Joanna is passionate about music and the development of children. She creates a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.
Joanna studied voice at Indiana University and received a Vermont teaching license and Master's degree in Integrating the Arts into Education from St. Michael's College. 2018 marks Joanna's 6th year as a center director/teacher of Music Together. Joanna teaches preschool music classes at The Schoolhouse, Saxon Hill School, and in four Heartworks schools, as well as family classes in Richmond. This year she began teaching Rhythm Kids, a multicultural drumming program for Pre-K--2nd grade (so much fun!) and has been trying to improve her drumming chops with Sambatucada in the summers.
As a hospice volunteer, Joanna has also been singing/directing with the VNA's Noyana Singers for 10 years, bringing music to community members on hopsice and their families.
Joanna is the mom of 2 music-loving teenagers (ages 13 & 15).
Joanna's best musical influences were her parents, whose love of music made for a lot of singin' in the car!