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.

photo Ann Benson "Annie B"

Director/Owner/Instructor

Dear Parents,

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.

     
photo Lisa Kelly-Willis

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