A beloved leader in music education retires
Last week I had an invigorating few days with 100 other Kindermusik educators from around the world. We celebrated the career of Carol Denning Penney, beloved leader of a community of over 5000 educators world wide.
Carol began one of her own personal Kindermusik programs at Queens College in 1992 and by some wonderful serendipity, hired me to teach for her. I was a novice and she trusted me instantly. For a year I had a front row seat, seeing her passion, love and talent with young children and her gift of helping parents be better parents. My Kindermusik educator colleagues will appreciate what a tremendous fortune I was dealt.
Life took her away from Charlotte in ’94 and thank goodness for the children of the world it did! I was honored to have been asked to take over her sweet program at Queens when Kindermusik International pulled her to Greensboro. Through her position there as Director of Education, she has has been a guru in early childhood music and movement. Leading curriculum development, educator training and professional development, and developing pioneer on line training, Carol’s work is the heart and soul of the over 35 year old company, the world’s premier publisher in music and movement education for young children.
We are indebted to you Carol, for helping us find our hearts!