Our Teachers

We Love What We Do 

All of our teachers are passionate about music and the development of children and are trained to work with infants, toddlers and preschoolers.  We create a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development. We are all Registered Music Together® teachers, trained by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ. 

Teacher schedule is subject to change without prior notice.


photo Gila Rappaport

Gila Selis was born, raised and educated in South Africa. Gila has been involved with every aspect of musical theater, from performing to production to directing. She is well-known in the Dallas area for her superb direction of "Fiddler on the Roof," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" "Shushan Rock", "I Believe", "Alice in Wonderland" and "Annie".

Gila became a Registered Music Together Teacher shortly after 'feeling the magic' in her first class as a mom with her 9 month old daughter.  At first she just taught on Sundays but still couldn't get enough and quickly closed her import company and started teaching 6 days a week.  She loved the program so much, she bought the license in 2007.

Children and adults love her fun-loving, silly, South African style! Gila also teaches Zumba, Zumbini and does Musical Birthday Parties.


photo Yukiko Y Mullen

Yukiko instantly fell in love with Music Together at an international preschool in Tokyo.  Using her voice as an instrument to express herself, as well as being connected with children was what she was looking for.  She taught MT in the middle of Tokyo for more than 5 years & her classes had both Japanese and English speaking families.  MT is taught mainly in English, but Yukiko found a great joy in introducing simple Japanese words in songs as well as Japanese versions of some MT songs.

Yukiko graduated from New York University with a major in psychology and minor in music.  She sang in the NYU choir and took four years of private soprano singing lessons.  Yukiko volunteered by perform mini-recitals with other music students at hospitals and day care facilities for the elderly.

Yukiko is a mother to 2 daughters and 1 son and she recently moved to Dallas from Japan to marry a wonderful caring man, Steve!  Yukiko is excited to continue teaching Music Together and looking forward to singing, dancing, and having fun with her new MT families!

photo Laurie Willis

In addition to teaching Music Together, Laurie is also a professional belly dancer, mother of two, and a Sunday School teacher/co-program director.  Laurie's love of music and dance began in childhood, attending ballet classes and watching her mother perform in the Sweet Adelines, a women's barber shop chorus.

She took her first child, Verona, to Music Together classes years ago and fell in love with the program. As Verona grew, she proved over and over that Music Together really does lay the ground work for future musical accomplishments, easily developing her talents in Irish whistle, voice, and piano.  She now brings her second child to classes and is continually astonished at his musical development.

Laurie is very excited to sing and play Music Together with you and your family!

photo Summer Branum
Summer grew up surrounded by music from a great range of style and aptitude because her mother taught piano from their home every day.  She grew up practicing and performing both piano, vocal and trumpet, as well as theatre.  As an adult, she pursued her legal education while finding time to direct and perform music for amateur college theater and serve on a church praise and worship team, singing and playing keyboard.  After attending Music Together with her own baby for a couple of years and finding she looked forward to it at least as much as the baby, Summer decided to become a Music together Teacher and let the fun continue!  Summer loves singing and dancing at home and at work, which beats the day-to-day grind of the legal profession (contrary to how it’s all portrayed in “Chicago!”).  She loves meeting new Music Together families and watching children learn and grow musically!
photo Jenna Hadar

While growing up in Maryland, music was a constant in Jenna’s life.  Her early years were filled with voice, theater & piano lessons, (some unsuccessful dance lessons) and staging some “amazing” shows for her family in her living room.  In addition to living room performances, Jenna has over 30 years’ experience performing in vocal performances and theater on public stages.  She was a well-recognized actress for many years in the Baltimore theater community.  Favorite roles include Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz”, Minnie Fay in “Hello Dolly”, and Linda in “Blood Brothers”.  Ms. Hadar was last seen on the Dallas stage as Kate Monster in “Avenue Q” and musically directed “Grease” in the summer of 2015, in Plano.

Jenna is a true lover of all things “artsy”.  In college she enjoyed studying Art History, Music, and Architecture.  While Ms. Hadar holds a degree in Interior Design, she decided to close her Residential Design business in 2007 when her son was born.  Through singing with her son, she discovered her love of teaching children's music.  She attended music and story time classes with her son and knew that teaching an early love for music and books was her passion!  In 2010, Jenna began working at her son’s preschool as the school’s song leader and librarian.  She was responsible for creating and writing the curriculum for “Reading, Music and Mitzvot”, a music and story time for community families and a Daddy and Me music class called “Cookies and Milk” in Charlotte, North Carolina.  

