Our Teachers

All of our teachers are passionate about music 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 from the national program. 

photo Megan Strange

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 began playing the guitar a few years later, and will soon take up the ukulele as well.

Megan first experienced Music Together by 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. She is very excited to share the joy of music making with other families!

photo Laurie Pfeiffer

Laurie comes to us from the state of Pennsylvania where she worked as a music therapist. She started her musical journey by singing with her family, often at nursing homes. She took piano lessons and then violin lessons through college. Along the way, she has also played oboe, tenor saxophone, alto clarinet and guitar. She is excited to learn to play the uke. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed music making with friends, orchestras (Maryland Symphony), church bands, choirs, and drum circles. She has incorporated inter-generational programs using Music Together and seniors for many years.

Laurie discovered Music Together back in 1997 and trained with the founders in Princeton, New Jersey. She loves the approach and philosophy of modeling the love of music, the infectious quality of silliness, and the lifelong joy of making music together. She is thrilled to engage with children and families in the wide-eyed exploration of rhythm, movement, and melodies.

photo Debra Podjed

When Debra was 8 years old, the high-school band demonstrated their instruments in her school. She ran home waving a paper to select an instrument for study in the school music program. Debra picked the drum! However, her parents did not – they gave her a clarinet and a piano. It wasn’t until after completing a BA in Music Theory and Composition from San Francisco State University that she studied drums from around the world. She went on to write, record, and perform world music. Debra also developed and taught K - 6 rhythm workshops in the San Francisco schools.  

The joy of teaching rhythm and music to children brought Debra to Music Together.  She says her job is to "hop like a frog and sing"!  She is also an amazing artist and avid veggie gardener.

"My kids love this class and Debra makes every child feel comfortable and helps engage them! My son is usually shy but enjoys participating in music."

photo Stephanie Geare

Beginning at a young age, Stephanie started with violin and has continued to lay the groundwork for a musical career. She completed her BM degree in Music Therapy from Arizona State University in 2011. As a board-certified music therapist, she has proficiency in violin, harp, guitar, ukulele, and piano, and has been involved in orchestras and small ensembles throughout her schooling and beyond. She continues to hone her talents at home with private lessons, and works part time with a wide range of developmentally-delayed clients on improving fine motor, gross motor, cognitive, social, and emotional skills.

Stephanie discovered Music Together through her clients and was amazed at the results of the program and its message. She felt compelled to take her journey toward the path of Music Together and share in the powerful connection of music-making with families.  In her spare time, Stephanie loves to do hot yoga and is learning to play fiddle in a local Bluegrass group.

photo Amber Hale

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.

Amber discovered Music Together following her move to Phoenix from west Texas. She loves watching her son and 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 Sarah Miller

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 Kathy Rowe

With a MA in music education, Kathy plays flute and has 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 teaching and small children.  She began Music Together in Phoenix in the the fall of 1999 and as the center director, she is excited to see Music Together touching so many families' lives.  

Currently Kathy has developed Drum Sing Dance, an Orff-Kodaly program for 7 to 11 yr olds. She has completed both the Level I and the Level II Certification from Music Together LLC, studied classical guitar under Gabriel Cornella and really loves to tend her small flock of chickens, dig in her garden, and ZUMBA on the weekends!


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

photo Laila Hirtz

Laila has been singing and making music her entire life. Her family says she sang before she could even speak. Laila's love of music lead her to years of private voice study, choral experiences in both high school and college, as well as deep involvement in community children's theater. Currently, Laila enjoys singing with family and friends, playing gigs with her boyfriend, and has recently learned to play ukulele!

Summer 2014 was teacher Laila's last semester with us, as her family has moved out of state.  It has been so great to have Laila on our team; she added warmth, authenticity and FUN energy to all her classes.  Best wishes in California, Laila!!


"We really enjoyed our class with Laila!  She has fun energy, a delightful voice, and makes everyone feel comfortable in class."

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.