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.
"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."
"It has been truly amazing to see N's love of music blossom, and we deeply appreciate your encouragement and enthusiasm."
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.
"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!
"She is very kind. Great energy. Very informative and makes everyone feel included.
“It's my favorite 45 minutes with my daughter all week.”
“His silly socks and shirts always make me smile ”
“He makes everyone feel welcome and knows just how to interact with kids of all ages.”
“He is so genuinely enthusiastic and silly and welcoming. I always look forward to attending his class as he is not only great with kids but also personable to us adults.”
“Thanks for being so patient, kind, and caring to all the little ones.”
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.
I like Miss Anna when she does sticks! We get to do music with all toys!
Gunnar - Age 3
I love Miss Anna's pretty voice! Great teacher! Kind and very patient!
Linda - Grammy
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!
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.