Our Instructors

rebecca_1Miss Rebecca Heib – Owner/Director, Licensed Music Educator

Miss Rebecca began singing, dancing and performing before she could even talk. She grew up in very a musical family — her father was a professional dancer and teacher, and her grandmother was a concert pianist. She played violin for 20-years, studied voice and has performed as a soloist, and was actively involved in musical and dramatic productions throughout her youth. Following in her father’s footsteps, Rebecca has a passion for dancing and began early in her childhood with many Ballet, Modern, and Jazz dance classes at Spectrum Dance Company and Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA.

Along with her musical training, Rebecca truly enjoys interacting with children and loves how music reaches every child’s learning style. She has over 25-years of experience working with all ages of children and their families, both in a classroom setting as well as one to one. Rebecca has worked as an instructor in the Bellevue College Parent Education Program and has been a public speaker and educator for many parenting groups including P.E.P.S, Mothers and More and M.O.P.S. Rebecca has also spent the last 20-years teaching music & movement classes to young children at local preschools, elementary schools, and Montessori schools. 

Miss Rebecca is passionate about sharing her love of music and her passion for education…and can’t wait to engage your child in the rich musical activities, as well as help educate parents on the immeasurable value of early musical exposure. ” I truly love the wonder, curiosity and enthusiasm of children and I am so thankful that everyday I witness firsthand how the power of music brings out the smiles, the giggles, the love, the learning, and the joy between the parents and children. And I look forward to sharing the wonderful gift of music with you too!”

 

wendyMiss Wendy Woods – Licensed Music Educator

Music has been an important part of Miss Wendy’s life from early on. As a child, she can’t remember a time when her house wasn’t filled with…wait for it…The Sound of Music! This was due to her father who taught music and directed choirs before he retired as Music Department Head at Northwest University in Kirkland. She was classically trained in Piano, Theory and Voice in her early years, has sung in choirs since she was twelve, and has been directing children’s choirs for over 20-years.

During college, Miss Wendy started teaching Piano and soon discovered a passion and love for teaching! As a young wife and mother, she returned to school and earned her teaching credentials and subsequently a Masters of Teaching in Literacy. She continues to take classes that include working with both autistic children and those who have exceptional abilities. Her work experience includes teaching preschool, elementary school, middle school, and home-schooling her son, as well as over 35-years of teaching Piano and Voice to both young children and adults.

Miss Wendy has an enthusiasm and joy that is truly contagious! She enjoys teaching music classes to young children that include both high-energy activities and thoughtful reflection, and she has learned through her many years of teaching that children learn best through play when they’re having fun! Miss Wendy is passionate about sharing her love of music and education, and can’t wait to engage your child in the rich musical activities, as well as help educate on the value of early musical education.

 

Miss Emily Whelan – Licensed Music Educator

Emily Whelan holds a Music Performance degree and has enjoyed an international music career – performing and teaching professionally in the US, Australia, and Asia for 20 years.
In Australia she was a regular performer with such organizations as the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Queensland, and Opera Australia. Along with her Mainstage repertoire at Opera Australia, she also worked with their celebrated outreach programs—bringing live performances to over 70,000 School children each year. In Singapore, Miss Emily started a private voice studio and taught music for babies and children through an Australian-based program called Mini Maestros. She conducted various choirs throughout the island, including one near and dear to her heart—Numama—a choir for moms and their babies. She also had the opportunity to work extensively coaching and teaching grades K-8 at Stamford American International School of Singapore.
Emily moved to Washington in 2015, with her husband and their three children, aged 9, 11, and 13. In the years since the birth of her own children, she has moved away from performing, and become increasingly interested in bringing music education and performance opportunities into the lives of young people. She is looking forward to sharing her varied experiences and love of music with all of us here at The Musik Nest.

 

marika_2Miss Marika Galvin -Office Manager/Licensed Music Educator

Miss Marika has a very musical background and loves working with children. She has a minor in Music from UC Davis, plays piano, and has taken years of voice lessons and dance. She has performed in several musical theatre productions and has sung with chorale groups in California and Washington as well. She has also directed vocal shows, including a children’s musical. Miss Marika became a licensed Kindermusik Educator in 2003 and has since taught and subbed many Kindermusik classes. She now takes excellent care of all of our families needs as our Office Manager for The Musik Nest.

Marika has two amazing boys: Brady (age 13) and Trevor (age 10), who both started Kindermusik with The Musik Nest as infants and have flourished through this great program!  Now she brings her nephew James to class and looks forward to sharing Kindermusik with him…and with your family too!

 

Miss-LindaMiss Linda Joul – Licensed Music Educator

If you’ve ever watched Mary Poppins, you’ve already met Miss Linda…well sort of! Coming from her native England with her British charm and witty enthusiasm, both you and your child will be instantly won over with Miss Linda’s friendly charisma and joyful demeanor! Miss Linda absolutely loves working with children and also has a great love of music! With over 25 years of experience working with families, Miss Linda brings a wealth of compassion and understanding for children into her classes.

She gained her degree in Early Childhood Education at the Bristol College of Early Childhood Education and Care, and has worked with children ages from birth to 8 years in a variety of settings including working as a Nanny, as a Preschool Teacher, in Hospitals and Residential Care, and teaching children with special needs. Since moving to the Puget Sound area from her native England, she worked at Bellevue College in the Parent Education Program for five years, and at present spends her mornings at The Children’s Studio Preschool in Bellevue as an Assistant Teacher, along with teaching Kindermusik at The Musik Nest.

She has sung in several choral groups over the past 15-years, including the choir at her current church, and has always enjoyed sharing her love of music with young children. She continually incorporates music education and FUN as a vital part of her teaching and is excited to combine these passions in sharing music with your family!