Community Music Project Children’s Music Studio Adds New Teacher

Danica Olson-Walter has been named as a new teacher to the Community Music Project’s Children’s Music Studio.

The Community Music Project’s Children’s Music Studio has added a new teacher, Danica Olson-Walter.

Olson-Walter is a bachelor of music education graduate from Otterbein University and is certified in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade music. She is a newly certified teacher with Musikgarten and a first-year teacher with the Children’s Music Studio.

She is the director of children’s and youth ministry for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and a singer with the Chautauqua Chamber Singers.

Children’s Music Studio has offered music and movement classes since 1997 for families with children, ages birth to nine years. The teachers, Susan Caster and Danica Olson-Walter, make use of the Musikgarten curriculum. The program uses songs, stories, poems and musical games to build musical literacy skills.

Parents of young children up to 3 years of age attend class together and the parent acts as a model for the child. Children ages 4 to 9 attend class without the parent, but parents are invited in for the last few minutes of class to do some music-making with their child. Children ages seven to nine are in a group piano class that is filled with dancing, listening, drumming, musical games and piano skills.

The next session is held from September through December at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Jamestown. A Chautauqua Region Community Foundation grant is allowing the Community Music Project to offer family materials for half-price. For more information, visit, call Joe Braeger at 664-2227 or email info