joancollageJoan started exploring her musical nature later in life. After singing in a community choir for three years and dabbling in African dance and hand-drumming, she began learning to play Zimbabwean-style marimba.

In 2002 she joined the band Kwayedza Marimba, and played with them for almost 8 years. One of her favourite aspects of performing this joyful and energetic music was seeing the fascination that small children have with the music and instruments. When she heard about the Music Together® teacher training program, she was thrilled about the opportunity to share her love of music even more directly with children. Joan enjoys the delightful chaos of large groups of children – she has five nephews and three nieces, and has volunteered at the Vancouver International Children's Festival and at the Cloud Forest School (a K-11 school in Costa Rica). For two years she sang and played harmonium in the kirtan group Chanting and Chocolate. These days, Joan is proud to be an alto and a section leader in the 100-voice soul and gospel choir City Soul Choir. She is also a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor, and feels that teaching Music Together to children and teaching yoga to adults complement each other perfectly. In 2014, Joan was awarded the Certification Level 1 qualification from Princeton's Music Together Center For Music and Young Children for outstanding achievement in teaching and articulating of the program.

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