Candace Mackey is the Owner/Director and Licensed Kindermusik Educator of Santa Rosa Children's Music. She has a BA in Music from Smith College in Music with an emphasis in Music Education and Spanish, and an MBA from Dominican University. She is a certified teacher, has taught middle school choir & band and private wind, brass and percussion instrument lessons. She was the coordinator of the Occidental Center for the Arts and was the Executive Director of the Redwood Arts Council.
After the birth of her son, she attended Kindermusik classes with Fran Oglesby and was thrilled to find that Fran needed a new owner/director for the studio as well as a teacher. She is very grateful for the guidance Fran has given in this time.
Music has always been central to Candace’s life. Her grandmother a piano teacher, and growing up, mom was always singing camp songs. By the age of 10 she was playing flute in school and out with the Colorado Honor Band. In high school she taught flute classes. While creating an "ideal" way to teach music as a thesis in college, she first encountered the Kindermusik curriculum, fell in love with it, and became a firm believer that it is the best method to stimulate the development of the whole child. She brings her love of music and teaching children to her Kindermusik and Instrument students and their families.
Kathy Rosa's love for music began as a child with her family “jam” sessions around the piano. She began lessons at 6 years old. In high school she competed regularly in the Southwestern Youth Music Festival where she won several awards. It was during her teens that she began teaching young students piano through her teacher’s school, Miller Music School in Hollywood. She attended Santa Clara University and Sonoma State University, receiving her Bachelor in Music and then a Teaching Credential in Music. In her studies she specialized in music in the young child and music/ brain research. Her thesis work on the effects of music on the brains of children, convinced her of the importance of regular, routine music experience in the life of a developing child.
She took this passionate belief to the Rincon Valley Union School District where she developed her own curriculum and taught music for nine and a half years in its eight schools. She won a teaching award while at Rincon Valley. In 2005 she left that district and has been teaching private and group lessons ever since. Kathy’s five children are grown and she misses the joy of little ones around the house, but feels lucky to have an extended family of children in her students!
Fran Oglesby is the former owner/director of Sonoma County Children's Music. Her educational background includes an AA in ASL interpreting, a BA in psychology, and an MA in psychology with a concentration in child development. She taught Kindermusik and string instrument lessons for 21 years and has semi-retired to focus exclusively on teaching ukulele.
Her love of music began with having a mother who was a singer and pianist. She began singing in choir at the age of 5 and has formal training in voice, piano, ukulele, guitar, saxophone, and drums. She also plays dulcimer, recorder, banjo, and mandolin. She has sung in numerous musical groups and performed for and taught children throughout Sonoma County.
Fran has received numerous North Bay Readers Poll Awards for outstanding teaching, Maestro Awards from Kindermusik International, and 3 National RPA grants to work with disabled children. She is a former board member of the Kindermusik Educators Association, former editorial board member for Kindermusik International, a freelance educational writer/editor and a national speaker on early childhood education. She feels blessed to be able to combine her love of teaching, children and music.
Sarah Rose Stiles
Sarah Stiles believes students are unique individuals, each with their own learning style and inherent potentiality. She has worked with ages 6-70. Her teaching approach provides structured lessons with fun, encouraging interaction, fosters development of fundamental skills, like reading, technique, and scales, and encourages expression and meaning through interpretation, imagination, and creativity. In addition to offering piano instruction, training may also include or be specific to composition, music theory, musicianship, and improvisation. Sarah also specializes in directing and coaching ensembles of various instruments.
Sarah began piano lessons at age six. Training led to involvement in ongoing recitals, Certificate of Merit, and winning competitions organized by the MTAC. She earned District and State Membership through the National Guild of Piano Auditions. Sarah composed on the side while studying piano and earning a B.A. in music at U.C. Berkeley. Still a pianist, her focus switched to composition, and earned an M.M. in Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory, 2008. Performances of Stiles’ oeuvre include premieres with many ensembles and organizations in the Bay Area.