About the Author

Judy Kagel, author and composer of the Keyboard Beginnings curriculum, received her undergraduate degree (BME) from Temple University with a major in piano and voice. She continued her graduate studies at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA and Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, NJ. She is certified to teach Yamaha Music Education, Robert Pace, and Kindermusik.

Judy’s professional career includes directing Keyboard Beginnings programs at the Monmouth Academy of Musical Arts in Morganville, NJ and Honey Child Music in Red Bank, NJ. She has taught music in the public school system, first through eighth grades, and she has taught in private music schools for over 30 years.

Judy is an active participant in New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA) Conferences. She presented a workshop at the February 2009 conference entitled, “Teaching Techniques for Group Keyboard — grades K-2nd,” and presented another workshop in 2010 entitled, “Keyboard Techniques For Young Fingers.”

Judy also maintains a piano studio where she teaches private lessons and has an active career performing as a vocalist and piano/keyboard player at private parties for all occasions. Her professional title is All Occasion Music by Judy.

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