Our Teachers

All of the teachers at East Bay Music Together are passionate about music - and more importantly about supporting your child's musical journey. During their classes, they create a fun, informal, musically rich social setting that supports the varied learning styles of both children and adults. All of our teachers have successfully completed the three-day Music Together teacher training workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children , Princeton, New Jersery, and many have participated in Music Together's Advanced Certification Program from Princeton's Music Together Center For Music and Young Children for outstanding achievement in teaching and articulating the program. Teachers receive ongoing support and development through songs workshops, skills workshops, certification training, teachers' newsletters, and an international exchange of ideas through the Music Together 'Teachers' Mail' Forum.

Julie

Center Director Julie Tanenbaum is a registered and certified Music Together® teacher who has been teaching piano in the Bay Area for more than 20 years. She grew up performing in the Bread and Pup...

Stefanie Baldwin

Stefanie earned her Master’s degree in education and early childhood development in Berlin, Germany. She loves engaging children through music and movement and found a calling when she “discovered...

Renee Benmeleh

Comments from families to Renee and Renee's bio: "Thank you so much for providing my kids and I a guaranteed great time each week learning more about music and even dance. It has been a delig...

Lisa Bush Finn

Here are some family comments about Lisa, along with her bio: "We have attended Lisa's class in Alameda for more than 6 sessions since my daughter was 14 months old. We keep taking Lisa's cla...

Ryk Groetchen

Messages to Ryk from families, and Ryk's bio: "What a fabulous teacher you have been! Because of your fun and thoughtful style, great musical abilities, and creative teaching, C__ has really ...

Riki Juster

"  I was curious to see how my 2 year old son would respond to Music Together, which is the first structured activity he's been involved in. After the first class I wasn't sure of he lik...

Sharalyn Lawrence

Sharalyn Lawrence grew up in Portland, Oregon where she began her music career in a basement punk rock band. Sharalyn has been the lead singer of an all-girl Rockabilly Band and spent years singin...

Eowyn Mader

From our families to Eowyn, and Eowyn's bio: "N__ and I always enjoy your music class and we love your energy, enthusiasm and your beautiful voice." E.S. "Eowyn – you are a FANTASTI...

Julia Mcleod

To Julia from our families, and Julia's bio: ""I want to thank you for the fun we had in class on Wednesday. My daughter asked me today if we were going to class after school, and was up...

Allegra Yellin

What our families have to say about Allegra, and Allegra's bio: "We love Allegra's joyous energy, how she connects with the children and her immense creativity. Our daughter is always excited...

Claire Gendler

Claire LOVES kids!  She has been a Music Together teacher since 2009 and has been working with children for over 17 years.  Claire graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz...

Megan Dey-Toth

Megan loves teaching Music Together.  After being a professional opera singer for 13 years, she was so happy to make music again in an informal, fun way.  She also considers it a great p...

Alice Lancefield

Alice Lancefield became interested in teaching Music Together when she began taking classes with her then 11 month old, now 2 year old daughter. Alice comes from a musical family, singing with her...

Anna-Maria Viollich-Olivier

Anna-Maria loves music and sharing in with others. She began singing at an early age in Venezuela where she grew up.  Anna-Maria graduated from UCLA with a degree in Ethnomusicology.  In...

Kiki Lipsett

Kiki's love of music began when she was a toddler and her mother would play guitar for her each night and sing her to sleep. At the age of 4, Kiki began studying piano and studied it formally for ...

Jade Jossen

Bio and Parent Comments: Jade Jossen has been a Music Together director and teacher in Bologna Italy since 2003. She studied piano, music harmony and theory at the Conservatory of Bologn...

Natalia Bernal

Natalia Bernal is a native bilingual and was a Spanish Immersion TK and Kindergarten teacher in Berkeley for 9 years. She sang and played percussion in the La Peña Community Chorus for 5 years. Na...

Beth Crespan

Beth Crespan served as the Director of Music Together of Marin for almost 20 years. She is a certified Music Together ®   teacher and professional early childhood music specialist. Beth loves...

Allison Bennett

Allison discovered Music Together as a first-time mom, and quickly realized that she wanted to get more involved in the program. She has been teaching music lessons to children and adults since 20...

Mariela Herrera

Mariela Herrera was born in Santiago, Chile, and has been motivated to sing and dance since her childhood. She was part of a children’s folk group called Los Maipucitos for more than eight years w...

Alfredo Aguayo

B orn and raised inSan Diego, CA, was surrounded by a music driven and dancing family and community. He learned  traditional rhythms carried over by his family at a young age. Having a founded...

Diana Suarez Vargas

Diana Suarez Vargas is a multidisciplinary artist and educator. She has a Bachelor of arts with emphasis in Dance and Interactive Media and Music minor from Mills College. She has dedicated hersel...