I am a Classically-trained operatic soprano, voice teacher, choral director, and mom. For more about my performing and private voice lessons, you can visit www.rpflaherty.com.
From 2002-2003, I had one of the best jobs ever: teaching music and movement classes for WeJoySing in Columbus, Ohio. Under the mentorship of Jo Kirk, I learned about the fascinating connections between music and brain development in early childhood. As a teacher, I witnessed children take their first steps, sing their first words (before speaking them), and watched as music worked its magic to form a strong, loving bond between babies and their grown-ups.
The birth of my first baby, and a family move out of state kept me from going back to work after that first year, but I used the marvelous skills I learned from Jo Kirk with my babies at home. WeJoySing gave me what Mrs. Jo calls "Mary Poppins" skills: instead of commanding my children to put away their toys, I sang a song about helping the toys go home . . . and like magic, my children were eager to play along. During those beyond-exhausted moments of parenting, when my patience was wearing thin, I would summon the strength to turn putting on shoes and coats into a game—and all of a sudden, the joy in my children's eyes and voices were enough to lift me out of my funk and help me go on with the day.
My first baby, Gwendolyn, is a Freshman vocal studies major at Savannah Arts Academy. She has a beautiful voice, absolute (perfect) pitch, and participated in the GMEA All-State Choir in 2016 and 2017. While she doesn't want to pursue music as a career, it has opened her mind to new ideas, expanded her vocabulary, and introduced her to other cultures of the world. My 6th grader, Oliver, also has absolute pitch and a beautiful singing voice. Music has helped him in his struggle with ADHD, and he made his fantastic stage debut this summer with Savannah Children's Theatre. Patty Grace, my sweet 4-year-old, is loving the songs, musical games, and nursery rhymes that I teach in class, and is already sharing her beautiful singing with anyone who will listen.
Welcome to Do-Re-We! I can't wait to sing, dance, learn, laugh, and love with you and your child.