Angela Crofoot has been a teacher in the Sing Play Learn with MacPhail® department for more than fifteen years. She teaches Music for Baby, Music for Preschoolers, and Music for Families and more. She instructs in many of MacPhail’s partnership programs and camps: Sing Play Act, Opera, and the Minnesota Zoo.
She is proficient in piano, flute, organ, guitar, ukulele, and voice. Angela is Montessori-trained and has taught early childhood classes since 1990. She also has her own studio teaching private instruction at home and has led Sunday school music at her church for many years. She is also an active member in the Eden Prairie Community Band as a flutist. With a degree in Music Therapy from the University of Minnesota, she continues her education by attending workshop, classes and by being a student herself and taking lessons.
“One is never too old to learn” she says. Implementing her knowledge about developmental skills in her classroom is one of her strengths, as well as loving what she does. “Music in the early years of a child’s life” Angela says, “is important because it allows them to learn and use both sides of their brain simultaneously”. Areas that are targeted include: socialization, self-esteem, cognitive development, fine and gross motor, reading readiness skills, balance and much more. Music is used as a tool to make learning fun and music has the capability to provide a connection with one’s whole body from head to toe. Music addresses all different learning styles. Angela clearly believes it is important to have fun while learning and is committed to helping everyone achieve their musical goals by creating enriching experiences for all. Music has a sense of power to enrich everyone’s lives.
Favorite non-musical hobby: To be with my new twin grand babies and family.