Marie Crasta

Teaching Philosophy

Every child is born with music aptitude, the potential to learn music. Music learning can be enhanced through musical play in developmentally appropriate early childhood music classes. Exposure to a musically rich environment incorporating a variety of tonalities, meters, instruments, improvisation, listening, and movement exploration encourages the development of a child’s music vocabulary. Experiencing individual music guidance in an informal, playful, and creative group setting lays a foundation for future music learning and understanding in formal music education classes.

Teaching Biography

Ms. Henry developed an interest in teaching early childhood music while earning her Masters degree in Music Education at the University at Buffalo in New York. During her time at UB, she co-taught early childhood music classes based on Edwin Gordon’s Music Learning Theory. Ms. Henry has also completed several undergraduate and graduate level courses focused on Music Learning Theory, and will be completing her GIML certification at the early childhood level this summer.

Performance Biography

Ms. Henry earned her Bachelor’s degree from Roberts Wesleyan College, in New York. During that time, she studied voice with Dr. Jeffry McGhee, performed in the auditioned choir, and participated in the female a cappella group on campus. She also held roles in Menotti’s operetta, Amahl and the Night Visitors, as well as Mozart’s opera, The Marriage of Figaro.