I am a self-taught musician. I have been singing and writing songs from the time I was 10 years old. I graduated from Cornell University 1996. There I studied Pre-Med, played four years of Division 1 soccer, and sang the national anthem at sporting events. Unfortunately, when I graduated Cornell, I was disheartened. I was either going to spend the rest of my life with cadavers in hospitals or sing “hello my baby, hello my darling,” on Broadway. Neither choice was inspiring. I wanted to make a difference both scientifically and creatively. I was determined to find a way to bring these two sides of myself together.
I moved to Manhattan and went to NYU Physical Therapy school during the day and sang my own songs in clubs at night. I graduated from PT school and completed a dance music CD in 2006 called Becoming. At this point, music became my life. A developmental deal with Sony records and other music labels were on the horizon. I absolutely loved writing and recording but performing was a difficult task. My severe stage fright was holding me back from musical success. I had to learn to relax in front of an audience so I decided the best way to do that was to practice in front of children.
In, 2007, I began my music education for children in NYC through a course called Music Together. My fears were suffocated and I was rejuvenated by the response the kids had to me. Everything felt natural. I finally felt calm I had found my calling. I began to write music that would appeal to both children and adults.
After completing my training, I was offered to own my own Music Together franchise in Greenwich Village. I declined because I wanted to write and teach my own music. I began to write my own curriculum. Two years later, Me and You Music by Keri Wirth debuted on the Lower East Side. There must have been a need for a music class that was more contemporary because within three weeks, catapulted from 7 mommies to 20!!
In 2010, I was hired through Winthrop University Hospital to teach Me and You Music by Keri Wirth at Destination Maternity. I then became the music teacher at Greentrees School and Camp in Syosset for 4 years. Now, I have weekly classes at The Sandbox Playspace in Huntington. Birthday parties and concerts have also become a popular part of my routine. I am proud to say, I have finally found what I am supposed to be doing. The belief to do what you love and love what you do is possible. I hope my passion is contagious.
10am and 11:15am on Mondays and Thursdays @ The Sandbox Playspace in Huntington, NY - (631) 421-1600
Tuesday, July 31st - 5:30pm - Westhampton Free Library
Saturday, August 4 - 11am - Syosset Library
Tuesday, August 14 - 7pm - Jones Beach Bandshell
Tuesday, August 28 - 7pm - Jones Beach Bandshell
My son began Keri’s class at 4 months old and instantly loved her! Her enthusiasm, talent and love for children created an amazing experience for him. Keri is someone who children are naturally drawn to and they learn so much from her as a result. Her original songs are a really nice change from the typical nursery rhymes the kids and parents hear every day. My son is now 10 months and loves music and instruments, and all the thanks to Keri!!
We have been attending the class since my daughter was 7 months old and she has enjoyed each class with as much enthusiasm as the first. Keri's approach to music is engaging, modern and playful. ... Through this class, Abigail is learning to express herself through her voice and the instruments provided by Keri and it has been a pleasure to watch her develop her sense of music.
–Elisabeth Laderoute Hogan
Thanks again so so much for coming to Ellie's 1st Birthday! She had such a ball and both my husband and I (and the rest of my family for that matter!) are so in awe of how you just mesmerize these kids with your music! Everyone absolutely loved you and thought you were extremely talented.