Teachers

 

photo Amber Nichols

Hello Everybody! Amber here - don'tcha know I have just loved music since I first heard my mother and father harmonizing  and playing music together as a baby.   I cut my teeth on bluegrass mixed with 60s/70s era folk but I remember vinyls of all genres of music. I'm talking ANYTHING from Gregorian Chant to Bach to Frank Zappa... a rich tapestry of influences for sure! From my earliest memories I have always been passionately focused on music and movement. From singing in choirs of different musical genres to show choir, sight singing competitions, gymnastics (floor exercise of course my fav - because - MUSIC!), break-dancing, tap, ballet - I have always been willing to try anything if it was music or movement related. This passion did not wane as I grew older either I have been a performer in and supporter of Austin’s unique music community for over 27 years and have loved watching it grow from a best kept secret to the rich multi-cultural music epicenter it is today.  3 music loving boys call me Mommy and I am so fortunate to be making music with the coolest and most diverse families in the most musical city on Earth.

     
photo Sara Nuttle

Sara enjoys life as a singer/songwriter while sharing a true love of music with Austin families.  Sara continues to surprise and delight us with her charming vocal style, silly peek-a-boos and her sweet ukulele "Lulu".  Sara has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Psychology and Studio Art and received her training and certification at the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ - the "Mothership" of Music Together.  

     
photo Oli Snow

We are thrilled to welcome Oli as one of our newest Registered Music Together Teachers! Oli has been observing classes all Summer and just completed his Music Together teacher training in July! Oli is new to teaching Music Together but has a rich background in music education.  In Oli's school age years he loved learning new instruments and enjoyed playing in marching band, wind ensemble and jazz band. His college years were focused on deepening his passion for music as he studied Music Education at Furman University in South Carolina. 

Demonstrating an unquenchable curiosity for music making, Oli plays several instruments - bass, sousaphone, tuba and his latest fascination is ukulele.  

Being raised in a large family with tons of cousins has given Oli not only a playful and silly temperament with the littles but a deep understanding of how important it is to model musical behaviors for children and support their budding curiousity.  Oli will complete his apprenticeship this Summer and we're excited to have him begin teaching his first Music Together classes with us this Fall - keep your eyes out for free preview classes with Oli this August! 

     
photo Annissa Austin

We are thrilled to welcome Annissa as one of our newest Registered Music Together Teachers! Annissa has been observing classes all Summer and she completed her Music Together teacher training this Summer as well! Annissa's story is a classic tale of an alternative education minded mama yearning to give her children the gift of music outside the norm. Her search was over when she found Music Together at tuneBugz!  After attending many Music Together sessions at tuneBugz! and witnessing the impact on not only her children but on herself as a music maker - she was inspired to hit the books and study to become a Music Together certified teacher. Annissa has lived in Leander, Tx her whole life and has been a successful Earthschool advocate, nanny and nomadic un-schooler. She's excited to bring her magical Earth energy into focus on musical nurturing for all families in the Leander area. 

Annissa loves playing her sweet guitar "Lavvie" and when she's not singing and making music at tuneBugz! you'll find her out at the lake with her boys, getting centered at yoga or headed to a drum circle! 

Annissa is completing her apprecticship this Summer and will begin teaching her own Music Together classes this Fall. Keep your eyes out for free preview classes with her this August in Leander!