Miss Judy, owner and educator, received her music education at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and continued studies in music composition after relocating to Pennsylvania. A veteran piano teacher and church organist, she has directed adult and children’s choirs spanning all ages. Until recently she served as the Worship Director at Freedom Community Church in Souderton, PA. Miss Judy is the primary author of our custom cirricula featured in both our daycare and studio programs.
Miss Debbie joined our staff in 2007, after enjoying our program for three years as one of our “Music Class Mom’s”. Miss Debbie currently teaches in several of our Daycare programs in Lansdale, Horsham and Collegeville. After graduating from Temple University with a BA, she worked in customer service for ten years before starting her family. Miss Debbie enjoys singing, acting and dancing with her church theatrical group at Our Lady of Mt Carmel in Doylestown. more
Miss Jill is an enthusiastic and energetic teacher in several Daycare and Studio classes for Milestones In Music.
Following her formal education in Early Childhood Education, Miss Jill taught several years in a private daycare. Miss Jill also brings several years of experience in theater and dance into the classroom.
Miss Rachel joined Milestones In Music during the Fall Semester of 2011. She moved to the area from Syracuse, NY, where she obtained a Master of Science degree in Music Education, Magna Cum Laude, and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Syracuse University. Miss Rachel has experience teaching both elementary and secondary level band, orchestra, piano and voice.
We are pleased to have Dr. Jason on the Milestones In Music team. Jason is an experienced piano instructor and an active composer of contemporary music. He is one of those rare people that can successfully teach piano to both children and adults whether beginner or experienced. Jason will be teaching in our Lansdale studio.
Dr. Jason completed his doctorate in composition at The Catholic University of America in 2009. He also earned a Masters degree in Composition as well as a Masters degree in Computer Music from the Peabody Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the University of Oklahoma. Jason is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda music honors society.
Miss Lauren joins our staff as one of our Music & Movement and Young Musician teachers. Her beautiful voice and infectious energy immediately engages the children and makes her a new favorite. Lauren has a Music degree from Cedar Crest College, and a long list of credits from various live theatre productions where she had Lead and support roles. Miss Lauren has experience in several district and regional vocal competitions, as well as A’cappella and Madrigal groups.
We are pleased to have Miss Tara on our staff! Miss Tara’s beautiful voice and a love of children, Miss Tara brings an excellent music background. Her previous experience includes teaching general music K-5, as well as singing in several choirs, serving as a Cantor in her church, and performing in the Bell Choir. Miss Tara has a degree in Music Education from Rutgers University.
Miss Laura is the newest member the Milestones In Music teaching team! Miss Laura has a beautiful voice, has been a member of several choirs, chorales, and musical productions, and is now an official Music Teacher. Laura’s education (Master’s degree from Columbia University) and employment background was in social work within the school systems from preschool through older ages, so she has a rich background of working with children. According to Miss Laura, “singing has always been a part of my life. I was in chorus programs from elementary school through high school. In college, I served as the Music Chair for my sorority, putting together group singing events, skits and other fun competitions. I also attended parent/child music classes with my own children from infancy through preschool.”
Miss Laura combines her musical talents and her professional experiences as she instructs in both our studio classes and child care classes.
Mr. Eric Gombert has joined the Milestones In Music teaching team as a piano instructor! Mr. Eric holds a Bachelor of Music degree and is an experienced teacher on both piano and organ. He began his music studies at the age of six, first studying piano and later most woodwind instruments prior to beginning organ lessons while in the seventh grade. Mr. Eric also holds the position of Director of Music at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Allentown.
Mr. Michel is the flute instructor at our Lansdale studio. Mr. Michel has been playing flute for over thirty years and has been teaching students since he was 16. He holds a BA in Music from the University of Massachusetts and has studied for many years with the Principal Flautist of the Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Michel has been a member of the National Flute Association since 1995.
Mr. Michel is competent in a variety of musical traditions including Jazz, Latin, Classical, and Renaissance. He has performed in a variety of venues throughout the United States and Europe. One of the highlights of his musical career was playing for the Dalai Lama.
Michele Halfpenny, M.A., CCC-SLP, is an ASHA certified, PA state licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences from Temple University in 1999, and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language-Hearing from Temple University in 2001. Michele performed her clinical fellowship working with developmentally delayed preschool aged children. Her clinical experience includes working with preschool and school aged children with a variety of speech and language needs; including articulation and language delays, stuttering, autism, PDD, hearing impaired, and cochlear implants.