Our Teachers

All of our teachers are passionate about music & children and recognize the importance of music in early childhood development.   They create a fun, non-formal setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.  Our teachers have all completed the Music Together® teacher training, internship and have on-going support from our center as well as with Music Together Worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo Kathy

She founded Music Together in Phoenix in the the fall of 1999 and is thrilled to be a part of this amazing work!  As the center director, she is excited to see high quality early childhood music & movement experiences touching so many families' lives with this amazing curriculum!  With a MA in music education, Kathy plays flute and had joyfully taught many years of general/vocal music to preschool through eighth grade, as well as band and choir. Music Together brings together her passion for music and small children.  She beleives that music brings people together in beautiful ways and that it has a unique way of supporting a child's overall development; and thank goodness it is also FUN!

Currently Kathy is an active member of the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association of AZ. She has completed both the Level I and the Level II Certification from Music Together LLC, studied classical guitar under Gabriel Cornella, plays ska guitar, and really loves tending her small flock of chickens, digging in her garden, trying to surf, and swing dancing with her husband!

"Kathy is amazing and playful, very authentic in spirit. We really enjoy her."

 
     
photo Amber

Amber has earned earned the Level 1 Certification from Music Together Worldwide and has been joyfully leading classes with our community since 2011! Amber is a formally trained vocalist, conductor, actress, and director. She received a BM in Church Music and a MM in Performance, Choral Conducting emphasis, from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX. Amber has performed professionally with various musical and theatrical organizations. Her teaching experience includes private voice and piano lessons to students of all ages, as well as secondary theater and choir classes.

She originally discovered Music Together following her move to Phoenix from west Texas. She has loved watching her son and both daughter's musical growth through Music Together, and is wild about sharing this opportunity with other families!


"Teacher Amber was AWESOME;  very upbeat and fun.  She has a great rapport with the children and always makes class fresh and FUN!"

 
 
     
photo Megan

Megan has completed her Cert 1 level of Certificate with Music Together Worldwide!  She has been joyfully leading classes with Music Together in Phoenix since fall of 2014!  Movement and music have been major components of Megan's life since childhood. In her younger years, Megan was a competitive baton twirler, and took dance classes for several years to improve her twirling skills. She took up the oboe in high school, and later received a BM in Oboe Performance from the University of Arizona, as well as a MM in Oboe Performance from Arizona State University.

Megan is currently active with playing ukulele in our community and finds huge joy and fun African Dancing on Saturdays!  She is also a real mermaid!  

Megan's first experience with Music Together was as a mom taking a class with her two young children. She was thrilled to discover an experience that combines music and movement in a way that is both fun and educational. Her kids had a blast and began making music immediately, and Megan knew she had found something special. 

     
photo Sarah

Sarah began her musical life playing violin at a young age.  With years of piano lessons, formal ballet training, gymnastics, and dance classes, music and movement have played a huge role in her life. She earned a BA in Music Therapy and worked with young children with disabilities using Music Therapy for five years before becoming a full time mom. Sarah has played violin through college with the Evansville Philharmonic and continues to play in Arizona with several local semi-professional orchestras.

She began her Music Together experience bringing her daughter to classes at the age of one and fell in love with the philosophy and the whole Music Together experience.  Sarah is thrilled to share her diverse musical background with Music Together in Phoenix to musically nurture families with young children. 

"Sarah was great!  So good with the kids and parents, too!"

 

     
photo John

John Elliott Oyzon has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism for over 15 years. He was a professional performer in New York City for over a decade performing both on and off Broadway in shows such as Tarzan and Stomp. In 2004, he moved to Diamond Mountain University in Southeastern Arizona to further his philosophical studies. While living there, he also helped build their retreat center. After finishing his studies there, John relocated to Phoenix to share smiles, music, and meditation across the valley.

     
photo Jenn

Jenn is thrilled to join our Music Together in Phoenix team of teachers!  She recently moved from Seattle where she took the Music Together teacher training and had taught since 2015.  Music Together has enriched her life immensely and she is so excited to continue teaching this wonderful music development program in our town!  Jen received her BA in Theater Arts at Central Washington University, with an emphasis in Performance and she has also studied Theatre for Youth at the University of Hawaii.  She has traveled extensively with Wood and Strings Puppet Theater, based out of Tennessee, and has performed the last few years with the Afsaana Dance Company (Bollywood).  Jenn has been a nanny for many years and has always enjoyed working with children and seeing the excitement of the world through their eyes.  Jenn loves nothing more than to sing, dance, and play!

