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Meet the Team – Master Teacher, Laurie Richards

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We asked Laurie Richards some questions to gain some insight into her role here at Simply Music, what lights her up musically and some facts that make her the wonderful person she is.

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Laurie and her daughter, Leah, just being their fun selves.

Your full name: Laurie Richards

When did you start and what is your role with Simply Music? I started with Simply Music in 2003. My current role is Director of Teacher Support. I am also writing or collaborating on several Supplemental Programs.

What are your top 5 albums of all time?
– Boston’s first album!
– Toto’s Greatest Hits
– Michael Jackson No. 1’s
– Liz Story 17 Seconds to Anywhere
– Artur Rubinstein – Chopin: The Piano Concertos


Who is your favorite band or singer? Boston….more currently Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars

Who are you listening to now? Tycho

If you were in a rock ‘n’ roll band, what would your job be? Keyboards and comic relief in rehearsal

What song/music style reminds you of your childhood? Classical and jazz

What song do you sing in the shower? 24K Magic, often

What is the worst song to get stuck in your head? It’s a Small World or Rhinestone Cowboy

What song/style do you love to dance to? Big Band Jazz, Swing

What was the first concert you went to see? Elton John

What movie can you quote word for word? Phantom of the Opera and Napoleon Dynamite

What is your favorite day of the week? Friday

What’s your strangest talent? It’s not really a talent, but I can identify any note or chord just by listening (only because I was born with absolute pitch)

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Laurie and her loving
husband of 22 years, Mike.

What was the last experience that made you a stronger person? Overcoming marital challenges

What is the single best decision you have made in your life so far? Deciding to be authentic at all times

What is the best dish you can cook? My homemade crescent rolls are legendary in my family.

Are you a morning or night person? Night person!


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Laurie and her beautiful family.