Our Teachers

All of our teachers are passionate about music and the development of children.

They create a fun, informal social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.

photo Darlene Casanova Co-owner/director of Imagination Place, the center for music and movement committed for over 12 years to providing children and their parents high quality, non-performance music, movement and artistic experiences, such as the internationally recognized programs Music Together®, an early childhood music education program, and AntiGravity® Yoga. Originally from New Orleans, Darlene received a BFA in Modern Dance with a Musical Theatre emphasis from the University of Utah, a MFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a member of Actors Equity Association. 

She starred as Dinah in the German production of Starlight Express, toured Europe as Anybodys in West Side Story and choreographed the off-Broadway premiere of Actors Shakespeare’s original musical Moliere’s Shorts.  Since returning to Salt Lake City, choreography credits include Das Barbecue for SLAC, Street Scene with the U of U Opera company, Urinetown at the Babcock Theater, Tommy at the Egyptian Theater in Park City and the Greek Classical Theater’s 2009 hit musical The Bakkhai at Red Butte Gardens. Darlene was a principle performer in both Scampdance with SB Dance and Your Average Joe with Joe Pitti. Recently she took part in SLAC's first Fearless Fringe Festival as Mom in the staged reading of Sam I Was.

Over the past 12 years Darlene has specialized in training and coaching numerous teachers and students alike in movement and performance techniques, emphasizing the integration of cross disciplines. She was an adjunct instructor in the Dance department at Weber State University and a Guest Artist for the U of U Theatre Youth Conservatory. Most recently she has lent her talents coaching the Tracy Aviary’s bird show presentation team, elevating their performance delivery and show material.

Darlene is a Certified Level Two Music Together Teacher (one of only forty in the nation), and one of only three Certified Level Two AntiGravity® Yoga teachers in Utah. More importantly, she is one of only four AntiGravity® Yoga instructors in the world working directly with Christopher Harrison, the creator of AntiGravity® Yoga, on continued development of the art form. She is creator of Parent/Child AntiGravity® Yoga and the co-creator of Imagination Workshop™ and Musical Bridge™.

photo Dawn Levingston

Dawn is a certified level one Music Together® teacher, having completed her training with the Center for Music and Young Children. She holds a B.F.A. in Modern Dance with a minor in theater from the University of Utah. Dawn has performed professionally in plays and musicals, including productions for Sundance Children’s Theater. Currently, she performs with Wasatch Dance Collective and Samba Gringa, a Brazilian percussion band. She has taught dance at the Montesorri school for several years and is excited to teach children the joy of music through Music Together®.

 

photo Elise Groves

photo Emily Jacobs

Emily is a certified level one Music Together® teacher, having completed training with the Center for Music and Young Children. She earned her B.A. from Westminster College in Early Childhood Education with a music minor. While at Westminster, she performed with the Westminster Chamber Singers. She has recorded and performed with many local musicians while a member of the Salt Lake Children’s Choir. Emily has been involved with music since she was very young studying piano, violin, voice, and, most recently, guitar. Emily is excited to teach with Music Together®. She believes that music creates a strong foundation for all other learning.

 

 

photo Laurel Redenbaugh

Laurel started singing at a young age and has just never stopped.  She has sung

with school, gospel, show, and two Balkan folk choirs. She performed at the 2002 SLC Olympics with the Darenna Women's Balkan Choir entertaining patrons and athletes halfway up the mountain. Laurel was a founding member of the Seattle group Dunava, which she recorded a CD and sang with for four years.

 

Before moving to SLC Laurel worked as an environmental scientist for 10 years.

After discovering Music Together® classes with her daughter at Imagination Place, she decided to trade spreadsheets for silliness. Laurel became a certified level one Music Together® teacher so she could work with the two things she loves most, children and music.  

photo Tiffany Parkin Tiffany is a certified level two Music Together® teacher (one of only forty in the nation), having done the training with the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ. She received a B.S. in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Utah, where she performed with the Salt Lake Institute Concert Choir. She has been a member of a professional singing trio, performing live as well as recording “jingles” for commercials. She currently performs the National Anthem at sporting events for the University of Utah athletic department. She became involved with Music Together® in her pursuit to share her love of music with her own children and believes music is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give a child.

 

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photo Al Badham

Marching Band director Al Badham doesn't just love music -- he lives it! For more than 20 years he has taught junior high and high school students how to play the instruments they love and move to the music as part of "Da Band."

Al teaches an annual marching band class through Imagination Place. Each year students learn the techniques behind first-rate marching and play all types of music, from John Philip Sousa and Aaron Copeland to swing tunes.

The class has proven a great benefit to Al's students. Six have gone on to the University of Utah marching band, at least two on scholarships Others play at UCLA and University of Washington.

Al is a longtime music enthusiast. He began playing the piano at age 7 and the clarinet at 11. He has taught at Imagination Place for several years.

photo Lillian Severinsen

If life were a Broadway musical, Lillian wold be singing right along! Armed with Bachelor of Music from the University of Utah, and versatile teaching experiences in the trenches, Lillian has been inspiring students of all ages to explore, enjoy and interalize music for more than 10 years. With the help of a kid-friendly Musical Bridge curriculum, Lillian miraculously makes music theory fun and approachable, guiding young musicians toward a solid foundation for future private lessons.

 

Lillian excels in violin, viola, piano and vocal instruction. When Lillian isn't teaching, she's styling her daughter's hair or flying stunt kites with her husband. 

 

photo Ethan White

Ethan is our new Guitar Instructor.  He's awesome!

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