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 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).