Teachers

 

photo Amber Nichols

Founder, Director & Registered Teacher

Hello Everybody!  I,  like most children have loved music since I first heard it as a bouncy baby! My earliest memory is of my mother holding me and singing harmony with my dad.  I feel very fortunate that music was a part of my family culture and even more fortunate that I was raised toddling around amongst West Virginia bluegrass culture. My Mom's album collection was anything and everything from Gregorian Chant to Bach to Frank Zappa... a rich tapestry of influences for sure.

From my earliest memories I have always had a passionate response to music being played, sung or made so, in 1988 when my family moved to  Austin - I wanted to do all the musical things! I joined the Travis High School concert choir and show choir, I competed in all the choir competitions, I studied piano and guitar and was even elected Choir President in Senior year.  

After high school I enjoyed a long career in educational publishing (another passion!) but...  once my husband and I started our family, it was clear that music had to be part of my everyday life for me to be happy, whole and living my best life.

So, in 2009 I took all that passion for music and 14 years of educational publishing experience and created tuneBugz! ~ a place for all families from all backgrounds and experiences to learn about the incredible depths of music. 

 

     
Sara Nuttle

Registered Teacher

Sara is a singer, songwriter & visual artist who loves that her day job is all about making music with Austin's littlest musicians!   Sara is beloved by Austin families and continues to surprise and delight with her charming vocal style, silly peek-a-boos and lullaby time with her sweet ukulele "Lulu".  Sara has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Psychology and Studio Art and received her Music Together® training in April 2014 at the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ - the "Mothership" of Music Together.  

When not at tuneBugz! Sara's out in ATX performing solo or with one of her bands, working on new paintings or collaborating on new music. See and hear what's new from Sara here on bandcamp.

 

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photo Annissa Austin

Registered Teacher

After attending several semesters of Music Together at tuneBugz! and witnessing the impact not only her children but on herself as a music maker - Annissa was inspired to hit the books and train to be a Music Together teacher.  She has lived in Leander, Tx her whole life and as Leander grows she hopes to grow a whole new community of music makers! Annissa completed her Music Together teacher training in July 2017.

  

Annissa loves introducing children to 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! 

 

     
Amy Hackerd

Registered Teacher  

Amy Hackerd was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. After attending Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, she went west looking for the sun and ended up back in the practice rooms at Arizona State University where she double majored in Music Therapy and Music Theatre Performance. She spent some time living in NYC and then lived abroad for ten years. Her eclectic vocal career has taken her from singing with the Detroit Met Opera to conducting music therapy at nursing homes. Amy brings years of teaching experience from Armstrong Community Music School. Amy is a registered Music Together teacher and certified Hatha yoga teacher (200hr). She has her own jewelry line (Amy Hackerd Jewelry) and is a mother of two!

 

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photo Tania Vona

Registered Teacher (Apprentice)

Tania began singing before she could talk, crawling up to the box television to sing along with the theme song to the Young & The Restless, or so the story goes.  Tania continued singing in church and in a children's choir but then turned her focus to performing in an award winning variety show spanning 7 years. Tania continued throughout her 20's singing in a country band, chamber ensemble, solo vocal performances, acting/singing in musical theater. She also enjoyed traveling with a performance troupe educating youth about peer pressure topics through drama and popular music. 

Tania continues to perform locally and is honored to continue her voice study under Susan Lincoln, founder of Austin's beloved women's singing group,  The Hilde Girls. 

After a neck sugery threatened possible vocal paralysis Tania became even more driven to share her love of music. She completed her training with Music Together in April 2018 and is now a registered teacher in apprenticeship at tuneBugz!