ANNE IS A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED EXPERT ON LANGUAGE, SELF-REGULATION AND EARLY INTERVENTION. Anne is a music therapy consultant for the special education program of a large suburban school district. Her preschool students were the inspiration for her work with sign language and music. Anne observed the way song and sign positively affected the language skills of her students, and she wanted to have an even earlier influence in the lives of children, when language is first acquired. She creates products and processes to support the development of all children, but is skillful and passionate about tapping into the power of music to impact those young children who are not developing typically.
Through her writing and workshops, she shares information about the benefits of music, sign language, and play for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and gives easy and practical strategies for integrating all three into the daily lives of families. She is the author of the BABY SING AND SIGN parent resource book series. Her teaching style incorporates multi-sensory experience with play and JOY to engage children in new learning. She believes music is an invaluable tool to promote development across all domains.
A prolific composer and folk musician, two of her albums have earned NAPPA and Parents’ Choice awards. Anne has taught music to students from preschool through college levels. She received the Excellence in Teaching award given by the Learning Exchange, Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and the Kansas City Star. She was named the Kansas Educator of the Years for Arts and Disabilities awarded by Accessible Arts, Inc. She was a commission member of the Housewright Symposium on the Future of Music Education sponsored by the Music Educators national Conference.
Anne received undergraduate as well as masters and doctoral degrees in music education and music therapy from the University of Kansas.
Anne would like to be a ballerina or fire chief when she grows up. Her favorite color is red. She believes the world would be a far kinder place if everyone just took an afternoon nap.She lives, loves, plays and sings with her family in Leawood, Kansas.