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.
Amber Handley - Teacher
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.
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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 feel in love with the Music Together program as while she attended classes with her daughter. First hand witnessing the nurturing and development of musical skills in her daughters’ live in a fun and easy way makes her want to share her enthusiasm and knowledge with other families.
Melody Owen - Teacher
Melody is a music therapist. Melody graduated with a Bachelors of Music Therapy from Capilano University. Because she is passionate about working with children, Melody was attracted to the Music Together® philosophy of offering music experiences for every child in an informal setting where everyone is a music maker. Melody is excited to teach at North Shore Music Together where she can teach families how to be music makers.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, she prefers email because then it is all documented. :)
Heidi McCurdy - Center Director/ Teacher
Heidi is simply amazing. 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. 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 her Music Together® classes will love her soulful voice, guitar, and how she motivates the room to sing and dance.
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!