Karen Haughey

In 1989 Karen founded Karen Haughey Music Studio, which has been awarded the Muskigarten Exemplary Program Award every year since its inception. Karen received her Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of Montana.  In addition, she has attended many music education workshops and classes, including Orff, Kodaly, Suzuki, Education Through Music, and Dalcroze.  Over the years, Karen has taught piano lessons and music classes for both adults and children, directed choirs, and performed as a singer or piano accompanist in many settings.  She served on the national board for the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, where she is certified at the highest level.  Karen is a national teacher trainer for Musikgarten, and presents music education sessions at local, state, regional, national, and international conventions including Orff, Suzuki, MENC, MTNA, Musikgarten, and ECMMA.  

Karen's team of teachers:



Becky was born and raised in Sidney, Nebraska.  She attended college at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska where she majored in Elementary Education with endorsements in Middle School (math and social studies) and Kindergarten through Grade 8 Music.  Becky was one of the co-founders of the Chadron State College Musikgarten Program.  At her college graduation in 2007 she received the Outstanding Elementary Teacher Award.  From 2007-2014, Becky taught various grades and courses at Blue Creek School, including Kindergarten, Grade 1, Reading, and Music.  She has been an instructor at Karen Haughey Music Studio since fall of 2007.







Cheryle received her Bachelor of Music Education and Master in Education from MSU-Billings.  After teaching piano for several years, she taught Music K-6 in the Billings Public Schools for 29 years where her work included guitar instruction, African drumming, and directing the Boys' Honor Choir.  Cheryle completed Orff Level 1 training in Fort Collins, with an update in Missoula.  She also worked with children at her church, directing the Joyful Singers Choir (grades 1-3, then 4-6) for 29 years.  Cheryle has sung in college and church choirs, as well as the Billings Symphony Chorale.  Her love for children and music led her to become a certified Musikgarten teacher.  She is inspired by the experience of teaching children music through a joyful, discovery process.




Jenny Toews (pronounced Taves), who has lived in Billings all her life, considers herself a life-long student of music.  After high school, Jenny traveled the world as a soloist in 'Up With People' and 'The Continental Singers'.  Extensive participation in choirs, vocal competitions and musical theater shaped her into an excellent and engaging role model for students.  She has studied piano and voice, leading to study in college as a vocal major.  Jenny believes every child is precious, with so much to offer the world, and as such she enjoys sharing her gifts and love of music with all her students and their families.  She is committed to nourishing each one's musical abilities while enriching his/her life through Musikgarten. 




Lindsey selman



Lindsey is a Yellowstone Valley native who has been performing and teaching in the Billings area since 2010. After studying piano and violin as a child, she graduated from Heartland Baptist Bible College with a bachelor's degree in church music in 2010. In addition to teaching private violin, viola, and piano lessons since 2004, she has also performed and conducted workshops across the U.S., Canada, and Russia, supporting churches and especially young church musicians. After the birth of her son, she began to explore the field of early childhood development and has earned certification in toddler, preschool, and early group piano education through Musikgarten. She joined Karen's team as a piano/toddler music instructor in the fall of 2018.


Katie Backer


Katie moved to Billings when she was nine-years-old. She attended college in Missoula and Billings, graduating with a History Education degree with a Political Science minor and a Broadfield Social Studies Endorsement in Sociology. Katie's hobbies are history, music, reading/writing, and travel: so far, she’s been to 10 countries and stood on four continents… and hopes to see that number rise! Katie loved teaching High School History for five years, but chose to resign from classroom teaching to have more time for her daughter (whom she and her husband adopted in 2018). Katie has participated in audition choirs, community concerts, musicals, and has sung at her church for 18 years. Her training and experience as an educator as well as her passion for music and kids, led her to Musikgarten. She believes every child possesses the ability to learn and grow and loves to be a part of that journey in her students’ lives.





Katie of MyKate Consulting joined us the fall of 2016 as our new registrar.  Katie graduated from Montana Tech in Butte with a degree in Business. With many years of experience in small business surroundings she's a positive addition to our team.