Teachers

The teaching staff at Kindermusik With Friends is what makes our classes fantastic. Though each teacher brings their own unique personality to class, all classes offer the same musical fun, excitement, learning and bonding with your child. All teachers are licensed Kindermusik educators and are Infant & Child CPR AED certified.

Kim Shiely

Kim Shiely

Kindermusik Maestro Owner/Educator

Kim considers music one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their child. Originally from Wisconsin, she has been studying and performing vocal, dance & instrumental music throughout her entire life. Since April 2011, Kim has been awarded Maestro Educator Status each year by Kindermusik International. The Maestro award recognizes that Kindermusik With Friends has achieved excellence in ranking in the top 1% of Kindermusik programs worldwide.

As a licensed Kindermusik educator, Kim has the training and expertise necessary to provide fun, high-quality musical experiences to young children in a way that will impact not only musical development but will enhance your child’s foundations of learning. Come explore a whole new world of music with your child!

Tirisha Dirks

Tirisha Dirks

Kindermusik Educator

Tirisha joins Kindermusik from her own successful business as a family photographer at Content Photography. She has a K-12 Education background and has served and chaired the Early Childhood Advisory Council. She is an artist, a mother of three, an active school volunteer and has performed and been influenced by music her whole life.

Tirisha discovered Kindermusik with her son, Myles. It was their fantastic experience in class that made her want to share this joy with others. As a licensed Kindermusik educator, Tirisha is engaging, full of enthusiasm and very knowledgeable in all things musical and fun! She finds great joy in being with children and their families and sharing music with them makes it all the sweeter.

Charity Bell Harvala

Charity Bell Harvala

Kindermusik Educator

Charity grew up in a very musical household and started performing on stage at the age of seven. A classically trained vocalist and licensed elementary teacher, Charity knows that music and brain development go hand in hand. She brings a boundless energy and enthusiasm for bringing out the music lover of every age! When not teaching, Charity performs in her own band and with a jazz duo. She also has a busy family life with 3 teenagers and her husband, who all live in St. Boni. She loves to cook, read and go boating.

She has years teaching and coaching musical groups and performers of all ages. Music fills her heart and Charity’s goal at Kindermusik is to help your child (and you!) fill your heart with the sound of music!

Jessica Brandt

Jessica Brandt

Kindermusik Educator

With a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work, Jessica worked at a non-profit for many years in children’s mental health, including facilitating therapeutic groups with children. She especially loved including music in groups, understanding how valuable music and movement is to whole body learning. She participated in choir at St. Olaf and is thrilled to return to performing with the local River City Singers this year.

Jessica came to Kindermusik 6 years ago when her now oldest daughter was an infant and her family has been coming ever since. Jessica has loved watching her girls social, emotional, and musical growth through the program. She sees music class as an amazing opportunity to connect with your child and instill in them a lifelong love of music and learning. Welcome Jessica!