Bringing the love of music to people’s lives is Jenna’s passion.  One day, on a whim, she decided to google “family music classes” and came across Music Together.  After researching the curriculum and philosophy she fell in LOVE with the program.  Upon completing her training is 2016, she jumped into teaching and has been looking forward to “work” each day since. 

When Jenna is not teaching Music Together, she is homeschooling her son Jacob, teaching second graders at Temple Emanu El’s YL+E, or involved in some theater project (either hers or Jacob’s).    

photo Jacob Hadar (Miss Jenna's son)

Jacob has been assisting his mother, Jenna, in Music Together since 2016. He is 10 years old and is currently homeschooled. He enjoys music, hanging with friends and taekwondo. He has been doing theatre since he was 4. He enjoys watching the babies and toddlers enjoy the music. When he grows up he wishes to become a rapper/singer.

photo Debora Tillman

Debora Tillman was born and raised in Brazil.  She grew up in a musical home and even released a Christian children’s album at the age of five.  In 2003, Debora and her family came to the U.S. as missionaries and musicians at a Brazilian church in Carrollton.  She graduated in 2006 from Christ for the Nations Institute with an Associate’s degree in Biblical Studies and Worship Arts.

After getting married in 2011, Debora decided to go back to school to pursue her passion for music.  She attended Collin College in Plano where she took general music courses, studied voice and sang with the Chamber Choir and Expressions Jazz Ensemble.  From 2012 to 2016, Debora was privileged to be part of “The New Collection,” a professional jazz ensemble which was led by Paris Rutherford who founded the UNT Vocal Jazz Program.

Debora is now completing a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Therapy at Southern Methodist University and continues to work on her craft as a singer and musician in order to impact people’s lives through the power of music.  She’s been a part of the SMU female ensemble Diva Dolce and has worked with children with developmental needs and older adults with dementia as part of her clinical training as a music therapy student.  She also teaches music classes for babies and toddlers in a preschool and is passionate about working with little ones.

Debora lives in Dallas with her husband and their son, Miles.  She heard about Music Together through a friend and fell in love with the program after enrolling Miles in one of the classes in the fall of 2016.  Initially, Debora wanted to take the Music Together teacher training to gain more knowledge about the program’s curriculum.  However, after completing the training, Debora was convinced that she needed to jump in and teach for Music Together.  She is excited about the opportunity of meeting and making music with families!



photo Allison Lowe

Allison Lowe is a trained Music Together Teacher and an Accredited Music Therapist (MTA) from Nova Scotia, Canada. She comes to us from British Columbia where she worked with seniors with dementia and children with developmental disabilities through her music therapy private practice. She also works as a piano, flute and guitar teacher, sharing and spreading her love of music!

She received her Bachelor of Music Degree with a focus in Flute Performance from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick and then went on to receive a Certificate in Music Therapy from Acadia University, in Nova Scotia, where she was the recipient of the Weston Music Therapy Award for excellence, achievement and commitment in her music therapy studies.

As a therapist and a Music Together teacher, Allison’s goals are to encourage growth, creativity, confidence, and individuality through music. Regardless of learning style, pace and ability, she strives to create a successful and positive learning experience for all!

Allison’s personal approach to teaching and therapy involves honesty, respect, and being open-minded and accepting of every individual. She strives to create a safe space where individuals can feel free and safe to be creative, to express themselves, and to explore their own capabilities.

She continues to be inspired by the power of music and its ability to facilitate, teach and heal.

photo Laura Bray

Laura Warriner Bray, mezzo soprano, is the head of vocal studies at Collin College, serving primarily the Spring Creek Campus in Plano. She is also the founder, conductor, and director of the Collin College Opera Theatre program. In her spare time, Mrs. Bray is an active coach and collaborative pianist in the DFW area.  Laura lives with her husband, Clinton Bray, an accomplished conductor, composer, and organist, and their daughter Jennings Catherine, who they welcomed in September of 2015. 


Laura has always enjoyed her work with children's choirs, as she is the former director of children's music ministries at University Park United Methodist Church, Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church of Oxford, and Madison United Methodist Church. This Winter, she is starting her teaching of the internationally renowned "Music Together" curriculum, where she will work with children ages 0-4 and their families to create musically nurturing households like the one she was so lucky to have as a child. Laura's greatest joy and mission in life is to create awareness of the health and happiness music can bring to people of any age at any stage in their lives.