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 and Toddlers 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.

Alison Baker
Ali has a BSN from Millikin University and also is a certified Signing Time Instructor.  Although she doesn't play any instruments, she has been singing all her life and very much enjoys teaching early childhood music!  While living in Litchfield, Ali taught a music, movement, and signing class for the park district. Ali has completed training in Babies and Family Music. Ali is married to Curt, and is the proud mother of 2 children, Bradley and Liam.

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.

Bethany Potthoff
Bethany has a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Illinois State University and is now an RN at St. John's.  She has been making music since she could talk!  She participated in music at church, sang in choir, played flute in band, and took piano lessons for 10 years.  While at ISU, she participated in University Band, University Choir, Concert Choir, and Madrigals.  Bethany has been trained in Music Makers at the Keyboard.   Bethany and her husband, Mike, live in Springfield with their two sons, Graham and Griffin.

Jamie Balter

Rising soprano Jamie Balter most recently received recognition by both The American Prize in Voice and New York Lyric Opera Theatre Competition for her performance of works by Strauss, Mozart, and Wagner. A native of Baltimore, Ms. Balter earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.

In July of 2017, she made her role debut as Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. During the 2015/16 season, Ms. Balter returned to the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as Marcellina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, where she also covered Countess Almaviva under the baton of Maestro James Richman. In addition, she appeared as La hatte/L’Écureuil in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges.

Previously, Ms. Balter joined the roster of Russian Opera Workshop, where she covered Zemfira in Rachmaninoff’s Aleko and the title role in an abridged version of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. Balter began the 2016 season as a guest artist in From Heidelberg to Hanover, where she performed Strauss’ Four Last Songs in addition to selections from Lohengrin, Der Freischütz, and Tannhäuser with Lyric Opera Baltimore Artistic Director, James Harp. Highlights of the 2014/15 season include Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Alice (cover) in Verdi’s Falstaff with Harrower Opera Workshop, and An Evening of Opera & Song with the McDonogh Guest Artist Series.

Ms. Balter is currently a student of Justin John Moniz. She holds the position of Artistic Administrator at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, having previously served as Director of Admissions.

Angela Spann
Angela teaches ART at The Music Factory during our summer Music/Art camps. She has a B.A. in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Art from SIU Edwardsville.  She has taught art in schools as well as with preschool art programs, with Gymboree Play and Music from 2003-2006 and The Music Factory from 2008-present.  She hopes to encourage your child's creativity and enhance their learning  by bridging experiences in art and music. She and her husband, Kevin live here in Springfield with their four daughters, Brandi, Emily, Cora and Josie. 

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.