Musikgarten Musikgarten

Main Studio Address:   1139 North MacArthur Blvd.,  Springfield, IL
Mailing Address:   17 Kirkley Lane,  Springfield, IL   62704

Studio Phone:  217-502-4958

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Our Teachers


Devon Carpenter, Owner

Devon is a Jacksonville, Illinois, native, and has a BA in Music and an MALS in History from Valparaiso University.  She is a professional harpist and has performed across the globe, including two years touring India and one year in Nigeria.  She has a passion for music education, and has taught harp and piano students of all ages and levels, including children with learning challenges and adult beginners.  Devon has completed Musikgarten training in the Babies, Toddlers, Preschool, and Keyboard curricula.  She has one daughter, Menai.



Deirdre Waters

Deirdre is the Director and Bookkeeper of the Music Factory and is certificated in teaching all levels of the Musikgarten curriculum.   She has a B.S. in Business Administration and has been involved in music all her life  (piano, flute, and choral work).  Some of her fondest childhood memories revolve around making music with her mother and sisters while hanging around the kitchen.  Deirdre joined The Music Factory in January 2002. She has also has a Level I Certificate from the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association.  She has three children:  Zach, Charlotte, Mitchell.

Tracey Wobig
Tracey has a B.S. in Computer Science, and has always loved music and enjoyed singing!  Beginning in 4th grade, and all through high school and college, she was in various singing groups and the occasional musical.  She has been a member of the Sound Celebration Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, since 1997.  Tracey has completed Musikgarten training in Babies, Family Music, Cycle of Seasons for Preschoolers, Music Makers At Home, and Music Makers Around the World.  She is married to Loren, and they have two girls, Kendall and Kaylee, and three cats: Marmalade, Oreo and Macadam.

Angie Spann
Angie Spann has a BA in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Art. She has taught many classes of children. She is passionate about creative outlets and enjoys providing opportunities for kids to explore art, she believes it enriches their learning. She and her husband, Kevin have four daughters that range from elementary to high school whom have all attended classes at The Music Factory and value the music instruction they have received. She teaches our Art Exploration Class. 

Bethany Swartz
Bethany has a B.M. in Music Business from Millikin University and has always been a strong advocate for music education. Coming from the Chicago suburbs, she came to central Illinois to pursue her passion of music at the collegiate level. Since graduating from Millikin University, she has performed in the Springfield Municipal Band (flute/piccolo), UIS Orchestra (flute/piccolo), and the Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra (oboe). While she has primarily played the flute and piccolo, she has often dabbled in other instruments including the oboe, saxophone, and trumpet. She started teaching at The Music Factory in Spring of 2018.


Lianne Brewer, Founder
Lianne has a BA in Music from California State University, Los Angeles, and has been trained in all curriculums of "Musikgarten".  She has a Level III Certificate from the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association.  At the University of Southern California and in Salzburg, Austria, she studied Orff-Schulwerk (the philosophy of music education that emphasizes active participation through a variety of forms:  speech, movement, song and instruments).  Lianne has also had training in "Music and Movement" with Phyllis Weikert.  Husband, Greg, is a neuroscientist at Univ. CA Irvine;  they have four children:  Jocelyn, who is married to Mike (and four amazing children, Caden, Olivia, Lacy, and Alexa); Joy, who is married to Chris (and their adorable sons, Bryce and Riley).  Nathan (married to Insa, and living in Vienna, Austria)  and Melody.