About InJoy Music

InJoy Music was founded in 2003 as a way to reach children of all ages through music. We offer Kindermusik classes for children ages 0-7 and group piano lessons for children starting kindergarten and older. Our educators’ combined experience contributes decades of experience in musical education, therapy, performance, and pure enjoyment!

Research has proven that music enhances children’s lives and helps them become better learners. We equip parents with the tools needed to incorporate music into their families’ everyday rituals, as well as provide benefits to children’s musical, physical, social, emotional, language, and cognitive development.

Our goal is to provide a lifetime love of music in each one of our students. InJoy Music is consistently ranked among the top Kindermusik programs in the world, reaching hundreds of families in the Kansas City area each year.

 

Meet Our Staff

Amy Pennington - Director, Licensed Kindermusik Educator & Piano Instructor

You could say that Amy (Ludwig) Pennington was destined for a career in music. At just one week of age, Amy’s great-grandmother took her tiny hand and said, “This child will play the piano.”

A graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Miss Amy founded InJoy Music in 2003 and offers a bright future for children through Kindermusik classes and Simply Music piano instruction. Her studio has maintained Kindermusik Maestro status since its third year, and is thrilled to be among the top 1% of Kindermusik studios worldwide. In previous years, Amy proudly represented over 5000 educators as the Communications Advisor for the Partnership of Kindermusik Educators, and served as a Business Mentor for new Kindermusik educators. She is featured in dozens of curriculum training videos for Kindermusik International, and piloted Kindermusik Sing & Play. She has been teaching piano for over 20 years and is a former officer of the Kansas City Music Teachers Association.

Amy and her husband Aaron have been married since 2004 and have a son, Aidan. They enjoy traveling to different major league ballparks around the country and comparing the quality of nachos at each location.

Miss Amy can be reached at (913) 362-8209 or by e-mailing amy@injoymusic.com.

Darcy Maret - Kindermusik Family Manager & Licensed Kindermusik Educator

Darcy Maret developed a love for music at an early age. Her family owned and operated a radio station, so she grew up listening to a wide variety of music. Darcy sang in the school choir and began playing saxophone and piano at age 10. At age 14, Darcy began teaching saxophone and piano lessons to a friend’s little sister and has continued teaching lessons ever since.

Darcy is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University and University of Missouri-Kansas City and holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education. She taught instrumental music in College Springs, Iowa and elementary music and French in St. Joseph and Kearney, Missouri. Darcy taught applied saxophone lessons at Creighton University and Northwest Missouri State University. 

Since 2008, Darcy has been teaching Kindermusik and working as administrative coordinator. Getting to know the families and watching the children grow up are some of her favorite things about the Kindermusik program. As a teacher and mom, Darcy delights in watching the faces of young children light up with the joy of music. She believes that you can never be too young or too old to begin to learn about music.

Darcy has been married to her college sweetheart, Kevin, since 1995. They have a son, Alexander, and a daughter, Madeline. Both kids are Kindermusik alumni and take piano lessons from their mom. Darcy values spending time with her family. They enjoy playing games, reading, puzzles, traveling, fishing, basketball, and collecting musical instruments.

Miss Darcy can be reached at (913) 322-2151 or by e-mailing darcy@injoymusic.com.

Jaime Tanner - Licensed Kindermusik Educator

Jaime Tanner has had a life-long passion for music.  She has been singing and playing piano since elementary school, and graduated in 2006 with her Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Miami, Florida.  Jaime has sung in professional, church, and community choirs throughout Kansas City, and performed in numerous theatre productions including lead roles in South Pacific, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and The Wizard of Oz.  Jaime also teaches middle school choir and directs musical productions in the Shawnee Mission School District.  Jaime lives in Shawnee with her husband Andy, sons Henry and Eli, her giant golden retriever Teddy, and two cats.  

Miss Jaime can be reached at (913) 406-2137 or by e-mailing jaime@injoymusic.com.

Jessica Pitts - Licensed Kindermusik Educator

The story has been told that at two years old, Jessica battled many ear infections, wasn’t speaking much, and had to have tubes put in her ears. Within twenty four hours of that fateful procedure, Jessica began singing and she never stopped. Today, she often jokes that her two young daughters are bound to grow up thinking their lives are musicals and they may be sorely disappointed when they get into school and realize not everyone actually sings everything.

