Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

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Nan received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Utah State University in 1994. 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 Musikgarten company elite Teacher Trainer 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 and the National Federation of Music Clubs where her students have received high honors. She loves to teach, develop curriculum, play the piano, sing, play ukulele, read, camp, boat, snow & water ski and pretty much do anything with her family, and especially tend grand kids! Her favorite thing to do is take road trips with her family across the United States and go on dates with her handsome husband, Ronnie.

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 Harmony Arts, 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.

Would you like to meet the person behind the screen? Tori Jones takes care of our social media and does an outstanding job! She is thoughtful, considerate, hard-working, innovative, and compassionate - all qualities important to HAMA, especially in a Social Media Specialist.

When she's not posting and sharing and thinking about the next post, she loves to drive around to explore new places, sing songs around the campfire, and eat creme brulee!

Tori doesn’t teach music but she loves to hear music, especially songs with brass instruments. And she has a small collection of instruments that includes piano, guitar, native flute, small djembe drum, kalimba (thumb piano), and pan flute. If you’re looking for Tori you can probably find her in the kitchen, visiting with friends, studying the Bible, or … you guessed it - on social media! Tori’s family has been part of Harmony Arts and Music Academy since 2013. And as always, she loves to hear from you! Anytime you have something to share, just send a Facebook message to Harmony Arts and Music Academy and you’ll be in the best hands with Tori!

Erin spent two years at Snow College before transferring to Utah State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She loved working with children and teens then, and still does now. Erin is very perceptive of student needs and has a gift of adapting to meet them in the moment. Erin has been teaching piano for over 10 years and continues to teach private piano and voice from her home. She teaches Musikgarten Classes and has directed the Children's Choir at Harmony Arts Academy. Our students love her enthusiasm and positive energy. Erin has four rowdy boys and one sweet little girl. She loves the positive influence that Musikgarten has on her family. Her favorite things usually involve her children, the outdoors, music, caramel or chocolate, and her very best friend (and husband), Trevor.

Josie first joined Harmony Arts 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!

I grew up in Thatcher, just west of Tremonton. I was the youngest of 6 and enjoyed living on a farm, next to my grandparents. I graduated high school in 2005 and after doing a semester changed to cosmetology. I finished that in a year and then felt the need to serve a mission for my church. I was called to serve in Australia where I found a second family. I came home and went back to college. I got a job at the USU Barbershop and met my husband who also worked in the Student Center as a night manager. We were married October 2011 and in the past 9 years we have had 3 wonderful children. I have a habit of thinking I can do things that I have had no training in. I love art. I love painting. I love creating. I started a painting group in 2015 and that is where I fell in love with painting. For the past few years I have been teaching myself and others how to paint pictures. I also love music and playing the piano and Ukulele. I love being with my family and friends.

Heidi Bodrero is the mother of 7 amazing people and is married to her Kinght in shining armor! She is a Board Certified Traditional Naturopath, Tuning Fork Specialist, and has completed Iridology Certification. She is a mentor and especially loves mentoring children. She has homeschooled her children for 8 years. She has mentored children in their homeschool co-op for over 6 years. Musikgarten has been an important part of her homeschool curriculum. She sees the value of music in the lives of children and the power music has to help a child discover, and grow into their true identity. She loves helping others succeed and get excited about learning. Heidi has supported her children as they have progressed throughout the entire Harmony Arts Musikgarten curriculum from Toddlers to Keyboard, and Private Instrument study.

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.

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.

Ben has been playing music for seven years. He started playing piano when he was eight years old. Ben eventually moved on to a more sophisticated teacher that taught him theory and technique. Ben started drum lessons when he was ten years old. His first teacher at the time was a high school drummer who taught him to love the drums and music in general. After a year, Ben started training with a more advanced teacher who taught him proper technique, form, and rudiments. It was with this teacher that Ben became fluent in all major genres of music. Ben's favorite genres to play are Big Band Swing and Latin. Ben joined the BHRS Jazz Band when he was a freshman. It was in this band that Ben was able to apply everything he had learned in private lessons. Ben believes that with the right guidance, anyone can learn to love music. Ben loves teaching music and is excited to teach at Harmony Arts. When Ben is not practicing music, he is usually playing soccer. Ben has been playing soccer since a young age and is also on the BRHS Boys Soccer Team. Ben also loves playing video games and his friends.

Jessa has a passion for music and cannot wait to share it with others through Harmony Arts and Music Academy! She has been playing the piano for over 11 years. Her favorite composer is Claude Debussy and she loves all things jazz! She enjoys playing the keyboard for BRHS Jazz Band. Jessa loves little kids and she is the oldest of 6. Her experience includes running her own music studio for two years, accompanying performing violin students, and playing for various church and social events.

In her free time you can find her hiking, painting, or playing tennis.

David was born in Valparaiso, Chile, and has two young sons. He likes to play soccer with friends, cook, and go to the mountains. He has played music all around the world, including rock, blues, salsa, cumbia and many other musical genres.

