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 Selis

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 Sunday's 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.

Gila lives in North Dallas with her Husband Allen and red headed daughter, Ariella. Children and adults love her fun-loving, silly, South African style! Gila also teaches Zumba, Zumbini and does Musical Birthday Parties.

 

     
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. Lauri'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 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 of 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 Melissa Goldberg

Singing and music have always been a big part of Melissa's life. Growing up she was involved in choir, voice and music lessons, and theater. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught pre-k and kindergarten for 7 years, where her classroom was always filled with music and singing! Melissa came to Music Together when she brought her son to class. She loved seeing the way he came alive and enjoyed class. She is excited to be able to combine her love of children and music and begin teaching Music Together! Melissa sings and dances at her home in Richardson with her husband, Zach, and her children, Tyce and Tessa.

     
photo Summer Branum

     
photo Jenna Hadar

Growing up in Maryland music was a constant in her life, with voice, theater and piano lessons, and staging some “amazing” shows for her family in her living room, Jenna Hadar has over 30 years experience performing in vocal performance and Musical Theater on public stages as well. 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, both at The Art Centre Theatre in Plano. Jenna is a former Preschool teacher and was responsible for creating and writing the curriculum for “Reading, Music and Mitzvot”, 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. When she is not teaching, Jenna spends her time making music and being silly with her 8 year old son.

     
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 Kristen Ballard

Kristen started her musical journey as a child performer. She had the privilege to perform for many influential people including former President George Bush, former First Lady Barbara Bush, former President Bill Clinton, Nolan Ryan, and Whitney Houston. She has performed at places such as Carnegie Hall in New York and for the Teachers Education Association conferences.

Kristen graduated with a degree in accounting but has always put it aside to share the love of music. After teaching early childhood music for five years she was asked to teach private guitar lessons for a fellow teacher’s child. A seed was planted! She opened Music Shack Studio in Austin, Texas where she taught piano and guitar for six years. She went on to partner with Round Rock Drums where she coached and arranged music for performance based student bands. Kristen fell in love with the Music Together philosophy when her oldest child was a baby back in 2004. She took the Music Together workshop in 2008 to enhance her early childhood knowledge and to fulfil continuing education hours while she taught preschool in Austin.

She is a proud mother of three children and has enjoyed homeschooling for four years. Kristen moved from Austin to Dallas recently and is ready to share the love of music with the Music Together family.