Sabrielle McCurdy-Foreman - Teacher (on leave)
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!
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!
Alexina Davis - Teacher (on leave)
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.
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Jessica Zay - Teacher
Jessica first fell in love with the Music Together as a mom taking her own son weekly to classes. With her warm, friendly smile and playful silliness, she inspires children and grownups to jump in and have tons of fun singing and dancing in creative ways. 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 make music together in their own unique way. Families are welcomed with a warm smile, kind eyes, and of course... the Hello Song!
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Rachel Prior-Tsang - Teacher
We are delighted to have Rachel our team. A singer and songwriter, a rhythm guitarist, and mother of two Music Together graduates, Rachel Prior is passionate about sparking the joy of creativity and music in people of all ages. She enriches her songwriting, music facilitation and performances with a background in English Literature, Creative Writing, Theatre, and Sound Design, coaching students in voice and creative expression. During her English teaching career, Rachel ran the Creative Writing club at King George, coached Theatre students in voice at Gladstone, sponsored Guitar club at Magee, led songwriting workshops for K and gr. 2 classes at Nootka in 2016, and coached voice and music for Lord Byng’s 2017 production of Curtains. She has sung in choirs all her life, performing and soloing most recently with the Universal Gospel Choir and has 5 years experience dancing Cuban salsa in the round. Her singing, songwriting and performing has blossomed as co-founder of the band Likewise in 2013, recording an EP and writing and recording a debut album for release in 2018/2019 (stay tuned!). Rachel is delighted to be joining Heidi’s team at North Shore Music Together!
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Sheryl Hung - Teacher
Sheryl is a skilled multi-instrumentalist who is passionate about early childhood music! Her fun, playful style and amazing dance abilities make it easy and joyful for families to jump in. She is 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.
Adam Van Loo - Teacher
Adam is delighted to be on our team at North Shore Music Together. He is a talented multi-instrumentalist who has been playing music his entire life! He plays guitar and sings, and has won numerous awards for jazz clarinet. He enjoys performing and musical directing both jazz and musical theatre productions. He is currently working on a Music Therapy apprenticeship through Capilano University, working with seniors and youth. Adam's welcoming personality and joyful enthusiasm for music is contagious, and families have a great time singing and dancing together in his classes.
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.
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. 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.
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. :)