Lora Criger

K-8 Music

Hello everyone!  My name is Lora Criger, and I will be your Music Instructor for the 2023-24 school year.  I have a BS in Recreation Education from the University of Kansas, and a MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from East Carolina University.  I have had formal training and practical experience utilizing Music Therapy throughout my career in educational and therapeutic settings.

We are a USMC family, and chose to put our roots down here in California when my husband retired from service in 2016.  Because we had been stationed at Camp Pendleton more times than anywhere else, and since we have been longtime members of the St. Mary, Star of the Sea community, this was the perfect choice for us.  I am the mother of two amazing boys.  Both went to St. Mary’s preschool and elementary school at various times throughout the years, and we are proud to be “Stars”.  My oldest son is a senior at California State University Monterey Bay, and my younger son will be a senior at Cathedral Catholic High School.  Every member of our family plays a musical instrument, (some better than others- heehee), but a love of music runs deep in our family.

In my spare time I continue to take classes for fun and enrichment at Mira Costa.  I have collected nearly 30 credit hours in Early Childhood Education, and I also teach at our preschool.  I have two beagles, Jackson and Edward, named after two of my favorite artists.  I have a passion for all genres of music and the performing arts.  I am really looking forward to teaching your children about music theory, influential composers and musicians throughout history, introducing them to instruments and new melodies, the joy of performance, and hopefully imparting an appreciation of the greats in music!!