Our Staff

photo Elina Coulter

Elina has been a registered Music Together® teacher since 2010, and completed her Certification I in 2013. Elina studied classical violin, but found her real love of music in making it with others. In studying Cajun and Irish fiddle, she grew a passion for inclusion, improvisation and imperfection, a passion which she shares in her Music Together classes. In class, Elina plays guitar, baritone and soprano ukulele, and occasionally fiddle. Elina has a teaching credential and many years of experience working with young children. Elina has also been trained in Orff Schulwerk music applications for young children, music theory and child development.
Families reflect on Elina's teaching:

"Thank you for leading such a fun and fabulous class! The class is a great stress reliever and opportunity to be 'in the moment' with our daughter."
"We see on a daily basis how much this class means to Z and L and how much they get out of it. They sing along to all the songs and they ask when they're going to music class to see Elina. Elina delivers such an enjoyable experience, not just for the children, but for the parents as well. Thank you for such an engaging, entertaining and informative class."

"It has been truly amazing to see N's love of music blossom, and we deeply appreciate your encouragement and enthusiasm."
"Elina is a fantastic teacher, who definitely had an impact on our kids and their enjoyment of music."

     
photo Beth Seto

Teacher Beth discovered her love of music at an early age, singing and performing with her family, at church and in school. Trained on piano and flute in her younger years, Beth still loves to fiddle with any instrument she picks up, and plays guitar in class to enrich the music experience for her families. After joining a music class with her special needs daughter, Beth learned first-hand how powerful music is for children, just for the joy of music itself, and also as an aid in cognitive, motor and speech development. She's pretty sure that teaching music to families is the best job in the world.
Families talk about Teacher Beth: 

"Can't say enough great things about our teacher Beth and the class as a whole. My daughter started out a little shy at first and I've seen her grown so much since we started. She is still in her own world a bit (she loves the big mirror) but I see her participating more and more now! Thanks for an amazing time each week!
"Beth is great with the kids, our daughter LOVES her - SDP is the highlight of her week

"She is very kind. Great energy. Very informative and makes everyone feel included.
"Excellent planning, energy, enthusiasm, and explanation for why things are structured to enhance child development.

     
photo Adam Flowers

We are thrilled to welcome Adam as a new teacher in winter 2017. His warmth and easy rapport with children and adults alike, as well as his passion for teaching, make him a perfect fit for Music Together. Adam has performed principal tenor roles in opera houses throughout North America, Hawaii and Japan. In July 2006 he completed a five year Artist-In- Residency for Opera San Jose, performing over 32 roles. He is currently a member of the San Francisco Opera Chorus. Adam is also a teaching artist for the San Francisco Opera Guild’s Opera A La Carte and Book To Bravo educational programs with students in the 5 th -12 th grades. He is a voice student of Deborah Benedict, Dewey Camp, and Joseph Frank.

     
photo Allison Bennett

We are so glad Allison came to us with wonderful qualifications and a daughter in Music Together. She gets to experience the class from both a parent and teacher perspective, and also teaches Music Together in the east bay. 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 2002, and completed her Music Together Teacher Training in 2016.

 

Allison graduated from Sonoma State University with a BA in music, emphasis in jazz studies. She teaches private lessons, summer workshops, and performs in local bands.

     
photo Anna Smith

Anna began her Music Together journey with her daughter, Ayla, beginning when Ayla was 6 months old.  As her daughter has blossomed musically, Anna witnessed the value of early music education first hand, and being a parent in class enabled her to notice, and appropriately nurture and support her daughter's music behaviors.  When a training became available, she jumped at the opportunity to learn more!  Anna comes to us with extensive teaching experience, with both children and adults. She taught in California public schools for 15 years, working with children from Kindergarten to sixth grade, and now as a mentor in California's beginning teacher training program.  She has her BA in Language Studies and her MS in Education. Anna is a natural leader, a keen observer and skilled communicator, and we are delighted to have her as part of our teaching staff. Anna sings, plays the flute and is learning guitar.  Welcome Anna!

     
photo Morgan Cochneuer

Morgan Cochneuer is a music teacher and multi-instrumentalist who lives in Petaluma. He specializes in old time, bluegrass and jug band instruments and teaches a wide array of international string band styles. Morgan has 20 years of experience teaching music lessons, with students starting as young as four years old.  He loves to help students learn the fundamentals of musicianship in a way that is playful and fun, while engaging their focus on their chosen instrument.  He regularly teaches fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, piano, drums, bass, and vocals...and he is always willing to help a student "figure out" an instrument they are curious about. Morgan also teaches a kids' music program twice a year at the Walker Creek Music Camp.  He also enjoys dance and movement such as Zumba, and is very excited to be spreading the joy of music and movement as a Music Together teacher.

Past and current projects include playing alongside Kenny Hall, Dan Hicks, Maria Muldaur, and Jim Kweskin, and in many bands such as Devine's Jug Band, The Pine Needles,The Rusty String Express. Skiffle Symphony, Brooke and the Caterpillar, Mr. Caterpillar's Bug Jug Band, Los Califas, Spare Parts, Celtifornia, Mystery Pacific and the Beguilers. 
 
     
photo Brenda Tapia

Brenda is our sorceress and superhero of all things administrative. Her family has been part of Music Together for over ten years, and she has attended our national director's conference. Her knowledge of our program is broad and deep. She also knows all the nuts and bolts of the administrative side of Sing Dance Play.