Meet Our Teachers

All of our teachers are passionate about music and the development of children. They create a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.

All Music Together® Teachers have...

* learned about the research-based Music Together curriculum design
* learned how to assess children's music development
* learned developmentally appropriate practice and music
* practiced using child-development observation tools during the demonstration class
* learned to design lesson plans that result in classes with artistic energy and flow
* learned more about parent education and the importance of involving adult primary caregivers

photo Jeanina Quezada, Center Director

Jeanina, center director of Foothills Music Together, has performed in Europe and the USA both as an accompanist and soloist. She has taught Music Together since 1997 and is an accredited Suzuki piano teacher. Jeanina did her undergraduate work at USC in piano accompanying. She enjoys working with children and has taught the Suzuki piano method since 1981 in Los Angeles and Milan, Italy.

     
photo Stephanie Monroe

Stephanie has been teaching Music Together since 2001. Following her undergraduate work at UCLA, it struck her that teaching Music Together was a great opportunity to serve her community. Her aim is to foster in other families the unique musical bond that she and her son enjoy. Stephanie is thrilled to be sharing her skills and experience; she particulary loves singing along with her classes to gentle lullabies strummed on her well-worn guitar.

     
photo Audrey LaVelle

Audrey discovered Music Together classes with her one-year-old daughter in 2002, having been attracted to the program because it reminded her of happy times singing in Camp Fire Girls. She earned a Masters of Fine Arts from the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago, and has more than two decades&S217; experience working as an actor, writer, director and coach in theatre, independent films, commercials, and voiceover. (photo by Rebecca Little)

     
photo Daniel Epstein

Daniel Epstein has enjoyed teaching Music Together in the Bay Area since 2008. Music has always played a vital role in his life; his earliest and fondest memories are of his mother coming to his pre-school to play guitar and lead songs. He has an MM in Opera/ Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has performed with various Opera and Theatre Companies around the Bay Area.

Daniel also holds a BA in music from Emory University. While at Emory, Daniel studied voice, sang in the Concert Choir, and was the musical director of an acapella R&B singing ensemble.

     
photo Sara Campbell

Sara Campbell Svastics sings with Los Angeles Opera, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church choir in Pacific Palisades and with her two children, Fiona and Lucas. She also teaches opera and composition to elementary children with Southland Opera. Originally getting a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Smith College and teaching bilingual elementary school, Sara finally figured out she wanted to sing (since that’s all she did anyway) and then got a 2nd Bachelor’s in Music from Cal State Long Beach. She discovered Music Together in 2011 with Fiona and loved the combination of great musicianship and fun the program offers.