Music Together® teachers are passionate about music and the development of children. They have all been registered and highly trained with Princeton's Center for Music and young children.
They create a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development. They thrive in seeing the children delight in musical play and the joy it brings the adults who love them!
Tracy is a registered music together teacher/director and a registered nurse. She and her husband, Ben moved to Colorado Springs in 2009. Tracy discovered Music Together in 2007 with her 10 month old daughter in Nashville, Tennessee. From the first class, they were both hooked and Music Together became part of their family's daily life! She continued to enjoy music, taking the classes here in Colorado Springs with both her children Sydney now (9) and Nolan now (6) and when the opportunity arose, she jumped at the chance to teach. She also took another leap and became the new owner of Pikes Peak Music Together in 2012.
Michelle Erlander is excited to share her life-long love of music through joining the Pikes Peak Music Together team. Michelle received her Masters in elementary education from Lewis & Clark College in 1999 then taught 2nd and 3rd grades for several years before starting a family of her own. In 2003, she & her husband Eric moved to the Pikes Peak region with their oldest child. As a stay-at-home mom, Michelle found community and support in early childhood music programs for her and her children. While raising three active boys, Michelle has experienced firsthand the joy and positive influence music brings to children and families. Music has always been a vital part of Michelle's life participating in concert & jazz ensemble choirs from grade school into college. The program supports her own personal beliefs that music is an art form that stimulates delight & cognition while building community. Music is something we all can experience and actively do no matter our age or musical skill-set. Music Together is a wonderful way to learn, make new friends and increase musicality in our lives!
To keep from going "boy-crazy", Michelle enjoys playing with her golden-doodle, gardening and exploring the great outdoors of Colorado with her family.
Regina is an MCI montessori trained teacher, and founded a kindergarten and various youth programs based on compassionate communication / peace education, sometimes called needs based curriculum.
She is Radiant yoga certified, a participant in the center for nonviolent communications Parent Peer leadership program, and peaceful families peaceful world project, Trainer for Living Values Education Program, certified to teach Oxford Reading Tree, a Music Together certified instructor and center Director (Japan), Parent Effectiveness program graduate, certified mediator, tennis player and lover of life.
Arriving first to Maui from almost 20 years in Japan she enjoyed 7 years of slow life with her four children.
She opened up a daycare and youth center, taught at the Montessori school of Maui, and facilitated youth programs at the local high school and various youth clubs across the island. Her favorite thing to do on Maui was meeting up with all the mamas and keiki after a long day at work, on the beach with picnic and cocktails, to watch the sunset.
Falling in love with a Colorado man, Regina packed up Maui to arrive in the Springs August 2016. She is really enjoying the crisp air, endless hiking adventures, and the variety of arts and sports available. Waking up to the site of Sun Mountain in her window up in Manitou, is her favorite thing to do so far.
Lauren is a newly registered Music Together teacher and is very excited to join the Pikes Peak Music Together team! When she first attended a Music Together class with her oldest daughter in the fall of 2014, she was immediately drawn to its child-centered nature, the rich musical repertoire and the research-based pedigogy. Having taught elementary school vocal/general music for 9 years, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach music again, now in the family-based setting! Lauren has a B.S. in Music Education from the University of Valley Forge and a M.M.Ed. in Kodaly Music Education from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD. The pillars of the Kodaly methodology (i.e. the voice as the primary instrument, the importance of developing a diverse and rich musical palette and the benefit of using native folk music) in addition to the use of the most recent music learning research are so beautifully displayed in the Music Together program that for Lauren, it really feels like coming home!
Lauren and her husband, Chris, have two daughters- Addy (5) and Ella (1). In addition to all things music, Lauren enjoys taking her girls to the park, exploring the Colorado Springs area with Chris, decorating their home, and playing with their dog, Macy. When possible, Lauren is drawn to working with families effected by special needs, as she's experienced first-hand the powerful, healing effects of music in Addy's life, who has Down syndrome and autism. Music has always been Addy's most favorite thing and she has taught Lauren so much about the value of lavishing musical experiences on a child, without any expectation for perfection or performance. Music is a gift that every person should have the chance to devour, in as much excess as is desired and this is what is offered to our children in every Music Together session! Here's to music-making, for the joy of music-making!