Meet the Teachers!
Tammy Keorkunian, MA, BA, RYT, E-CMT, CYT founder and director of Children’s Music Express®, has been teaching parent/child, preschool, and family classes since 1999. She sings, plays the guitar, and the African Djembe going on 20 years. Tammy has her MA in Applied Meditation Studies from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies and her BA from Temple University in Communications and Theater, with a focus on the arts and business.
Additionally, Tammy has studied with Marianne Torbert, developer of the Kinesiology program, “Meeting Children’s Needs Through Movement” at Temple University. Tammy has also studied with Shakta Kaur Khalsa in the Radiant Child Yoga Immersion Program, at the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ, with Shiva Das in Hatha Yoga/Inner Fire Yoga, Karen Fairman in Anatomy, Dr. Martin Orimenko in Injury Prevention, Ed Zadlo in Ayurveda, and David Newman in Kirtan.
Tammy teaches parent/child music and movement classes, yoga and meditation classes, preschool music classes, grown-up yoga and meditation classes, including programs for children with special needs, and Buddhist Meditation on the university level. She provides teacher trainings and workshops for teachers, parents, caregivers, and therapists. Tammy engages and inspires audiences at birthday parties, special events, concert performances, and speaking engagements. Her studies and experience in Early Childhood Music Education, Kinesiology, Children’s Yoga/Meditation instruction, and Buddhist Meditation have shaped her unique, warm, and energetic, upbeat program, teaching style, and teacher trainings.
A life-long musician, Laura Kalnajs teaches, writes and performs all kinds of music for young children. She is a skilled singer and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, mandolin, drums, piano, ukulele). Her expertise, humor and upbeat warmth come through in every music class and performance!
Hailing from a musical family, Laura began playing piano at the age of 5. She picked up violin at age 9 and started writing songs at 12. Upon discovering a love for alternative rock as a teenager, she taught herself to play the bass guitar, and was performing at all-ages shows by 15. Since then, she has continued to perform and write a huge variety of music, from blues/folk to technically challenging progressive rock.
Laura currently plays guitar, mandolin and upright bass for Hobo Pie (old-time folk), bass guitar and vocals for Archawah (atmospheric modern rock) and bass guitar and vocals for Lithium (Nirvana and 90s tribute band). Past musical projects includ Mastermind (progressive rock), Slippery Feat (jazzy blues rock) and Lex Dizik (modern hard rock). Most importantly of all, she enjoys writing songs about trains and trucks with her 4-year old son.
Laura's career in children's music began in 2011, when she auditioned to teach parent-toddler classes at a private music studio. It was immediately apparent that her enthusiasm and musical expertise were a perfect fit for sharing music with young children. Laura has a knack for relating with kids of all ages, and especially loves to teach basic music theory concepts through the use of interactive songs and games. She teaches parent/child music classes, preschool music classes, and specialized private lessons designed for children 5 and under. She also performs at birthday parties, libraries and events for kids. She is in the process of recording her first children's album, plus two albums of grown-up original music.
Christina Klaproth has been eager to share her voice with the world ever since she discovered it, coaxed by the music teacher in 3rd grade- a monumental moment that has propelled her forward as a teacher, musician and performer. While attending college, she joined her first professional group- a dream pop project called Tutlie. She now performs with large ensemble roots reggae band, Cultureal, as well as her own 6-piece Avant-rock band, Miss Cantaloupe. Christina currently nannys, caring for 2 families, ages ranging from 10mo to 12yrs of age. Spending time with children has inspired her to give back to the youth by creating her first children’s album which is currently under way. She looks forward to playing, learning and growing with the families here at Children’s Music Express.
LaVina D’Anjolell, RYT 200hr, RDH, LOL(lover of life), started her musical journey at the ripe young age of 3. She began taking piano lessons shortly before her 4th cycle around the Sun and continued this until after graduating High School. An early childhood music experience helped her to gain a greater awareness and understanding of the world around her, spanning from movement and coordination, to mathematics, to the ability to perceive life in a more objective and harmonious way. All of this fuelled her passion to share this experience with the next generation.
Throughout elementary school LaVina partook in various school musicals ranging from The Sound of Music (Marian the librarian), to Cinderella (Cinderella). Music and performance had always found its way into LaVina’s day to day living whether it be simply enjoying and dancing around the house, making short films with friends, or appreciating a Broadway play. At the age of 15 she picked up the guitar and expanded her musical abilities a bit more with a few guided, but mostly self taught lessons.
In February 2017, LaVina met fellow CME teacher, Christina Klaproth, and sparks flew instantly. She joined local Philadelphia band, Miss Cantaloupe, as a back up singer and her musical quest has been growing and flourishing ever since. After training under Tammy Keorkounian, LaVina is more than ready to spread the love and wisdom she’s acquired through her CME training, Yoga Teacher Training, and self practice, with the youth of today. The practice of patience, kindness, compassion, and love are strong motivators to LaVina, and she is thrilled to be on board the Children’s Music Express! Choo Choo!
Monique Canniere is an established and prominent Music Performer and Teacher in Philadelphia. She received her BM in Music Performance at Mansfield University and her MM in Jazz Studies/Performance at University of the Arts. Monique plays several instruments, with extensive training on voice, violin, and piano, and performs frequently in various ensembles and as a soloist. Monique also teaches Private Lessons to all ages throughout the greater Philadelphia area. Children love her upbeat energy, sweet nature, and soothing voice!
Monique Substitutes for Children’s Music Express from time to time and is available for private sessions. She can be found at: