Our Teachers

All of our teachers are passionate about music and the development of children.

They create a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.

photo Amanda Beniek
Amanda started her musical journey at 3 years old under the tutelage of Mrs. Beniek; she continued to strengthen her skills for 11 more years in piano instruction.  During this time Amanda also pursued vocal training while in Elementary through High School.  During summers, she attended and studied at Diamond Head Theater, which also built her vocal abilities and skills.  Amanda continued to search for other venues to improve her talent and found opportunities to perform on a worship team for 5-1/2 additional years as head pianist and vocalist.
photo Rachel Hazeltine
Rachel started dabbling in Japanese in high school, eventually going on to graduate with degrees in Japanese Studies and Linguistics from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. She is currently certified at level 3 of the JLPT.  Rachel has been in and out of choirs most of her life, most notably UH Hilo's Kapili Choir, and studied piano for 17 years with Vanlapa Boon Long. Her favorites include pieces by Chopin and Bach. She also plays the xylophone! Languages are her passion, and she loves teaching and learning new things.