Laura Nupponen, Proprietor
Laura Nupponen began her performing career while she was sitting in the very back of the orchestra, NOT playing her violin, making faces at her father’s video camera in her elementary school music concert! She eventually went to undergraduate school at Carnegie Mellon University for her BFA in Vocal Performance, and later moved on to Columbia University to receive her MFA in Acting. Before becoming a music teacher for infants and toddlers, Laura performed in various places such as the Edinborough Fringe Festival in Edinborough, Scotland, the Mirang Theater Festival in Seoul, South Korea, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
After Laura had been teaching babies and young children at various studios for the past 8 years, parents eagerly encouraged her to create her own classes! She developed a program that nourishes development through music, including communication through baby sign language, guided play through repetition of original music each week, music appreciation of popular children’s music and child appropriate rock music, and exposure to new sounds and rhythms by introducing a new “instrument of the week” each week in class, including the guitar, banjo, violin, clarinet, trombone, and trumpet among others. She feels she has what it takes to inspire the tiniest of tots!
Moosiki Kids has been seen in Big Apple Parent, New York Loves Kids, Mommy Poppins, and Kidz Central Station. The Moosiki Kids Band has been featured in the Sandbox Series at the Carl Schurz playground in association with the Museum of Motherhood, and Spoons N’ Tunes at My Beach Baby. You can find Laura’s original songs on iTunes— her first album, Moosiki Kids, and second album, Moosiki Kids Too, can be found here:
Mooski Kids: http://bit.ly/1gHvzZF
Moosiki Kids Too: http://bit.ly/1vTRsY6
Jason Dirig, Assistant Teacher
Before teaching for Moosiki Kids, Jason began his performing career at the age of fifteen, playing rock music with his grandfather at venues across upstate New York. He eventually went on to earn his BA in music, with a concentration in classical guitar study at Binghamton University. Since realizing his passion for music, Jason has performed with several live acts over the last nine years at venues in New York City and across the Tri-State area. He has also released an album under his original recording project, The Social Union.
Jason privately taught guitar and bass to children for six years in his hometown of Binghamton, NY. He has also worked in public elementary schools in the greater Binghamton area, presenting educational workshops to students on songwriting and the benefits of having music in our lives at an early age. In addition, Jason has performed alongside a nationally acclaimed touring children's performer and educator for elementary school students. Jason looks forward to continuing to share the joys of music with the children of Moosiki Kids!