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 USU graduate in Music Education. She has taught music, specifically Band, in Box Elder county schools for five years and also worked as Music Teacher at the Promontory School of Expeditionary Learning in Perry, Utah.
Tara is a professional flutist and has been a member of the Northern Utah Flute Quartet for five years. She enjoys teaching private flute and piano lessons here at Harmony Arts Academy. She also teaches Preschool, Years 1 & 2 in the Musikgarten Keyboard Program, and directs our Children's Choir. She is currently working on developing a wind program, starting with early flutes, for Harmony Arts Academy.
Our students love Tara's spontaneous sense of humor and have benefited greatly from her outstanding musicianship and creativity. Family time, treats, music, animals and outdoors are a few of her favorite things.
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.
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.
Meet Lindsey Richards! Lindsey teaches Private Piano Lessons here at Harmony Arts. She has studied piano...
Her experience 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 works at CMG as a Lab Assistant and as Teaching Assistant in Keyboard Classes. He graduated from the Musikgarten Program years ago, and has studied piano for ___ years.... (more coming)
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.