We Love Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers!

photo Ms.Wendy

Wendy Snell is a former Kindergarten teacher with a Master’s in Early Childhood Education. She has taught music, movement, and dance to babies, toddlers, and preschoolers for the past 10 years and, in 2012, received intensive training in the internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program, Music Together®. 

To give you a sense for where my passion for this kind of thing first started and how it developed, I thought I'd take you back to when I was a little bitty just for a moment . . .

My love for dance started in Ms. Wilhite’s Creative Movement class. I was 3. I remember the thrill when she chose my jacket as the “pond” for all of us to leap over. I remember the triumph of first clearing that pond.

From then on, I was a dancer. I danced in class, but I also danced in our kitchen, our living room, our dining room, our hallways, upstairs and downstairs, in my bedroom, and on stage.

​​As a dance major, I danced through most of college, until I decided that I wanted a more balanced life, one that would include kids. Not long after graduating from the University of Iowa, I received a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College in New York and taught kindergarten for six years before starting a family.

When my oldest was a baby, I led a music and movement class for infants through pre-schoolers and their caregivers. It was as much a joy as it was a success and, over a period of four years, Music and Movement with Miss Wendy grew exponentially. I had the privilege of seeing these little ones grow from experiencing the music in their mamas' laps to full-fledged singing, dancing participants, and then to see their little siblings enter the picture and take their places in their mamas' laps.

It is now my great delight to be a trained and registered teacher as well as a licensed center director for the best early childhood music and movement program in the world!​​

- Ms.Wendy​​

     
photo Ms.Kenya

Kenya Engram always knew that all she really wanted to do in life was play music and help people. Music therapy was the perfect opportunity to do both! For the past 6 years, Kenya has worked as a licensed and board certified music therapist in Atlanta, GA, following her love for working with both seniors and parents-to-be. She's passionate about using music and movement to help rehabilitate seniors, to help them maintain quality of life, and to help them age with vitality and grace. She's equally passionate about supporting and inspiring moms and dads to have the birth they want. She loves helping new parents learn how to bond and form attachments with their new little ones through music therapy. In addition to sharing her special gifts with Music Together of Decatur, Kenya launched her private practice, Nurturing Notes Music Therapy, in 2016. She holds both a bachelors (BS) and a masters (MMT) in Music Therapy and is trained in Sound Birthing Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth. She will complete her training in Sound Birthing Postpartum Music Therapy this summer. Kenya has been a certified Music Together teacher since 2011.

     
photo Ms.Kelly

Kelly Holyoak is a Decatur native with a passion for music and children. Her love for music started at a very young age and, after joining the church choir in elementary school, she trained one on one with her mentor, Carolyn McDowell, the then Music Director at Decatur United Methodist Church. In high school, Kelly and her sister formed a band and started playing at proms, homecomings, parties, and Battle of the Bands competitions. Kelly continued to sing in bands throughout college and spent many-a weekend traveling to different cities and venues to perform all original material. After graduating from Auburn University with a degree in Early Childhood Education, Kelly returned to Atlanta, where she spent most of her time performing and recording. In 1996, Kelly married John Holyoak, “retired” from the life of a traveling artist, and began her career as a kindergarten teacher in the City Schools of Decatur. Over the past six years, after taking time off from the classroom to raise her two children, the joy of leading worship at Decatur First United Methodist Church’s contemporary worship service has rekindled her love of music.