Our Teachers

Cathy Mathia founded East Dallas Children’s Music in 1989. Cathy is an internationally known early childhood music and movement specialist and one of thirteen North American Teacher Educators for Musikgarten. Ever since she was a young child, Cathy has wanted to be a teacher and loves musical play with children and their families. It is one of her greatest joys!

Cathy holds Bachelors degrees in Organ Performance and Music Therapy, and a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting. Having completed extensive study in early childhood music, movement, and child development, she has been involved in music education for 30 years. She has been a church musician since she was 11 years old. Prior to founding East Dallas Children’s Music, Cathy was the early childhood music specialist in the Piano Preparatory Department at SMU.

Co-author of the God’s Children Sing curriculum published by Musikgarten and former president of the international Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, Cathy is certified at Level III, the highest level attainable. As an international teacher trainer in the field and an early elementary choral clinician, Cathy teaches at universities, conferences, and churches throughout the world.

Cathy lives in East Dallas with her husband Joe, who is an incredible pianist, teacher and church musician, and their two wonderful daughters, Hallie and Cloe.

Rebecca Simonfalvi began pursuing her love of music at the age of 5 by studying music theory and piano, but always with the goal of learning to playing the flute. She started flute study at age 11 and received many awards including selection into the National Flute Choir, All-State for three years, touring Europe with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, winning several Concerto Competitions, and eventually winning a scholarship to the University of North Texas, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in flute performance. Rebecca recently completed a double master's degree in teaching with a specialty in Early Childhood Music and flute performance at Texas Women's University.

Rebecca taught flute at Coppell Middle School East for six years, north of Dallas for seven years, and now maintains a full studio south of Dallas teaching flute and piano students.

Rebecca began teaching early childhood music nine years ago, becoming trained and certified to teach every level in the Musikgarten program. She is proud to have been honored with the coveted Musikgarten Achievement Award for teaching excellence.

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