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Ms. Amy Abbott Pappageorge, Owner

Amy holds a degree in English from the University of Illinois  at Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. in Performance Studies from the University of North Carolina.

 

While studying Spanish in Seville, Spain she worked to bring literacy to unschooled gypsy children, an experience that inspired her to become a lifelong teacher.  

She founded Musikgarten of Oak Park in 1996 and is excited to see her vision expand to more fully include her fellow teachers, parents, children, and the broader community.  To this end, she and her daughter Ana have opened the HeartGarden studio. Building on Musikgarten's brilliant curriculum they are delighted to partner with parents and caring adults to nurture the heart values of our children.  

 

Her love for family drives her to risk the adventure of stepping boldly into the vanguard of a movement to make parenthood creative, intelligent, and joyful.  

 
Ms. Anastasia Papaioannou
Ms. Ana earned her B.F.A in acting from the University of Illinois in Urbana, Champaign where she studied performance in both music and theater.  She has been a part of the Musikgarten family for over 20 years, having watched her mom’s vision grow from its very early dreaming stages to the amazing program it is today.  Ana is passionate about instilling compassion, courage and creativity in the hearts of little ones.  She believes in the curriculum at Musikgarten and even more so the values-based enrichment that her mother has woven in.  When not teaching at the studio Ms. Ana spends much of her time in the health and wellness world, as an internationally certified health coach (Heartful Health) and a continuing student of herbal medicine.  She believes good health and a compassionate relationship with one another and the earth are the bases for a creative, loving, and purposeful life.  While she loves and continues to consult adults, she hopes to bring her two worlds together and develop exciting new curriculum for her young students in Oak Park!
 
Ms. Maria Bolchert
Ms. Maria began teaching private piano lessons while studying music composition at De Paul University and has shared her love of music with children and teens for the past 20 years.    Maria discovered Musikgarten in 2006.  Since then, she has continued to attend workshops and classes to further her understanding of the Musikgarten program as well as early childhood development.  She enjoys teaching all levels of Musikgarten and working with the youngest of students and their families in developing a strong musical foundation.  Along with teaching Musikgarten classes in Riverside and Oak Park, Maria also provides music classes at Brookfield's Montessori Children's Community School and is a member of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA).

Both classical & jazz have been important influences on Maria's musical tastes.  Among notable piano teachers, she has studied with jazz pianist Jim Trompeter and classical pianists Pawel Checinski and Melody Lord.  De Paul's composition studies were under composers George Flynn and Kurt Westerburg.

Currently, Maria is an organist at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago.  In recent years, Maria has enjoyed accompanying local theater productions and has been a big band pianist for The Chicago Outskirts.
 
Ms. Laura Moglia Kelley
Ms. Laura received both her undergraduate (BME '97) and graduate (MME '00) degrees in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She has over 17 years of music teaching experience working with students as young as infants through 8th grade in a variety of settings that spans elementary/middle school classrooms, park district classes, private studio lessons, and choir rehearsals. Laura has continued her training through coursework at Vandercook (including Orff Schulwerk), workshops, and private voice and piano study, and she currently performs with City Voices, a choral ensemble. Attending Musikgarten classes with her two young daughters has been a joy over the years and she is thrilled to be part of the talented Oak Park Musikgarten staff.
 
Ms. Beky Koontz
Ms. Beky studied Music Education and Vocal Performance at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in Whitewater, WI, and then at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL, where she received her undergraduate degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance. A vocalist and a piano player, she has taught students of all different age levels from Early Childhood to Adults, in various settings including Elementary/Middle/and High School General Music classrooms, private piano and voice studio, church Sunday school, and youth summer camps. Beky has continued her training through Orff workshops, private voice study, and she currently performs with her church worship ensemble. She is very excited to join the amazing teaching staff at Musikgarten of Oak Park and is looking forward to making music with all of the wonderful families!
 
 
Ms. Katy Lineberry
Ms. Katy earned her B.A. in Music at Truman State University. She then continued her education there by serving as a teaching assistant with the band program while earning her Masters in Education and Masters in Instrumental Conducting. A flute player and percussionist, she began her teaching career as a high school band director in mid-Missouri. After moving to Florida, she continued her teaching career as an elementary music educator, where she also directed the school’s choruses, handbells group and Orff/Drumming ensemble. After staying home with her baby boy and attending early childhood music classes as a parent, she is elated to continue her formal work as an educator by joining the Musikgarten program, and she now serves as our Administrator.