Director of Kindermusik of Cambridge and Queen Street Music 

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Richard L’Abbe and family

RICHARD L’ABBE

Richard is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, performer, and music instructor.  In other lives, he spent years working in sales and administration.  Richard also developed his “Dad” skills sharing many great experiences with his wife, Valerie, and children.  Participation and giving back to the community have been the cornerstones of developing Queen Street Music, and now Kindermusik Cambridge programs in the community.

Although an introvert, Richard loves performing.  “Music and sports in my life have helped in developing skills and confidence”

 

Our Teachers

 VANESSA DE FREITAS

vanessa-150x150Vanessa graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music. She also holds a Diploma of Applied Arts in Vocal Music from Mohawk College.

Throughout her childhood, she took piano and singing lessons. Over the years, Vanessa has performed with the K-W Philharmonic Youth Choir, The Renaissance Singers, The Roanoke Symphony Choir, as well as The Roanoke Opera in Virginia, USA. She is currently a member of the Brantford Grand River Chorus and performs in many local events throughout the year, including the musical theatre production of The Secret Garden where she played “Martha”. Vanessa holds several Kiwanis Festival Awards in both Voice & Piano and takes much pride and joy in teaching music privately to a variety of age groups for the past 9 years.

However, there is a special place in Vanessa’s heart for young children. She spent 3 years working in a daycare centre, where she was known to utilize her unique talent of blending music and movement to ease any anxious child into the classroom. She has many fond memories of dancing, quiet time, and story time with the children, who lovingly called her “Nessa”.  Kindermusik provides the perfect setting to combine her warmth and love of music and young children.

Vanessa loves being a part of the Kindermusik of Cambridge/KW family where she can share her knowledge, creativity and love of music with each of her students.

 

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Carrie sang her very first solo at her Grandma’s church at just 15 months of age and has been singing ever since!

Carrie has been a church Worship Director in Kitchener for almost 20 years.  After enrolling her first daughter in Kindermusik about 15 years ago, she loved it so much she took the training to become a licensed educator and taught classes at Kindermusik Kid’s Co. for three years.  After having her second child, Carrie stepped back from Kindermusik with the hopes of returning someday.  That day came and Carrie enthusiastically returned in the Fall of 2013 to teach little people and their families. In addition, she serves as our Playdate Coordinator. Check out our monthly line-up!

Carrie will inspire you and your child to a life long love of music and learning! Carrie and her husband Ben live in Kitchener with their 3 children, Hannah, Abigail & Joel.

 

WINNIFRED YKEMA-KING

winnifred-150x150Winnifred received her Kindermusik training in the fall of 2002 after 20 years of working in the manufacturing industry in customer service, training and documentation. Her expressive and graceful manner comes from many years as a dance teacher, choreographer and director at a dance school. She competed in professional dance competitions and trained students for amateur competitions; in many cases placing very well. During this time, Winnifred was honoured to receive the “Top Teacher” Ontario Region Award.

Always interested in the arts and drawn to music, Kindermusik has allowed Mrs. “Y-K”, as she is known to her students, to pursue a life-long dream and satisfy her love of children and teaching. She discovered Kindermusik after reading an article in the newspaper about the Village with Seniors program and immediately registered her daughter, Serina, for classes. Serina, adopted from China early in 2002, helped Winnifred to realize she had a deep desire to make a difference in children’s lives and feels Kindermusik enables that to happen.

 

AMY LIGHTFOOT

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Along with being a private music instructor, Amy is now a licensed Kindermusik Educator!

She began studying Royal Conservatory of Music piano when she was 13 years old. In high school she started on her favourite instrument, the saxophone. Amy was selected in October of that year to play in the Wilfrid Laurier Honour Band, an honour only grade 13 students were selected for. Throughout high school she learned to play almost every instrument in the band to fill in when parts were missing including bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, clarinet and baritone. Amy is still learning new instruments and now enjoys the violin, guitar and ukulele.

Amy is passionate about working with children and this led her to train as a Kindermusik instructor, where she can open up the world of music to young children and let them experience the wonder of music as she did as a child.

 

Julia Vandenhelm

Julia-picJulia Vandenhelm graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts, specializing in Voice Performance.

For the past 3.5 years, Julia has taught private voice lessons and is now offering beginner piano lessons. Julia has taught private lessons to children as young as 5 years old to adults well into their 50’s! She has also taught newborns to 5 years old children in Kindermusik Cambridge programs.

Julia loves working with all age groups but has a special fondness for young children. She hopes to continue teaching into the foreseeable future.

Julia is very excited to be a part of the Kindermusik and Queen Street Music staff, knowing that as she teaches she will continue to learn and build meaningful relationships

 

Daniel Allen

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Music therapy is facilitated at Kindermusik Cambridge by accredited music therapist Daniel Allen (MTA MT-BC).  Daniel follows a developmental music therapy model in which music based activities are used in order to increase functioning in essential areas of development. These areas include movement, speech, cognition, social functions, and behaviour management. Through structured musical activities, Daniel uses his training and the power of music to help his clients “develop abilities through music”.

Daniel is also an experienced instructor of adapted music lessons.  These lessons are modified in order to provide students with special needs the opportunity to learn musical and instrumental skills using a learning style that best suits their needs.  Lesson adaptations include modified learning pace, colour coded notes, visual learning aids, and classroom modifications.  Through assessment of ability, needs, and musical preferences, Daniel is able to create lesson plans that are unique to the individual needs of each student.

Many different instruments are available to be used at Kindermusik Cambridge.  This includes percussion, piano, guitar, and wind/brass instruments, as well as everything in between.  Through proper assessment, Daniel determines the appropriate instruments for each client and uses them to provide effective music therapy. 

The many rooms available at Kindermusik Cambridge provide plenty of space for all kinds of therapeutic activities.  Each room is well lit and acoustically developed to reduce overstimulation.  These factors combined with the number of available instruments make Kindermusik Cambridge the perfect location for effective music therapy sessions.

For more information or to book a session/lesson, contact Daniel at danielallen.trombone@gmail.com.  You can also connect through Kindermusik Cambridge by calling 519-249-1446 or emailing info@kindermusikcambridge.com

 

 

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