Meet Our Team
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.
Marie is our Head Administrative Assistant and she handles so many things that are essential to HAMA running smoothly! We couldn’t do it without her!
Marie was born in Brigham City, Utah, although she spent most of her upbringing in Gilbert, AZ and Las Vegas, NV. Marie attended Dixie State University and studied vocal performance with scholarships for piano accompaniment, before transferring to Utah Valley University to finish her schooling.
Marie met her husband Brian and they married in 2015. They moved to Tooele, where they bought their first house a few years ago. Marie and Brian raise Great Danes. They have 3 adults now, and recently had their second litter of puppies. Marie works as a piano and vocal teacher in Tooele, and also has recently started to work as a piano technician and tuner. For fun, Marie enjoys anything social with her friends and family.
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!
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.
Hi! I'm Jennifer Richardson and I'm thrilled to be part of the staff at Harmony Arts!
For the past eight years I've worked in BESD with kids with disabilities. What a great source of joy that has been in my life! One of the many things I've learned from that experience is that I'm not always the teacher. In fact, more often than not I came to recognize that the students had so much more to teach me than I had for them. That created space for tremendous personal growth, for which I'm eternally grateful.
I'm the wife of the most incredible man on the planet! It's a blessing and a challenge to be married to a man that's actually that good. I'm pleased and thankful to be the mother of 5 children: 4 daughters and 1 son, aka the Fab Five. Some might think that title belongs to a famous musical group, but I personally think it's fitting of my own crew. My youngest, Becca, is also employed at Harmony Arts. I'm also Nana to 4 of most darling boys who know how to wrap me around their tiny fingers. 😁
I love the great outdoors but in all honesty I'm a fair-weather friend. The snow and cold are not my favorite. I was born and raised in Southern California so I'm quite certain sand and surf course through my veins. Beach should be my middle name.
I've served in many volunteer positions in the community and in my church. I started with PTA in the mid 90's and served in many capacities, advocating for all children, not just my own. I've served in PTA alone for more than 20 years.
I am a licensed and registered foot zoner and enjoy learning about health and various modalities that improve health in all ways: mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. I'm a believer in lifting where we stand and sharing our gifts and talents with those around us. However small my own contribution might be, I believe each light can make a difference. We all have something to contribute that blesses others.
Music has always been a source of learning, happiness, and comfort to me. I strongly encouraged my children (they might use the word 'forced' 😁) to have various music lessons as part of their learning. I've always believed music enhances all learning, including academics. Music speaks the words of our souls that so often our hearts and mouths don't have the ability or vocabulary to express. It is an excellent and worthy source of self-expression.
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.
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.
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.
Marée Zollinger taught at Harmony Arts and Music Academy when it was still known as Croney Music Garden. She taught Home, Preschool, and Keyboard 1 and 2, along with private piano and djembe lessons. She also assisted in Cycles, spearheaded the private drum curriculum during its first year, and was heavily involved in the development of summer camps — particularly the Princess and Hero camps.
Now living in Idaho, she continues to contribute to the studio by writing the articles for the blog and occasionally serving as a sounding board for ideas. Marée also helped document the new mission statement and company values.
When she’s not doing Harmony Arts work, Marée spends the majority of her time with her toddler. She loves to read, write music, play brass instruments, compete in sports (especially soccer), and create scratch boards of wild animals. If she had a place to keep one, she would have an off-road motorcycle.
Marée has always had a love for children. Whether babysitting, teaching music, or playing just for the fun of it, she is able to connect with them. She learns as much as she can to help others (particularly children) recognize their value, understand their purpose, and unleash their inner greatness.
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.”
Alyssa is an administrative assistant at HAMA. She was born and raised in the Tremonton area. She married her High School sweetheart and they have two adorable boys! Alyssa studied piano at Snow College with an emphasis in commercial music and has taught piano for 8 years. Alyssa loves sharing music with others and had the privilege to be an accompanist for a local women's choir for the past 2 years. Music has been Alyssa's passion since childhood, but she also enjoys reading, running, baking, and singing. Her goals shifted after college, and she says motherhood has become the best part of her life. Her favorite thing, most of all, is to spend time with her family. They enjoy fishing, shooting, hiking and anything outdoors.
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.