Our Teaching Staff

Parents and care givers are the REAL teachers! 
Our classes offer your family a chance to play, learn music and to learn about your child's music development!  You may wonder if you can help your child musically, especially if you don't feel that you yourself are musical.  We know from working with thousands of families that parents and other primary care givers are the most important influences in a child's musical life.  If adults - regardless of ability - have fun making music, children will too!  Your young child can be delighted and amazed by music.  Make the most of these special years by making Music Together®.

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 Karee Justice-Bondy, M.A.

Karee has taught Music Together since 1997. She is a licensed Center Director and Certified Level II instructor with Music Together. She has her B.A. in vocal performance and M.A. in music history and literature. She received her M.A. at the University of Denver where she met her husband Steve while he was working on his M.M. in classical guitar performance. Karee loves bringing music to families and helping them discover the joy of music. She has two children who keep her "jumpin, and a dancin' and a cookin' in the kitchen!"

     
photo Stephen Bondy, M.M.

Steve has been teaching Music Together since 2000 when Karee was with child (Ella). He is a licensed Center Director and Certified Level II Music Together teacher. Steve has music degrees from Wilfred Laurier in Waterloo, Ontario and from the University of Denver, both degrees in classical guitar. When he isn't teaching Music Together, he is also known as a Suzuki Guitar instructor!

     
photo Alyson Hayes-Myers

Alyson studied Music Education at the University of Denver. She has worked in music programs in both the Denver Public and Cherry Creek school districts. She has taught piano for over 15 years maintianing a studio of over 45 students. Alyson and her daughter Claire participated in Music Together classes with Karee and Steve for nearly four years. Alyson is delighted to have another creative outlet for her love of music education. Alyson has also acheived Certification Level I through Music Together.

     
photo Javan Carson

 

Javan is one of our Certified Level I Music Together teachers!  She has been playing the violin for most of her life, having started as a Suzuki student at age two.  She earned her degree in violin performance from the University of Denver on a full scholarship.  She began playing professionally with the Denver Chamber Orchestra while still in college.  Javan has played in a string quartet for more than 30 years, and has performed with countless orchestras, including the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.  She has played with such performers as Doc Severinsen, Mel Torme, Kathy Lee Gifford, Mannheim Steamroller, Stevie Wonder, Marco Antonio Solis, and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.

Javan has been teaching private violin, viola, and piano lessons for more than 30 years, has instructed Suzuki group classes for fifteen years, and has taught string classes in four metro-area school districts.  She was the conductor of the Sinfonia at Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras for five years, and for two years was the Music Director and Conductor of Eklectika Youth Ensembles, an innovative youth orchestra that she founded. She was the conductor for the String Ensembles and the Conservatory Orchestras at Denver Young Artists Orchestras for ten years, and is excited to be with the Front Range Youth Symphony as the conductor of the Concert Strings and the Chamber Orchestras.

Her other not insubstantial activities include raising two boys, ages twelve and fifteen, who both play the cello!

 

     
photo Becca Miles

Becca fell in love with Music Together after her first babies’ class with her oldest daughter, Lulu. Becca has always had a passion for music from silly songs about “banana hair” with her mom to family talent shows, musical theater, and all through high school choir. Teaching is a perfect fit for her with her experience as an early childhood teacher, nanny, ex-theater major, TouchpointsTM trainer, Public Health Nurse and Mom! She currently works part-time as a trainer for the Arapahoe County Touchpoints Team. Her passion is working with young children and their parents/caregivers, and she can’t wait to sing with you and your children!

     
photo Melody Ball

Melody has been making music for as long as she can remember.  Growing up she was always singing and dancing- thanks to a mother who made music a part of every day life. That is why she is so passionate about educating children and parents about the importance of making music together!

Melody has been in the childcare profession for over 10 years and it was through this that she discovered Music Together. She fell in love with the program-singing, movement, a strong musical foundation, and of course the silliness.

In addition to teaching Music Together, Melody enjoys being a mom for two amazing children. Her passion is providing a safe and fun atmosphere for children to let their creativity flow.

She can't wait to sing with you and your children!

     
photo Jill (Jilly) Ryan

Jilly began her life on stage as a ballerina. When told at the age of 5 that she was "too hyper" for ballet, her supportive parents brought her to an audition for a local theatre school. Creating wacky characters while singing and dancing suited her just fine, and the rest, they say-is history. She graduated from the Theatre Program at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus in Manhattan. To support herself in the crazy place that is the Big Apple, Jilly juggled part-time nanny gigs and rehearsal. But she left that all behind to cross the county for some California dreamin’, caught the travel bug, and spent her days concert going, backpacking, and as a full time nanny in Beverly Hills.

Hence, music and children have been her life for well over a decade now. She discovered Music Together with her son Koa and one fine day, during an extra special Wiggle Wiggle, the light bulb went off in her head, and she knew teaching this wonderful program was perfect for her!

     
photo Alison Bresler

Alison entered the Music Together community in 1999 as a parent and immediately fell in love with the program.  After competing the Music Together training, she began teaching in Park Hill where she taught for 4 years, until the birth of her third child. She then took a break from Music Together to focus her attention on home schooling her children. She is thrilled about returning to teach Music Together.

