Our Teachers

All of our teachers are passionate about music and the development of children.  Each has completed Music Together®'s teacher training program and enjoys creating fun, informal, social settings that spur engagement and supports each child's musical development.  And, adults, if you're not careful you might just learn something, too.

photo Margit Griffith

Margit discovered Music Together as a parent in the Fall of 2001 when her son began attending as a baby, and continued with her daughter until 2009. She completed the teacher training for Music Together in spring 2006 and became a registered Music Together teacher for Music Together of Arlington.  She achieved Music Together's Teacher Certification Level I during training in 2011 - winning high praise from Music Together co-developer, Lili Levinowitz, for her style, presentation, professionalism and joie de vivre!

In 2010, Margit acquired and became the director of Mystic Valley Music Together - happily serving Medford (Malden), Billerica (Burlington) and Lincoln, MA.

Growing up, music was in important part of her family life.  She also had three years of piano, two years of violin and one year of mountain dulcimer lessons in addition to participating in elementary, middle, secondary, college and adult choral groups.  Since becoming a Music Together teacher, she has learned to play the guitar and is dabbling with the ukulele and banjammer (dulcimer/banjo hybrid).   Family music making is a priority in the Griffith home.

Margit holds a BS in Human Services and an M.Ed. in Middle School Education, both from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. 

     
photo Allison Fiske

Allie Fiske has been teaching Music Together in Medford for a combined 5 years. She was drawn to Music Together by the important foundation behind the program - that all children are musical and thrive when given opportunities to explore music in a creative, fun environment. She has a Masters in Community Arts from Lesley University and currently works in the Mayors Office in the City of Medford as the Business & Cultural Liasion. Now that she has a baby of her own, she's excited to apply what she's learned from being a new Mom to both her Babies and Mixed-aged classes.

     
photo Carolyn Schneyer
Carolyn's relationship with Music Together began in British Columbia when she enrolled with her young daughter in 2009. She completed her Music Together Teacher training in 2013 and became a much-beloved teacher in Vancouver, BC. But she missed "that dirty water" and, in 2015, was thrilled to bring her teaching skills home to Boston! Carolyn achieved Music Together's Teacher Certification Level I in April 2017. She relishes the opportunities Music Together has provided her to connect with her community and join families in fostering a love of music-making and rampant silliness.
 
Carolyn has been a singer all her life. Her experience ranges from the tight harmonies of the 6-member Boston a cappella vocal band (and haven for math nerds) Integration by Parts to the huge sounds of Vancouver's powerhouse City Soul Choir and Arlington's own Mystic Chorale, both of whom have featured her as a recurring soloist. In 2003 she was a founding board member of the Boston-area nonprofit Vocal Band-Aid, an annual a cappella benefit concert raising money for underfunded school music programs. Carolyn also has a wealth of musical theater experience. She spent four summers studying at Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in New York and worked as a music and theater instructor for elementary and middle school-aged children at Cranbrook Theater School summer program in Michigan. A native of Detroit, Carolyn has a special place in her heart for the Motown sound, but also loves jazz, soul, folk, and (yes, unabashedly) 80s pop.
     
photo Jen Ashe

Jennifer has experience making music with all ages, from babies to college students to adults. As a performing professional, she can bring out her Broadway belt voice or her operatic soprano, singing atonal music or Renaissance motets. She sang the role of Sarah Palin in the world premiere of the opera "Say It Ain't So Joe" by Curtis Hughes and recently put the whole show on a CD to be released in September. Previously on the faculty at College of the Holy Cross and Eastern Connecticut State University, she currently teaches voice lessons at Boston Latin High School and in her private voice studio. A dedicated runner, Jen has completed four marathons. After starting Music Together classes with her toddler daughter, she was inspired to complete the teacher training and begin teaching. When attending her own Music Together class as a student, Jen's daughter expresses her enthusiasm by sprinting laps around the classroom, so if you have an active child, nothing phases Jen. Jen plays ukulele, piano and flute.

Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, Hartt School of Music
Masters and Doctorate from New England Conservatory in Vocal Pedagogy and Voice Performance

"Mustering up “rock solid technique” and “the kind of vocal velvet you don’t often hear in contemporary music” (Boston Phoenix), soprano Jennifer Ashe (Brian/Susan, Giver of Light) has been praised for performances that are “pure bravura…riveting the audience with a radiant and opulent voice” (The Boston Globe). A strong advocate of new works, she frequently performs on series such as Harvard Group for New Music, New Music Brandeis, New Gallery Concert Series, the Fromm Festival at Harvard, is a senior member of the Callithumpian Consort, and the soprano for the Boston Microtonal Society’s chamber ensemble NotaRiotous. She also sings with Boston Baroque and the Handel & Haydn Society. Ashe holds a DMA in Vocal Performance and an MM in Vocal Pedagogy from New England Conservatory, and a BM from the Hartt School of Music. Formerly on the faculties of the College of the Holy Cross and Eastern Connecticut State University." 

 

     
photo Susan Davies

Susan Davies joined the Music Together community in spring 2015 and is always excited to bring her passion for early childhood music to Billerica. After graduating from Ithaca College with a BM in Vocal Performance, she moved to Vienna, Austria, where she studied voice and taught early childhood music at an English-speaking school. She currently works as the private voice instructor at the Watertown Children's Theatre, an early childhood music teacher at the North End Music and Performing Arts Center, and as Junior Choir Director at West Concord Union Church. She consistently works with musicians of all ages and ability levels in both private and group settings. She has strong classical, choral, and musical theater backgrounds and was a featured soloist this year with Westford Chorus.

When she's not teaching, Susan can be heard singing and further attempting to teach herself the guitar. She is thrilled to integrate the Music Together philosophy into the classroom and is looking forward to making music with you this year!

     
photo Rosa Elena Rivera

Rosa Elana is excited to be teaching Music Together and Canta y Baila Conmigos! Since her early childhood, Rosa Elena has loved to sing... along with her very musical family.
She studied music formally at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in the National School of Music, then came to New England in 2000 and graduated from New England Conservatory with a Masters in Vocal Performance as well as second Master in Vocal Pedagogy with a concentration in Music in Education. She also has Kodaly level II and Music Together training. Rosa Elena's ten years as a teacher in private settings and public schools has given her experience with different learning abilities and different group sizes. We are lucky to have her this spring!
Teaching music to young children is her passion and she loves to share her culture through music and song.

     
  Will and Carolyn

Will McMillan and Carolyn Schnyer will be working together to lead summer classes in Medford!

     
photo TBD

A wonderful Music Together teacher is on the way.  We'll keep you posted.