Meet Our Teachers
Nan received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Utah State University. Since 1990, she has taught music and theory classes in her private studio and at the Utah State University Youth Conservatory. While at the conservatory she served on the Board of Directors and received both the Teaching Assistant of the Year and Teacher of the Year awards. Nan served on the Board of Directors for the Lincoln Youth Symphony in Brigham City, Utah for two years.
Nan completed every level of early childhood music training with Musikgarten. She served as a company elite Teacher Trainers for several years teaching workshops. Nan is a current member of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association and is level II certified. She is also a member of the Music Teacher's National Association.
She loves to teach, develop curriculum, play the piano, sing, play ukulele, read, go camping, waterskiing & snowmobiling with her family, and enjoys cooking and eating out. Her favorite thing to do is take road trips with her family across the United States and go on dates with her awesome husband, Ronnie.
Tara is a Utah State University graduate. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with an Emphasis in Band and an Elementary Music Endorsement. She has taught band, choir and elementary music in Box Elder School District and at Promontory School. Tara has taught private flute, piano and voice lessons beginning in 2002.
Tara enjoys teaching private flute and piano lessons here at Harmony Arts Academy/CMG. She also has experience teaching Preschool, Years 1 & 2 in the Musikgarten Keyboard Program, as well as directing and accompanying our Children's Choir She is currently working on developing a wind program, starting with early flutes, for Harmony Arts Academy/CMG. Tara loves being part of the “aha” moments that students experience and loves brainstorming about how to make those happen!
You can usually find her cooking, eating, reading, keeping her husband company on the farm, playing with her furry friends and laughing with her two sons and daughter.
Our students love Tara's spontaneous sense of humor and have benefited greatly from her outstanding musicianship and creativity.
Growing up, my mother taught me the basics of piano. She loved piano and had her first experience as a Primary pianist as a teen. She took piano lessons in college and spent many hours in the practice rooms. She received an associate degree in Music from BYU Hawaii.
She transferred to Brigham Young University in Provo and studied Human Behavior. She taught at the preschool on campus, and then developed her own preschool curriculum and taught preschool for two years.
She has taught children in many ways over the years both in her church community and in the public schools. For the past eleven years, she has hosted children’s summer camps with music, stories, games, science, arts and crafts, and other activities.
Marlene and her husband have three sons, one daughter and a daughter-in-law. She is fascinated with the world, especially the clouds and the ocean. She loves to be in nature (unless it’s cold outside. She loves to help children discover the beauty around them. She loves to travel and meet new people and cultures. She collects instruments from around the world and one day hopes to be able to play them.
Corinne studied two years as a piano major at the University of Utah and recently transferred to Utah State University to complete her Music BA degree. She studied privately with Professor Lenora Brown and currently studies Brody Craney. She loves playing piano, especially romantic and jazz styles. She also loves improvisation and composing.
She is very adventurous and energetic! She loves hiking, swimming, biking, sports, ice skating, long boarding, camping, skiing, and kayaking. She is always on the go and up for an adventure. She worked at a daycare for three years and taught piano for eight years. She loves working with kids and helping them develop a love for music.
Jacob Kropf is a senior at Bear River High School. He plays with the drumline in the Marching Band and drums in the Jazz Band. He also competes with the Bear River High robotics team. He has been teaching at Harmony Arts since June of 2018.
Jacob teaches Drum and Ukulele classes. He started drumming in sixth grade, and has been playing the drums ever since. He started learning the ukulele when he was in eighth grade, and has played ever since. Jacob loves to learn new things, and is always ready for an adventure! He likes to go skiing, rock climbing, play music, solve problems, and spend time with his family.
Meet Lindsey Richards! Lindsey has studied piano since she was seven years old. She loves to play the piano, take pictures and spend time with her family.
Lindsey teaches Private Piano Lessons here at Harmony Arts Academy/CMG. Her students enjoy her sweet personality. She loves to get to know her students and teach them how to enjoy music. Her experience also includes assisting in Keyboard Classes and our Preschool of the Arts.
Becca is the youngest in a family of five children that are all musicians. Her entire family values the power of music as an integral part of life-long learning. She is in 9th grade and plays the violin in the orchestra. She also takes piano lessons. She would like to take formal dance training.
She loves music in all forms and finds joy in incorporating it into various tasks throughout the day. She truly has the ability to "whistle while [she] works!" Besides her love of music, Becca also loves children. She is so grateful for the opportunity to work for Miss Nan and share her happy heart and love of music with others.
Nathan is currently 13 years old (and wise beyond his years!), and has graduated from the Musikgarten Program. He has studied piano for 6 years, with more on the way! He is the oldest of seven children, five of which are boys. He loves to play soccer, as well as playing the piano and ukulele. He is good with kids, and is friendly, charismatic, and ready to help you have fun!
Nathan works at Harmony Arts Academy as a Lab Assistant and as a Teaching Assistant in Keyboard Classes.
Tabitah is new this year to CMG. Tabitha works as Lab Assistant and Office Aid. Tabitha has studied piano for ___ years... (more coming)
Kierste Carter keeps the books running smoothly for us here at Harmony Arts. It is her friendly voice on the other end of the phone when you have billing questions.
