Musical Beginnings

Musical Beginnings

Faculty & Instructors

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Maggie Olivo has a Masters in Arts Teaching Certification in music education from MaggieIndiana University JSOM with certification in general, choral, and instrumental music. She first came to IU as the recipient of the IU High School Composition Competition Scholarship and completed a Bachelors in Music Composition. After composing for various ensembles; including IU ensembles and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, she switched over to the world of music education.

Presently, Maggie teaches elementary general music and beginning strings at University Elementary School. She has taught early childhood music for eight years, with certification in Lorna Heyge’s Musikgärten method. She has completed all three levels of Kodály Training and her first level of Orff. Maggie is particularly passionate about every child’s introduction to music—including her own two children: Zinnia and Eliot.


Bridget Rinehimer received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 2004 and Master of Music Education degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2012. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Education with a minor in Ethnomusicology at the Jacobs School.  At IU she worked as an associate instructor and course coordinator teaching general music and instrumental methods courses to education and music education pre-service teachers. 
Bridget currently teaches PK-5th grade general music at Van Buren Elementary and Brown County Intermediate School in Nashville IN. She also is director of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic First Steps in Music program, an early childhood music and movement outreach program located in Columbus IN. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Bridget taught elementary and early childhood music courses for six years in Pennsylvania and Ohio, in both private and public school settings.  Additionally, she has acquired two levels of certification in Orff-Schulwerk, three levels of certification in Kodály training, completed early childhood music certification in the Musikgarten method and Feierabend First Steps in Music, completed Smithsonian Folkways certification in world music pedagogy, and has experience in the Dalcroze approach.


TiffanyTiffany Bowen is a Master of Music Education student at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and also directs the Descant Choir with IU Children’s Choir. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Texas with her Bachelor of Music in Music Education. During her undergraduate studies, she assisted with the UNT Early Childhood Music program. Tiffany completed Kodály training at Southern Methodist University and is endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators. Prior to coming to study at IU, she taught elementary (K-5) music for four years in Denton, Texas.