Lianna Berlinger is an experienced early childhood educator as well as a musician. She started My Music Workshop in 2009 by teaching music enrichment classes in preschools. The classes were a hit and the program has continued to grow since then. Lianna studied Early Childhood Development at San Diego State University and has appeared on TV's popular AMERICAN IDOL as a "Hollywood Week Top 100" contestant. As a child Lianna was surrounded by music in her home. She continued her musical interest through the years and eventually learned to play the guitar and piano. A singer at heart, Lianna made her way to the stage and began performing all around San Diego. She was soon a regular at The House of Blues, performing weekly. Lianna also dreamed of teaching music to children. While teaching preschool Lianna was inspired to combine her musical talent with her love of teaching, resulting in the creation of My Music Workshop. Lianna wrote 13 songs in 2013/2014 that became her children's album "Dare to Dream," which is used extensively in My Music Workshop classes as part of the curriculum.
Elias Berlinger is My Music Workshop's co-owner. Elias has always strived to combine his two passions, teaching and music. In 2008 he created a plan to open a music school in San Diego. As this began to unfold, his wife Lianna started teaching preschool enrichment music classes. As this program grew Elias changed course and came on board. He became a teacher for the program and also sought to create a curriculum for preschool children that was unique and fun. This emerged years later as "Little Music Masters," the curriculum used by My Music Workshop. Elias has been a teacher for his entire career, working for large school districts and as a director for a Music School and After School Program provider in Bel Aire, CA. Elias holds a B.S. degree from the school of Business at San Diego State University, and also holds a certificate of music performance in drums and percussion from Musicians Institute in Hollywood. In addition, he has studied Education and Early Childhood Development at the university level and has taught an extensive amount of preschool music classes. He has also spent many years providing one on one and group music lessons to students of all ages.
The couple now has two children, Jay, born in 2013 and Lyra, born in 2018.
Carole Crocco is an impassioned classical singer, songwriter, music educator, and advocate for the arts in the lives of young children. Carole began studying voice at the age of ten with acclaimed vocal artist and songwriter, Michelle Wiley. She was a professional chorister for the Bel Canto Children’s Chorus touring internationally from the British Colombia all the way to the Vatican. Carole Crocco completed the Applied Music Program at Long Beach City College where she majored in Vocal Performance. She was awarded the Students for the Advancement of Music Majors Scholarship, the Helen Dagett Music Scholarship, and was the winner of the Long Beach City College Concerto Competition. Carole has been a featured soloist for LA’s only summer opera festival, Angels Vocal Art and has been a music instructor for a wide array of ages and multiple disciplines. She worked for Tritone Music Academy as a group guitar instructor for elementary aged students. Carole has also worked as a Teaching Artist for All the Arts for All the Kids Foundation specializing in vocal music instruction for students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. While Carole delights in teaching music to children of all ages, she is excited to grow in her expertise teaching music to Preschool aged children. She is deeply committed to planting the early seeds of a lifelong love for music in the lives of children. It is her mission to facilitate musical experiences that empower children to gain confidence in their ability to learn new things, promote powerful connections in their developing brains, and allows them to learn through play.
Austin was born and raised in south Orange County. At the age of ten, he started playing the drums and started his first rock band. By age twelve, he had self-taught himself how to play guitar, bass, sing, and even engineer his own music. Over the years, he has performed at hundreds events, ranging from The Orange County and Los Angeles County Fair, to churches, charities, open mics, colleges, music festivals, small clubs, and even The House of Blues Hollywood and Anaheim. He has opened up for national touring acts, as well as toured himself all over the California scene. For almost 2 years, he worked as a preschool teacher, primarily working with two and three year olds. He currently is going back to school to receive his Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies at Cal State Fullerton. -"I love how now I can finally show my love for music and share it with children who get just as excited about it as I do."
Dakota was born and raised in Dover, Ohio. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Kent State University, and has continued on to receive her Early Childhood Education Units after moving to California. She loved singing and dancing from a young age and began performing with her local dance group. At the age of 6, she was inspired by her elementary school teacher who had a piano in her classroom and would often sing and dance with her students; Dakota wanted to try out music for herself and began playing piano right away. After a few years, she moved to guitar. Her love for music has continued to grow and she is now married to her singer/guitarist husband, Ryder Morris, and the pair love to record original music together. Dakota loves playing her ukulele and guitar for her students. -“I love having a chance to inspire kids to get into music from a young age, just like my teacher did for me all those years ago!”
