Something About Grandmalou Tunes

Connie Anderson

Thirty years of teaching in classrooms extend to an online format for Connie Anderson. Connie continues her career and love of teaching young children, about ages 4-8, through her new website, Even though she began her career as a high school English teacher, eventually she found her talents, skills, and interests were best suited for the primary grades. Her love of music, writing, and performing have influenced her decisions to add a reading certification, an elementary certificate, a master’s degree, and a web design certificate to her secondary certificate. When work is completed, it isn’t unusual to find Connie enjoying the beauty and splendor of the Rocky Mountains and spending quality time with her husband, family, and close friends.

Connie’s musical background and talents stem from a diversity of experiences growing up in a musical family. Singing in church and high school choirs; performing regularly at Purdue University as a member of the Purduettes and University Choir; appearing as a soloist traveling with the Purdue Glee Club; and as a member of a trio that won a talent search and appeared on the Jackie Gleason Show. All of these experiences shaped Connie’s current work using technology as an educational tool that contributes to the common good. In fact, Connie just realized that her Grandmaloutunes project is the happy ending to WCWK started in 1919 by her Grandfather Keen, a Fort Wayne Radio Pioneer!

When she moved to Colorado, in 2007 she worked with a former colleague to produce a complete set of musical poems that is based on the most current research about the shared features of music and language . In addition, she and her husband formed their Rusty Fairmont Duo and eventually joined the Summit Concert Band playing percussion instruments. Connie is employed by the Archdiocese of Denver providing music for weekly and special liturgies.

Plato said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

Thank you to the St. Catherine Academy nuns who taught Velma Keen to play the piano. When she married Bob Kaade, they used their God-given talents to share with family, the Fort Wayne community, with their church families and with all who came to enjoy their company. We are so grateful for their gifts they have passed on to us!