Our mission is to help all children enjoy and engage in music events!
No one wants to sit in the hallway while their friends have fun.
Getting In The Groove aims to provide the support, resources, and strategies to help all children enjoy music!
Music has always been my way of connecting with the world. It seemed natural to share my love of music with my son but live music--even the presence of an instrument--caused him so much fear, even as a baby. When he was 2 1/2 years old, he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Through years of intensive therapy and with the help of a tremendous support system, he is now able to enjoy and express music!
He is only one of many for whom live music events can be scary. Routine change, unexpected noises, and new people are enough to frighten almost any child. Not every family has access to the opportunities and resources that have made such an impact on my son's life. That's why I started Getting In The Groove. Everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy music!
Ashley Higginbotham is a dynamic performer and innovative leader in arts education. She earned her Masters degree in Vocal Performance with a concentration in Vocal Pedagogy at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University where she studied under world-renowned soprano, Elizabeth Futral. In addition to her classical studies, Ashley is adept at performing and teaching a wide range of vocal styles. She is sought after as a contemporary commercial vocalist in the Baltimore area and is a founding member of acoustic singer-songwriter duo, The Meantime!
Ashley is a middle school music teacher and has over ten years of teaching experience. She is known for fiercely advocating for her students and providing personalized lessons relevant to their needs while teaching fundamental concepts and skills. Ashley's voice students have been accepted into competitive music programs, have been nationally recognized, and have performed for thousands. Her students range from beginner to professional but all learn her favorite lesson: Let your music be led by curiosity, fueled by the need to express yourself, and practiced mindfully with grace and grit.
Staying at home doesn't mean we can't sing, play, write, and share music!
Check out Ashley's latest videos to see how she has interwoven technology into her artistry to share performances, original music, and music lessons during the coronavirus pandemic.