Mrs. Ai Li Goh Brown
Year Started: 2010
Experience: 8 years in education prior to The Summit
Degrees: B.M., Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Southern Methodist University; M.M., Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Southern Methodist University
Memberships and Specializations: Levels I, II and III Orff-Schulwerk; Music Together© Teacher Training (Current Registered Teacher and Teaching Director); Member of the American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA)
Inspiration: I was trained as pianist and taught piano for a few years when I decided to take the Level I Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Training. After the intense two-week training, I was convinced that teaching music and movement to young children following the Orff philosophy was what I was meant to do. The Summit’s dedication to music education and the Orff-Schulwerk philosophy is the perfect fit for me!
Philosophy: I believe that music is critical to the cognitive and emotional development of the young child and that ALL children are musical. The great educator Dr. Sinichi Suzuki once said, “Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart.”
Personal: I was born and raised in Malaysia and came to the United States for college on a music scholarship. While in college, I met my husband and ended up marrying him ten years later and moving to the Cincinnati area. We are a musical family. My husband is a classical guitarist, my 6-year-old daughter plays Suzuki Violin and my 2-year-old son has already has his heart set on playing the cello. I am also the owner and teaching director of Brown Music Together where I offer parent/child music and movement classes for babies, toddlers and young children at Oakley Community Center.