Little Roots is an acoustic, hands-on, interactive music program designed for young children and their grown-ups. Little Roots founders, Annie Lynch and Maggie Shar, are trained educators and professional musicians who strive to create connection, community, and joy in each class. Maggie and Annie select and write songs rooted in American Folk and Old-Time, West African, Gospel, Irish Trad, and more. Annie and Maggie believe that music is for everyone and strive to empower children to sing as they learn to speak and dance as they learn to move.
Annie Lynch Stevenson
Maggie Shar is an award winning banjo playing, guitar playing, singing educator originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She has been playing guitar since she was twelve and has been playing banjo since 2004, learning from Adam Hurt, Riley Baugus and Bruce Molsky among others. In 2003, she graduated from Hampshire College with a focus on music, education, and healing. She then went on to receive her M.S. from Antioch University New England in 2007 with a focus on environmental education and social justice.
Maggie is trained in the Nurtured Heart Approach and has over 15 years of experience teaching children in creative, interactive, engaging ways having worked as an assistant camp director, camp counselor, preschool teacher, home-school teacher, environmental educator, parent coach, and music teacher. She also teaches guitar, banjo, uke, and piano lessons to students of varying experience levels and ages. Maggie is a faculty member at The Community Music School of Springfield. In addition, Maggie performs regularly throughout New England with The Ephemeral Stringband, and The Moon Shells has seven self-released albums.
Maggie is fueled by the curiosity of children and strives to make each child feel a sense of belonging and success in their learning process. She strongly believes in the power of music to generate joy, healing, love, connection, and community for people of all ages.
Annie Lynch Stevenson is a professional vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, performer, recording artist, and educator originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She began studying voice formally when she was eight years old, and guitar when she was twelve. Annie began songwriting at the age of thirteen, performing in the greater Boston area’s acoustic music scene shortly after. In 2008, she graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a Bachelor of Music degree emphasizing vocal studies and world music. Annie’s musical experiences have ranged from participation in Nashville bluegrass jams to intensive studies of traditional West African music in Ghana, West Africa, and collaborations in Siberia with the Tuvan National Orchestra. Through these travels and studies, Annie has discovered the intrinsic value of community-oriented music. Annie has 15 years of experience teaching group Early Childhood Music classes in Boston, New York City and now, Springfield, Massachusetts. She has also been teaching voice, guitar and ukulele lessons, primarily in contemporary styles, for 15 years, to students of varying experience levels, from ages four to seventy-six.
Additionally, Annie has lead the internationally touring Americana group, Annie and The Beekeepers, since 2007, performing at such festivals as South By Southwest, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Boston Folk Festival, End of the Road and more. Annie has three self-released albums and has had the honor of sharing shows with The Lumineers, Josh Ritter, Justin Townes Earle, Kris Delmhort, Anais Mitchell, among other greats.