Musical Beginnings

Musical Beginnings

Faculty & Instructors

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Maggie Olivo has served as the director of the IU JSOM's Musical Beginnings program and has taught elementary general music for over 15 years in the Bloomington area. She is the music teacher and arts coordinator of the Fairview Elementary School Artful Learning the Performing Arts Academy, Bloomington's Musical Arts Youth Organization's summer director, and BloomingSongs' project director. Her early childhood music training spans methodologies of John Feierabend, Musikgärten, and Orff-Keetman Schulwerk. She is certified in the Kodály Methodology and is a member of the Indiana Kodály Educators Association and the Indiana Music Educators Association. Maggie has presented teacher training sessions at music education and early childhood conferences throughout the state. She has two children, enjoys gardening, composing, and making music with friends.


Ian Cicco is a PhD student in music education at The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He currently serves as an Associate Instructor for the “Teaching of Music in the Elementary Classroom” course for undergraduate education majors. He also remains actively engaged in teaching elementary students as an assistant for the Fairview String Project, the Indiana University Children’s Choir, and as a lead teacher for Musical Beginnings. At IU, Ian specializes in general music and minors in vocal performance. Ian completed his Master of Music from Boston University in 2018, summa cum laude, with a thesis that explores the intersections of Orff Schulwerk and critical pedagogy. In 2018, he presented his research at the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at Indiana University and at the Big Ten Academic Alliance Music Education conference. He recently gave a virtual presentation of his research to the general methods course at Westminster Choir College, and he will be conducting a qualitative case study on his research in the spring of 2019. Ian earned his Orff Levels I & II from the Eastman School of Music, in addition to his World Music Drumming Level I certification. He was awarded the Gunild Keetman Assistance fund, a nationally competitive grant, from the American Orff Schulwerk Association in 2018. Ian plans to complete his Orff Level III in the summer of 2019 to become a nationally certified Orff Schulwerk instructor, in addition to completing his Kodály Level I.


Abby Furr received her MS in Music Education from the Jacobs School of Music this past December. Before receiving her Masters, she received a Bachelor in Music in Voice Performance from the Jacobs School of Music. This spring semester, she served as the substitute Music teacher at Clear Creek Elementary School. For the past two years, Abby has been an assistant director for the Indiana University Children's Choir as well as assisting with IU's Musical Beginnings.