Michaela has taught early childhood music programs in Toronto since 1996. She has been on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory Teacher Training and Children’s Department since 2001, teaching Smart Start classes for children ages birth to 5 years. She also taught Kodály Music to children ages 6 and 7, Musicianship for teachers in ECE, and developed and taught the course “Music for Moms-to-Be” and Family Class for children from birth to 36 months accompanied by one care giver.
Michaela completed her studies in Early Childhood Music Education at the Royal Conservatory of Music and Ryerson University. She studied with Donna Wood and Kátalin Forrai. She also studied Orff Level 1 and 2 with Angela Elster and obtained a Kodály Pedagogy Certificate with Edith Lantos. She was awarded an Early Childhood Music Association of Ontario Scholarship to finish her studies. She studied Classical guitar with Robert Hamilton at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has also completed Level 1 and 2 of International Baccalaureate Training. In addition, she holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Brno, in the Czech Republic.
She taught children’s music programs at the Kingsway Conservatory of Music and in various preschools, daycares and Montessori schools. She also taught music at the York School to children in the Early Years Program. As part of this program, she delivered an independent music curriculum and also supported units of inquiry with music activities.
Michaela is on the board of executives of the Early Childhood Music Association of Ontario. She gave a workshop entitled “Musical Beginnings” at the School of Early Childhood at Ryerson University for students of the Infant Development Program. She is a member of Hart House Singers at the University of Toronto and performs with this choir.