Little Folkies Teachers
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 www.kellymcfarling.com to hear her music.
After moving to Berkeley with his wife in 2014, Thomas discovered a love for banjo playing and folk song singing. He began busking around the Bay Area, singing traditionals, old hymns, and folk songs from Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. He loves the connective and transformational power of music, and has made part of his mission to bring people together in song. Little Folkies has provided him a wonderful opportunity to do just that with children and their adults, creating space for wonder, play, creativity, and union.
Miranda is a professional singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and recording artist. She performs frequently and tours with her indie classical duo, Dagmar. Over the past six years, Miranda has taught voice, piano, guitar, concert band, choir, and songwriting, both privately and within school music programs. She recently relocated back to the Bay Area from Iowa, where she was the director and teacher for a K-12 private school music program. She also has a background performing, teaching, and choreographing modern dance. Miranda is a proud and lucky mama to a sweet (and very musical) three year old boy. She loves to share her passion for music with people of all ages!
Sandy is the newest addition to the Little Folkies teacher roster. 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, and she has two years experience teaching kindergarteners, both in group and individual settings. 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.
A Berkeley singer-songwriter, Clyde has been singing songs for his own children and grandchildren, and for their schools, for almost 40 years. After leaving his position as a professor of Legal Ethics in 2015, he finds he has more time to do what he really enjoys: make music with kids.