Tammy Saunderson is the owner of Simply Music. She teaches piano, guitar, Kindermusik & Kindermusik choir.
Paulette is the manager of Simply Music and is a licensed educator with the world renowned Kindermusik program. In her spare time she cycles, trains for half marathons, enjoys her fresh, green drinks, spends time with her nieces and nephews, goes to movies and has the odd Frap, yum, yum!! Oh yeah, must not forget playing bass guitar for a band in her church.
Paulette, a Saskachewanite until the age of 17, was born the eldest in a family of 5 siblings. As another generation of musicians, they knew they had a reputation to uphold with Elvis Presley running not too far before them in their family tree. Paulette's earliest musical memories were the tambourine the school ukulele/ and recorder. There was no such thing as the Kindermusik Program back then so you did what you could to develop your musicality at a young age. She remembers lining up in a row with all the neighborhood kids taking turns playing the tambourine to her dad's foot stomping. Another thing worth mentioning was that her family sang all the time, whether it was over the dish pan or in the car (work, play, or gatherings) but always on every road trip they took (there were no iPhones or Nintendos… it was all about creating your own entertainment).
As she grew into a preteen, she remembers having a great desire to play the piano but her family did not own one. She remembers trying to figure out how songs would be played as she listened to the notes in her head. After getting a miracle piano with prayer and a lot of hard farm work, Paulette finally got her piano lessons. At the age of 15, she decided it was time to take up an additional instrument and play bass guitar. "I was tapping to everything and could never sit still when there was music; it just seemed a natural transition." All through her teen years you would find her and her siblings either practicing their instruments, riding their horses, hooking up their sled dogs, or out working hard on their 5 acres trying to earn money to buy more instruments.
It wasn't many years later when Paulette and her family planned to do a music tour across Canada, which they did accomplish a number of years later. They toured in a big silver bus playing at churches and music festivals across Canada, with new their new recording in which they spent hours in the studio and literally hours and hours and hours practicing. It wasn't unusual for them to spend 3-5 hrs practicing or jamming many nights. During these years they had many bands and fans pushing her and her family to go to Nashville. They were going to do that "later" but "later" never came with the dispersing of the family with careers, weddings and such.
During all those years of making music, Paulette's music was put aside for awhile and her dispersing took her on a journey to Marvel College in Edmonton, AB to take up a long awaited career as a professional hairstylist. She finished this career of 13 yrs in Langley, BC. During these years she decided to take more education and become TESL certified. This enabled her to tutor International students, in which she found herself teaching short term conversational English classes to many different cultures, as well as interviewing homes for International student host family placements. Two of the places she worked were Trinity Western University and with NLC in FSJ, BC. In this same line of work, she also did some work with a language firm in Vancouver where she was activity director with Langley Secondary School in Langley, BC.
Looking throughout her lifetime, she notes that she taught and pioneered many interesting programs, including getting licensed with Kindermusik International. Her first memories of teaching go back to the age of 11. She looks back now and wonders how she did what she did starting at such a young age. One thing about Paulette people notice is that she definitely marches to her own beat. I guess that is why she's a natural bassist and has been for 25 years. What can I say!! She gets right in the swing of things. I guess that is what drives her to do what she does now, manage Simply Music, work with family members and other awesome staff, teach Kindermusik, and work with lots of great students on a daily basis. What else could a person ask for!!
Lavonne Anderson is an acmplished vilolinist and singer. She teaches both voice and violin lessons here at Simply Music
Wendy began her music education at the age of 3 taking Yamaha group lessons.(This program was very similar to Kindermusik.) Then from ages 7 - 18 she studied classical piano, writing examinations to Grade 9 practical and Grade 3 theory through the Western Board of Music. ( Now known as Conservatory Canada. ) Also in elementary school, Wendy performed with her school choir in music festivals and school events. She began teaching beginner piano students while still in high school. Not intending to make music her career she took her nurses training and graduated from Alberta Vocational College as a Licensed Practical Nurse in May of 1995. Wendy married Bryan Chatten of Fort St. John in August of 1995 and started work for North Peace Home Support Services. She continued working until their first child, Bethany was born in 1999. Wendy decided against working shift work while her children were small, so she began teaching a few students at home. She took another break from working to enjoy the birth of their second child, Samantha. Then in the fall of 2001 the opportunity arose to teach at Simply Music. This is Wendy’s 9th year of teaching at the studio, with students ranging in age from 7 to 75! She has also assisted in Kindermusik classes and enjoys it very much. In her words, “ where else do you get to act like a kid and actually teach children something?!”
Wendy has performed at festivals, recitals, church services, a few weddings and for family and friends. Wendy’s father jokes about getting “ a return on his investment” when Wendy and her siblings get together to play music! She credits her parents, especially her mother, for encouraging her to keep on with playing even through tough practise sessions.
Wendy’s greatest reward in teaching is when a student finds joy in their music.
Nina Martin – Kindermusik
Mrs. Rie was born in Japan and started her piano studies at the age of six. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Central Connecticut State University and Master of Music in Piano Performance from The Hartt School, University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA. She has participated masterclasses in Prague, Belgium and performed numerous solo and chamber recitals throughout Connecticut. Mrs. Rie has taught at Bethwood Suzuki Music School and Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, Connecticut. She is certified Suzuki piano teacher for book 1-3 and has been in Simply Music since 2011.
Miss Geilan began her music experience playing the violin when she was 10 years old. Later when her family moved and violin lessons were not available she switched to the flute. Throughout school and in her adult life she continued to play and also learned to play the saxophone and the oboe. Playing with community band groups has given her great learning and growth experiences. Music has been a lifelong passion, which she now passes along to her two young daughters ages 7 and 3. Both her children have been enrolled in Kindermusik and the oldest graduated after attending the complete 7 year program. Miss Geilan's friendly, welcoming personality will encourage parents to engage with their children and enjoy all that Kindermusik has to offer in a no pressure environment.