Alena received her BM in Music Education with specialization in Classical Vocal Performance from Michigan State University as well as a certification in Music Learning Theory at the Early Childhood Level from University of South Carolina.
Before creating her own private music academy, Unicorn Music Academy, Alena worked as the Music Director at the renowned Los Angeles Elementary and Early Childhood educational institution: Hollywood Schoolhouse for eight years. With Hollywood Schoolhouse Alena produced hundreds of children’s musical productions as well as co-created Mercury Band a kids rock band with a group of parents.
Alena hopes to inspire and provide practical approaches to music making and connection to ones inner or true self with her work. She intends that her students come out of the Academy with musical tools that are lifelong and fulfilling.
Catriona has been privately coaching, directing, and music directing since 2016 after graduating from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television in the Musical Theater Department. As an artist & performer herself, she has toured around the country, opened for Pentatonix, & performed at venues like the Hollywood Bowl.
She is a RYT-200 hour certified Yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance in Vinyasa & Kundalini, certified for trauma-informed & yoga for youth.
During the pandemic, she founded Catriona Fray Studios for the Performing Artist. She teaches piano, guitar, voice, acting, dance, musical theater script writing/songwriting, and yoga to students of all ages!
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The mission of the Homegrown teachers is to guide & empower students to express themselves through music making, breath work, meditation, yoga, & voice work.
Homegrown teachers are qualified & dedicated to the work of supporting community on their growth spiritually & musically.
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