Music Moves Kids was originally created by soprano, Erin Armstrong and her mom, Mrs. A after a suggestion to run a music camp for kids by a friend in 2010. Together they have been teaching kids music in Windsor and Essex County for decades.
Upon completing her masters in Opera Performance, Erin returned home with the hopes of using her musical knowledge to affect change in the communities who gave her so much support in the beginning, though just how she wasn’t sure.
Music Moves Kids started out as a week-long day camp for kids who like music, run by Erin, Mrs. A and some fantastic parent volunteers. A year later, Lisa and Brianna Brandner (also a mother/daughter team) joined MMK as our ECE supervisors. The following year Erin’s colleague and friend, Christine Turingia, joined forces and now the three, Erin, Nancy and Christine make up the core of Music Moves Kids Educators. In nine years MMK has reached over 1000 children and raised over $6000 for various local charities.
In September 2013 the Music Moves Kids Choir was born. We could not be happier with how many wonderful young singers we have in our community and are so grateful to be working with them nurturing their love of music! In five short years, the Music Moves Kids Choir has performed as the children’s chorus in six operas both in Windsor and Toronto including their debut with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in La Boheme by Puccini. They are now regular performers with the WSO and have been featured for the last two years for their Holiday Pops Concerts at the Capitol Theatre. They have appeared on Cogeco TV, CBC, CTV and were among the small choir chosen to perform with The Tenors at Caesars Windsor for their PBS Broadcast recording in 2015. In 2016 several members of the MMK Choir traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland to perform the children’s opera Brundibar at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They have been awarded firsts at the Kiwanis Music Festival two years running. In May they made their Carnegie Hall debut singing John Rutter’s Mass of the Children, conducted by John Rutter himself. They are beyond excited for their next adventures.
Erin, Christine and Mrs. A are SO proud of all the children that have come through the program. They look forward to working with many more in the years to come as Music Moves Kids continues to grow, inspire creativity and love of music and the arts in our youth.
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Erin has been involved in the music community in Leamington/Essex County since she was three. Erin has travelled for music all over Canada, the US, Europe and Asia. She holds her B.Mus. in Vocal Performance from the University of Windsor and her M.Mus. from the University of British Columbia. She loves teaching and inspiring children with music, and as Music Moves Kids approaches its' 10th year she wishes she could acknowledge every person who helped her get to where she is today. She is also an avid opera performer, stage director and the Executive Director of Abridged Opera in Windsor.
Christine Turingia has completed her undergraduate in Music through the University of Windsor, and her masters in Opera Performance through the University of British Columbia. She has been working with and teaching children for many years, and loves being able to spark a love for the arts in today's youth. Christine joined Music Moves Kids 3 years ago, and teaches mainly music, and drama. She recently completed her Bachelors of Education and hopes to, one day, have her own classroom where she is able to ignite the excitement of learning, in our children.
Nancy has been a teacher in the GECDSB for 17 years. Prior to her career as a teacher began Nancy worked for UWO in a program called "Let's Talk Science" where she developed a presentation about whales and built five life-sized models of blue whales that she toured around Ontario. MMK has benefitted from her knowledge, as Nancy built us our very own, Bob the whale. She also started the Leamington Kumon Centre, which celebrates its 20th year next spring. Kumon is a program designed to help kids afterschool with math and reading. Hundreds of children have benefited from Nancy's teaching over the years.