Ms. Danielle is so kind. Her love for children and music shows in every class. If our daughter was having a bad day she always had a way to turn her frown upside down. Thank you for loving her and teaching her all about loving music.
— Karen Griffin
Erin Gibson, Piano/Flute Instructor
As a native of Temple, Texas, I began taking piano lessons at age 5 and flute lessons at age 10. While pursuing my music education degree at UMHB in flute performance, I also accompanied two recitalists on piano and studied with flutist William Bennett of the Royal Academy in London. In 1999 I earned a master of music degree in flute performance from Baylor University in Waco. I was a successful beginning, middle, and high school band director for 13 years and have accompanied high school students at UIL state solo and ensemble contest. Currently I teach many middle and high school students privately, and continues to perform professionally, playing flute and piccolo with the Temple Symphony Orchestra, and principal flute with Central Texas Master Singers. I love working at Kindermusik with Danielle!
We want every family in our studio to laugh and experience joy during their time at Kindermusik. Our colorful, bright studio sets a happy tone for everyone who enters the door!
Every class, every child, every teacher is different. We know that children learn best when they feel happy and safe, so our team is committed to making each class unique and specially adapted for the needs of the children in that class.
Children need to feel safe and grown-ups do, too! Our classes are a haven for positive thoughts, encouragement, and support between parents, teachers, and children. This is a judgement-free zone where everyone (children and adults) is free to be themselves without criticism.
When judgement is thrown out and acceptance and child-centered instruction is at play, the real learning can begin! Watch as your child begins to achieve and progress through the building blocks of early childhood at a pace that is comfortable and appropriate for them. All of the important skills, both cognitive, physical, and social can be achieved through our classes.
The best and closest relationships are often formed in childhood or through our children. Many lifelong friendships have begun in Kindermusik between children and their parents, children and their teachers, and between parents and other parents. We love the connections that are made through the universal language called MUSIC.
Katie Rachal, Licensed Educator
My name is Katie Rachal and I'm one of the instructors here at Kindermusik with Danielle! I have loved music all my life; I began piano at age four, choir at nine, and saxophone at eleven. I went on to earn my degree in music education at the University of North Texas, and spent seven years teaching elementary music in public schools. After my son was born, I decided to leave the public system and teach privately. In 2017 I became the Kindermusik teacher at Saint Francis Episcopal School and have loved every moment! I am also "mommy" to two wonderful babies, Matthew and Lenna. My husband is also a musician - he teaches middle school band and plays the trumpet. (You could say we have a very musical household!) I am so excited to start another year teaching Kindermusik and getting to see all my students!
Jessica Brey, Licensed Educator
Hey! My name is Jessica Brey and I am a teacher here at Kindermusik with Danielle. I have always loved music! I played oboe in middle school and was in choir throughout middle school and high school. I am married to a wonderful man, Chet. We have four children, two dogs, and two cats. I came across Kindermusik for the first time when my daughter was in a Mother’s Day Out program that Danielle was teaching at. I moved to Fort Worth and Kindermusik fell off my radar, but when I returned to Killeen, my son was enrolled at Mother’s Day Out and started Kindermusik. I got to see some classes and I was hooked. I believe in everything that the curriculum teaches. I love how it encourages learning through using the imagination. I have worked with children for 13 years and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Seeing children grow and learn are some the greatest gifts in life.
Marcus Sandifer, Ukelele/Guitar Instructor
My name is Marcus Sandifer. I am part of the private instructor team at Kindermusik with Danielle. For the past seven years I have also been employed as a full-time certified music teacher at Lakewood Elementary in Belton ISD. I studied music at Texas A&M University – Commerce where I received my B.S. in Music Education. I have had success in creating and instructing after school Guitar and Ukulele Clubs at Lakewood Elementary the last three years. I look forward to continuing to cultivate a love for music using these instruments at Kindermusik.
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Danielle Smith, Studio Director
Hi there! I’m Danielle Smith and I have been a Kindermusik studio owner and educator since 2005. Before that I was a high school band director and private trumpet instructor. Teaching young children is truly my calling and I enjoy every day that I come to Kindermusik and see your children smile, laugh, learn, and grow alongside their friends and family! I am so thrilled to have grown my program over the years and to be able to bring on a TEAM of amazing women who share my passion for working with children and their parents. I have also found joy not only in teaching Kindermusik, but I like to work alongside other educators to grow their programs as well by serving on the Educator Board for Kindermusik International.
Nichelle Brewton, Licensed Educator
Greetings! My name is Nichelle Brewton. I am originally from North Carolina, and I came to Killeen Texas via the military in 2001 and have been here ever since. I am a mother of two lovely girls. I first learned of Kindermusik when I was looking for an activity for my youngest when she was a year and a half. I wanted something affordable where I felt she was getting something out of it. We started classes and haven’t stopped! I enjoyed the classes so much that when the opportunity opened for me to become a Kindermusik teacher, I could not pass it up. Danielle has always made us feel like an extension of her family and I want parents and kids to feel that from me as well. I’m overly excited about joining the team and all the families I will get to interact with.
Aubry White, Piano Instructor
My name is Aubry White. I am a private instructor here at Kindermusik with Danielle. During the day, I serve as the band director to a wonderful group of kids at Manor Middle School here in Killeen, Texas. Originally, I am from the Nashville area in Tennessee, and moved to the area about 2 years ago to take my current position with KISD. I have been studying music/piano since I was about 7. I learned to play the flute in middle school, which carried me into my college career. I am a graduate of Tennessee Technological University with a degree in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education. I am beyond thrilled and humbled to embark with this opportunity to teach young people the instrument that made me fall in love with music.
Karen Griffin, Office Manager
Hi all, I’m Karen Griffin!! I have been so blessed to have a loving and supportive husband, Kevin, and we have been married for 15 years. During those 15 years, we did 8 deployments with the Army, and each time it got harder and harder. While my husband was gone, I held down the fort back home. I was lucky to be a stay at home mom to our three daughters over the last 15 years and it has allowed me to enjoy our children growing up. Through it all, I have been able to earn two college degrees and attend classes to become a special needs advocate for our daughters. Our oldest has Autism, ADHD, and a few other disabilities and our youngest has SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder). I have had to learn so much information just to not only fight for these two but to help others understand why they do what they do. I have a special place in my heart for special needs children. I want to make sure that they are not only accepted for who they are but they are able to grow and learn in a way that works best for them. I can promise you that here at Kindermusik with Danielle your entire family will be loved and accepted by all of us!
At Kindermusik with Danielle, we are committed to providing a musical environment where you and your children will experience a unique, child-centered program full of laughter and happy moments. You and your child will feel safe and accepted. The encouraging atmosphere in Kindermusik opens the door for unlimited learning and strong, life-long connections between children, teachers, and parents!
Sharon Martin, Licensed Educator
Hi! My name is Sharon Martin and I grew up surrounded by music (my mother was always singing around the house). I was a singer in our church choir and choirs at school. My husband, Luke, and I met here in Killeen while he was stationed here at Ft Hood. He is originally from Washington DC and I am originally from Dallas (and funny story, we actually moved to Killeen the same exact day but wouldn’t meet for 2 more years). We have been married for 7 ½ years and in that time we have rescued 2 dogs (Molly and Daisy), bought and renovated our house, and transitioned out of the army. I have been working with children for over 20 years – from babysitting/nanny to teaching. I have taught all ages from infants to high schoolers… but teaching littles is by far my favorite! I was first introduced to Kindermusik 6 years ago teaching at a local MDO program. Fast forward 5 years and I was asked to join Danielle's team of awesome teachers!