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Our Staff at the Musical Arts Schoolhouse

Our staff is simply amazing! All of our teachers have extensive qualifications in their artistic disciplines, and also have early childhood experience. They have been selected for their dedication to the arts and their love for teaching young children. Our program strives for excellence!

Our teachers are professionals, they have an extensive background in working with children and a degree in the area of specialty of which they will be teaching. All teachers undergo additional training in Child Development, FBI background check, FBI fingerprinting and are CPR/First Aid Certified.


Chris Duncan: Director

Chris Duncan: Director, Musical Arts Schoolhouse

Ms. Chris Duncan is the owner and Executive Director of the Frisco School of Music and the Musical Arts Schoolhouse. She has been a School Director and independent music teacher in the Dallas area since 1978.

Ms. Duncan holds a B.A. Degree in Piano Pedagogy and Music Theory from Michigan State University and is a Licensed Preschool Director (DFPS). She holds the highest level of certification with the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, and is a past board member of that group. She held a faculty position at Greenhill School in Dallas for four years as an Early Childhood Music Specialist.

The Frisco School of Music began in 2000 and offers group and private music lessons in many instruments for all ages and levels plus Rock School Band, Pre-Ballet Dance Classes and Indian Classical Singing Classes. Also, Ms. Duncan (along with her business partner Steve South) is the founder and Director of the Musical Arts Schoolhouse which opened in Fall 2009; a unique performing arts preschool for 3-4-5-6 year olds, with private Kindergarten. Together, the schools have over 45 teachers, an amazing support staff and over 800 students.

Ms. Duncan is an active member of the Texas Licensed Childcare Association, Texas Music Teachers and Music Teachers National Associations, a charter member of the Carrollton Music Teachers Association, and has also been a member of the Plano and the Frisco MTA.

She is an advocate for family involvement in continued learning, and brings energy, enthusiasm and a joyful love of teaching to her lifelong pursuit of excellence in music and preschool education. Ms. Duncan lives in Little Elm TX and has two grown boys – one who is a working (and starving) jazz pianist.

Education:
B. A. in Piano Pedagogy and Music Theory, Michigan State University 1978
Early Childhood Music and Movement Association Level 3 Certification (highest level) 1997

Experience:
Frisco School of Music, Founder & Executive Director, 2000-Present
Musical Arts Schoolhouse, Founder & Executive Director, 2009-Present
Co-Founder and Director, Coppell Conservatory, 1998-2000
Greenhill School, Early Childhood Music Specialist, 1994-1998
Austin Grande Piano Studio, Owner and Independent Teacher 1978-1998

Awards & Accomplishments of Note:
Licensed Preschool Director, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, Permanent Certificate, Music Teachers National Association – Piano, Theory
Founding, Charter Member of the Carrollton Music Teachers Association
Member, Texas State Music Teachers Association
Member, Music Teachers National Association
Member, Texas Licensed Childcare Association
Early Childhood Music & Movement Association, National Board Member 1995-1997

Personal:
State of Texas Notary Public, Commissioned October 2013
Certified Raw Food Chef Level Three (highest level) 2010
Living on Live Food Chef Certification, Alissa Cohen
Little Elm Citizen’s Fire Academy Class Certificate, 2010


Ms. Vicki: Lead Academic & Kindergarten Teacher

Vicki Tubbs: Lead Academic & Kindergarten Teacher

My name is Ms. Vicki. I was born and raised on a little farm in MO. After high school, I attended Southwest Baptist University where I majored in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Art Appreciation.

I have been living in Texas since 1994. I am married to a wonderful man Scott. We are blessed to have five children. Three of them are now adults and exploring life on their own. Our youngest, Scotty is in High School and keeps me busy going to school and social activities.

I have been teaching since 1989. I have taught pre-school, Kindergarten and K-4th Math and Reading Intervention at a public ISD.

My love and passion is working with children and helping them succeed in everything they do.

When I am not chauffeuring my own children around to all of their school/sport activities, I enjoy spending time with family, reading, drawing, cooking and going on long runs.

