Musikgarten Musikgarten

THE MUSIC FACTORY
1139 North MacArthur Blvd.,  Springfield, IL
info@springfieldmusicfactory.com

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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.  Her specialties include playing jazz and Bollywood music on the harp.  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.

 


 





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.






Megan Walter

Megan lives in Rochester with her husband, Greg, her children, Zach and Raelyn, her bonus children TJ and Sophia, and her labradors, Harley and Shelby. She has been a nanny to her amazing nephew, Carter, for 16 years. 
 
Music and dance have always been a part of her life. Megan taught tumbling, jazz, tap, and hip-hop for years. She has had the amazing opportunity to choreograph musicals at New Salem's Theatre in the Park including Camp Rock, Footloose, Grease, High School Musical, and All Shook Up

Megan is certified to teach Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers in the Musikgarten curriculum. 
 
"I am so excited to be on this Musikgarten and Art adventure with you and your kiddos! I am so blessed and grateful for the Music Factory and our music families."





Jennifer Rockwell

Jennifer Rockwell has a bachelors in elementary and music education from Quincy University and a Masters of Music education from Illinois State University.  While at university her focus was instrumental instruction. Jennifer’s major instrument was the bass clarinet but she also spent several years studying the bassoon and tuba.  She also played with Quincy Universities percussion ensemble.  One of her fondest memories of that time is playing the tenor paper bag in a Paper Bag Quartet.

Jennifer has taught elementary general music for 25 years.  So while her educational training is instrumental, her practical experience is vocal.  Whether students are focused an instrumental or vocal studies Jennifer integrates student’s goals with a focus on improving foundational skills such as breathing, posture, embouchure, sight reading, and aural skills.

Jennifer lives in Springfield with her husband and daughter.  There is nothing she enjoys more than the strapping on her helmet and taking out her bicycle for a ride.  She has completed two 100 mile century rides and countless metric century (100 km) rides.  Her newest bicycle adventure is bicycle touring where she carries everything she needs with her on her bicycle as she travels from place to place.





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.