration and a role model.
We enjoyed this class so much! Robby doesn’t always immediately warm up to people but he took to her right away. Thanks for the great music experience!
Mary-Elizabeth’s classes are very creative and so innovating! She has such a love for children and only wants to see them prosper and grow. She carries herself with such a positive attitude; she believes anyone of any age and ability can succeed.
Tessa has loved having Ms. M-E as a teacher (and I’ve been really impressed with her energy and talent). Simply put, she’s the best!
Our JAM program can be modified to meet the specific needs of your school or community. Please inquire about special pricing, scheduling, and accommodations we offer.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
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