Our Volunteer Teachers
HeartBEATS Virtual Music Lessons wouldn't be possible without our incredible volunteer teachers. Not only are they accomplished musicians, they are also dedicated teachers who believe in the importance of the arts and its power to connect people and build relationships.
Maddie is currently a junior at Arizona School for the Arts. She has been taking piano and voice lessons for 11 years and is a nationally ranked French student. She previously lived in Seattle, Washington where she volunteered at a homeless shelter for families called Mary’s Place. There she became the youngest volunteer to reach 150 hours of service and founded her program Let Them Sing. Let Them Sing used music to allow homeless children to express themselves, and Maddie ran it for a year before moving to Arizona. In her free time she loves playing with her dog, playing guitar or ukulele, and cooking.
Claire is a senior who has been volunteering with HeartBEATS since the fall of 2019 and has been working with refugees for more than 4 years. Claire plays the alto saxophone, flute, and piano and participates in her school’s choir and Mock Trial team. She also established a Student Wellness Initiative at her school through which she has written a peer-led wellness curriculum and designed a peer-training program. Claire serves as the President of the AZ Science Center Teen Board and is a Lead Ambassador at her school. Claire also enjoys volunteering at GOALS, where she is the co-program director.
Maya is a high-school senior in downtown Phoenix. She is a self-employed piano and guitar teacher with nine students ranging from age six to thirteen. She teaches her students piano technique, musicality, to love music, and the importance of practice and persistence.
Janelle is a freelance pianist and music educator from Flagstaff, Arizona. Well-versed in classical solo and collaborative performance, she began her musical pursuits at an early age. She has won solo and concerto awards statewide.
In 2018, Janelle graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Music Education. Her teaching experiences range across preschool-adult ages in general music, choir, and piano. She loves sharing the joy and creativity of music-making with other people!
To learn more about Janelle, visit www.janellecranemusic.com.