Katie Kraft is Accelerando Music's owner and primary instructor. With a degree in Music from the University of Virginia, an Orff-Schulwerk Music Education pedagogy certification from Boston College, a K-12 teaching certification through Montclair University, and early childhood music training through Music Together in Bologna, Italy, Katie brings her passion and knowledge for music to every party, lesson, or class.
Katie graduated from UVA in 2003 and started teaching general music, chorus, and piano/guitar lessons at a K-6 elementary school in New Jersey. There, she discovered what a powerful role music can play in a child's life. In 2009 she moved back home to Virginia to pursue her true passion, early childhood music. In June of 2009, Accelerando Music started and has been making a name for itself across the Northern Virginia and D.C. circuit.
Today, Katie is married to Logan Kraft, a mechanial engineer by day and a rock star in the Logan Kraft Band by night! Katie and Logan also have an acoustic duo together that performs at weddings, private functions, and events around the D.C. area. In April of 2014, they were thrilled to make their duo a trio, when they welcomed their son Holden to the world. Holden is now the guinea pig for all of Katie's Tots with Tempo songs. She can honestly say they are tested and approved by a little tot!
Hi! My name is Jennifer Ferenz, and I am pleased to be joining Accelerando Music as a flute and piano instructor!
I grew up in Maryland and attended college at Shepherd University along the Potomac River in West Virginia. After earning a Bachelor of Music Education degree, I enlisted in the United States Navy as a military musician where I traveled and performed across the United States, Canada, Europe, and briefly in Asia. This adventure allowed me to live and establish private music instruction studios in Chicago, Illinois as well as Naples, Italy during my active duty service.
Upon completing my service, I returned to America and secured a position as an elementary general music teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools where I am charged with creating meaningful musical experiences for students in grades K-6.
Throughout the past five years, I have taught private lessons to students from ages 4 to 65 with varying levels of experience. While I enjoy working and growing with musicians at any level, I am very passionate about introducing music to beginners. I strive to find a balance between challenging and engaging activities to keep my students actively involved in their growth. I look forward to making music and growing with you!
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