All of our teachers are passionate about music and the development of children.
They create a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.
Betha Christopher earned a Bachelor of Music/Business from DePauw University in Indiana (her home state), and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Boston University. She began her music career singing classical music and opera in Chicago. She also performed for several summers at The Ohio Light Opera in Wooster, OH, where she met her husband. Now, her husband and children perform in Ohio, and Betha has shifted her focus to teaching young children.
For almost 10 years, Betha has taught in preschools and daycares throughout the State College area. She also teaches Musikgarten for ages 3 1/2 - 9 and piano classes in her home studio. Betha has three children who all enjoy music, singing, and playing oboe and piano. She find great joy in working with young children, as they begin their own musical journeys.
Rene' Oakman (maiden name Rene' Campbell) has been a professional musician since 1985. She has performed locally as a solo singer/songwriter and has been in numerous band ensembles ranging from duets to a touring 9-piece R&B review. She has performed at various venues across the east coast including Philadelphia Riverfront Blues Festival, Atlanta, GA, Chapel Hill, NC, and more. Rene' has four years of formal voice instruction and music theory.