About Us

“Music can change the world because it can change people.” ~Bono

Musically Minded has been “awakening the rhythm of life” in children ages birth-5 through meaningful interactions with music all around the Puget Sound since September 2003.

Jocelyn held her first class in the basement of the Tahoma School District bus barn in Maple Valley, Washington with just six babies and their moms. She cultivated the babies’ innate musical abilities and interests through play, song, movement and most of all, love. She knew her quest to touch as many young children as possible through music had begun.

In 2004, Musically Minded began offering classes exclusively in childcare centers and in-home daycares. By embedding this quality music-making experience into the school day, working parents can still expose their children to music without having to take away from valuable family time after work on the weekend. This offering can sometimes be the reason a parent chooses one childcare center over another.

Musically Minded has now grown to reach over 2,000 children each week and continues to grow thanks to the amazing team of teachers and partnerships with childcare providers who understand the value of music in the lives of young children.

Our Team

    • Jocelyn Manzanarez, M.M.Ed.,

      Founder & Director

      Jocelyn is on a passionate mission to share the power of music and movement with early childhood educators. Jocelyn is the owner of Musically Minded. Founded in 2003, her Seattle-based company provides music and movement classes for children ages birth-5 in childcare centers,

    • Eric Manzanarez

      Eric Manzanarez
      Director of Operations and Finance

      Eric is a native of Montana and graduated from the University of Montana in Missoula in 1998. He played on the defensive line for the Montana Grizzlies for four seasons, including their ’95 national championship.

    • Kristin Schneider, MM, MT-BC

      Kristin Schneider, MM, MT-BC
      Music Specialist

      Kristin’s first music-making memories come from her preschool music class in West Seattle, where she was born and raised. Thirty years later, she is thrilled to share musical experiences with little ones throughout the region. 

    • Laura Arnold, MM, MT-BC

      Laura Arnold, MM, MT-BC
      Music Specialist

      Laura Arnold is originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago. She attended Wartburg College (Wavery, IA), graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education with majors in Music Education and Music Therapy.

    • Aubrie Kohlhas

      Aubrie Kohlhas
      Music Specialist

      Aubrie grew up in the musical town of Mason City, Iowa. She attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental Music Education. She began her teaching career as a middle school band director, working in the public schools for five years.


Musically Minded is always interested in connecting with potential team members. If you think you have what it takes, contact us today!