MUSIC THEORY; IMT Director
Mirandi Herrenbruck grew up in Evansville, Indiana, and married her high school Hoosier sweetheart. She is thankful for her musical heritage that stems from both Classical and jazz veins in both sides of her family. Since earning her Bachelors of Music in piano performance from Furman University in 2002, she has given private instruction in piano, flute, and theory in the Nashville area while focusing on the home education of her three children. Because of the incredible inspiration she received during her time studying composition and music theory under both Dr. Charles Tompkins and Dr. Mark Kilstofte, Mirandi is keenly interested in pouring into young minds and fanning the music theory flames in musicians of all ages.
As the mother of three Nashville Notes musicians and wife of a music enthusiast, she is passionate to see the next generation of musicians grow not only into excellent players who are grounded in the grammar of music, but also lifelong lovers and supporters of music. She adores seeing those “lightbulb moments” in her students; as such, it is with great delight and gratitude that Mirandi works with the enthusiastic and hard-working musicians and directors of Nashville Notes.
MAPS: Music And Parents
Abby Cowan was born and raised in Indiana. A love of music was discovered early on which ultimately led to a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Music Therapy from Indiana-Purdue University. Reliance in her God given passion for music, teaching, and helping others has been the guiding force in her life’s journey. She began her employed years as a therapist working in both residential and psychiatric facilities, helping children with developmental disabilities and as a hearing impaired sign language interpreter in the public school system. While homeschooling 4 beautiful daughters, she has taught private flute and sign language lessons, participated in hand bell choirs and currently enjoys spending time volunteering with special needs children and assisting with church music programs.
Her hobbies include reading, church choir, and playing her flute. The Cowan family has been a part of Nashville Notes since 2010, with Abby joining the staff in 2011.
Bob Gerstenberger (Pastor Bob)
Bob Gerstenberger (also known as Pastor Bob) graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a B.S. degree in Music Education, and certified to teach General, Instrumental and Vocal music K-12. He began his teaching career at a Christian school in Aurora, Colorado where he taught general music, speech and drama, instrumental music, and directed musicals such as Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, and Sound of Music just to name a few. It was in Aurora that he felt a call to music ministry and after teaching there for 7 years, Pastor Bob went to Madison, Indiana to become a music pastor at Madison First Assembly Church where he was in charge of praise and worship teams, choir, a student instrumental ensemble, and musical productions. In 1994 he expanded his ministry as the Children’s Pastor of Lakeview Christian Center also directing children’s musicals with over 100 children attending the weekly practices. After serving as the Children’s Pastor for 6 years, he helped to pioneer a new church plant from Lakeview and began teaching private instrumental lessons in the public schools as well. In 2006 Pastor Bob and his wife, Debbie, felt a call to plant a family integrated church in Franklin, TN. Coming along with him and his lovely wife, came his gift for teaching music to children. He has been teaching music classes in Spring Hill, at Grace Christian Academy and at Lighthouse Christian Academy as well as serving as pastor at Cross Generations Church in Franklin.
Jayna Gross is a cum laude graduate of Berklee College of Music with a dual degree in Music Education and Music Production & Engineering. She has taught and enhanced many school music programs as Fine Arts Director, Choral Director, and Music Teacher in choral, general, instrumental, and orchestral music classes. She has toured internationally with Gospel artists as vocal director and singer, before making "Music City" Nashville, TN her home. Jayna has invested her education and experience in schools around Nashville such as Brentwood Academy, Lighthouse Christian School, and St. Paul Christian Academy. When Jayna is not teaching, she is spending quality time with her musical family, husband Otto II and son Otto III. She is excited to invest in the homeschool community at Nashville Notes.