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All our teachers have successfully completed the intensive Music Together® Teaching Workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children, Princeton, New Jersey. We also have the university degrees for our second jobs as primary school teachers, special education experts, music therapists, occupational therapists, and health care professionals. On top of it all, some of us are mothers who bring a special awareness to the class. Yes, Music Together® is the best quality early childhood music program. Add our amazing teachers and you'll see why families love North Shore Music Together!
Jessica Zay - Teacher
Jessica first fell in love with the Music Together as a mom taking her own son weekly to classes. Becoming a Music Together teacher was a natural step for Jessica because she is passionate about children, music, and movement. Jessica was previously a substitute teacher in preschool and primary classes in Colorado. She also has a background in dance, theatre and performance. Along with teaching Music Together, Jessica teaches adult movement classes called Feldenkrais.
In her Music Together classes, Jessica encourages children (and adults) to sing, dance, and make music in a playful and creative ways. Families are welcomed with a warm smile, kind eyes, and of course... the Hello Song!
Amber Handley - Teacher (currently on leave )
Amber is delighted to be a part of the North Shore Music Together team.
Growing up, she accomplished her grade 10 in voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music and starred in many musicals at Kingston's Grand Theatre which lead her to pursue her bachelors of Musical Theatre Performance degree from Oakville Ontario's Sheridan College, but don't worry she'll try to keep her jazz hands to a minimum.
After graduating Amber was thrilled with the fortunate opportunity to travel the world as a lead vocalist on Holland America and Celebrity Cruise Lines. As a result Amber gets seasick every time she hears a Jimmy Buffet song.
Following cruise ship life, Amber completed the Community Choir Leadership Program from Victoria and laid roots on the self proclaimed "tree hugger" island of Gabriola. There she had a truly wonderful time teaching private voice lessons, starting a children's choir and also an adult choir called B Natural Singers. Currently Amber enjoys performing as a lead singer or background vocalist in rock and blues bands, in acoustic duos and solo gigs, with artists such as Canada's own David Gogo.
The Music Together curriculum and Amber's core music beliefs go hand in hand. She feels very grateful and enthusiastic for this opportunity to bring music into peoples lives.
Caroline - Past Director/ Teacher
Caroline is passionate about working with children and music. As a long-time Primary/ Kindergarten teacher, Caroline integrated music into every day learning with her students. Caroline's music, dance, and drama history includes performing on stage, leading camp songs, singing in choirs and ensembles, teaching aerobics and dancercize, teaching elementary school music classes, and writing/ directing children's musical theatre. Caroline brings her skills, enthusiasm, and energy to her Music Together® classes. Caroline strongly believes in creating a welcoming joyful environment where children (and parents) feel comfortable to let loose and boogie down with music and movement. Her smile and energy motivates children and adults in the room to join in and make music together! When Caroline isn't teaching, she is often singing and jamming with her four boys. Caroline is presently on health leave from teaching classes regularly.
Heather - Office Goddess
Heather did the Music Together Program with her children. She also used to teach classes. Now, Heather is the amazing glue that keeps it all going smoothly. Have a question or need advice about the music program? Want to change classes? Email Heather at email@example.com
Yes, she prefers email because then it is all documented. :)
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Sabrielle McCurdy-Foreman - Teacher
Sabrielle was born with the love of music, singing and dancing since before she could walk and talk. She is passionate about music and dance and brings her fun playful spirit into her classes. She sings professionally and is a musical theatre performer, producer and director. Through observing her mom Heidi's Music Together classes, she discovered how amazing this program is, and how fun it is to sing with families and their little ones, and decided to take the training herself. She is a graduate of the Musical Theatre program at Capilano University and and has a Certificate in Arts Administration. She is also Heidi’s daughter!
Alexina Davis - Teacher
Alexina is a Music Therapist. Along with her Bachelor of Music/ Music Therapy, she has diplomas in contemporary voice and composition. Alexina has been trained in voice, guitar, piano, and has now added ukulele and various percussion to her musical toolkit.
Alexina has experience working as an ABA therapist with young children and has completed music therapy practicums in geriatrics, children/adolescents with special needs and acute mental health and addictions.
Music has always played a major role in Alexina’s life, both as a hobby and as an emotional release. She began writing music in her teens and continues to use songwriting as a means of expressing herself and connecting with others. Music Together® is a natural fit for Alexina and she is keen to educate and make music with the families in the community.
Ramona Counihan - Teacher
Ramona grew up making music. In her childhood she learned to play the accordion and guitar, then moved on to singing in various choirs and bands. The piano is her newest passion along with singing in a local church choir. Originally from Germany, Ramona immersed herself into the traditional Irish music scene for a few years while living in Dublin before she moved to Vancouver in 2007, where she has been working as a registered nurse.
Ramona fell in love with the Music Together program while she attended classes with her daughter. Her younger son was rocking out to Music Together songs in utero, before he was even born! First hand witnessing the development of musical skills in her childrens’ lives in a fun and easy way makes her want to share her enthusiasm and knowledge with other families.
Sheryl Hung - Teacher
Sheryl is a musician, dancer, and educator who teaches early childhood music, harp, piano, music theory, and ballet to students of all ages. As a certified ECEA, Sheryl combines her love for music with her passion for early childhood education. She holds a B.Mus. degree in Harp Performance from UBC, certification in Orff Schulwerk Level I, and is also a registered teacher for RCM®, MYC®, P-CMGP ® and is the Centre Director of Music Together Little House in Richmond.
As a harpist, Sheryl has played with the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra and the West Coast Symphony Orchestra. Sheryl explores the deep connection between music and movement and complements her music-making with her work as an active dancer and ballet teacher. She is a graduate of the Goh Ballet Academy and a certified DANCEPL3Y instructor.
Jillian Greenshields - Teacher
We are excited to have Jillian join our team this spring! Jillian loves music and is a fantastic role model for living a musical life. She performs as a singer, and plays piano, guitar and ukulele. Jillian holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy and a Diploma of Music from Capilano University, majoring in Voice. As a Music Therapist specializing in Geriatric and Palliative Care, she loves engaging musically with people of all ages, and was drawn to Music Together's outstanding songs and curriculum. She loves working with young children and has been nurturing their healthy development for years in child care, play-based learning centres, and day camps. As well as being the Music Director of The Shore Church, she is an experienced music leader who loves leading others in song.
Heidi McCurdy - Center Director/ Teacher
Heidi is thrilled to be part of the fabulous NSMT team! She is a certified Expressive Arts Therapist. Heidi also performs professionally as a singer and songwriter and has toured Canada and Europe with various bands. Heidi loves to write songs, poems, stories and inspirational articles, a few of which have been published. She is currently working on her Master's in Arts Education Degree at SFU, and is delighted for opportunities to sub! Heidi has directed Music Together for years in the White Rock area at her company Harmony Expressive Arts. We are so fortunate to have Heidi join, lead, and share her musical wisdom, joy, and warmth with all of us. Families in the North Shore Music Together community will love her soulful voice, guitar, and how she motivates the room to sing and dance.