About Us

Raya Grace is a Music Education Place

Our curricula enriches and inspires teachers to have fun and engage their students in creating music.

We teach young children to play the piano while learning is still fun and exciting. And, we believe in the power of learning to sing and play instruments to increase positive brain waves and inspire creativity.

Raya Leavitt Blackburn

Owner, Curriculum Developer, Music Teacher Mentor

Raya is passionate about FUN music education, and she believes in the power of music!

Raya has a Bachelor of Music from BYU in Elementary Music Education with a vocal emphasis, a Masters of Education from ASU, in Curriculum and Instruction and Early Childhood Education, and an Educational Administration License from SUU. She was the original creator of Sound Beginnings, a preschool music curriculum owned by Let's Play Music LLC, and she trained and advised the first 100 teachers. She has loved creating all of the curricula for Raya Grace Music Preschool and MVP and mentoring the Raya Grace teachers.

Raya has owned and operated a home music studio in Provo, Utah since 2005. She started teaching in the Provo School District in 2003, as an Elementary Music Specialist. She currently teaches full-day kindergarten in the Provo School District, while raising two beautiful children.

Cheri Henricksen

Music Preschool Teacher

Cheri has an abundance of teaching and early childhood experience. She has worked with young children in many capacities including preschool and daycare, and even as a kindergarten aide in Raya's classroom! They love working together! Cheri is a fun, loving, and skillful teacher! She has a beautiful, clear singing voice and loves music and children.

Cheri is a local who grew up in the area, married her high school sweetheart, and is now an amazing, fun mother of four children.

Her students are so lucky to have such an experienced and well-rounded teacher!

Savannah Pope

Private Piano and MVP Teacher

Savannah loves music and has a passion for everything creative. She has been playing piano since she was eight and also plays the violin, ukulele, mandolin, and some guitar. She is fun and loves to laugh. She enjoys composing and can sit down and make a beautiful song out of anything! Savannah loves art in general and adds an artistic flare to her playing and teaching. She loves and understands children and is so excited to teach and help them find their passion for music.

Annika Pope

Private Piano and MVP Teacher

Annika is a skilled pianist who is happy and loves to laugh! She has been playing the piano since she was eight and also plays the violin, ukulele, banjo, and is learning the flute. She loves music and wishes she could play every instrument! She has a strong theory background and has advanced quickly in piano, playing technical pieces and tackling concertos . She loves teaching young children and sharing her passion for music.