Music has been a constant presence in her life, and now in the lives of her children. All three of her children participated in Music Together classes and have gone on to play instruments. Alison is passionate about music, literature, and early childhood development, making Music Together an ideal fit.  She strives to create a supportive atmosphere where parents and children feel safe taking risks and reaching their full potential.

Alison has a BA in English Literature from University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to Music Together, Alison taught early childhood education in Chicago and Boulder.

     
photo Monica Leotta

Monica returns to Twinkle Together after taking 4 years to study and teach the Reggio Emilia approach to children's education at the Boulder Journey School. After the birth of her son this past Dec, she is excited to be back teaching Music Together in the Denver area. Monica graduated from the University of Denver with a Master of Music in opera performance but also loves teaching yoga, meditation and working with children in any capacity. She and her husband, Chad Reagan, enjoy good food, good music and occasional bouts of operatic duets while hanging out at home.

     
photo Stacey Decker

Stacey is an experienced educator who has always loved music and singing. Growing up in Norfolk, VA, she was a member of the Virginia Children's Chorus, sang in several choral groups, and trained as a youth song-leader.

Stacey earned a Masters of Science in Environmental Science and Education and a BA from Tufts University in International Relations and Environmental Science. Through a study abroad program, Stacey studied West African drumming and dance in Ghana from traditional masters. Over the years, Stacey has had the pleasure of teaching students of all ages in classroom, museum, and camp settings. She most recently taught high school Earth Science before taking time to be home with her daughters, Sophie and Myla.

Stacey discovered Music Together when her daughter Sophie was an infant, and they both instantly loved the experience of bonding through music and play. After a few semesters of classes, Stacey attended the Music Together Teacher Training and began teaching with Music Together of Hampton Roads in Norfolk, VA for three years before relocating to Denver this August.

As an educator and a mother, Stacey is continually amazed at the measurable impact Music Together has on early childhood development. And of course, it is always just plain fun to sing and dance with our kids! Stacey looks forward to sharing the joy of making Music Together with your family!

     
photo Barbara Shepherd Kuzera

Barbara first became familiar with Music Together as a parent with Twinkle Together this past year. She fell in love with the program and became certified to teach this summer. Excited to join the team, Barbara is looking forward to expanding her musical experience and sharing her love of music with families! Barbara received her Bachelor of Music in Brass Performance from Boston University College of Fine Arts and Master of Music in Horn Performance from New England Conservatory of Music. Barbara has played the French horn for over 25 years and currently teaches for the Colorado Honor Band Association. She also maintains a private horn studio in the Denver metro area. Barbara lives in Denver with her husband, Kris and 2 year old son, Oskar.

     
photo Alexandra (Alex) Farkas
 

Alexandra has loved singing, dancing, and making music for as long as she can remember. Treasured family memories include singing along and playing air guitar to her parents’ record collection with her brother in their den, as well as attending many live concerts with her family.

 

Alex is a graduate of Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where she earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education and her Master of Arts in Teaching. She holds a NJ State certification for K-12 Music and has achieved Certification Level I through Music Together. Previously, she served as the K-6 general music teacher at a parochial school in Princeton, NJ. Since 2011, Alex has taught Music Together’s In-School curriculum in schools throughout central New Jersey, including the New Jersey State School for the Deaf, a parent cooperative preschool, and in underserved schools in the Trenton area through the Trenton Community Music School. Alex also continues her work as a Mentor for the In-School Services Department at Music Together Worldwide, where she has been on staff since 2013.

 

An active performer and musician, Alex has performed as a member of Westminster’s Symphonic Choir in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall under the batons of such distinguished conductors as Pierre Boulez, Kurt Masur, and Lorin Maazel. In demand as a soloist, most recently Alex prepared a vocal recital benefit for a youth group service trip. She loves to sing as part of a choir and plays a mean English handbell. Most importantly, she loves young children and having fun making music with her families! Alex is thrilled to join the Twinkle Together team!

     
  Caitlin Stroup

Caitlin is a native of Wyoming and grew up making music with her family and within her community. In 2009 Caitlin travelled the world with the non-profit organization Up with People where she completed community service and performed with an international cast. Caitlin is a board certified music therapist and earned her bachelors in music therapy from Colorado State University. She currently works as a music therapist with seniors living with dementia. Caitlin is looking forward to building musical relationships across generations and cannot wait to make music together with you and your children. 

     
  Amy Lewis
Amy's passion for music began with her earliest memories of her beloved grandfather, who woke up singing every morning. His cheerful and lively manner taught her that music is a natural and beautiful part of daily life, a habit she continues as an adult. 
 
At the age of 5, Amy's parents encouraged her desire to sing and perform by enrolling her in a local church choir in Boulder, CO. Amy continued her love for music throughout her schooling where she discovered her enthusiasm for Musical Theater and Dance in addition to her love of singing.
 
Amy's introduction to the Music Together program came through her niece's attendance. Her sister raved about how great an experience the program was for her and her daughter, and Amy couldn't wait to learn more. As a result, Amy began her journey with Music Together in August of 2016. She is looking forward to leading classes for families in Spring 2017.