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 Rappaport 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 Jennie Strahan

Jennie comes from a long line of professional musicians which started her vast love of music. She began piano lessons at age 4 and then taught piano all through high school. During that period, she was also actively involved with singing, directing, and accompanying the high school choirs. In addition, Jennie enjoyed vocal performance and competed at the local, regional and state level.

After being offered a vocal performance scholarship from Kansas State University, Jennie had the opportunity to sing with the KSU Concert Choir on two international tours, performing in such places as Germany and Australia. After completing her Bachelor of Science in Education with minors in both Music and Special Education from KSU, Jennie moved to Dallas to begin her career as a Wellness Educator. Soon after, she was introduced to Music Together by a friend who just knew she would fall in love with the program and would want to teach and boy was she right!

Jennie began teaching Music Together classes in 2006 and it brought her great joy, especially since she was able to enjoy the opportunity of having her young son, Jake, in her classes! Now, after taking six years off from teaching, Jennie is thrilled to be teaching Music Together once again!  Jennie believes Music Together fosters a connection and development of musical intuition. 

     
photo Lorelie Willis

Lorelie Willis began ballet lessons at 6 and loved performing in front of the company's large crowds. As an adult, she began belly dance lessons for fun and found a new passion for this dance. She performed professionally and taught the dance to both adults and children. At the same time, she taught children's gymnastics and basic dance classes.

As a new mom, she brought her daughter to Music Together classes and was thrilled with the program. As her daughter grew up, she proved over and over that Music Together really does lay the ground work for both musical and academic success, developing skills in Irish Whistle, voice, and piano and graduating high school with a 4.0.

Ms. Lorelie's true passion is working with children. She loves sharing the Music Together curriculum with families and watching the babies' and childrens' faces come alive with joy as they play with the music. She has found in Music Together something that she believes greatly improves the quality of life of those children in the program and the people that they meet throughout their lives. With music and community, she believes that we can make a better tomorrow.

 

     
photo Alice McIlrath

Alice McIlrath was born and raised in American Fork, Utah.  She began singing in a children’s choir at the age of 8, studying piano at the age of 9, and the violin at the age of 11.  Music soon took over her life (in a good way) and she knew that was what she wanted to study in college and do for a living.  Alice holds a Bachelor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance from Brigham Young University - Idaho.  

Alice was introduced to Music Together and received her teaching certificate while teaching private violin lessons at a Music Together studio in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2008.  She didn’t actually start teaching Music Together classes until 2014 when the opportunity presented itself after moving to Laramie, Wyoming.  After 3 years of teaching just about everyone there (in such a sparsely populated state) she had to move to a bigger city! ;-0

She now lives in Richardson with her three young children and is more excited than ever to introduce the joys of music to as many children and families as possible.  She loves watching her own kids’ musical growth and sees daily the impact Music Together has made on her own family.  She has found such a joy in helping young families bring music alive with their children in music class and at home.

     
photo Jenna Leonard

Jenna Leonard is excited to be joining the Music Together Dallas family! Jenna and her daughter, Madison, have been attending MTD classes since Winter 2018. After watching Madison’s personal developments and seeing the benefits of early exposure to music education, Jenna fell in love with the Music Together curriculum and program!  She is thrilled to have the opportunity to share music with other families!

Jenna grew up in Dallas in a very musical family. Both of her parents served in church music and have backgrounds in music education. Jenna attended many choir rehearsals growing up! Jenna chose to carry on the torch and attended Oklahoma Baptist University, where she obtained her degree in music education with a vocal emphasis. During her time at OBU, she was actively involved in the choral and preparatory departments (working with babies through college aged musicians). After graduation, Jenna returned to DFW and spent 8 years teaching secondary choral music in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw and Denton Independent School Districts.

Outside of Music Together, Jenna and Madison can be found participating in events with the Carrollton Early Childhood PTA, attending story time and reading any chance they get, or at home playing games and doing puzzles with Daddy (Matt) and their sweet pup (Cash).