Jody grew up in Southern Arizona, but then headed east after high school where she received a BA and MA in music education from Montclair State University in New Jersey. Her primary instruments are french horn and piano. She has trained in Kodaly, Orff, Dalcroze, and Suzuki methods, and her primary focus of study has been in early childhood music education. After pausing her career of teaching music in the public schools of New Jersey to become a full-time mom and moving back to Arizona, Jody is thrilled to be back to sharing her love of music with children! Jody created Little Music Makers of Flagstaff in 2017 and has written the curriculum for all of the classes. She holds K-12 Music Teaching certificates in Arizona and New Jersey and is a member of Music Teachers National Association, Arizona State Music Teachers Association, and Northern Arizona Music Teachers Association. Jody is a 2020 finalist in the category of Excellence in Education for the Flagstaff Viola Awards. Along with spending her time encouraging all of the little music makers in class, Jody enjoys creating music with her two children at home, maintains a piano studio, and plays french horn with the Flagstaff Community Band, where she also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors.
Listen here for an interview that Miss Jody did with Julie Pastrick from the Greater Flagstaff Chaber of Commerce on KAFF Country Radio.