The best of the best
Little Folkies Teachers
Irena Eide - owner and creator of little folkies
Irena Eide is the owner and creator of Little Folkies and is also the composer of most of the songs in the Little Folkies curriculum. Irena has been teaching and developing the Little Folkies program for the past decade. She has written over 46 popular folk and bluegrass songs for children, all featured in the classes and performances. Irena has performed and taught music to kids and adults in the Bay Area for over a decade, and toured throughout the US. Irena still teaches on and off in the Bay Area and performs with The Little Folkies Family Band or solo depending on the gig. She always engages her audience both young and old with sing along songs, finger play, dance and just downright good music. Irena is also a songwriter and performs with her band Rainy Eyes. www.rainyeyesmusic.com.
Sandy has been playing music with children of all ages for almost two years.
It has become her one of her greatest joys. She was classically trained as a child, both in voice and piano, and while she still honors her classical background, she enjoys the freedom of musical expression that is found in jazz and folk. She performs locally with her group, The Muted Jewel Tones. Sandy is available for private piano and voice lessons for both children and adults as well as beginner ukulele and guitar.
Sarah Ann Glass
Sarah began playing piano when she was just three years old learning under the Suzuki method developed by Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki. Musical training mainly by ear at such a young age allowed Sarah to teach herself many instruments later in life, including the harp, guitar, banjo, drums, ukulele, and singing! Sarah has worked musically with children all over the world, from India to South Africa to
California. She has a background in many types of music ranging from Ghanaian drumming to Indonesian Gamelan to acoustic folk guitar. Sarah received degrees in Psychology & Music from Tufts University, and studied the profound and wonderful affects music has on the mind, development, and health of both children and adults.
Brynn’s love for music began at an early age, listening to Joni Mitchell and Bobby McFerrin. She studied piano, voice, and musical theater throughout her childhood, and continued her musical education at Brown University, where she led two acapella groups and sang in a R&B soul band. Brynn leads choral classes in Bay Area elementary schools as a Teaching Artist with Music in Schools Today, has led music workshops for toddlers at the California Academy of Sciences, and continues to work with students of all ages as a private vocal coach. She’s thrilled to share her passion with the budding musicians in Little Folkies classes!
Kim has over 10 years of experience teaching instrumental music, theory, and performance to individuals of all ages. With a degree in music composition and recording technology from the prestigious Mills College, Kim has also apprenticed as a music therapist in hospice care facilities, taught early childhood music education, facilitated group/private lessons, and worked with special needs children to help improve communication skills and academic performance. In addition to teaching, Kim has also been a touring musician for more than 15 years, written songs for moving picture and commercial spots, and has most recently built a career as a location sound mixer for film and TV.
We are excited to have Kim back with Little Folkies and launching our program in Los Angeles!