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.


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Jodi has been involved in Music Together®® since 1999 when she discovered the program as a mom attending classes with her son. A Certified Level II Music Together teacher, she was trained by the program’s founders, Ken Guilmartin and Lili Levinowitz, at the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ. After living in New York for over 11 years, in 2003 she returned to her native Edmonton and brought Music Together with her. That marked the beginning of her exciting musical journey. Along with the dedication of her passionate, talented and caring staff - in a few short years, she took Music Together from a program Canada had never heard of, to the "must-do" music class on every family’s list.

Director & Certified Music Together Teacher II 
 

     
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Allison Nichols is a professional musician and educator whose love of music and enthusiasm for sharing it with her community has taken her around the world—literally. An active vocalist in the Edmonton music scene, Allison discovered the Music Together program while working as an early childhood music teacher in Japan, where she joined the teaching team at Azabu (Tokyo) Music Together®. Now in her ninth year as a Music Together instructor, she remains as big a fan as ever of the program’s methodology, musical diversity, and inclusive community-building power across cultural and linguistic boundaries.

When not teaching Music Together, Allison can be seen performing at venues across the city in various groups, including her own six-piece party and function band The Last Calls and original pop trio Seven Suns. She holds a Bachelor of Music Composition and a Performance Diploma from MacEwan University, and has also studied classical voice at the Toronto Conservatory of Music. 

Certified Music Together Teacher, Dipl. in vocal performance & a Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music from Grant MacEwan University, alumnus of the Toronto Conservatory of Music.

     
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Joni Bokenfohr is the Director of the Start from the Heart Creative Preschool, where she discovered the Music Together Program.  She instantly loved the experimentation and learning through play approach to sharing music!  

Joni has extensive experience in the education field; teaching regular elementary classes, homeschool courses, music classes and inclusive programs. She began working with children prior to completing University, and her passion for teaching then led her to create and teach programs for many communities. Music Together was a perfect and she is so excited to start expanding the Music Together Community.

Registered Music Together Teacher, Bachelor of Education with a minor in Music 

     
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Katherine Bessette has studied music her entire life. She has had vast experience and training in both worlds of classical and pop music. She was brought up in Royal Conservatory, starting violin at 3, piano at 5, and singing in the Edmonton Children’s Choir shortly after during which time she performed in Edmonton Opera Producitons: La Boheme, Carmen. She competed regularly in Kiwanis Festivals on both instruments and singing. However in her teen years, Katherine began to explore the realm of pop music, taking private vocal lessons for a number of years. In her early 20s she started & gigged in a family rock band in which she played keys and was the lead singer. 
In university, Katherine’s understanding of music learning shifted drastically as she studied under Michael Macdonald, a renowned ethnomusicologist. Together they researched the connections between music learning and creativity and Katherine started to see how conventional music learning environments often led to creative blocks later for individuals. This research led to working with Anna Beaumont, a voice-body work facilitator, with whom Katherine has spent that past 4 years studying. Through this, Katherine has come to see that creativity is inherent within all of us. As children, it is our natural state. As we grow older many of us become disconnected to this this natural force within us. Katherine’s mission statement as a music facilitator is to create and environment in which students can excavate and access their own creativity, and work through any obstacles in the way. 

Registered Music Together Teacher

 

     
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Hello Everybody! My name is Stephanie Wolfe and I found Music Together when my first son was one and a half. After searching for a program that was interactive and focussed on the relationship between parent, child and community, I finally took a chance at a silent auction and bought a massage! Low and behold there was this AMAZING music class taking place right next door. I was hooked before I walked in! There was no turning back and I felt very grateful to become Music Together Teacher after my second son was born into it! I have now been teaching for 7 years. Before the land of parenthood found us, I had spent 20 years as a professional actress, travelling around the country doing everything from musical comedies to Shakespeare's tragedies, and some of his comedies as well! I have performed across the country, from The National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Second City in Toronto to all the main stages in Saskatchewan and Alberta. I am also a founding member of Edmonton's own Internationally acclaimed and award winning Improvised Soap Opera, Die Nasty.

As you can see, I am passionate about the arts and I'm so grateful there is a program like this that puts music back into the culture; back into the hands of the family. I love Music Together because it I believe music is for everyone to make, not just for the trained musicians. I love that Music Together inspires parents, grandparents and children, no matter the age, to believe in their musical instincts and cut loose! It is not about competition. A couple of my favourite moments: One mom said to me, "I was always told I couldn't sing! I can't wait to come to Music Together, and Stephanie...I'm taking voice lessons now! I LOVE singing!" And of course, one Grandpa who used to sit against the wall and sing in what he described as 'off key' began participating more and more until he sounded so good he said " I was always told I had a 'tin ear' and had no confidence in school music events. I am enjoying this so much I'm going to miss it when we go away for the winter!" His wife was nodding emphatically. So you see, it's a no brainer for the kids but just as special for the ancient kids!

Certified Music Together Teacher 

     
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In January of 2008 I was asked to take my granddaughter to a Music Together class and I was immediately hooked. The same day I contacted our director Jodi Howard and the rest is history!

Before having my own children I was a professional musician. I spent my childhood touring Canada with my family band, and the stage was the only place I felt comfortable. Out of high school I did the Grant MacEwen Music program, became a self employed musician and some years later started a Music Education degree.

With music being a huge part my life, I understand and see the benefits of the Music Together Program. I am honoured to be sharing this musical experience with other families. One of my favourite Music Together moments was singing "Blow the wind Southerly" in three part harmony during a lullaby time. It was a beautiful, loving and harmonious moment, which is the stuff musical memories are made of.

Certified Music Together Teacher