Rachel Lingvai

I was fortunate to grow-up in a house full of instruments and music.  My father was a touring jazz saxophonist before settling down.  We had every woodwind and brass instrument imaginable in the house.  He could play them all and taught us all the basics.  My mother has a beautiful voice and would always sing to and with us.  I studied piano at an early age along with flute and oboe.  I played oboe in concert band and percussive instruments (marimba, vibes) in marching band.  I also sang alto in our high school choir.  I always felt most comfortable surrounded by instruments and sheet music.

My parents had four kids…so why not start a band?  We had a family band from the time I was in 3rd grade through my high school years.   I played the keyboard, sang background and a few solos.  What an amazing experience for me and my siblings!  The band taught me how to work through the pressures of performance and how to work cohesively with other musicians.    

In college I bought a guitar and taught myself to play.  I started writing songs, trying them out on my roommates and getting in line at every open mic in town.  That led me down the road to so many amazing musical experiences in Austin and elsewhere.

Now many bands later, a few albums and tours in my bag and a toddler at home, I find myself still wanting to connect to others through the magic of music.  I am a parent at Heartsong as well as a teacher and stand proudly behind the Music Together® curriculum.  I cannot emphasize enough the importance of music in a child’s upbringing.  Although I thought at first I would be enough of a musical guide for my daughter, one class at Heartsong and I knew I was wrong.  The songs, the energy, the teachers, the community…all top notch and super fun!  I love it so much that I find myself teaching here!  

I live in Austin with my husband, daughter and rescue pup.  Music moves and excites me and I love seeing that transfer to the children I teach.  I look forward to creating musical memories with you and your children.