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 is so proud of her 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.

   
Liann Boling "I've wanted to be a music educator since I was a child. Music energizes me! I enjoy watching how children's love of music blossoms in Musikgarten classes. I love how their natural curiosity about hearing different sounds in class develops into better listening skills. And it amazes me to see their ability to improvise! I'm so excited to have this wonderful opportunity to grow musically with these children!"

Liann grew up in Taiwan and began learning piano at age 5. In addition to being a member of a piano club/society in college, she volunteered as a piano teacher for seniors. She also began teaching piano at private music schools while pursuing her love of psychology. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Mental Rehabilitation/Clinical Psychology, and a Masters of Arts in Community Counseling.
Liann moved to Dallas 10 years ago to work in a psychiatric program at UT Southwestern with patients suffering from depression, drug abuse/addiction, and child abuse. She has been serving in the Music Ministry and Children's program at her church, and in addition to being a registered Suzuki piano teacher, is a licensed and certified Musikgarten teacher.

   

Alice SoowYee Wong "I strongly believe each child is unique and has his or her own potential to excel in any field, as long as a good environment and a quality education are provided!"

Alice began her musical education at age 8 taking piano lessons. She attended the University College Sedaya International in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to earn her Music Diploma, and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Middlesex University in England.

Since she was a child, Alice wanted to be a music teacher, and she began her music career teaching piano to children and adults. Having attended Musikgarten workshops in Malaysia and the United States, Alice became a licensed and certified Musikgarten teacher in all levels. She is also certified through The Gordon Institute for Music Learning for Early Childhood.

   

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