Jessica believes in the power of music so much that she went on to make a career of it. As an avid Jayhawk fan, she received her Bachelors of Music Education in Music Therapy from the University of Kansas. She went on to complete her music therapy internship with the Fulton County School System in Atlanta and made Georgia her home for the next four and a half years. During that time, Jessica was a Board Certified Music Therapist and licensed Kindermusik Educator with Therabeat at In Harmony Pediatric Therapy. In her last year there, she served as Clinical Director of Therabeat. Jessica is an E. Thayer Gaston Award Recipient and has presented on music therapy interventions in pediatrics with colleagues at conferences. More than anything, Jessica loved seeing how music could positively affect her kiddos’ lives on a daily basis.

Jessica now resides in Shawnee with her husband, Kevin, and their two young daughters, Audine and Elliana, both of whom are budding young Kindermusicians. Jessica loves Jesus and a hot cup of coffee. In her spare time, she is an aspiring yogini, bookworm extraordinaire, and expert in kitchen Disney music dance parties.

Miss Jessica can be reached at (785) 220-7533 or by e-mailing jessica@injoymusic.com.

Joy Granade - Licensed Kindermusik Educator

In 2002, fresh out of grad school with her Master’s degree in Vocal Performance and full of energy and enthusiasm, someone talked Joy into teaching a few Kindermusik classes in Urbana, Illinois. Instantly, she fell in love with the amazing music training packed into each class as she watched her students explore music in a way she had never encountered before entering college as a music major.

 Before long, Joy was already establishing herself as an up-and-coming music educator, teaching voice at Millikin University and the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, working as Musical Director for the Urbana Park District Summer Youth Musical, and writing and performing youth music outreach programs in central Illinois.  At the same time, Joy founded a Kindermusik program in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois which seemed to grow overnight to over 100 children in weekly classes of joyous exploration and spontaneous musical play. 

Then in 2005, after a move and the birth of her first son, Joy started Kindermusik with Joy in KCMO, again experiencing a period of rapid expansion until the program reached its height of 250 enrolled students, including outreach to local area preschools and winning the award of Kindermusik Maestro for 10 years straight.  Based on these accomplishments, Joy has advised Kindermusik International on projects including assisting in the development of home materials, creating training videos for fellow educators, and piloting the Sing & Play curriculum.

 Joy is thrilled to now be joining the team at InJoy Music, so that she may continue sharing her passion for music and early childhood development with children and families across the Kansas City Metro while simultaneously allowing her to enjoy time with her own children both as mom and homeschool educator. She knows she is called to support parents to see that “No matter how consumed your life might be with naps, diaper changes, and the constant care of a little one, there is magic in taking this one hour every week to be just yours for fun and play.  As you laugh, dance, sing, and snuggle, you will see the magic of music nurture your relationship to make your days together both more joyful and easier all while knowing you’re providing the cognitive, social/emotional, and physical benefits of early music education both in class and at home!”

Miss Joy can be reached at (913) 322-3703 or by e-mailing joy@injoymusic.com.

Laura Beckman - Licensed Kindermusik Educator & Piano Instructor

Music has always been the ebb and flow that has made up Laura’s life. She has been singing her whole life and continues to use her singing in areas such as church choirs and the praise ministry band in her congregation. She sang her first solo in church at the tender age of 3 and began piano lessons at age 6 and playing flute at age 10. Laura has enjoyed participating in various choirs and bands throughout her life and attended Graceland College as a Music Major with an emphasis in voice. Laura graduated from Graceland College in Lamoni, IA with a B.A. in Music Education and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Teaching from St. Mary College. She taught elementary music for several years in Grain Valley, MO and Olathe, KS, and gave flute, piano, and voice lessons for over 12 years.

Laura became interested in becoming a Kindermusik educator when she began to realize the value of developing the whole child, and being “process oriented” instead of “performance oriented.” She loves watching the joy children get from simply trying something new in class and feeling that sense of accomplishment.

As a parent of two Kindermusik students and a Simply Music student, Laura believes wholeheartedly in Kindermusik and loves getting to share the wonderful experience each week with other families.

Miss Laura can be reached at 913-484-1311 or laura@injoymusic.com.

Laura Lowry - Licensed Kindermusik Educator

Laura Lowry discovered her love for music at a young age and quickly asked to join children’s choirs and take voice and piano lessons.  This love was nurtured through a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

Passionate about sharing music with others, Miss Laura has performed across the country and Europe, worked with elementary students through the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s educational outreach program, directed her church’s children’s choir, and currently teaches private voice lessons.  She also enjoys working with the youngest generation of music makers, while helping families explore, laugh, imagine, move, and grow during Kindermusik classes. 

