Our Teachers

All of our teachers 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 workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children® , Princeton, New Jersey and every semester they update their skills in workshops covering not only musical elements but also childhood development, different learning styles, and classroom management.

photo It's Groovy, Baby! Birthday Parties

Musical Birthday Parties are so much fun for both children and adults. The session lasts about 45 minutes. First we sing hello to all the children by name. Next we go through a set of songs, some familiar, some new, some requests, but all simple and easy to follow along with. Some songs will have movements that go with them; other songs will be sung while playing egg shakers or sticks. We will dance with ribbons to fun, upbeat songs. The highlight is the jam session toward the end of the program where everyone at the party finds an instrument to play from the assortment and we all jam together. We finish with the goodbye song and a grand finale of "Happy Birthday" to the birthday child. Our music specialist brings all the instruments, props and music. All you need to provide is a space for the party. $200 (birthday child will receive a $25 It's Groovy Baby class gift certificate and each child attending will receive a $10 gift certificate for a future It's Groovy Baby class (for Pikesville, Towson, Owings Mills, Mt. Washington and Westminster locations only). It's a blast for everyone at the party.

     
photo Bettina Leu, Center Director and Teacher

Bettina started teaching Music Together while living in San Francisco. Amazed by the development and awareness brought about by the program she decided to become a Music Together® teacher and has been in the classroom for the last sixteen musical years and loving it! Music has always been an important part of Bettina's life. As a young child she wrote silly songs so her puppets could sing and dance for shows. She played her violin in the Los Angeles Jr. Philharmonic Symphony of Southern California and attended the Los Angeles Conservatory for the Gifted & Talented. Bettina graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Southern California. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and studied music under Paul Salamonovich, known as one of America's most inspiring choral conductors. Bettina has sung in professional and college choirs. She has studied many types of dance: jazz, modern, Hawaiian, and belly dance.

Bettina has worked in special education and early childhood education. On the weekends she can be found on stage in a local musical production or sharing her love for children and music by performing at a child's birthday party.

     
photo Megan Dimmock

Megan is a lyric soprano who has sung throughout the country in musical theatre, opera, solo recitals and many private engagements. She received her B.M. from the University of Maryland and her M.M. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, both in vocal performance. Presently Megan teaches early childhood music classes, is the performing arts coordinator for the Community Colleges of Baltimore County Continuing Education program, and is completing her Culinary Arts Degree. Recently, Megan was the soprano soloist in Mozart's Requiem with the Harford Choral Society and is a regularly soloist with the Bach Cantata Series in Baltimore City.

     
photo JoAnna

JoAnna is joining It’s Groovy Baby after years of attending class with her own two children. She and her children began attending Music Together class in 2014 when her oldest child was 3 months old. The classes reignited a passion for music and community, something she hadn’t experienced since performing as a child and young adult. She was so amazed at the development and joy she was seeing in her own children during class that she could not resist completing the Music Together Training in 2016 so that she could assist in bringing the amazing curriculum to more families. JoAnna has a background in Musical Theatre and Classical Voice and studied Secondary Education at The University of Maryland College Park. Her most memorable venues to perform at have been The Kennedy Center, Adventure Theatre Glen Echo Park, and The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. When she’s not teaching you can find JoAnna singing and dancing at home with her family or binging on Netflix after a (hopefully) early bedtime for her babies. She can’t wait to make Music Together with you!

     
photo Elisabeth Ebert

Elisabeth likes to begin teaching music by reminding everyone that our first instruments are our hearts, making beautiful rhythm our whole lives. We are born to make and to love music! Elisabeth grew up marinating in music - her mother was an opera singer, her father a pianist, her brother played clarinet. She loved music but thought she 'didn't have talent'. She sang quietly to herself and pursued other passions – theatre and dance – but discovered, when she left dancing professionally, that it was the music she missed most. So she joined a women’s chorus and together they performed and recorded, with a focus on sharing music to support community. She's been singing ever since, with groups in Maine and in Boston, and also studies guitar and piano. She has shared her passion for music working with differently abled children in schools and group homes, as a preschool and kindergarten teacher, and as a mother to two wonderful, magical children. It was as a mama that she discovered music together, and its powerful message of music, together, for everyone!! She's committed with her whole heart to the message that we are all born capable of finding beautiful expression through music and that it is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves, our children, and the world. She’s currently studying a Waldorf music course – Finding Your Inner Voice, and next will be doing kids' and prenatal yoga teacher trainings.

     
photo Clara Werner

Singing songs, Moving with the beat, Sharing a love of music with eager little ones? What could be more fun? I am a graduate from McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) with a degree in Music Education. As a Certified PK-12 teacher, I have taught at Glen Burnie Nazarene Christian Academy as a full time teacher, and since been a few years instructing music classes of all types and levels as a Carroll County Public Schools substitute. One week every summer I get a little bit crazy exploring World Music with middle and high school students at McDaniel College Band Camp. I love teaching my private music students and participating in the musical ministries of my church, including Handbell directing, singing in the choir, and sharing instrumental specials. My children's song books are always ready for whenever I get the chance to head off with my guitar or ukulele, or pull out a few shakers and drums, and maybe even get puppet involved to help get kids involved in music!

     
photo Debbie Stuehler

Debbie has always had a great love of singing, dancing, and children. She has worked with children in various capacities from being a nanny to teaching and tutoring children with special needs. She holds a B.S. in Psychology, a Masters in Early Childhood and Elementary in Waldorf Education and has certifications in Yoga Dance. She has performed singing in acoustic groups over the years as well. She is very excited to teach “Music Together” that brings together her great passion for children with her joy of music.