     
photo Christine

Music has always been an important part of Christine's life. Christine grew up in Germany where she took classical guitar lessons as a child and was part of a choir. After high school, she moved to Texas where she earned a Bachelor's of Music degree in Music Therapy with a minor in guitar. She worked both as a developmental specialist for children 0-3 years old and as a music therapist for people with varying disabilities and ages in the White Mountains of Arizona. After she moved to Phoenix, her music therapy work focused on school aged children with disabilities. She also taught adaptive piano and guitar lessons.

Christine has a wonderful husband and is a mother to two sweet children who both have participated in the Music Together program.

After being a stay at home mom for five years, Christine is now excited to join the Music Together in Phoenix team to make music with the families of the community.

     
photo Kami

Kami started teaching Music Together for their in-school program three years ago. She grew up in a music-making family, and immediately fell in love with the Music Together's philosophy that all children are musical! She has a combined background in early childhood education and vocal performance. She has taught as a preschool teacher, preschool music specialist, and currently as a part-time elementary school music teacher. She also facilitates teacher trainings in schools to help teachers unlock the magic of music in the classroom. Together with her husband they own and run, Kerby Seminar Group. A company dedicated to empowering parents and educators with action plans to foster connection, joy, and thriving kids!

Kami is a mother of 3 awesome kids who often break out into spontaneous family dance parties and music-making.  She participated in Music Together as a parent with her youngest daughter and wishes she would have known about the program when her teenage boys were younger!  She is thrilled to share in the love of music-making with you!

     
photo Calli

Growing up in Chandler, Calli's childhood was full of music.  Her grandmother started sharing the joy of music with her a very young age! They played the piano together and sang all throughout her childhood. She became a member of Sweet Adeline's International, an Accapella Barbershop organization, and was given the opportunity to travel and perform professionally before heading off to college. Calli attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff with a Major in Music and a Minor Psychology. She was performing as a soloist at Black Barts Musical Revue when she found Music Together! 

Calli currently lives in Phoenix with her family and 3 dogs. She is pursuing a career in music therapy while helping out at her family business. In Music Together, Calli has found the precious gift of sharing the joy of music with her MT families. 

     
photo Ashlie

Ashlie is so excited to join the music together community!! She moved to Phoenix with her loving partner in 2017 from Brooklyn, New York to start a family. She has two amazing girls and is very enthusiastic to incorporate the Music Together curriculum into her family rhythm.

As a child, growing up in Florida, playing the piano, dancing and theater were integral parts to her development. She went on to college to get her BA in voice performance with a minor in German from Stetson University School of Music. Through her undergraduate program she studied and performed in Germany and in Italy. Following her studies abroad she worked on a masters in voice performance at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. In 2011, Ashlie moved to New York City where she combined her passion for environmental activism, theater, music and community by joining the Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir and acted as a diction coach and voice teacher to many of the singers as well as performed and traveled all over the country with them. She performed in a new opera called the Guided Imagery Opera, featuring sound healing techniques, gongs, drones, and monochords, and uniquely using the voice as a healing tool. She also received training in this technique of facilitation for group vocal healing. 

Ashlie has been working with children and families for over a decade. Whether as a nanny or music teacher she has always believed that everyone, kids and adults alike, have innate musical and artistic qualities that simply need nurturing support.

     
photo Amy - Office Manager

Amy is the patient and kind voice that helps families find the best class to visit, reminds enrolled families how to schedule their makeup classes, and listens intentively when there are concerns.  When she is not being super mommy to her daughter, she can be found at Disney Land, the happiest place on earth!  

     
  PART-TIME TEACHERS NEEDED:

Music Together in Phoenix is currently looking for energetic, enthusiastic teachers to join our team.  Music, movement, and/or early childhood background necessary.  Must attend 25 hours of Music Together teacher training and complete an internship.  Call Kathy @ 602-363-8202 for more information.