A Little About Me...
Eileen Oddo’s journey to becoming the owner and director of an early childhood music program was a long winding road that started out being the daughter of a boy-scout leader who loved to sing with his children and who did so joyously, loudly and with great abandon throughout Eileen’s entire childhood.
Continuing on a road that included years of much-loved piano lessons, choir, and, probably, way too many choruses of silly camp songs, the decision to be a music major was an easy one for her!
Eileen’s college and professional studies include her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Loyola University (’81) A Piano Diploma from the Conservatoire de Cachan outside Paris (’83) and her Dalcroze Eurhythmics Certification from the Manhattan School of Music (’84). Post graduate studies in Eurhythmics and Orff-Kodaly were obtained with Jack Stevenson at Ithaca College and Marta Sanchez at Carnegie-Mellon University.
Eileen married music conductor, arranger and pianist John Oddo in 1984 and moved to White Plains, New York. Her first music position was at the Westchester Conservatory as Eurhythmics teacher and piano teacher in the Suzuki Department and in the Westchester County Music Camp. This was the perfect soil for developing the curriculum writing skills necessary to create her own music program. Out of these experiences, Musical Munchkins was born and has grown over 31 years into a program that includes 10 teachers, 8 locations and many nursery school, child care and library contracts throughout Westchester County, New York. There are 3 Musical Munchkins licensees in the state of Connecticut, New Jersey and upstate New York running their own thriving Musical Munchkins businesses.
As a member of Westchester Association for the Education of Young Children Eileen has lectured at numerous local, state and national educational conferences (through the National Chapter of AEYC) and even sang on the steps of the Capitol in Washington D.C. to open the 1990 NAEYC National Conference.
Eileen has published 6 recordings and 2 books under the Musical Munchkins label and continues to produce new materials with her staff as part of a lively growing business endeavor. Although they are all grown up, she has two munchkins of her own, Tim (age 25, Drummer and Musical Munchkins Webmaster!) and Annie (Age 19, on Piano, Trumpet, French Horn and Voice!)