About Linda at Crafty Music Maker
Hello! I’m Linda Davis and I want to tell you a little about myself. I am a mother to 4 children and grandmother to 6 grandchildren. As an Air Force brat, I have lived all over the US and spent a good chunk of my childhood in Germany. My parents eventually settled in northern Idaho where I went to high school. I always had a love of math and was intending to pursue that in college until I picked up the flute in my senior year of high school and music became my passion from then on.
I was lucky enough to be a stay at home mom while my children were small. I really dove into crafting taking a tole painting class, a cake decorating class, etc. My kids’ birthday parties were always a lot of fun for me to work on: the cake, the games, the decorations. And I’ve always loved baking.
Here’s a summary of the formal stuff:
- Bachelor of Music Education – University of Idaho
- Master’s of Music Education – University of Nevada Las Vegas
- Orff Schulwerk – UNLV 3 levels
- Kodály – Southern Methodist University 3 levels (still finishing to be Nationally Certified)
- World Drumming – 2 levels
- Steel drums – Manette Steel Drums course in West Virginia
After teaching music privately at home, I jumped into the school system when my youngest was in preschool and then became a full time elementary music teacher when she started 1st grade. By then our family had moved a 2nd time to Las Vegas. Thirteen years later we moved to Texas which was tough because there are so many quality music teachers in this state, and it took a couple of years to get hired. But I eventually found my amazing school, and I’m perfectly happy at my current position. I have nestled in nicely as evidenced from my room reveal video.
My other interests are exercising (only so I can eat more or so I think!), traveling, reading, hiking, snow skiing, and playing and watching hockey.
My blog goal started as a way to help other music teachers, but the pandemic had other plans. I had to teach all my students virtually and thus my youtube classes were born! I have totally shifted from writing blog posts for teachers to making videos for children, mostly to help them develop a love of music as well as skills to create their own, with a few craft videos thrown in here and there.
So that’s me in a (big) nutshell. Thanks for checking out my website! Please help me spread the word about my music classes. So many children can have their lives enhanced by sprinkling some music in it! And let’s all keep singing!