Laura Nupponen, founder of Moosiki Kids and proud mama to daughter Zuzu, 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 years, parents eagerly encouraged her to create her own classes! In February of 2013, 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 mentioned in articles in Parent's Magazine, Mommy Nearest, and Time Out New York, and has also been seen in New York Family, Big Apple Parent, New York Loves Kids, and Mommy Poppins. The Moosiki Kids Band has been featured in the Summer on the Hudson Locomotive Lawn Series with over 400 people in attendance, and the Sandbox Series at Carl Schurz Park. You can find Laura‘s original songs on iTunes. Her first album, "Moosiki Kids", and second album, "Moosiki Kids Too", can be found here:
"Moosiki Kids": http://bit.ly/1gHvzZF
"Moosiki Kids Too": http://bit.ly/1vTRsY6
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!
Caleb Pringle is a musician from Georgia, now based in NYC. He completed
a bachelor's degree in music from the Schwob School of Music at Columbus
State University, where he studied double bass and music technology.
After school, he found a steady home performing in musical theater.
Theatrical work has taken Caleb to professional theaters in Columbus,
GA, Atlanta, Boston, and New York. He continues to actively perform in
the theater as a bassist and guitarist.
He has been a private teacher on the bass and guitar since 2009. For two summers, Caleb worked and taught at the French Woods Performing Arts Festival in Hancock, NY, where he instructed campers aged 7-17 on instrumental technique, performance practice, and ensemble playing skills. He is an advocate for music education and the role it plays in social development, especially at an early age. Caleb is very happy to now bring his particular set of skills to the Moosiki classroom!
Nayem Cardenas-Lopez is a singer/songwriter-guitarist-actress-activist from Texas. Music played a significant role in her upbringing, because of this she believes filling a child's life with music is essential. She is passionate about introducing children to the wonders of music exploration. Her musical background includes 17 years of guitar playing/song-writing and 5 years of vocal training in styles ranging from musical theatre to jazz to rock 'n' roll and many others. She developed a solo act as a singer/songwriter which lead her to meeting collaborators and eventually to her current band, the Unified Field Orchestra. Music has brought an abundance of joy to Nayem's life and she hopes to spread that same joy with as many children as possible.
James Scheider is an actor, singer, and musician currently residing in Manhattan. He has taught voice and piano to students of all ages at the studio of Fran Reid; voice, piano, and musical theatre at Acting Out!; guitar, piano, and ukulele at The Studio for Performing Arts in New Canaan, CT. He also teaches privately in his own studio in uptown Manahattan!
James is a founding member of the folk rock band, The Ol' So and So's, and also had weekly headlining piano bar/cabaret shows at the renowned piano bar/cabaret theatre Don't Tell Mama (Saturdays 5-9) and Uncle Charlie's Piano Lounge (Tuesdays 8pm-2am).
James made his Broadway debut understudying Tony winner Levi Kreis as Jerry Lee Lewis in the original Broadway cast of Million Dollar Quartet. He played the role of Jerry Lee in the Chicago cast of MDQ and on the 1st National Tour, in addition to originating the role at Village Theatre's Festival of New Musicals in 2006.