I love working with children and that's why I am blessed to be part of the MAS team. My classroom is a set up as a creative, fun, positive and safe learning environment for the students. Each student will be working on a variety of different skills that will prepare them for the upcoming year.

I look forward to another wonderful year at Musical Arts Schoolhouse.


Ms. Monica: Preschool Spanish Teacher

Monica Mendoza: Preschool Spanish Teacher, Musical Arts Schoolhouse

Hi my name is Ms Monica and I was born in El Salvador, a small country in Central America.

I live in McKinney with my husband Jose Carlos and seven year old daughter Isabella who is the center of our universe.

I graduated from Colegio San Francisco with a Major in Mathematics and Physics, which I strongly believed to be my calling at that time. However, soon after graduating I realized that I loved working with children and that it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

This will be my third year with the Musical Arts Schoolhouse.I enjoy working with our students because it amazes me to watch them learn, grow and develop the skills they will need to succeed in life.

I enjoy spending time with my family; we love to travel especially abroad, because it gives us an opportunity to learn about different cultures. I also enjoy yoga, going to movies, cooking and our "Evening Family Walks" that of course include our dog Paco.

 


Ms. Yiqi: Lead Music Teacher

Lead Music Teacher, Musical Arts Schoolhouse

 

My name is Yiqi Luo. Born and raised in Guangzhou, China, I began my musical education at age five with piano lessons, then choir at age eight.

After moving to Arlington from China, I attended graduate school in UT Arlington.

I have taught children’s choir and private piano lessons for four years. I look forward to a wonderful year at Musical Arts Schoolhouse.

 

 


Ms. Malia: Lead Dance Teacher

Lead Dance Teacher, Musical Arts Schoolhouse

 

Hi! I am Malia Kellogg, and am so excited to be teaching here at MAS.

I have a life-long love of dancing and the arts, with a Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance (Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Improvisation and Partnering) from Collin College, and also an Advanced Graduate Course Certificate in Dance, Drama and Vocal Performance from Tiffany Theatre College in Essex UK.

I live here in Celina with my husband and look forward to inspiring your child here at MAS.

 

 


Ms. Lina: Lead Art Teacher

Lina Rincon-Hoover: Lead Art Teacher, Musical Arts Schoolhouse

My name is Ms. Lina. I was born in Colombia and moved to the U.S. in 1999. After living in Tampa Florida since my move, I relocated to Frisco in 2012 with my husband and daughter who is now in college here in the area.
 
I hold a B.A. in Art with a concentration in Interior Design, a Bilingual CDA Certification, accreditation by the NAFCC and I also hold a certification in Digital Photography from the University of South Florida. I am currently licensed as a Childcare Center Director in both Texas and Florida.

I have worked in Early Childhood Education as well as in Art since 1998. During this time I have taught preschool, pre-k and kindergarten. I have also been a Center Director and an Assistant Director along with owning my own Daycare Facility in Tampa. All of these have allowed me to touch the lives of many children.
 
When I am not traveling to watch my Daughter play softball, I can usually be found enjoying time with my family or doing photography which is a passion of mine. While I miss Florida, especially the beaches, I love Frisco, the Dallas area and all of the exciting things it has to offer.
 
I am very excited to be a part of the Music Arts Schoolhouse where I can connect my two true loves, Art and teaching children, and pass along my knowledge and skills. Children are our future and they need the opportunity to explore new things and experience all that life has to offer. I am happy that in some small way I can help give them that opportunity.


Ms. Shelby: Lead Theatre Teacher

Shelby Meades: Lead Theatre Teacher, Musical Arts Schoolhouse

 

My name is Shelby Meades. I have lived in Texas my whole life, but I intend on traveling the world. I have been singing, dancing, and acting since I was born.

I have performed in many productions and taught in the area for many years. Someday I want to own my own traveling theatre company.

When I was younger, my theatre and music teacher were some of my biggest influences and I want to be the same for this coming generation.

 



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