Meet our teachers

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Jeanie Roemer

Founder and Director (jeanie@smartstartmusic.com)

Jeanie Roemer, founder and director of Smart Start Music has been a licensed Kindermusik educator since 1996. With a background in piano and children's music, for many years she served as a "Mentor" for Kindermusik International and has trained hundreds of new Kindermusik educators worldwide. She was the president of KEA (Kindermusik Educators Assoc.), the international Kindermusik teachers organization, from 2003 - 2005. She has had one of the largest Kindermusik programs in the world since 2007. Her 2017-2018 Maestro status, top 1% of all educators worldwide, had her placed her as the 7th largest program in the U.S. and 12th largest Kindermusik program in the world.

She has three grown children, five grandchildren, and has been married to her best friend Mark, forever :-).

Her greatest passion is sharing her love of music with the children who come to her classes each week!

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Carolyn Beskok

Carolyn Beskok hails from West Lafayette, Indiana, where she grew up on a dairy farm. She graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Area-Music Education k-12. Her major instrument was bassoon, with a minor in voice. She taught in the public school systems of Indiana before following her husband to Princeton, New Jersey where she was principal bassoonist with the Westminster Orchestra, and a veterinary technician with an all-cat practice.

 

Once again, following her husband they moved to Providence, Rhode Island, where Carolyn helped to re-instate a band program in an elementary and middle school. After her husband accepted a faculty position at Texas A & M, they moved to College Station.  Their two children were born there, and that was where Carolyn was introduced to Kindermusik.  Their daughter was born with cerebral palsy, and Carolyn knew the power of music. She attended a KM class with her infant daughter, and was hooked from then on! The instructor approached Carolyn about coming to teach for her.  What a blessing! Carolyn taught for 6 years in College Station.  

 

Once again, a faculty position to Old Dominion University caused a move, thus taking a break from teaching KM.  Now, happily back in Texas, Carolyn is excited to teach Kindermusik again!  She looks forward to meeting the wonderful families that love KM as much as she!

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Cara Phillips

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Cara Phillips grew up in a musical family as the daughter of two music educators. She plays piano and french horn, playing both in college on a grant. For several years she was a french horn player for the Rockwall Community Band and a brass quintet called the Rockwall Brass.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Missouri State University, Cara taught high school chemistry for five years. She continued her education, adding a Masters in Counseling, focusing on children and adolescents.

Cara is married to Ryan and has three children. Cara found Kindermusik as a parent when she took her own children to classes. As a Kindermusik mom she loved the bonding time she had with her kids during class and the developmental benefits they were receiving. Cara loves to share her passion for music with families in her own Kindermusik classroom.

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Leah Williams

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Leah Williams grew up in a very musical home in Weatherford, TX. She started playing piano when she was only 4 years old. She enjoyed playing piano as well as being in the school band playing the French Horn, where she was very successful. 

 

Miss Leah earned her Music Education degree from Northwestern State University in Louisiana. She went on to teach Elementary music to children in K-5th grades for 6 years in the Plano ISD. 

 

After marrying and having a son, Miss Leah found the desire to be home with her family while still being able to instill the love and appreciation of music in others. Now with a second son, a K-9 dog in her house as well as other dogs, she keeps busy teaching Kindermusik, Kiddie Keys, being a piano accompanist, and has a monogram Easy shop!  Needless to say, grass doesn't grow under her feet!  She has a desire to share the joy of music with other families and to help facilitate music learning in their homes. 

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Jeanie Roemer

Founder and Director (jeanie@smartstartmusic.com)

Jeanie Roemer, founder and director of Smart Start Music has been a licensed Kindermusik educator since 1996. With a background in piano and children's music, for many years she served as a "Mentor" for Kindermusik International and has trained hundreds of new Kindermusik educators worldwide. She was the president of KEA (Kindermusik Educators Assoc.), the international Kindermusik teachers organization, from 2003 - 2005. She has had one of the largest Kindermusik programs in the world since 2007. Her 2017-2018 Maestro status, top 1% of all educators worldwide, had her placed her as the 7th largest program in the U.S. and 12th largest Kindermusik program in the world.

She has three grown children, five grandchildren, and has been married to her best friend Mark, forever :-).

Her greatest passion is sharing her love of music with the children who come to her classes each week!

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Carolyn Beskok

Carolyn Beskok hails from West Lafayette, Indiana, where she grew up on a dairy farm. She graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Area-Music Education k-12. Her major instrument was bassoon, with a minor in voice. She taught in the public school systems of Indiana before following her husband to Princeton, New Jersey where she was principal bassoonist with the Westminster Orchestra, and a veterinary technician with an all-cat practice.

 

Once again, following her husband they moved to Providence, Rhode Island, where Carolyn helped to re-instate a band program in an elementary and middle school. After her husband accepted a faculty position at Texas A & M, they moved to College Station.  Their two children were born there, and that was where Carolyn was introduced to Kindermusik.  Their daughter was born with cerebral palsy, and Carolyn knew the power of music. She attended a KM class with her infant daughter, and was hooked from then on! The instructor approached Carolyn about coming to teach for her.  What a blessing! Carolyn taught for 6 years in College Station.  

