"Yes, of course it can play in tune! You just need to add a little oomph...and a good reed helps too"
Music & life are what you make it...so, decide NOW to make it great!
Born and raised in Minot, North Dakota, Ms. Alme was introduced to music from the beginning. Her formal instrumental & music education started early with piano. Growing up in a musical family is what developed a lifetime love of music, music education and oboe, saxophone and piano performance.
Ms. Alme studied music performance, music education and early childhood development at Minot State University, The University of Kansas, Western Connecticut State University and State University of New York at Purchase. During her studies, she was introduced to the Montessori classroom. After completing her Montessori training, she added a Dalcroze certificate and additional training in the methods of Suzuki, Kodaly and Orff. This path began to shape her desire to not only educate the very young, but to bring music education to everyone across the board.
Ms. Alme has an active free-lance career on oboe and saxophone that spans over 25 years. Her early credits include Barbara Mandrell, The Oakridge Boys, Frank Sinatra, Tony Orlando and Stars of the Lawrence Welk Show. Leaving the big band world and stepping into the night club scene, Ms. Alme has had the privilage of being invited to sit in with house bands at the Village Vanguard, Birdland and numerous studio big bands. During her time in Connecticut and New York, Ms. Alme played as a regular woodwind sub on broadway and with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra. Other ochestral credits include Minot (ND), Greenwich (CT), Norwalk (CT), Brooklyn (NY) and Hilton Head (SC) Symphony Orchestras.
Ms. Alme has taught every level of student from infants in mother's arms to retired adults starting a new skill, grade 4 beginning band students and college preparatory classes to high school students. She served as an adjunct faculty member at Georgia Southern University teaching applied oboe and reed making and has also spent many summers teaching saxophone and oboe at The International Music Camp in North Dakota. Her current private students stretch across the US thanks to the use of Skype!
Now days, if Ms. Alme isn't teaching, performing or consulting with the Family Art and Music Education seminars at Smithsonian Museum of American Art, she loves spending time outdoors with her husband and 2 children. If you don't find her at home, you will find her out on a bike, running or swimming...likely preparing for the next endurance triathlon just around the corner.