Music a passion for area teacher

Ella Fure, Esme Ulland-Joy (both students at Sandy Knoll and members of 8-18 Media) and Mrs. Koskiniemi are pictured. (Photo by 8-18 Media)


There are probably not many kids out there who don’t want to be a rock star when they grow up. Kids are attracted to music even at a young age from “Twinkle, Twinkle” all the way to the Beatles and beyond.

Donna Koskiniemi has been a certified music teacher since 1989, and is currently teaching music in kindergarten through fifth grade at Sandy Knoll Elementary School in Marquette. Before she was certified as an official music teacher she began teaching piano at the age of 18. Koskiniemi said she couldn’t remember a time when she didn’t love music. Her love of music started early on, as she was fascinated by the piano when she was very young.

“When I was little, my parents bought a house and there was a piano in it when they bought it from two retired school teachers and they tell me, I don’t remember this, but as soon as I could crawl, I would crawl to it, and then when I could start pulling myself up to stand, I started reaching for the keys,” Koskiniemi said. “I was just always going over to that piano. When I was 4 they decided they should probably enroll me in piano lessons because they thought, that way, when they heard me play, I’d actually be able to play beautiful music for them.”

Koskiniemi said she believes music plays an important role in the lives of children. Music is much more than just a class…

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