 

Once again, a faculty position to Old Dominion University caused a move, thus taking a break from teaching KM.  Now, happily back in Texas, Carolyn is excited to teach Kindermusik again!  She looks forward to meeting the wonderful families that love KM as much as she!

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Cara Phillips

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Cara Phillips grew up in a musical family as the daughter of two music educators. She plays piano and french horn, playing both in college on a grant. For several years she was a french horn player for the Rockwall Community Band and a brass quintet called the Rockwall Brass.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Missouri State University, Cara taught high school chemistry for five years. She continued her education, adding a Masters in Counseling, focusing on children and adolescents.

Cara is married to Ryan and has three children. Cara found Kindermusik as a parent when she took her own children to classes. As a Kindermusik mom she loved the bonding time she had with her kids during class and the developmental benefits they were receiving. Cara loves to share her passion for music with families in her own Kindermusik classroom.

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Leah Williams

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Leah Williams grew up in a very musical home in Weatherford, TX. She started playing piano when she was only 4 years old. She enjoyed playing piano as well as being in the school band playing the French Horn, where she was very successful. 

 

Miss Leah earned her Music Education degree from Northwestern State University in Louisiana. She went on to teach Elementary music to children in K-5th grades for 6 years in the Plano ISD. 

 

After marrying and having a son, Miss Leah found the desire to be home with her family while still being able to instill the love and appreciation of music in others. Now with a second son, a K-9 dog in her house as well as other dogs, she keeps busy teaching Kindermusik, Kiddie Keys, being a piano accompanist, and has a monogram Easy shop!  Needless to say, grass doesn't grow under her feet!  She has a desire to share the joy of music with other families and to help facilitate music learning in their homes. 

CARLA JONES

Product Manager

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Jeanie new.jpg

Jeanie Roemer

Founder and Director (jeanie@smartstartmusic.com)

Jeanie Roemer, founder and director of Smart Start Music has been a licensed Kindermusik educator since 1996. With a background in piano and children's music, for many years she served as a "Mentor" for Kindermusik International and has trained hundreds of new Kindermusik educators worldwide. She was the president of KEA (Kindermusik Educators Assoc.), the international Kindermusik teachers organization, from 2003 - 2005. She has had one of the largest Kindermusik programs in the world since 2007. Her 2017-2018 Maestro status, top 1% of all educators worldwide, had her placed her as the 7th largest program in the U.S. and 12th largest Kindermusik program in the world.

She has three grown children, five grandchildren, and has been married to her best friend Mark, forever :-).

Her greatest passion is sharing her love of music with the children who come to her classes each week!

Carolyn new.jpg

Carolyn Beskok

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Carolyn Beskok hails from West Lafayette, Indiana, where she grew up on a dairy farm. She graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Area-Music Education k-12. Her major instrument was bassoon, with a minor in voice. She taught in the public school systems of Indiana before following her husband to Princeton, New Jersey where she was principal bassoonist with the Westminster Orchestra, and a veterinary technician with an all-cat practice.

 

Once again, following her husband they moved to Providence, Rhode Island, where Carolyn helped to re-instate a band program in an elementary and middle school. After her husband accepted a faculty position at Texas A & M, they moved to College Station.  Their two children were born there, and that was where Carolyn was introduced to Kindermusik.  Their daughter was born with cerebral palsy, and Carolyn knew the power of music. She attended a KM class with her infant daughter, and was hooked from then on! The instructor approached Carolyn about coming to teach for her.  What a blessing! Carolyn taught for 6 years in College Station.  

 

Once again, a faculty position to Old Dominion University caused a move, thus taking a break from teaching KM.  Now, happily back in Texas, Carolyn is excited to teach Kindermusik again!  She looks forward to meeting the wonderful families that love KM as much as she!

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Cara Phillips

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Cara Phillips grew up in a musical family as the daughter of two music educators. She plays piano and french horn, playing both in college on a grant. For several years she was a french horn player for the Rockwall Community Band and a brass quintet called the Rockwall Brass.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Missouri State University, Cara taught high school chemistry for five years. She continued her education, adding a Masters in Counseling, focusing on children and adolescents.

Cara is married to Ryan and has three children. Cara found Kindermusik as a parent when she took her own children to classes. As a Kindermusik mom she loved the bonding time she had with her kids during class and the developmental benefits they were receiving. Cara loves to share her passion for music with families in her own Kindermusik classroom.

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Leah Williams

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Leah Williams grew up in a very musical home in Weatherford, TX. She started playing piano when she was only 4 years old. She enjoyed playing piano as well as being in the school band playing the French Horn, where she was very successful. 

Miss Leah earned her Music Education degree from Northwestern State University in Louisiana. She went on to teach Elementary music to children in K-5th grades for 6 years in the Plano ISD. 

