Meet our teachers

Jeanie Roemer, Founder and Director

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 teacher's organization, from 2003 - 2005. She has had one of the largest Kindermusik programs in the world since 2007.  Her 2017-18 Maestro status, top 1% of all educators worldwide, has her placed at 7th largest program in the US, and 12th largest Kindermusik program in the entire 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 Beskök

Carolyn Beskök 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, hopefully at SMU for a long time to come,   Carolyn is excited to teach Kindermusik again!  She looks forward to meeting the wonderful families that love KM as much as she!

Cara Phillips

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 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 to add a Masters in Counseling, focusing on children and adolescents.

 

Cara is married to Ryan and has three young children (and has adopted a sweet teenage girl from the Ukraine).   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.

Leah Williams

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. 

Nadiya Rojas

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!

Katie Treadwell

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.

Elizabeth Steadman

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!).

Sarah Brammer

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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