Sierra Foothills Music Together
Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for infants,
toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them. First offered to the public in 1987,
it pioneered the concept
of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement. Music Together classes are based on the recognition that all children are musical.
Our Teachers Love to Make Music With You!

Our teachers are passionate about music and the development of children. They create a fun, play-based experience that spurs engagement and inspires each child's musical development.

photo Teacher Anne V.

Teacher Anne Vaaler has taught Music Together for more than 6 years, and she LOVES playing with music and children and bringing families and music together and hearing what happens--it's magical! Outside the MT classroom, she has been directing choirs since she first lined up her dolls, bears, and younger siblings and told them to “watch me!” Anne has directed choirs and taught music for the San Francisco Children’s Chorus; the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; the San Lorenzo Unified School District; the San Francisco Unified School District, particularly George Washington High School where she directed a choral program of seven ensembles, as well as serving as music director for two theatrical productions each year; and now serves the Pleasant Ridge United School District in Grass Valley, directing four award-winning choirs at Magnolia Intermediate School and teaching general music at all three elementary schools. Like many music teachers, she instructs more than 1,000 children every week. She has been awarded the California League of Teachers “Outstanding Educator” award, and was honored by San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown for her work with the George Washington High School choirs. She has served as a clinician and adjudicator for numerous choral and solo/ensemble festivals, and was part of a People-to-People delegation of music teachers to China in 1998. Since 2014, she has served as the director of the Colla Voce Children's Chorus. 

     
photo Teacher Annie K. F.

Teacher Annie Keeling loves teaching, music, movement, children--and any chance to bring them all together. With an MFA in Dance from UCLA and a BS in Dance Education from the University of Wisconsin, she has taught dance to all ages--pre-school to elementary, university students to seniors. Ann's musical background includes chorus, clarinet, and guitar. One of her favorite memories is participating in the high-stepping, award-winning UW-Madison marching band.  Another is playing guitar for groups in her parents' home at the age of ten. Her son, Zed, introduced her to Music Together. As the son of a juggling Dad and dancing Mom, Zed often comes together with his parents through the MT experience. Ann is a registered Music Together Teacher--and has also obtained the next level of education through Music Together, her Certification I. Ann loves teaching a program that is research based with a solid foundation in how young children learn --not to mention the joy and laughter that families exhibit as they get hooked on experiencing the powerful world of music. 

     
photo Teacher Beth

Teacher Beth Gillogly, the Center Director of Sierra Foothills Music Together, loves teaching Music Together and sharing her passion for music with children and their parents and caregivers! Beth plays ukulele, guitar, and piano, and dabbles in harp and violin, but her main and most beloved instrument is the human voice. She has been singing since she was a very small girl, and she now enjoys singing all day with her young daughter and any other children she meets! She studied classical voice for more than 15 years, and has nearly 20 years of experience performing as a member and soloist in choirs ranging from small, a cappella Renaissance groups to large 80-voice choirs. She has also had many years of experience as a cantor/song leader for churches in Sacramento and the Bay Area. She earned a B.A. in English with a minor in Music from Santa Clara University, and a Master’s Degree in creative writing from New York University. Beth is a Registered Music Together teacher and has taught in Auburn since 2005. She became director of Sierra Foothills Music Together in 2010. Teacher Beth also croons 20s, 30s, and 40s jazz tunes with The Crackerjack Jazz Band.  She also belts out Pat Benetar and other rock favorites with a cover band called The Hip Huggers.  

     
photo Teacher Noel

Teacher Noël delights in the company of young children, and she was fascinated to learn so much about their growth and development through her college years. She especially appreciates the far-reaching value of music exposure and musical experience in early childhood and how it supports all learning. During her years as a nanny and preschool teacher, she developed a passion for preserving every child's ability to learn though play, experience, and wonder, and she saw how responsive children were to music. When she had her own children, Music Together was one of the first things Noël looked for. As a parent, she recognized what a gift it was to be completely present with her children for those 45 minutes and what awesome times she had singing in the car, the kitchen, the store, and everywhere with her children. Outside of classes, her older daughter developed an enormous musical appetite which continues today. She credits her daughter's musical abilities to the years of exposure and experience with music and Music Together classes.

In more recent years she has experienced the value and power of community singing. She has found that when we sing together we come together, we create and we support each other. Music is a powerful and incredibly simple tool that we all have. Especially in times of intense emotion, struggle, great joy or sadness, there are often not words, but their can always be song.

Noël is excited to be a new Music Together teacher. She hopes that her enthusiasm encourages other parents to make music everywhere with their children too!

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