Our Kindermusik Educators at Harmony Music School bring abundant talents from prior experience, complete a thorough training program, adhere to strict accredidation guidelines, and maintain their accredidation by completing ongoing training each year. Only Accredited Kindermusik Educators teach Kindermusik's time-tested and thoroughly researched holistic curricula, instilling creativity, compassion, and curiosity in children. Each Kindermusik teacher is also infant, child, and adult CPR certified.
Emilie Gaschke holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Early Childhood Education. In addition to running her Kindermusik program, Emilie is also a classically trained pianist and teaches private piano lessons.
Emilie has been a Licensed Kindermusik Educator since 2010. In the fall of 2010, Emilie started Kindermusik with Emilie in Kenosha. She began her program with 2 small classes of 7 children. As of the 2023, Harmony Music School is now offering over 30 classes each week and reaching over 250 children per week with both private Kindermusik classes and our private music lessons.
Each year, Kindermusik International recognizes Educators through the Kindermusik MAESTRO Program, a status a Kindermusik program earns based on excellence in several categories. MAESTRO MEZZANINE Educators are in the top 5% of all Kindermusik programs. Only a year after starting, Kindermusik with Emilie received MAESTRO MEZZANINE status for the 2011-2012 year as well as the following years from 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016. This is an honor to have achieved this status those 5 years and Kindermusik with Emilie’s goal is to earn this award each and every year by continuing to provide the excellence in teaching and service that families in Kenosha have come to love and appreciate. From 2017-2023, Emilie has been awarded the MAESTRO CONDUCTOR'S CIRCLE award for being in the top 1% of all Kindermusik programs worldwide.
Emilie is proud of her award-winning Kindermusik program and is passionate about educating parents and caregivers on the benefits of music for their children. Her desire is to share her love of music with children and their families. She lives in Kenosha with her husband, Daniel, 7 year old daughter, 6 year old son, and her West Highland Terrier, Benny.
Katherine Radeck has been playing music for 20 years. She grew up in Kenosha and started playing oboe in fifth grade. She learned from the teachers in Kenosha schools and studied oboe privately from Louis Covelli. Along the way, Katherine has also learned to play English horn, flute, clarinet, and piano.
Katherine received a bachelors degree in music and elementary education from Bradley University, in Peoria, Illinois and is working on a masters degree in special education from Carthage College. She began her career teaching preschool in Winnetka, Illinois where she created a multi-age, play-based music program for her students there. Katherine moved back to Kenosha in 2010. She was a first and second grade teacher in Kenosha Unified School District until 2016.
Katherine is very active in local musical organizations. She plays oboe with the Kenosha Pop's Band, the University of Wisconsin Parkside Community Band and Community Orchestra and the Racine Concert Band. Katherine also teaches oboe lessons privately to area middle and high school students. She is also married to her husband, Allen, and has two boys ages 3 and 1.
Katherine first came to Kindermusik as a parent taking a Foundations class with her son, Henry, from Emilie in 2016. She enjoyed the class so much she was thrilled when the opportunity came to teach Kindermusik herself. Katherine became a licensed Kindermusik teacher in the fall 2016 and loves sharing Kindermusik with her students and their families! Katherine is married to Allen and has two boys ages 7 and 5.
Jennifer Larsen loves combining her two lifetime passions – music and performing, and early childhood education – in her role as a Kindermusik instructor.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in child development and behavior, and minors in Child and Family Studies and Music-Voice (UW-Stevens Point). She has a Master of Science in Education degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education (UW-River Falls). She studied voice throughout high school and college. She has always worked in the field of early childhood, having served as an early childhood special education paraprofessional, child care teacher, preschool teacher, before/after school care coordinator, assistant director, early childhood educational director, reading tutor, nanny, Sunday School teacher, children’s support group facilitator, and high school Forensics adjudicator over the years. She has worked with children of all chronological ages and developmental stages.
Appearing in tandem with her career in early childhood education has been Jennifer’s lifelong passion for performing. She has sung in church and concert choirs, vocal jazz ensembles, and a contemporary Christian worship team; worked as a cantor, wedding soloist, and funeral vocalist; and has been actively involved in area community theatre most of her adult life. Currently, she is a member of the Racine Theatre Guild, making regular appearances both onstage as an actor/singer and offstage as a crew member.
Born and raised in Kenosha, Jennifer is blessed to have a close relationship with her immediate and extended family. Her favorite role of all is being an auntie to her nieces and nephew. When not working with children or performing, Jennifer enjoys movies, attending plays and musicals, playing all forms of trivia, walks outside, and spending time with friends and family.
Daniel Gaschke (Emilie’s husband) has played a part at Harmony Music School since the very beginning in 2010. After working his way through college and graduate school as a professional painting contractor, Daniel served in various teaching, advising, and management roles for nearly 10 years in both education and mental healthcare before joining HMS fulltime in 2016.
Today Daniel serves HMS in administrative responsibilities and business development, oversees facilities management, and serves in other roles as needed.
Daniel loves a variety of music, and he grew up singing in choirs, taking a couple years of piano lessons, and playing his alto and soprano saxophones in various bands and ensembles. When not spending time with Emilie and their children, Daniel enjoys reading, gardening and yard work, and walking or biking.