Little Folkies Teachers


Kelly McFarling

Kelly McFarling is a favorite among the little folkies in her classes. She's got a beautiful voice, and is playful, peaceful and energetic.  In addition to being a Little Folkies teacher she is also a notorized performer and songwriter and has been traveling extensively back and forth across the country performing with her band. Visit to hear her music.


Elena Canaris

Elena is excited to bring her deep care for children and reverence for music to the Little Folkies Team! Elena mentors children in the context of nature, with song, exploration, and play being the main theme of their days. Elena has worked previously with Berkeley Forest School as a Preschool Teacher and facilitator of their Family Forest Explorer Programs, where she led song circles as part of the daily rhythm. Elena received a degree in Environmental Education, with a focus on Early Childhood Development, from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. While in Appalachia, she learned old time Ballads and Folksongs, and picked around on the banjo and guitar. She then completed a year long teacher in residency at the ocean-side farm, Slide Ranch, in Marin County, where she facilitated field-to-table family/outdoor education programs for ages varying from toddlers to elementary and high schoolers. In all of her positions, song is a major theme, sharing songs about plants, animals and how to care for the earth. She enjoys weaving song into everything she does! She and her sister also have their own a cappella music project, called Hello Hills, and they intend to record their songs this year!


Sam Smetana

with his parents most nights at the dinner table, and spent his teen years touring around the country in a rock band with some best friends from his home state of Montana. He studied Music at UC Berkeley, and he now spends his time teaching private guitar lessons, writing, recording, and performing.






Sandy Lindop

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.