A lot has changed since the our first convention in North Carolina in 1986. Our first president, Linda Robinson and 99 attendees formed an organization that would be focused on the advancement of early childhood music & movement in research and teacher development. What was put into motion over 30 years ago has become known as the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association.
Board & Staff.
Amy Rucker is from Ohio, where she attended The Ohio State University, earning degrees in Piano Performance and Music Education in choral conducting. During her undergrad, she conducted handbell choirs, children’s choirs, and ensembles. Much of her piano performance degree was focused on accompanying and training as an accompanist-coach. Amy and her husband moved to Dallas, TX, which brought her to SMU’s prestigious Piano Pedagogy and Preparatory Department, where she earned her Masters degree in Piano Pedagogy. It was at SMU that Amy saw the value of early childhood music and movement. After she earned her MM she was hired as adjunct faculty, continuing her work in the pedagogy program for six years. Amy has ECMMA Certification Level III and is a National Teacher Trainer for Musikgarten.
Diana is currently the assistant director of Musikgarten’s Music for Learning Program and also maintains a private studio. In addition, Diana performs as a collaborative pianist, appearing regularly with violinist Nicholas Currie and cellist Adam Gonzalez as Trio Giocoso. Diana has taught early childhood music, piano, and choral singing in Texas, North Carolina, Maryland, and New Jersey and also has arts management experience. Diana was one of the founding members of the Greater Washington DC -ECMMA Chapter where she served as Vice-President. Diana holds a BMus. degree from Wheaton College and a MM from the University of North Texas. She has Level II Certification from ECMMA and is certified in all levels of the Musikgarten curriculum. She currently resides in Sparta, NJ with her husband, Allan.
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