Music for the Young Child
Meet Us

Our Instructors

photo Peggy Sachs

Peggy founded Music for the Young Child in 1991. She originally taught Parent & Child classes, but then added Ukulele and Guitar classes and teaches various sections of the Instrument Sampler. She has taught private guitar, ukulele and banjo lessons to all ages, including adults. 

Growing up in Baltimore, she studied piano and flute at the Peabody Preparatory, and then branched out to numerous other instruments, primarily guitar, and then also sitar during 2 years in Sri Lanka.

Peggy is currently the banjo player for the Second Generation Bluegrass Band.

Her early inspiration came from her grandfather, who put a ukulele in her hands when she was 4 years old, taught her to play it, and played along with her on the many different instruments he could play. 

Corni Douglas

Corni attributes some of her love of music to growing up in South Africa where it is such an integral part of the culture. Although she had formal training in the piano for many years, played the guitar and sang in many choral groups, it was the spontaneous expressions of different musical forms and styles that brought real joy to her.

She has a background in special education and has worked with children in many different capacities. In every situation she has used music as an avenue to encourage the children's curiosity and to facilitate self expression.

It was after crossing paths with Peggy when they sang in a choir together, that she found an opportunity to combine her love for children and music more formally. She joined Music for the Young Child in 1999 and teaches the Parent and Child classes.

Recently, she has challenged herself by taking some hammered dulcimer lessons. She has four children and a husband who shares her joy of music.

photo Shannon Harmon

Shannon is the Piano Teacher for Music for the Young Child, offering weekly piano classes for students ages 4 to 8. She also teaches the piano portion of the Instrument Sampler, and provides private piano instruction for all ages. Her high energy and positive style add to her belief in providing a proper foundation in piano to make her a wonderful teacher for young children learning to play the piano.

She is an accomplished pianist, having performed concertos with the Perrysburg and Toledo Symphony Orchestras, having won the Toledo Symphony Orchestra's Women's League Young Artist Competition, and recorded on America's Finest Singing Machine, B.G.S.U. Men's Chorus Twentieth Anniversary recording. 

Shannon holds a M.M. in Piano Performance from Indiana University, and has vast teaching experience with all ages. She has over 20 years of accompanying choral groups, vocalists and instrumentalists at the high school, college and professional levels.

April Chisholm

April has been teaching cello and performing professionally in the Baltimore-Washington area since 2008. At that time, she opened the New Cello School in Baltimore, a program designed to provide the highest quality instruction in a supportive setting, encouraging student success at home, school, and beyond.

April teaches both classes and private lessons, and teaches the cello weeks of the Instrument Sampler at Music for the Young Child. In addition to teaching at Music for the Young Child, April currently teaches through her private studio in Towson/Baltimore and at the Bryn Mawr School. Previous positions include teaching at the College of Notre Dame, and the Baltimore Montessori School through the BRIDGES program. Alongside her teaching activities, April maintains a busy performing schedule with the Annapolis Symphony and the National Philharmonic.

Before coming to Baltimore, April taught at Chicago's esteemed Music Institute of Chicago. Originally from Oregon, April studied cello performance at the University of Oregon, and earned a Master's of Music degree from the University of Michigan. After graduating, she played with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and taught at many music programs.

photo Katie Davis

Katie was lucky enough to learn to play violin in one of the first Suzuki violin programs in the United States. Inspired by her parents' love of music and, more specifically, her mother's violin playing, she started lessons at 5 years old and has not stopped playing since. Since high school, she has maintained a busy performance schedule with various quartettes, community symphonies, baroque chamber orchestras and community theater pit orchestras in Richmond, Atlanta and Baltimore. Though trined as a lawyer and currently working at the University of Baltimore School of Law, she has also received certification as a Suzuki violin instructor and has been teaching privately for almost 20 years.

Katie currently offers private and group lessons for children and adults and teaches the violin portion of our Instrument Sampler class.

Katie teaches a modified Suzuki method, which emphasizes learning by ear but also introduces music theory and reading skills at a young age. She brings her love of music and fun to each class and gets great pleasure from working with children to help them foster their love of the same.

Jake Marinari

Jake teaches our Rock Band, Jazz Band, Drum Circle, Ukulele and Guitar classes, as well as the ukulele, guitar and woodwind portions of our Instrument Sampler classes. He has studied frame drum and darbuka with world-renowned percussionist Yshai Afterman in Israel, and drumset and hand percussion with Ed Nardi, Nick Wight, Wes Crawford, and Dr. N. Scott Robinson. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in jazz studies as a scholarship student at Goucher College, where he was awarded the Robert Hall Lewis Prize for extraordinary achievement in music.

He has served on the OrchKids program for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and taught percussion for the Baltimore Talent Education Center, the EMC Performing Arts Studio, and The Music Workshop. Jake has performed throughout North America and on live television and radio with the Baltimore-based Soul musician Bosley and the contemporary Jazz group Otherworld. He currently teaches privately in the Baltimore region