Jessica grew up in Holliston, Massachusetts (a small town outside of Boston) and from a young age always had a love for singing and musical theater. In 2005, she received her undergraduate B.A. degree in Music with a Vocal Concentration and Specialty in Teaching Music to Young Children from Keene State College, New Hampshire. Jessica moved to San Diego in 2006 and taught preschool for three years and enjoyed the experience, but knew sge needed to do more traveling, in order to gain insight into the world of early childhood education, diversity, and music. In 2010, she backpacked through Argentina, Bolivia and Peru. She was enthralled with the vibrant art and lively music of the native people. Jessica came back to San Diego filled with creativity and knew sharing music education would be her life's work. In 2011, Jessica decided to pursue a Masters program in Early Childhood Education at SDSU. Her first year of course work was a certificate in the EC-SEBRIS program which certifies her as a behavior specialist for children ages (0-5) with social /emotional and behavioral challenges. Jessica's thesis focused on helping children develop their social and emotional skills through interactive music and movement, art, yoga, instrumental improvisation, and “live” musical performances by parents and students. Her thesis was published in 2013. Jessica then taught for three years at Aspirations School of Learning in Carlsbad as a lead teacher, and enjoyed incorporated many of my new musical curriculum into the program. Her main hobby for the last two years has been writing songs and singing in the folk duo, Feathers and Lead, which performs in small festivals and venues in and around San Diego. Her band just released our first album entitled, "Humor, Pain, and Grace." Jessica enjoys playing mandolin, guitar, and piano.
Ms. Desiree was born and raised in San Diego and is recently engaged to her fiancé and drummer, James Barragan. Her father had a large influence in the development of her love for music and taught her to play the acoustic guitar at age 14. From then on, Desiree was a part of her church youth group band, where she served as both a background vocalist and musician, playing the acoustic guitar and occasionally the electric bass. After a break from music she found her calling primarily as a vocalist, songwriter, and worship leader at her local church. She is honored with the privilege to serve alongside a family of gifted musicians and vocalists who have a shared love and purpose. She has acquired a Bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Three Departments: Child Development, Psychology & English with an emphasis in Children's Literature from San Diego State University. She has additional experience as an assistant & lead Preschool teacher, working with infants to children ages 3-5 years. Desiree seeks opportunities to share the love she's experienced with children and adults alike, whether it be through writing on a page, lyrics in a song, or making music in a classroom setting. She is thrilled that one of those opportunities is teaching with our program!
Stephany grew up outside of Atlanta, Georgia surrounded by music. She was handed a violin and started singing at a very young age and developed a passion for music early in life. She is definitely no stranger to the stage, either. Whether it was singing, acting, or playing violin, she has been performing her whole life. High school brought a lot of new experiences with music! The violin was exchanged for a guitar and performance opportunities multiplied. She performed solo twice at Walt Disney World, sang with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, performed with a band in a national competition that took first place and involved herself deep into musical theatre. She then migrated up north to Ohio for college and earned her BA in Early Childhood Education, all while keeping music close. She was involved in many ensembles, studied voice privately, and was a member of a touring band that represented her university. Before moving to California to fulfill her dreams of working and performing at Disneyland, she taught at an inclusive preschool in Nashville, TN. She has always believed that music has such a strong impact in a young child's life, and is thrilled to have the chance to share music with eager children through My Music Workshop!
I began playing piano at the age of 6. Throughout elementary school and Jr high, guitar and drums were introduced to me and I had the privilege of playing music for children at my community church. In high school I became the music leader for their outreach programs. Today, I regularly write and record my own music with guitar, piano, and percussion as the main focal point of my musical expression. I am currently attending college to complete my degree in music therapy, and strive to enrich the lives of others through the therapeutic benefits of music and sound.
Joelle was born in San Francisco, California, and moved to Orange County at an early age. As a child, she was instantly drawn to music and dance, beginning her studio training with Dance Precisions in ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop at age 3, and deciding to teach herself to play acoustic guitar at 15. At 18 she was singing in a vocal jazz acapella group, attending national dance competitions, and playing alto saxophone and acoustic guitar. Upon moving to San Diego for college, Joelle combined her love for music with her passion for working with children by teaching songs on guitar with her students at the SDSU Children's Center and Healthy Toddlers Care. Joelle graduated in May 2018 from San Diego State University, receiving her B.S. in Child and Family Development with a Minor in Spanish. Her post-graduate plans are to get her Master’s Degree in Music Therapy. In addition to teaching for My Music Workshop, Joelle leads weekly guitar and songwriting workshops for inmates at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, as well as the music program at Healthy Toddlers Care.