 

After marrying and having a son, Miss Leah found the desire to be home with her family while still being able to instill the love and appreciation of music in others. Now with a second son, a K-9 dog in her house as well as other dogs, she keeps busy teaching Kindermusik, Kiddie Keys, being a piano accompanist, and has a monogram Easy shop!  Needless to say, grass doesn't grow under her feet!  She has a desire to share the joy of music with other families and to help facilitate music learning in their homes. 

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Nadiya Rojas

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Nadiya Rojas grew up in a musical home and began taking vocal and piano lessons at a young age. While in school she joined the choir and theatre groups, and on the weekends she sang in church and with local music groups.

 

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Mississippi. During her time at the university she also studied music and participated in various musical programs offered, as well as enrolling in child development courses in hopes of one day working with children.

 

Nadiya first heard of Kindermusik when a friend spoke of the tremendous influence it had on her oldest son. She loves the idea of introducing children to music at such a young age, and she is excited to witness the impact this wonderful program has on the lives of the parents and children in her classes!

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Katie Treadwell

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Katie Treadwell is a Texan, born and raised. She grew up in a loving home, and learned how to sing, specifically how to harmonize, standing next to her mother in church. She has always loved music, even making up songs from a young age. She took piano lessons in elementary school, played the oboe in middle school, but really found her own music when she picked up a guitar. She has gone on to be involved in worship teams at her church, playing guitar and singing.

 

Katie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio/Television Production from the University of Central Florida, and has been involved in the filming of high school sports and other areas of production, specifically with video editing. 

 

Katie is married and stays home with her two children. After having her first child, Katie was looking for a place where she could bond with her son, and also meet and build relationships with other moms. That’s when she found Kindermusik. Now, after taking both of her children through classes, she wants to share the experience with others.

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Elizabeth Steadman

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Elizabeth Steadman will be teaching our Saturday classes at Coppell, and is an answer to prayer, as we're pretty picky about who we deem to be special enough to teach for us at one of our longest running locations, Coppell Dana's Studio of Dance.  Miss Elizabeth comes to us with more than 20 years teaching K-5 music education in Crowley and Carrollton/Farmers Branch.  Those of you with a K-5 musical background will revel in her classes filled with her Orff, Kodaly, and Feierabend training.  She is the mother of 3 grown "kids" and one of her favorite roles, now is being the grandmother of little Rylie, who has been a Kindermusik student for the past year (most of Rylie's life!).

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Sarah Brammer

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Sarah Brammer will be teaching at a new location for us, St. Andrew United Methodist Church, on Tuesday mornings. She has years and years of experience in music education. She taught Mesquite and Wylie high school choirs for the last 10 years, and is currently assisting with the children's choir at St. Andrew. She has been on the music staff at St. Andrew, in various capacities, for the last 13 years. She is a vocal performance major (don't get her talking about LSU!) and she has two precious children of her own. You just might end up in a class sitting beside her, in her role as a parent, or in one of her classes as the licensed educator!

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Megan Li

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Megan Li was raised in Nashville, TN in a very musical home. Her mother is a singer/songwriter and Megan grew up playing piano and then later studied harp. She went on to earn a Bachelor and Master degree in Harp Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. While in college, she met her husband when they attended the Round Top Summer Music Festival and were assigned to play a duet together. After he won a position with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, they relocated to DFW.

 

After moving to Grapevine, Megan has maintained a private harp and piano studio and performed various concerts and events on harp. She also spent a few years teaching the harp for Frisco ISD as part of their orchestra program. Megan discovered Kindermusik after her daughter Charissa was born and she has loved experiencing the classes as both a parent and a teacher.

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Molly Kizzar

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Molly Kizzar was born and raised in the Shreveport, LA area. She grew up as one of seven children. Music has played a significant role in her life since age eight, when she started piano lessons. She took her love of music all the way to college, where she got a piano scholarship. She received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR.

 

Since college, Molly has played in church worship bands, taught piano lessons, and taught elementary music in the classroom. She taught K-12 music in a private school in South Florida for two years before moving to Orlando with her husband Mike, which is where she found Kindermusik. After moving to Orlando, Molly and Mike wanted to start a family and she wanted to do something that would easily fit into her new role as a mom, while still being able to use her degree. She started working as a Kindermusik Educator and fell in love with the program. Once she had her first child in 2014, they felt the call to move to Louisiana to be close to family during their daughter’s early years. Molly started a job in another private school teaching K-6 music. She missed Kindermusik though. After another year of teaching in the classroom, she began her own Kindermusik studio in Shreveport and had a business partner. After living in Northwest Louisiana for six years, her husband’s job brought them to the DFW area.

 

Molly is married to her best friend, Mike, and they have three wonderful children. They are new to Texas but not new to the South – “Hey y’all!” Molly teaches piano lessons and is thrilled about teaching Kindermusik again. When she is not teaching, she loves spending time with her kids, being outside, making jewelry, watching LSU football, and watching shows with her husband in the peace and quiet.