the half-pint harmonies team
meet our amazing educators
Carrie Biesiadecki lives in Colfax, NC with her husband and two young daughters. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Columbus State University where she continued pursuing her passion for the vocal arts. Before moving to the Piedmont Triad, Carrie taught elementary music for Fulton County Schools in Georgia and was an active member of the Lynn Swanson Festival Singers of Cobb County. Since moving to the Piedmont, Carrie has taught both in the classroom and private lessons, directed the Chancel Choir at Grace Lutheran Church in Greensboro and founded the Piedmont Classical High School Chorus in Greensboro. She has been a Core Singer for the Piedmont Chamber Singers of Winston-Salem and enjoys soloing whenever she can. Miss Carrie is pursuing a conducting apprenticeship with the Piedmont Chamber Singers and directs Half-Pint Harmonies. Carrie has been teaching The Music Class® curriculum since 2017 and is very excited to be carrying on this gift for our community.
Zenyth Thomas lives in Clemmons North Carolina with her husband and two young daughters and a son. Zenyth has a Bachelors degree in Instrumental Music Education from Florida State University where she also had an emphasis in classical trumpet. Zenyth has also been involved in chorus, band and jazz band ensembles through college and professional level singing as lead jazz vocalist in many big bands and combos at Florida State University and on regular gigs. Since moving to North Carolina in 2014 Zenyth became band and music director in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County school district teaching beginning band and elementary music. Since deciding to stay at home Zenyth has been teaching private lessons as well as volunteering at her former school. Zenyth also leads worship at her congregation Valley of Blessing in Greensboro NC and is director/teacher of the Youth Worship Team. With several years of being envolved with HPH as a parent Zenyth is excited to join the team teaching classes in Winston-Salem!
Scarlette Kerr (MM, NCTM) moved to Winston-Salem from her native state of Virginia in 2018 to pursue a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with an Emphasis in Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique at Salem College. After graduating in May 2020, Scarlette and her family decided to settle in Winston-Salem and she started her piano studio, Music at 906, from her home.
Scarlette received her Bachelor of Music from James Madison University in Piano Performance with an emphasis in Accompanying. While in Virginia, Scarlette was active as an accompanist, teacher, choral singer, and music director. In Winston-Salem, she is a member of the Piedmont Chamber Singers, is an active teacher and clinician with other organizations in Winston-Salem, and also occasionally performs with fellow pianists in the community.
As a music teacher, Scarlette draws from the work of Edwin E. Gordon and his Music Learning Theory and prioritizes “audiation” as an essential skill in learning how to make music, whether through singing, or through an instrument.
Scarlette is devoted to the development of children’s music learning from infancy through formal music lessons, and is super excited to a part of the Half-Pint Harmonies team!
Ms. Ashley is a dance and music instructor with more than nine years of teaching experience, and a passion for early-childhood education. She loves bringing imagination, creativity, and silliness into her classroom, and encourages parents and students to do the same! Ashley is a North Carolina native and although performing arts have always been her first love, she has a degree in English Literature and creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has performed at festivals, workshops, and theaters around the state, and is currently the lead singer for a funk-blues-rock band based in Charlotte. When Ashley isn't teaching, she is usually working on her picture book manuscript, photographing pretty things in nature, or spending time with her six younger siblings.
Miss Ashley has been with Half-Pint Harmonies since 2018.