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.
Ann Benson "Annie B"
My mother sang constantly to me as a child which brought music to my heart and rhythm to my body. My classes are dedicated to her and to my two beautiful sons, Joey and Ben.
My first studio, Musical Beginnings, opened in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1996. Over the years I had the privilege of working with hundreds of families in Musical Beginnings as well as preschools, public schools and University Family Programs. I returned to my home town of Austin in 2010 and have been teaching music at a local Montessori School. Now I've decided to go back to my original love, working with parents and young children.
I have a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Texas with an endorsement in Bilingual Education and have been a classroom teacher with AISD (Kindergarten through 3rd grade). I am a certified International Montessori Instructor with four years experience as lead instructor in the Montessori setting. Musically, my love has been singing. I sang in my school choirs from Junior High through college and later in community choirs. I am a registered Music Together® and Level I Orff Instructor with 14 years of experience leading music and movement programs for parents and children.
Lisa Kelly-Willis "Miss Lisa"
When I was in the third grade, I joined my school choir and have loved singing ever since. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Connecticut and a Master's Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Texas. I've worked as an elementary school music teacher, middle and high school choir director, and currently teach private voice and piano lessons at my home studio.
My interest in early childhood music education began 18 months ago when my son Max was born. I have loved taking him to baby and toddler classes, connecting with other parents, and watching him grow everyday. In addition to teaching Music Together, I look forward to also taking Max to Annie B's Music Together class on Monday mornings. I look forward to making music with all of you!
Liz Sawyers-Robles "Miss Liz"
Liz received her degree in Occupational Therapy from The University of Texas at Austin and her Masters at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. She has been working in private practice for 13yrs, in a pediatric setting. Liz's passion is working with children on the autism spectrum. She lives with her husband and 3 girls, 7yrs, 5yrs, and 15mos, and an assortment of parrots and Mastiffs.
Liz began taking her oldest daughter, Reagan, at 9 months to Music Together and has never stopped! Now Music Together classes include younger sister Sawyer and baby River too. She has seen the significant benefits that Music Together has brought her children and is a huge supporter of children and their parents using music as a learning tool (even in her private therapy practice). Music has been so instrumental in the Robles' family life that Reagan and Sawyer often get asked to sing at "Hola, Hola Camp" at Westbank Library. The benefits of Music Together really come alive during these performances.
Liz is full of energy and fun ideas. There is no doubt that her class will ROCK and the children will have so much fun that they won't even know they are learning!