Carla J. Seibert – piano teacher, early childhood music teacher
Music makes me as much as I make it. I fully resonate as a person when I interact through music.
Mission: Help people make music as a way of interaction, self-knowledge and contemplation of the world.
Roots: Born in Houston, Texas, USA; raised in La Porte; lived 18 years in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; moved to Seabrook, Texas, in 2015.
Education: Piano, music theory, composition and music history in formal studies, and singing in informal studies, from the age of 5 to 20. High School Diploma in Piano from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Behavioral Sciences (Rice University). Certified teacher of Orff-Schulwerk Music and Movement Education, by the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. Master’s degree in Piano Performance (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, rated the best of the federal universities in Brazil). Certification in Music Learning Theory applied to early childhood music (Level 1) and piano (Level 1), by the Gordon Institute for Music Learning. Currently studying Graduate Certificate in Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique from Salem College.
Experience: After a few years as an accompanying pianist and playing at Christmas parties, I worked for several years teaching foreign languages and translating, until deciding to devote myself to music education in 2002. I taught general music for five years in the International Baccalaureate program of the American School of Belo Horizonte. I have taught piano, music and movement privately since 2006. I taught music at the Children’s Day Out program of Seabrook United Methodist Church 2016-18. I played the piano for the choir and congregation at the Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church from 2016 to 2019.
Musical preferences: I appreciate almost all styles. At the piano, I preferred to play Baroque, Impressionist and contemporary styles. I have listened to many hours of classical, romantic and impressionist styles, jazz, bossa nova, música popular brasileira, Afro-Brazilian percussion, and pop and rock by artists who explore timbres and other expressive means to communicate their messages. I’ve enjoyed diversifying musically, as opposed to specializing – moving, singing and playing in different styles.
Volunteer work: After graduating from college, I was selected for the Brazil Internship Program of the Downtown YMCA of Houston, the highlight of which was working with toddlers and preschoolers in day care centers in Brazil. In 2015 I sang with the Bay Area Chorus. In September 2015, I taught early childhood music (Music Play) at the La Porte Library, giving back to the city that gave me so much. From January 25 to February 8, 2016, I taught another free series of early childhood music classes at Evelyn Meador Library in Seabrook. I joined GCMA in September 2015 and BAMTA in May 2016. These professional associations, listed below, provide members’ students with many excellent opportunities in music if the teachers are willing to put in the volunteer hours for the events!
Non-musical pleasures: reading; travel; family; movies; visual and performing arts; eating well; stretching and breathing the air of forests, the seaside and countryside.
Resume: on LinkedIn
- Performing Arts Medicine Association
- President, Bay Area Music Teachers Association, affiliated with the Music Teachers National Association and the Texas Music Teachers Association
- Gulf Coast Music Association, affiliated with the National and Texas Federations of Music Clubs
- Gordon Institute for Music Learning