Our Executive Director, Paul Godwin, is a composer, musician, and music teacher with 30 years experience. In the role of parent and teacher, he expresses his passion for awakening the innate skills of children by blending musical modeling with pure enjoyment. He founded MT of SF in 2001 and continues to be actively involved in the day-to-day operation of the program, selecting and mentoring teachers and participating in parent education and support.
Paul has worked with children in music at the Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. He has composed for film, television and interactive children's entertainment. In 2002, he composed the original score for Tony Kushner's "Homebody/Kabul" in its West Coast Premiere at Berkeley Rep and won the Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Original Score for this work. Paul studied music and theatre at Northwestern University and holds a B.A. from Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2010, Paul was certified in Orff Music, Level Two at the San Francisco Orff Institute. He was a co-founder and the lead singer of The Sippy Cups, a popular rock band for families.
Paul received his Certification from Ken Guilmartin, founder of The Center for Music and Young Children and Music Together®, LLC.
A parent says: "Years ago I taught music to children and bring this up only to stress that I speak with authority when I say Paul is a gem and I appreciate the musicianship, sincerity and joy he brings to us each week."