Daveen DiGiacomo is the center director of Blossom Music Tree. Daveen has been teaching music to children for over 20 years. Previously she taught band & orchestra to elementary school children. After discovering the Music Together® program in 2007, she has been teaching it ever since, never looking back. Daveen is pleased as punch at the opportunity to be sharing her enthusiasm for music with children and their families. She is passionate about the teachings and philosophies behind the program and the infectious whoops of joy it inspires in class. Daveen holds a bachelor’s degree in music, Orff Level II, ETM (Education Through Music) training and is a licensed Music Together director and registered teacher. She hails from San Francisco, where she composed music for dance and theatre companies throughout the Bay Area. She decided to exchange the fog forecast for the surf forecast and is thrilled to be apart of the sunny North County San Diego community. By the way, she also plays the accordion in class and it’s been known for parents to finally give in to their toddler’s requests for a smaller version of her squeezebox. She secretly hopes to start a new generation of accordion players.
Jamie Rafes is a professional voice instructor and a seasoned nanny as well. In fact, she first discovered Music Together participating as a nanny in class. She has been singing since childhood, performing in choirs and musical theatre. Currently she is the front woman singer of two North County bands. Originally from Pennsylvania, she's been living in San Diego since 2014. She holds a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Music. Jamie has traveled extensively and has lived abroad in three different countries. She loves to sing, dance, play guitar and practice yoga. With a passion for music and a love for children, Jamie is thrilled to be apart of the Blossom Music Tree family!
Courtney Delaney Bowen comes to Blossom Music Tree as an experienced teacher. She taught Music Together in Solana Beach before joining us as a participating family and now as a teacher! Courtney's love of music and dance began at age 3 when she first took ballet, jazz and tap. She added vocal training to her repertoire at the age of 11 yrs, singing with her middle and high school choirs. In high school, she focused more on dance, performing with the pre-professional ballet companies Kingwood Dance Theater and Folsom Lake Civic Ballet. In the Bay Area, she performed in various musicals and operas such as How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Solame, and Thais to name a few. Courtney received her BA in Psychology with a minor in History from UC San Diego, where she also captained the UCSD dance team. At San Diego State University, Courtney received her multiple subject teaching credential, and then taught Kindergarten, 1st and 3rd grade around San Diego County. As an adult, she continued her vocal training at Norwood Music Studios in Solana Beach, and taught Music Together there for 2 years. Courtney loves music, dancing and teaching! Music Together has been a great program for Courtney to put forth all her passions and enjoy with her 2 year old son. She is so excited to be teaching with Blossom Music Tree and can't wait to watch all of your children blossom with Music Together!
(Due to her new family's schedule, we are sad to announce Jenna will not be returning for the Fall Session. We will miss her!) Jenna grew up as a musician and a singer. As well as participating in various choirs in high school, she also learned to play the piano and the flute at a young age. This musical foundation and her love for music propelled her into learning opera in college and singing with the college choir. With a Masters of Education degree from Portland State University, she taught 1st and 2nd grade for eight years.
She was first introduced to Music Together as a mom in class with her 1st child. She absolutely FELL IN LOVE with the program and has been taking Music Together classes with both kids for over five years. Her voice professor at the university always encouraged her to "do something" with her singing. Well, she finally found a way to "do something" with her singing and began teaching Music Together in 2015. After taking time off for the birth of her child, she is thrilled to be teaching again and looks forward to making Music Together with you!