Anna Stearns has been involved in music, dance and theatre for most of her life. She studied piano for 9 years and studied vocal music with Patrice McGinnis at UC Santa Cruz. She has studied West and Central African percussion, song and dance since 1996. She received her teaching credential from SF State in 1993, and her Orff-Schulwerk music teaching certification from Mills in 2001.
Anna has been teaching in the Mill Valley School District since 1995. She started out as a 4th grade classroom teacher at Park School, but when a music position opened up 5 years later, she couldn’t resist. As a performing musician, highlights include opening for Joan Baez on her California tour in 2005/2006, and playing/singing with Big Bop and the Choppers, a Bay Area 50’s/60’s review band fronted by her dad for 14 years.
Theatrically, Anna has acted in Shakespeare Santa Cruz’ Summer reparatory, and is a veteran actor for Stagewrite, an amazing organization that brings plays and musicals written by 5th graders “from the page to the stage” of professional theatre houses in San Francisco. She has also taught drama classes for Marin Youth Performers through the Throckmorton Theatre. Anna has taught and performed West African and Brazilian music and dance in the Bay Area since 2000.
Anna would like to honor her many teachers, particularly Doug Goodkin and Sofia Lopez-Ibor from the Orff-Schulwerk, Mabiba Baegne from the Congo, Naby Bangoura from Guinea, West Africa and Mandjou Kone from Mali. Anna is also the proud and humble parent of a student who went through the Mill Valley School District.
- Music Classes for Grades 3-5