Greater Richmond Wolf Trap


Greater Richmond Wolf Trap provides early childhood teachers, caregivers, and parents with innovative arts-based strategies to teach fundamental academic concepts to young children. Wolf Trap professional development workshops for teachers, classroom residencies, and field trip performances for pre-school and kindergarten classes engage children in active learning through music, drama, puppetry and dance to enhance their skills in emergent literacy, problem-solving, group awareness, and even STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


A Case for the Arts in Early Childhood Education

The research is clear: The first few years of a child’s life are a critical time to prepare young children for a lifetime of success in the classroom and beyond. Get the facts about how Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts’ research-based programs are making a difference for students and teachers through high-quality professional development and rich in-classroom experiences. Click here to learn more about the research behind arts-integration in early childhood education. 


Meet our Teaching Artists

We are so grateful to work with amazing teaching artists who share their talents with early childhood classrooms in the Greater Richmond area.  Click here to learn more about each of our artists! 


Professional Development Media

Looking for ways to incorporate the arts into your early childhood clasroom?  Check out the videos our teaching artists created to help you get started!  Click here for expanded viewing of our video content. 



In the News

On October 10, 2018, Richmond Performing Arts Alliance became the 19th affiliate of the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts. Manager of Regional Preschool Centers for Richmond Public Schools Dr. Johnnye Massenburg-Johnson, the chair of RPAA Board of Directors Rodney T. Willett, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, Vice President of Education for the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts Akua Kouyate-Tate, First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts President and CEO Arvind Manocha, Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. James Lane, and Superintendent of Richmond Public Schools Jason Kamras announced the launch of RPAA's partnership with Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.  

Read about the launch event at MLK Preschool Learning Center here and check out our video highlight of the event below!


RPAA's Greater Richmond Wolf Trap Staff

Jennifer Maddux, Director of Education

Jennifer is the Director of Education at Richmond Performing Arts Alliance (RPAA) and also serves as the Affiliate Director for Greater Richmond Wolf Trap.  She received her Bachelors in Music Education / Voice from Shenandoah Conservatory and her Masters in Educational Leadership from VCU.  The majority of her career was spent serving in Henrico County Public Schools.  She got her start as a chorus teacher at Byrd Middle School (now Quioccasin Middle School) and then transitioned into Instructional Technology at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.  Just prior to joining RPAA, she served in school leadership as an Associate Principal at both Short Pump Middle School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School.  Jen also has a passion for music theatre and has performed with various local theater companies and directed at both public and private schools. 

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Hillary Kay, Education Program Coordinator

Hillary Kay joined RPAA’s education team as the Education Program Coordinator in 2019. Before joining the team full time she served as a Greater Richmond Wolf Trap (GRWT) teaching artist, working alongside teachers in Richmond Public Schools pre-K classrooms. She is a vocalist with a background in Appalachian, bluegrass, and classical styles of music. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Millikin University and Master of Music Degree in Musicology from West Virginia University, where she focused her research on women in bluegrass and had the opportunity to perform and tour as lead singer in the WVU Bluegrass band.

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