Meet the Founder

Ms. Judy Keeling is the founder and previous owner and director of “Early Childhood Music of Ames”. Having begun in 1996, she was proud to offer Kindermusik classes and piano until her retirement in May 2017.

Since starting her business in 1996, Judy saw her Kindermusik program touch the lives of thousands of children and their families from around mid-Iowa. As a licensed Kindermusik educator, Judy was thrilled to have had the opportunity of bringing music into the lives of young children and their families each week for 21 years.

Originally from England, Judy has been in Ames since 1988. Her first career was in biochemistry, following which she stayed home raising four children. Judy completed her Kindermusik training in Minneapolis, MN and Lincoln, NE, and within 3 years of starting her business was recognized as one of the top 5% of Kindermusik Programs in the world and maintained that recognition through her retirement in 2017. She has also been voted the “Best Children’s Program in Story County”.

In retirement, Judy enjoys spending time with her children, Richard, Hannah, Oliver, Dominic and grandchildren Ben, Isabelle, Allison, Maddie, Laura, Abby and Emma. She also enjoys raising angora goats and using their mohair, landscaping, playing pickleball, Scottish and English country dancing in the U.S. and U.K, roaming in her campervan and activities yet to be discovered!