Our Teachers

Our teachers at Music Together with Sarah are passionate about music - and, more importantly, about supporting your child's musical journey. During their classes, they create a fun, informal, musically rich social setting that supports the varied learning styles of both children and adults. All of our teachers have successfully completed the three-day Music Together® Teacher Training developed by the Centre for Music and Young Children in Princeton, New Jersey. Music Together teachers are specially trained in creating a relaxed, playful, non-performance-orientated setting, which facilitates both the children's learning and their adults' participation.

 

photo Sarah Walker

Music Together Certification Level 1

Sarah grew up in a family where music was always playing. Her father was a primary school teacher and believed strongly in the importance of music. She has many happy memories of her dad on guitar and the rest of the family singing along - albeit out of tune at times but having fun!

Sarah spent much of her youth singing in school and community choirs and playing the trumpet in concert bands, small ensembles and solo work. She continued her love of music by playing with the Perth Concert Band from 1989 to 2000 at which point she discovered swing dancing and traded in her trumpet for dancing shoes!

Sarah has Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She spent the first part of her working life in brain injury rehabilitation and when she finally discovered Music Together she was struck with how complementary the principles of the Music Together program was to the core values of occupational therapy.

Sarah's first contact with Music Together was in 2009 when she took her 9 month old son, Finn, along to a class. She was impressed with the quality and variety of the music it provided - they were songs that she didn't mind listening to over and over and over again! Sarah had so much fun and felt so energized by the weekly experience that she decided to follow her instincts and pursue this new career path.

Sarah then completed the Music Together teacher training in the summer of that year and then interned and taught for East Bay Music Together (in San Francisco), one of the largest Music Together schools worldwide.

Following her family's return back to Perth in November 2010 and the subsequent birth of her second child Audrey, she began to miss both teaching classes and also being a participant in the program with her own children. There was only one other school teaching the Music Together curriculum in Australia at the time, so Sarah decided to take the leap of faith and apply for a director's license to start up her own school - Music Together with Sarah.

Sarah is passionate about the philosophy, the music and the research based program that Music Together offers. She loves how creating music never fails to lift her spirits and especially loves the community group experience that Music Together facilitates.

Sarah looks forward to meeting you and your children and sharing many music making moments together. 

 

     
photo Rashitha Keenan

Music Together Certification Level 1

Rashitha loves working with children and has 15 years experience teaching all ages from 4 - 11 years old, in Perth, Auckland and London. She holds a BA in Primary Education with a major in Music.

Rashitha has, at various times in her life, learned to play the piano and guitar and taught recorder lessons.

She is the mother of two gorgeous boys and enjoys participating in Music Together classes with her younger son.

Rashitha strongly believes that music is a vital part of a child's development. She is thrilled with the philosophy and quality of Music Together and is excited to be part of the team.  

 

 

 

     
photo Chani Hood

Chani has grown up being surrounded by music lovers, coming from a family of musicians, dancers and performing artists. She has a BA in Performance and Cultural Studies and has spent many years leading drama and personal development workshops with children and teens. She has travelled extensively, released her own music EP and album, and is the mother of two gorgeous munchkins. Chani and her family fell instantly in love with the Music Together program and it is now a huge part of their everyday life.