Tammy Keorkunian, MA, BA, RYT, E-CMT, CYT founder and director of Children’s Music Express®, has been teaching parent/child, preschool, and family classes since 1999. She sings, plays the guitar, and the African Djembe going on 20 years. Tammy has her MA in Applied Meditation Studies from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies and her BA from Temple University in Communications and Theater, with a focus on the arts and business.
Additionally, Tammy has studied with Marianne Torbert, developer of the Kinesiology program, “Meeting Children’s Needs Through Movement” at Temple University. Tammy has also studied with Shakta Kaur Khalsa in the Radiant Child Yoga Immersion Program, at the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ, with Shiva Das in Hatha Yoga/Inner Fire Yoga, Karen Fairman in Anatomy, Dr. Martin Orimenko in Injury Prevention, Ed Zadlo in Ayurveda, and David Newman in Kirtan.
A life-long musician, Laura Kalnajs teaches, writes and performs all kinds of music for young children. She is a skilled singer and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, mandolin, drums, piano, ukulele). Her expertise, humor and upbeat warmth come through in every music class and performance!
Hailing from a musical family, Laura began playing piano at the age of 5. She picked up violin at age 9 and started writing songs at 12. Upon discovering a love for alternative rock as a teenager, she taught herself to play the bass guitar, and was performing at all-ages shows by 15. Since then, she has continued to perform and write a huge variety of music, from blues/folk to technically challenging progressive rock.
Laura currently plays guitar, mandolin and upright bass for Hobo Pie (old-time folk), bass guitar and vocals for Archawah (atmospheric modern rock) and bass guitar and vocals for Lithium (Nirvana and 90s tribute band). Past musical projects include Mastermind (progressive rock), Slippery Feat (jazzy blues rock) and Lex Dizik (modern hard rock). Most importantly of all, she enjoys writing songs about trains and trucks with her 4-year old son.
Laura's career in children's music began in 2011, when she auditioned to teach parent-toddler classes at a private music studio. It was immediately apparent that her enthusiasm and musical expertise were a perfect fit for sharing music with young children. Laura has a knack for relating with kids of all ages, and especially loves to teach basic music theory concepts through the use of interactive songs and games. She teaches parent/child music classes, preschool music classes, and specialized private lessons designed for children 5 and under. She also performs at birthday parties, libraries and events for kids. She is in the process of recording her first children's album, plus two albums of grown-up original music.
Christina Klaproth has been eager to share her voice with the world ever since she discovered it, coaxed by the 3rd grade music teacher- a monumental moment that has propelled her forward as a teacher, musician and performer. In high school, Christina earned a spot to study vocal performance at private school, Wyoming Seminary, where she learned Opera and other fundamental musical skills she carries with her today. She also competed & placed in both PMEA District & Regional Chorus ensembles (Sop 2 & Alto 1). Choral performance at such a large level really opened her eyes to the idea that although we may be separate beings, we are all part of a whole, working together in perfect harmony to make this world a better place. We must offer our gifts to the world with love and gratitude. Choral performance emphasizes blending to the utmost which helps to imprint skills such as sharing, listening & community building.
While attending West Chester University (BA of Science in Comm Studies/minor Art History), Christina joined her first professional band- a dream pop project called Tutlie. She now performs with large ensemble roots reggae band, Cultureal, as well as her own 7-piece Avant-rock band, Miss Cantaloupe.
In addition to teaching parent/child classes with CME, Christina currently teaches music in preschools. She also collaborates with her partner, Sean Youngman to induce vibrational healing with sound bath ceremonies for public & private events. Beyond this, Christina takes jobs as a studio musician, singer/songwriter, model, & professional fairy for festivals and childrens birthday parties.
In her spare time, Christina loves to tend to her plants, cook, paint, redecorate and dance. She loves to stop and smell all the flowers on walks. Spending time with children has inspired her to give back to the youth by creating her first children’s album which is currently under way. She looks forward to playing, learning and growing with the families here at Children’s Music Express.
LaVina D’Anjolell, RYT 200hr, RDH, LOL(lover of life), started her musical journey at the ripe young age of 3. She began taking piano lessons shortly before her 4th cycle around the Sun and continued this until after graduating High School. An early childhood music experience helped her to gain a greater awareness and understanding of the world around her, spanning from movement and coordination, to mathematics, to the ability to perceive life in a more objective and harmonious way. All of this fuelled her passion to share this experience with the next generation.
Throughout elementary school LaVina partook in various school musicals ranging from The Sound of Music (Marian the librarian), to Cinderella (Cinderella). Music and performance had always found its way into LaVina’s day to day living whether it be simply enjoying and dancing around the house, making short films with friends, or appreciating a Broadway play. At the age of 15 she picked up the guitar and expanded her musical abilities a bit more with a few guided, but mostly self taught lessons.
In February 2017, LaVina met fellow CME teacher, Christina Klaproth, and sparks flew instantly. She joined local Philadelphia band, Miss Cantaloupe, as a back up singer and her musical quest has been growing and flourishing ever since. After training under Tammy Keorkunian, LaVina is more than ready to spread the love and wisdom she’s acquired through her CME training, Adult and Kids Yoga Teacher Training, and self practice, with the youth of today. The practice of patience, kindness, compassion, and love are strong motivators to LaVina, and she is thrilled to be on board the Children’s Music Express! Choo Choo!
Nadia's yoga journey began 13 years ago. Similar to most, she was in search of tools to counteract stress and aid in creating a balance in her life. A few years into Nadia's practice, she decided to embark on a 200-hour yoga teacher training. Following her training, she continues to seek out workshops and classes to further develop her skills as a teacher and student.
Also, as a mother and teacher of young children, Nadia truly believes in the practices of yoga and meditation to create a more mindful way of life. Through the ebbs and flows of life, yoga is that “best friend” to always count on; ready to receive you with open arms.