RACHEL KRAMERRachel Kramer, NCTM, holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in piano performance from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Music in piano performance and pedagogy from The University of Michigan. She is the President of Music Learning Center, Inc. She is President and Co-founder of the Cincinnati Center for Adult Music Study, Founder of SOS Music Group and CEO of AlivenArts. Rachel has held positions at the Music Teachers National Association, including Director of Member Development, Assistant Executive Director, Director of Education and Member Liaison and was Adjunct Faculty member at Wilmington College.
EDY DREITH is returning to teach at BMEC, having taught in the program in 2003. Edy holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of South Alabama She taught high school chorus for four years in Florida, before moving to Cincinnati in 2000. Since moving to Cincinnati, Edy has been active in community music theater, choral groups, including MUSE - Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir and taught general music at St. Ursula Villa. In addition to teaching at BMEC, Edy also has an independent voice studio and is the proud mother of Abigail and Oscar!
LIZA MEYERS holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music education and will soon complete her doctorate. She has taught elementary music for 19 years in OH, AZ, and NY and was chosen as Teacher of the Year for her school in 2010. Liza holds full certification in both Kodály and Orff music teaching methodologies. She studied at the International Kodály Seminar in Kecskemet, Hungary in 2003, has been an adjunct instructor for graduate Kodály certification courses for practicing music teachers for 12 years. She also taught World Music for undergraduate music education majors in NY and OH. Liza received a Japan Fulbright Memorial Scholarship to study music and culture in Tokyo and Shiogama, Japan in 2006, and interned with an Orff movement teacher in 2008.
Liza has extensive experience presenting workshops for school districts and universities, and at state, regional, and national music education conferences in various states. She has held many leadership positions in state, regional, and national professional organizations. Liza served as Western Division President for the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE), as national program chair for the OAKE national conference in the past, and she currently serves as a member of the Teacher Education Committee for OAKE, among other leadership experiences. Liza, an Ohio native, has recently returned to the state with her husband Brian, who is currently an instrumental music education professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. They live with their goofy Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Louie.
MARY BOND is a recent graduate of Xavier University living in Cincinnati, OH. She is currently teaching Vocal and General Music at Delhi Middle School. She completed her student teaching at Walnut Hills High School and Indian Hill Elementary. She has been involved with many Cincinnati-based arts organizations including the Cincinnati Boychoir, the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, and Collegium Cincinnati. She is an actively performing vocalist and serves as soprano section leader at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church.
JANELL ROEPER is a student at Miami University earning a degree in Music Education with a focus on Instrumental and General Music. She has had the opportunity to work with the Dayton Philharmonic in their “Q the Music” elementary school program as an educator, work in the Global Rhythms concert with international artists, and has performed in many venues across the US including Carnegie Hall and in Washing DC for the Inaugural Parade in 2013. While at Miami University, she has worked in the music library, taken independent studies teaching general music at Maude Marshall Elementary School, and has been elected as the vice-president of the Miami chapter of the National Association for Music Education. Janell’s ambition is to share the power, love, and developmental benefits that come from learning, playing, and performing music.