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 Cauthron 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.

JAYCIE SKIDMORE grew up in a musical family and doesn't remember a time when music was not a part of her life. As the daughter of a trombone player and pianist, it was not a matter of "if" she would play an instrument, but "what." Jaycie began studying flute at the age of 12 with East Dallas Children's Music's Ms. Rebecca! She received several awards and accolades, including earning a chair in the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and being selected to the All-State Band/Orchestra all four years of high school, culminating in being named first chair in the state of Texas her senior year. Jaycie earned a scholarship to Baylor University, where she completed a Bachelor of Music Education in 2007. During her time at Baylor, Jaycie served on the Dean's Honor Council, played with the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, and was Drum Major of the marching band. After graduating, she maintained a full-time private flute studio of sixty students for eight years.

Jaycie is certified to teach the entire Musikgarten curriculum, from babies through piano keyboard classes. She loves teaching in such a prestigious music school!

Jaycie maintains an active performance schedule with her Celtic band, The Selkie Girls, and is the Music Director and also the Director of Children’s Music for her church. She enjoys cycling, reading, watching movies, baking and cooking, and spending time with her husband, Donald, and two dogs, Chloe and Trixie.

"I am a firm believer in the power and effectiveness of music education early in a child's life. Music teaches countless life skills and develops a child's imagination, self-confidence and creative spirit better than any other medium. There is no greater joy than helping a child discover the magic of music.”


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