David moved to Utah 5 years ago, and says, “I am learning about the culture here and more about the language. I like animals and seeing the stars at night. I am happy to be part of this community of musicians, and I hope I can contribute my knowledge so that children can express their emotions and be better musicians.”

Nathan has been with Harmony Arts since childhood and graduated from the Musikgarten Program. He has studied piano with Nan Croney since 2013, and assisted classes and in the lab since 2017. 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 great with kids, and is friendly, charismatic, and ready to help you have fun! One of the many things we love about Nathan, is that he is a self-starter. When he sees something that needs to be done, he figures out how to do it and gets the job done. Nathan has exceptional music skills and great intuition when it comes to figuring out how to help students.

Nathan works at Harmony Arts Academy as a Lab Assistant, Office Help and as a Teaching Assistant in Keyboard Classes.

Gracie loves to play the piano and has been playing for as long as she can remember! "it's my favorite thing to do!", she says! She is the second youngest in her family. Gracie loves spending time with family and friends. She enjoys meeting new people and talks to everyone she meets!

My name is Angela Oman Allred. I live with my husband, 12 year old daughter, and an aloof cat named Dash. I grew up in the Bothwell/Thatcher area. Growing up in a rural area during that time, I spent a lot of time outside with other kids in the neighborhood riding bikes, playing in the snow and having adventures.

Currently, I like to spend my free time with my family outdoors going on picnics, walking on easy trails, and canoeing. My daughter and I also enjoy watching funny cat videos, especially Simon’s Cat on YouTube.

I attended Ricks College and Utah State University where I earned a Masters Degree in Communication Disorders. Previous to joining Harmony Arts, I worked for 19 years as a speech-language pathologist for Weber School District serving children and families in preschool-6th grade. I love fostering student growth in communication and in themselves. There is a quote often seen in speech therapy circles, “Everybody deserves a voice.” I think music is another way for that voice to be expressed.

My family has benefited from attending classes through Harmony Arts. My daughter started attending classes as a toddler with her dad and it helped their relationship and communication grow. I look forward to helping other families have positive experiences here at Harmony Arts.

Natalie has been a committed Musikgarten/Harmony Arts mom since 2009 and loves the difference Musikgarten has made in her home. She says, “There are so many things I love about Musikgarten! I love the music education our entire family receives. I love the connection of the studio as well as the connection my children learn as they learn about animals and people of different cultures. I love that it is so fun. My kids look forward to their classes every week and every year and usually don’t mind practicing because they love the songs they are learning and the environment of their classes. I even feel that I am a better and calmer mother because of the parent ed I’ve received through Musikgarten.”

Natalie grew up in Idaho Falls and started learning to play the piano when she was 3 ½ years old. When she was 6, She started participating in a music federation program. After three years of consecutive superior scores, she received a trophy and realized she had started early enough that if she got a superior score every year she would be able to get four trophies- a rarely received award. This became a driving goal to get the fourth and largest trophy, which she did. This was such a long-range goal that took so much dedication that it is one of her treasured achievements.

Another dream Natalie had was to marry the love of her life and be the mother of lots of cute little children. In 2005 she married her true love and now is a homeschooling mother of six sweet children. She loves and feels grateful to be living her dream. Of course, there are plenty of days when she has to remind herself to be grateful and remember that this is the dream she desired. Some of their favorite things to do are turn some fun music up really loud and dance all over the house, snuggle and read together, explore in nature, and create. Now, Natalie is part of the Harmony Arts team writing blog articles, sharing what she has learned and loves about music, and helping other families along their musical journey. We are so grateful for Natalie, and her valued perspective in wirting articles to support our parents.

Ashley Ruth Tolman was born during the middle of the Whittier Earthquake in Los Angeles, announcing to the world that she would from that time forth love to "make an entrance."

Raised in beautiful Brigham City, Ashley spent much of her childhood swimming, playing basketball, camping with her family, and singing. Her parents joke that she could sing before she could speak, and has been making a joyful noise ever since that happy discovery!

Ashley's first solo was at a church function when she was three years old. Even today, nothing brings her as much joy as singing praises to God! Later, she learned that she liked to make music at school with Marilyn Stewart at Foothill Elementary. Ashley took piano lessons, and found she especially liked the music of George Gershwin-- a love passed down to her from her father.

Family singing time in the Tolman house usually involved her father playing the piano and her mother singing, with Ashley and her brothers banging pots and pans together. Music was always a large part of homelife! From harmonizing in the car on road trips, to making up songs while kayaking together on a lake, Ashley was taught from an early age the joy that comes from making music with people you love!

After graduating Box Elder High School, Ashley attended Utah State University and earned a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Opera Performance. Her mentors at USU include Craig Jessop and Alan Matthews. One of her most life-directing experiences at USU centered around her time in the choir at the Institute of Religion. There, she learned the importance of hard work, collaboration, and many spiritual aspects of music. Ashley often says that being part of Institute Choir was "the best mission-prep" she ever had, and is grateful for the musical experiences she had as a missionary.

