For more than 55 years, Baldwin Music Education Center has offered unique, specially designed group music classes for students from ages 6-months on up! The unique curriculum for the presechool classes combines use of a keyboard lab, rhythm instruments, movement and singing to introduce musical concepts through everyday seasonal and childhood experiences. Group Piano classes provide the perfect pedagogical landscape to learn to play the piano while also learning with friends. With the combination of this curriculum and the interaction with a trained staff member, your child will benefit from the lifelong skills developed through music study: concentration, coordination and self-confidence!
Rachel 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.
Rachel held the positions of Associate Director and Accompanist for MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir for 17 years. For 20 years she was the Associate Director at St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church. She has been the accompanist for the Martin Luther King Coalition Chorale, Wilmington College Chorale, Wilmington College Community Chorus, as well as accompanist for solo performers throughout the Greater Cincinnati Area. From 1990-1996, Kramer served as the Manager of Educational Programs for the Baldwin Piano & Organ Co. Rachel is the 2009 Ohio Independent Music Teacher of the Year. She is a certified MTNA Specialist in Group Piano Teaching and Recreational Music Making. She has published many articles on various topics of teaching and piano pedagogy, has done workshops across the country, adjudicated and has taught group piano to students of all ages for over 25 years from colleges to country clubs – prisons to cruise lines!
Edy Dreith has been teaching at BMEC since 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!
Jess Schummer holds a Bachelors of Music Degree in Choral Music Education from NKU She is currently a voice and piano instructor through Northern Kentucky University's Music Preparatory Department. Previously, she was a Teaching Assistant for the Northern Kentucky University's Children Choir and Co-Director of the Grandview Elementary School Choir. Jess is an active member of Northern Kentucky University's choral program by accompanying or singing with the choirs. Additionally, she is a member of the National Association of Music Education, National Federation of Music Clubs, and American Orff-Schulwerk Association.
Kendra Dunahugh is an energetic teacher who is passionate about helping shape the minds of children through music. She believes in the power of music to promote mental, physical and emotional growth in children of all ages. Kendra has worked as a private piano and voice teacher, a children's church director, a classroom aid for children with special needs, and a preschool teacher. Kendra is originally from Hillsboro, OH and received her Bachelor of Music in 2015 from Cincinnati Christian University.
Sarah Grogan is the director of the Cincinnati Choral Academy, a joint program of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, May Festival, and Vocal Arts Ensemble. Prior to this she was the assistant director of the Miami Choral Academy, an El Sistema inspired choral program for underprivileged elementary students in Miami-Dade Public Schools. She has also taught elementary music in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Music in music education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. While at CCM she received the John Leman Award for Choral Excellence, the Presser Award, and the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award.