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Terri Aldrich

Terri Aldrich

Owner & Teacher

Fun Facts
  • Background: Bachelor of Science in Business
  • Everyone should read: the Bible
  • Beach or Mountains? Beach
  • Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
  • Favorite Hobby: Making handmade soap
  • Hometown: Minot, ND

“Children’s Music Academy is so much more than music education. Minot’s CMA will uphold and deliver a standard of excellence and service. My dream and vision is to help build our community through the arts. Working with children and parents at CMA will help me further realize that dream”.

Staff

Tara Wiley

Tara Wiley

Teacher

Background: Bachelor’s degree in education, minor in music.

 

  • * Over 20 years experience teaching music education in a variety of settings
  • * Mom to two young musicians, both with CMA experience
  • * Values CMA as the best early music education program she’s ever been a part of, as a parent and as a teacher!
    Gabrielle Damschen

    Gabrielle Damschen

    Teacher

    Fun Facts
    • Background:  Bachelor of Arts in Music, Minor in French, Honors Concentration from Minot State University
    • Favorite color:  Grey + any other color
    • Favorite place to travel: I love Chicago, but hopefully I’ll go to France someday!
    • Favorite hobby: doing homework
    • Favorite donut: Maple bacon–yum!
    • Little known fact: My homemade bread won a blue ribbon at the State Fair
    • Favorite quote: 
    Katherine Lyman

    Katherine Lyman

    Teacher

    Fun Facts
    • Background: Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Over twenty years of piano experience and 6 years experience as a CMA mom
    • Favorite color: Black and White
    • Favorite place to travel: Anywhere with my family, especially the beach
    • Favorite hobby: Reading and Baking
    • Favorite donut: Do cinnamon rolls count?
    • Little known fact: Was the piano accompanist to her high school performing choir one year at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.
    • Favorite quote: “Always be a little kinder than necessary.” – J M Barrie
    Allie Knutson

    Allie Knutson

    Teacher

    Fun Facts
    • Background: she started piano lessons at 5, started teaching at 10 and has been teaching ever since.
    • Favorite Food: lasagna
    • Instruments? She plays nine different instruments, including the accordian
    • Beach or Mountains? Beach
    • Favorite Color: turquoise and purple
    • Favorite Hobby: playing music
    • Hometown: Minot, ND

    “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” -Dr. Deuss

    Stephanie Chell

    Stephanie Chell

    Teacher

    Fun Facts
    • Background: Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with a minor in Music
    • Number of childen: Four!
    • Favorite band: Counting Crows
    • Mountains or beach: Mountains
    • Hometown: Minot, ND
    • Favorite hobby: backyard campfires, theater, gathering with friends
    • Favorite food: italian
    • Spouse? Married to a middle school teacher
    • Number of years teaching? 20 years, in various church and community settings