Sonja Karlson has been studying music and playing piano since she was four years old as she moved around the small towns of coastal B.C. She began teaching piano at the age of 14.She obtained her Bachelor of Music degree and Bachelor of Education degree at UBC. She is currently a full-time elementary music teacher with the Burnaby School District, and has been teaching music in elementary schools for 18 years. Sonja has taught in three provinces, moving to Ontario and Nova Scotia for three years. Sonja took her Intro to Orff and Kodaly courses in 1993 with Joe Berarducci. She now has her level three Orff certificate and has completed two Orff Masterclasses. Sonja is currently the Past President of the B.C. Chapter of Carl Orff Canada. She recently finished a Masters of Arts Education through SFU. Sonja lives in Vancouver with her husband, daughter and their cat, Fred.