Saki Nabeshima has a Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Hastings College (2002) and a Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies in Theology and Ministry from Valparaiso University (2005). During her internship at Homeward Bound, a transitional housing program in Phoenix, she discovered the early childhood music program, Musikgarten. Saki fell in love with the world of early childhood education and has enjoyed teaching preschool since 2005. Currently, Saki is a full time staff member at Awakening Seed School, working as an assistant teacher in the 4-5 year old classroom.
Ms. Nabeshima has received over 90 hours of Musikgarten early childhood music training from Leilani Miranda and Karen W. Haughey. Saki has taught early childhood music and movement classes since 2005, group pre-keyboard classes since 2011, and piano lessons since 2000. Between 2011- 2014, Saki completed 295 hours of Yoga Teacher Training for children and adults at Desert Song Healing Arts Center.
“As an early childhood music educator, I strive to provide a safe and joyful learning environment for children and families, where process and social interaction are encouraged without expectation of musical performance. From the earliest memory of my childhood, music was there. My teachers have taught me to sing, dance, and make music a part of everyday life. The greatest gift that I have received from these experiences is my ability to express who I am musically. This gift guides me to live in the moment where my creativity shines the most. I am excited to share the joy of musical moments with you and your child at Music Works Community this year!”
“Music is an art form that engages the child’s communication through language development, self awareness, and imagination. It is through music that the child may increase innate abilities of expression by movement and songs. Music may expand the child’s natural curiosity and appreciation for sounds and rhythms in life. Music offers the child an opportunity to absorb and learn about their environment, as well as, their social/cultural worlds. Music may empower the child’s imagination by its endless possibility for creativity.”