Miss Laura lives in Lee’s Summit with her husband, Jacob, a high school choir director; and their teacup poodle, Lucky.   

Miss Laura can be reached at 936-581-4033 or lowry@injoymusic.com.

Lindsey Lock - Licensed Kindermusik Educator

Miss Lindsey could not be more excited to join our new Kindermusik family with InJoy Music. A former graduate of the Kindermusik program in her younger days, Lindsey has experienced the importance of music in young child’s development first hand. She holds a degree in Vocal Performance with a focus in Education through Avila University, and has a strong knowledge of Music Therapy and Early Childhood Development. A “big kid” herself, Lindsey has always enjoyed working with children and thinks that there is nothing better than being part of a child’s life. She truly believes in the educational benefit of Kindermusik and could not be more proud to have the opportunity to instill the value of music in young children.

Miss Lindsey can be reached at 816-204-1620 or lindsey@injoymusic.com.

Megan Doyle - Licensed Kindermusik Educator & Community Manager

Megan Doyle has always loved music and it has been a large part of her life since she was a child. Growing up she played the piano and clarinet. She also sang in choir and was the drum major of her high school band. Megan was selected as an All-American Drum Major and was able to participate in the Citrus Bowl Half-Time show her Senior year of high school.

Once Megan had her first child, she knew immediately she wanted to introduce her to the wonderful world of music. Megan began taking her oldest daughter to  Kindermusik classes when she was 12 weeks old. In the last seven and a half years, she has introduced all three of her girls to the incredible Kindermusik curriculum, and two of her daughters are current Simply Music students. In 2010, Megan began teaching Kindermusik for InJoy Music. Talk about full circle, right?

Megan loves being able to model to children how much fun music is. She loves that Kindermusik fosters developmentally appropriate activities for each age group. She is honored to witness the children at the studio grow from babies to toddlers to school age kids. She says it has been amazing to know first hand that Kindermusik has positively impacted so many kids and their families through the art of music.

Megan has a Bachelors of Science in Communication degree from Missouri State University, a Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Eastern Illinois University, and 15 hours of her Educational Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Tennessee. She currently teaches Learning Strategies classes at Johnson County Community College.

Megan has been married to her college sweetheart, Kelly since 2000. They lived in Illinois, Texas, Tennessee, and New Jersey before settling back into the Kansas City area. They have three girls, Ryann, Reese, and Reagan. As a family they spend a lot of time outdoors, especially hiking at Shawnee Mission Park. Megan enjoys cooking, running, biking and reading.

Miss Megan can be reached at (913) 706-0127 or megan@injoymusic.com.

Miranda Grummon - Licensed Kindermusik Educator

For as long as she can remember, Miranda Grummon’s heart has been captivated by music. She sang her first solo at church at four years of age, and as she grew, she learned how to play the piano, violin, and flute. While at K-State, she played violin in the Kansas State Orchestra, sitting as concertmistress for two years. She also loved playing with her string quartet at KSU. She graduated with a degree in business administration with a minor in music.

After graduation, she gained experience working for both corporate and non-profit sectors. However, when her firstborn son was six months old, she took him to a Kindermusik class and fell in love with the program. She had the opportunity to begin teaching Kindermusik a few months later, and has not looked back. Since beginning teaching in 2009, Miss Miranda has loved connecting with families and sharing her love of music with parents and children. She believes that Kindermusik is the perfect combination of music, movement, discovery, play and love.

Miranda and her husband David have been married since 2005 and are the parents of two boys, both Kindermusik alumni.

Miss Miranda can be reached at (913) 530-8201 or miranda@injoymusic.com.

Vicki Ludwig - Manager of Studio Experiences

Vicki Ludwig is the Manager of Studio Experiences for InJoy Music, providing support to our educators and ensuring a positive and memorable experience for each of our families. Vicki has been on staff at InJoy Music since summer 2008 when her daughter, Miss Amy, had her son. Vicki’s impeccable organization skills and extensive background in customer service made her a perfect fit.

In addition to her role at InJoy Music, Vicki holds a real estate license and works for Garmin. She is a talented artist and enjoys reading, gardening, crafting, and spending time with her husband Bob, her three daughters, and four grandchildren.

Vicki can be reached at 913-638-8371 or admin@injoymusic.com.