CMDW, Inc's Founder and Director, April M. Hamm, M.M., is a muti-disciplinary performance artist-educator with a master of music degree from University of New Orleans, dual bachelor of arts degrees with honors in music and psychology from Emory University, and 20+ years of combined experience in research, teaching, performance, musical direction, and other work in the arts and nonprofit sector. Affectionately known by her students of all ages as "Ms. April," she began her own post-secondary education at the young age of 15 years and began her career in teaching and research two years later at the Emory Children’s Musical Development Center. She later served as music specialist at Brevard Academy (performing arts charter school affiliated with the acclaimed Brevard Music Center), and subsequently as clinical and research psychometrician at the Emory Center for Prenatal Assessment & Human Development. Since her move to New Orleans in 2010, Ms. April has used her background in psychology to approach music education from a neurodevelopmental perspective, specializing in working with infants and very young children, individuals with disabilities, older adults, and families in her private studio, Miss April's Musical Arts Studio. Working with a few dedicated parents and community members, she achieved her dream of bringing CMDW, Inc to life in 2016 as an organization which would advance the science of musical development and make her neurodevelopmental approach to music education accessible to even more individuals and families. Ms. April’s passion is helping every person discover their “inner musician” and maximize their creative potential!
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