Originally from Québec, Canada, Maryse Lapierre is a French tutor, singer-accordionist and harmonium player and along with singer-songwriter-guitarist-violist Alicia Ultan, half of the Albuquerque-based musical duo Bébé La La who have recently released their first album "High Wire".
Maryse facilitates regular classes in Whole Toning, her own system of integral practice through breath, voice, and movement- a synthesis of her experience with professional singing and performing, energy work, voice training, yoga, dance, theater and kirtan.
Maryse loves working with children, especially around music. She's a storyteller and music educator for the Stories in the Sky and Music in the Sky weekly series at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum. She is a registered Music Together® teacher. She's the director of Harmonic Kids (FamJam) in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
I have been singing and dancing for as long as I can remember. I love to empower grown ups and little ones to discover and delight in their natural human potential to be creators: artists, dancers, and music makers!
I enjoy music-making with my own three kids in all sorts of ways, especially singing with the ABQ Choir Magic intergenerational community choir, and I enjoy supporting the growth of spiritual communities through song as a Music that Makes Community presenter.
I hold a BFA in Ballet Performance from the University of Utah and an MA in Theology and the Arts from Pacific School of Religion. I am an ordained Episcopal Priest, and am honored to support the spiritual exploration and growth of all kinds of families at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and St. Mark’s Montessori School in Albuquerque. You can learn more about me and explore a variety of resources on spirituality, music, family, and more on my website.
Susie is a Cert 1 Music Together teacher and has been teaching since 2014. Originally from Dallas, Texas Susie grew up in a family where singing around the dinner table was encouraged! She received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Studies from Emerson College in Boston. And was a resident puppeteer with the Vermont based Bread and Puppet Theater for 4 years. Susie played the tambourine, bass drum and trombone in the theater brass band as well as co-composed many songs for puppet shows and sung soprano in a handful of puppet operas. She moved to Santa Fe in 2012 where she met Devi Bricker of FAM JAM! and was introduced to Music Together, where an excellent match was made. Susie took some semesters off mid 2019 for some theater work and now is back for Spring 2020 as FAM JAM! has been taken under the wing by Harmonic Kids. She is happy to be teaching again!
Some folks around Santa Fe know Susie from Wise Fool New Mexico as LaLa the Clown. She also can be seen performing with the physical theater troupe, Theater Grottesco. Susie plays the harp and has also recently picked up the ukulele.