Seeing through the Believe in Music vision is a collaborative effort.
Below is our primary leadership team and a bit about each of them.
Kenny Liner, President and Founder
After 10 years of hard touring as a professional musician, Kenny decided to return to his hometown of Baltimore, MD where he grew up to found the Believe in Music program. He has a great admiration for the city of Baltimore, but recognized complex, underlying issues plaguing our communities. The curriculum he created stemmed from his unique ideas about necessary reform in music education, putting an emphasis on self-expression and stressing the importance that the voices of Baltimore's youth needed to be heard. Kenny has worked tirelessly to enhance the learning experience for hundreds of students across the city with quality arts instruction. He exposes our students to a wide range of musical genres and styles to help broaden their artistic horizons.
Favorite bands: Beach House, Talking Heads, Double Dagger, Bon Iver
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Sarah Gibbons, Vice President
Sarah obtained her Bachelor of Science in Political Science and began her internship with Believe in Music in April 2013. While she moved her way up at Believe in Music, she earned her Master's degree in Nonprofit Management/Social Entrepreneurship from University of Baltimore in 2016. She has always had a love and appreciation for live music, and yearned for the chance to use her passion for music to give back to communities in Baltimore. If you go out to see a show anywhere in Baltimore City, it's pretty likely that you'll see Sarah! Working side by side with Kenny as Believe in Music grew, she transitioned to a full-time position and was recently promoted to leadership!
Favorite bands: Led Zeppelin, The Avett Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, the Grateful Dead
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Dane Galloway, Director of Education
As the Director of Education at Believe in Music, Dane designs and leads music programs that emphasize active learning and technology integration. Prior to moving to Baltimore, Dane taught high school Spanish and music in Philadelphia for five years and spent two years on the road as a touring musician in an electronic pop band. While in Philly, Dane also coached teachers for Teach For America, twice acting as the lead trainer responsible for training up to seventy new teachers in curriculum development, classroom management, and responding to issues of equity and inclusion in school settings. He has an M.S.Ed. in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania and is a regular contributor to the music technology blog, Splice.
Favorite bands: Lil Nas X, Duke Ellington, Nina Simone
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Sondra Boyle, Program Manager
Sondra is a songwriter, producer, and educator from Baltimore, MD. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Music from Towson University Sondra Boyle joined Believe in Music so that she could use Music Education as a vehicle for uplifting students in her community. Sondra has experience performing in contemporary, classical, and theater settings as well as directing musicals, choirs, and instrumental ensembles. She is an active touring artist and participant in Baltimore’s DIY music scene.
Favorite bands: Fiona Apple, James Blake, tUnE-yArDs, Princess Nokia
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Erin Anderson, Program Facilitator
Erin is a West Baltimore resident and has been a Program Facilitator with Believe in Music for over a year. After graduating from Green Street Academy and the Believe in Music program, Erin joined the team assisting in middle and high school programs across the city. She brings her skills in singing and songwriting combined with her passion for helping students reach their creative potential to every program she helps lead. In addition to excelling in music, Erin is currently pursuing certification related to veterinary sciences.
Favorite artist(s): Bruno, Panic! at the Disco, Ariana Grande
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Larry Pittman, Program Facilitator
Larry is a producer and educator based in Baltimore. As a graduate of Green Street Academy and the Believe in Music program, he has excelled as a leader in his academic and musical communities. Larry specializes in the area of hip-hop production, always pursuing opportunities for learning and professional development. He is honored to have gone from making beats with pencils on tables to educating the next generation as a Program Facilitator with Believe in Music.
Favorite artist(s): J Cole, Mac Miller, Denzel Curry
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