Heather Normandale was very enthused about music as a kid. Singing in the playground ended up landing her a performance singing a solo at a school event at age 5. Soon her curiosity brought her to the guitar, mandolin, and banjo, utilizing songwriting for self expression. After graduating from college with an ethnographic thesis on Ecuadorian music traditions, she started working as a substitute pre-school music teacher and turned her attention to music for kids. She taught a "kids'-songs" writing workshop and created a children's music CD with all volunteer musicians to raise funds for a local Head Start program in Florida. She has performed in various bands and taught music for years at the Little Bear School of Music, with Charity's JAM program in San Francisco, and most recently with Music Together® in San Francisco and Castro Valley. Other musical accomplishments to note would be her extensive music touring background on bike!! She worked with a group of musical activist with a bike-powered sound system, performing sustainable, off-the-grid concerts throughout Europe. She has assisted and managed a choir of 70 people, the Vak Choir, which performed at the Yerba Buena Art Center. Heather has also worked with puppets with Living Folklore adding puppetry to kids music shows at High Sierra and other west coast music fests. Currently she performs around the bay area with her band!
"I have always believed that by encouraging people to sing, I am encouraging joy and openness. I love singing and performing FOR people, but it is such a gift to sing WITH people. In Music Together® I love working with parents to create a fun and stimulating music environment for kids! It really makes me appreciate how important music is to community... seeing the joy in parents' and children's faces makes the world a sunnier place for all of us! Training our voices can be one of the most strengthening and liberating things for humans to do!" - Heather Normandale
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