Kierste earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State University, majoring in Family, Consumer and Human Development with and emphasis in Family Finance (financial counseling and education). Prior to working for CMG, Kierste worked for Intermountain Healthcare as a Patient Service Representative, where she also did billing, coding, audits, and processed financial assistance applications.
Kierste is married to Trent Carter and they are the parents of three boys.
Brooke Hirst joins us this year in an administrative capacity. Brooke Reynolds Hirst holds Bachelor and Master's degrees from Utah State University in Piano Pedagogy and Performance, where she has also served as an adjunct faculty instructor since 2001. Brooke is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through the Music Teacher's National Association, of which she has been a member for 23 years. Brooke also earned the distinction "Founding Teacher" from the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program, now known as The Royal Conservatory of Music Assessment Program.
Brooke is an active teacher and adjudicator, teaching students of all ages and abilities. Brooke also holds certification in Early Childhood Music courses through the Musikgarten program, and has taught music to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. When she isn't teaching or playing piano, Brooke spends time with her husband, Dennis and their 4-year-old daughter, Elle. She enjoys hiking, camping, sewing, and photo journaling.
Courtney graduated from BYU-Idaho with a degree in Theatre. She loves to create and any hand crafts are her cup of tea! Currently she teaches the Crochet Camp and assists in Giggle Gourmet class.
Courtney believes there is harmony and unity in life through music and creation; that we can spread happiness and light in any corner of the world if we create and learn, love and serve. She is a big fan of musicals and often sings them while she’s at work. Some of her hobbies include: crochet, quilting and cross-stitch.
Shelby has been playing the piano for over 6 years. Shelby recently though, grew to love piano again through the Harmony Arts program. She hopes to help her students find a love for music as she did. Shelby works as a Classroom Assistant and as a member of the Harmony Arts/CMG office staff.
Shelby loves to have fun! Camping, paddle boarding, and tennis are what she fills her days with.
Kim Hunsaker works as the fabulous Head of Social Media for Harmony Arts Academy/CMG. She says, “This has been a wonderfully fun, and sometimes a deep learning curve for me...but with Nan’s support and faith in me; I have pushed forward and accomplished much, doing more than I thought I could. I finally feel useful, and am proud to achieve something outside of my comfort zone and family.”
Kim was born in Payson, Utah, but raised in Rupert, Idaho. She grew up around music, joining her dad in church choir, taking voice lessons, and even choir in Junior High. Her uncle is an amazing pianist whom she’s always admired for his extreme talent and skill! She never had a great opportunity to play piano, but when the opportunity came for her daughter, she was beyond excited to have her learn from Nan and her amazing teachers. Kim has always loved musicals, the original classic Rogers and Hammerstein kind, along with so many others of that era.
Kim is married to Robby Hunsaker. They have two daughters together. She home schools them and has since they were in Kindergarten…so 8 years and counting. She too was homeschooled for a good portion of her school life and enjoyed all of the possibilities to learning that she wasn’t receiving in the traditional form of schooling. She loves that she can learn with them and explore so many things, so many ways. Kim shares, “There is learning in all we do and all around us, we just have to look for it. I love sharing that excitement with them!! In turn they are loving learning more!”
Emma went to school at Bear River and was a member of the Bear River Madrigals. She took part in many performances and was invited to State Solo and Ensemble. She has grown up loving music and has chosen to make it an important part of her life. Along with music she also loves running, dancing, swimming, diving, horseback riding, hiking, baseball, and just about anything outdoors. She loves working around little kids, especially when you add music.
Emma is a Classroom Assistant and is part of the Office Staff at Harmony Arts Academy/CMG.
Makala has been playing the guitar for 8 years. She has played guitar in the Bear River High school jazz band for four years this year. Along with playing the guitar, Makala loves dancing, teaching, and learning new things.
Makala is excited to be part of the Harmony Arts/Croney Music Garden team. She will be a guitar teacher in the studio. We are excited to have her!
Josie first joined Croney Music Garden when she was six years old and a student in Miss Nan's Musikgarten class. She studied there for four years, followed by six years with Anna Parsons. She also took violin and viola lessons from Diane Austin for nine years and has been studying the organ since 2017. After playing in the Northern Utah Youth Symphony for two years, she joined the board of directors for the Lake Bonneville Symphonic Society. She enjoys helping children and youth love music, no matter the instrument or the age, and is excited to join Harmony Arts and Music Academy.
Josie taught special education for three years at Bear River Charter School in Logan. She also helped teach the Montessori program at Centro de la Familia de Utah in Honeyville and appreciates the peaceful atmosphere found both in Montessori and Musikgarten.
Josie is a homebody and loves Utah, but she has also enjoyed traveling to Oregon, Virginia, and her favorite, Iceland. She dreams of one day having a farm and raising animals, children, and vegetables. Josie can't wait to spend time teaching, singing, and playing with Musikgarten families!
Josie will be teaching preschool on Thursdays and assisting with various Musikgarten classes. She has a fun and bubbly personality and understands the Musikgarten philosophy as she experienced it as a child herself. Josie is kind and caring and makes learning music FUN!