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 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 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 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 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 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 Laura Bray

Laura Bray is overjoyed to be on the Music Together Dallas team after 10 years of teaching music at the collegiate level. Seeing the positive results first-hand of Music Together in her own daughter, she trained and started teaching after their first semester of class. Laura’s most recent position was Head of the Department of Vocal Studies at Collin College. There, she directed and conducted opera theatre, taught private voice lessons, language diction, class voice, music theory and literature, and performed often in collaboration with her amazing colleagues, both on and off campus. A true “sponge”, Ms. Bray also enjoys writing, researching, and giving lectures and seminars. She is especially interested in the positive effects of music on our mental and physical health, musical neurodidactics (brain malleability from birth to old age), and tackling performance anxiety. Her firm belief that anyone, regardless of background, economic, or social status has the right to the enormous benefits of high-quality music education and exposure has led her to donating thousands of hours of free lessons, classes, and performances throughout her career.

Laura grew up surrounded by classical music, and she started playing melodies by ear at the piano at age 4, began formal piano training soon after, started cello at the age of 7, and voice lessons at 15. Since then, she has never turned back! Her professional singing career has taken her to almost every state in the US, Canada, Mexico, South America, England, Sweden, Austria, and Germany. As a mezzo soprano specializing in Baroque opera and chamber music, Laura currently sings with Orpheus Chamber Singers, the American Baroque Opera Company, Ars Lyrica of Houston, and still appears as a guest artist with many other opera companies and professional ensembles. In addition to her singing, Ms. Bray also conducts choirs, orchestras, and operas, and is an active collaborative pianist and vocal coach.

Laura lives in a musical wonderland with her husband, Clinton, who is the full time Associate Director of Music and organist at University Park United Methodist Church, as well as an active composer and pianist, and their amazing red-headed firecracker that Ms. Gila refers to as “the boss”, JenniCate, who will turn 3 in September 2018.

 

 
     
photo Danielle Angeloni

Danielle has been singing before she could talk and dancing before she could walk! Growing up in an extremely musical family, Danielle learned to sing, dance, and play piano at a young age. In her teens she started writing original songs, studied classical voice, and received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. During her time at Berklee, Danielle focused on Vocal Performance, Songwriting, and Music Therapy. She also studied abroad at Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain where she improved her Spanish speaking, and practiced Mediterranean music styles and Jazz improvisation. Danielle currently has her Bachelors of Music in Professional Music and Music Therapy.

Danielle was introduced to Music Together while nannying part-time and taking the child to Music Together classes. A few months after being introduced, Danielle jumped at the chance to earn her teaching certification at The Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ. She has enjoyed connecting with children and their families through music ever since!

Danielle moved to Dallas from Boston where she worked as a professional musician, performing jazz/pop and teaching music. In addition to teaching Music Together, Danielle also teaches private voice, guitar, ukulele, and piano lessons. Danielle’s goal is to encourage creativity, freedom of expression, and healing through music.

Danielle is in the process of getting certified as a Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC). Danielle’s Music Together classes draw from her Music Therapy practicum experience working with the special education, older adult, psychiatric, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) populations.  Danielle often uses her songwriting skills to engage her students as well.  When Danielle isn’t teaching music, you can catch her performing at your local music venue, practicing yoga, writing a song or reading about how music affects the brain!

     
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!