Shortly after serving a mission, Ashley was very fortunate to win an international romantic music competition, and performed her first solo in Carnegie Hall in NYC. This blessing inspired her to live in NYC full-time. Ashley LOVED living in NYC with all of her heart! From singing in bars, to auditioning, to performing in musicals and choirs, Ashley enjoyed the learning opportunity of being associated with many incredible performers from all around the world.

During the Covid19 pandemic, Ashley lost her jobs in two different musicals in NYC, and returned to Utah. The greatest blessing of this time of transition was the day Ashley met her husband, Brad. Brad and Ashley live in Bear River and are working on remodeling an old pioneer house together! They love singing primary songs with their two little boys each night, riding bikes, and being outside.

Ashley is thrilled to be part of HAMA, and feels honored to be learning with the incredible teachers and musicians here! And we are equally thrilled and honored to have Ashley as part of HAMA. Her infectious excitement and positivity inspire everyone around her. Watch for more fun classes and experiences coming up with Ashley!

When Denise was a small child, shortly after starting Kindergarten, her mother began teaching her how to play the piano. She can still remember, over 20 years later, the first duet she ever played with her mom. What started as a simple black key duet would turn into a musical journey that would span decades and cultures.

A few years after her mom started teaching her, Denise had the opportunity to take lessons from Sylvia Hunt, a master teacher living in Caldwell Idaho. Sylvia was deeply involved in the College of Idaho and her passion for music was contagious. Her recitals were held in either the grand college auditorium or in the beautiful Presbyterian Church where Sylvia was the Organist. Every Monday when Denise went to lessons, she would pass a fence that had a dozen brass instruments attached to it. She passed that fence for over a decade and it became a symbol of Mrs. Hunt’s legacy.

In High School, Denise met another powerful musical mentor. Her freshman year of high school was the year Dan Child took over the choir department. Over her four years of high school, he transformed the program and Denise was able to participate in multiple choirs, both as a singer and an accompanist. The music, the relationships with her fellow classmates, and the belief that Mr. Child showed in each individual stayed with her. He taught Denise that it wasn’t about using kids to make beautiful music — it was about using music to make beautiful kids. The power of a teacher with that kind of belief in every student creates a legacy that is impacting the world. At every Christmas concert at Middleton High, they sing the Hallelujah Chorus and every past member of the choirs is invited to come on stage to sing. That number started as 24 singers a decade ago and now their chorus is hundreds strong and growing.

With these two inspirational mentors having pushed her forward, Denise enrolled in the Elementary Education Program at Brigham Young University. She was passionate about teaching, and desired to inspire people they way her teachers had inspired her.

In her second year, she had an unexpected opportunity to serve as a missionary. She chose to defer and was sent to Guatemala for 6 weeks of training before serving in Panama for another year and a half. Learning to speak a second language was one of the most humbling experiences of her life. Her time in Panama would build friendships with people across the globe and teach the value of every person’s identity and purpose in life, no matter their circumstances.

Her mission affected her attitude and choices upon returning to school. BYU-Idaho tuition costs are largely covered by the tithing of church members. She had spent a year and a half with people who gave to God despite their poverty and would never be able to attend a university. She felt the responsibility of their contributions and vowed to make the best use of the opportunities given.

As Denise pursued her degree in Education, she chose to minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. These classes were instrumental in making decisions to maintain her Spanish and decide to pass that language on to her children someday. She was able to work in the kindergarten Dual Immersion Program in a surrounding school as a long-term substitute during her semester off and see all of these principles in practice. She also had the opportunity to take piano lessons at the collegiate level and study piano pedagogy (the study of how to teach piano playing). These classes filled her with a hunger to surround herself with people who were passionate about piano and to pursue her own musical abilities.

Denise met Cameron King near the end of her junior year. His background — being one of seven brothers and raised on a farm — were pretty much her dream come true. They married their senior year and after both of their graduations, they moved to Heyburn, Idaho, where Cameron worked as an Engineer for 11 months.

In that time, they managed to fulfill another of her dreams and they both participated in a local production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Since moving to Utah, Denise has continued to seek musical mentors as well as involve herself in the arts. She has taught piano lessons to several students, taken voice lessons, joined Bear River Reflections Women’s Choir and accompanied church choirs. She has learned many traditional songs in Spanish to sing with her children, and has loved watching her son and daughter find joy in music.

In the summer of 2021, Denise sought out Nan Croney to mentor her through a 13-page piano recital suite of The Lion King. Nan invited her to enroll her young kids in the Musikgarten program, and within the first two classes, Denise was hooked on the mission and results of Harmony Arts. Denise then sought for the opportunities to become involved to further her own training, and to offer her children the musical opportunities that would benefit them for life.

She ponders often on the wisdom of her previous mentors, and how music had touched her life in such a beautiful way. When she became involved at Harmony Arts, she found multiple mentors who exemplified what she most loved about music.

Denise wants to always remember that music has the power to transform our lives into beautiful experiences and keep that legacy alive for generations to come!