Our Teachers

photo Lenka Zbruz, director

Lenka loves making music more than anything else. Since early childhood she has always been involved in one musical project or another - singing in choirs, playing the piano and the guitar. She got to know and grew to love the Music Together® program when she worked as a nanny and brought different children in her care to MT classes. She became a Music Together trained and registered teacher in 2007 and taught with her own son in her lap for 2 years. She has found that not only is she able to see the music through the eyes of the children thanks to this, but also can better relate to the grown ups in class who have their hands full.

Lenka's son Filip is fluent in three languages -  Czech, English and the language of music. He is the living proof of how much a child who has been exposed to a rich musical environment on an ongoing basis will thrive in different areas of development. In August 2010, The Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ awarded Lenka Music Together Certification Level I status for outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education. Lenka completed the "Introduction To Dalcroze" course at The Dalcroze Institute of Bard College in June 2012. Becoming an owner and director of Music Together of Belmont in 2014 was a fulfillment of her long time dream. Lenka teaches many mixed age classes, but also specializes in a Pre-crawling Babies class for infants under 8 months of age. She teaches in several preschools and loves to entertain at children's musical birthday parties on weekends. 

     
photo Julia Priest

Julia Priest has been teaching Music Together and directing Music and Movement of Newton since 2001. She came to early childhood music and movement teaching through her own son's toddler years when she discovered that the Music Together curriculum was richer and more satisfying than any other mommy-and-me class she could find.  She has degrees from Yale, Boston University, and Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, including a Masters of Music and a Masters of Science; she also holds certifications in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Orff Schulwerk, and Music Together Teaching Mastery, Level II. She trained in the HealthRhythms(R) protocol for therapeutic drumming in 2017 with its founder, Christine Stevens. In class she plays guitar, recorder, or drum; voice is her primary instrument. 

     
photo Rhonda Matson

Rhonda found in Music Together® what she desired for many years, the opportunity to marry two great loves, working with children in early childhood, and doing it through music.  Rhonda has been involved in music her whole life, but had never quite witnessed children learning music in the non formal, participatory fashion that Music Together encourages.  She says, “Finding this program was kind of like finding home: it spoke to the child within, and immediately I felt thrilled to have the opportunity to share music in this way with our community.”

Rhonda has been formally trained in voice and has participated in many dramatic productions.  Rhonda has led various children’s programs and even entertained as a clown.  She has also worked in early childhood education as a preschool teacher.

In March 2006, Rhonda was awarded Music Together Certification Level I for outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy and parent education.  In the summer of 2005 she received her Certification I from the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, an international organization of professional music educators.  She is also a member of The Children's Music Network and has studied Dalcroze Eurythmics at the Longy School of Music.

     
photo Rosa Elena Rivera

Rosa Elena studied at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in the National School of Music. She came to New England in 2000 and graduated from New England Conservatory with both a Masters in Vocal Performance and a Masters in Vocal Pedagogy (Music in Education concentration). She has Kodaly level II certification in addition to her Music Together training. She has taught large and small groups of children of different needs for ten and half years in both private and public schools. In another part of her life she makes and professionally shows fiber artworks!

Rosa Elena says, "Teaching music to young children is my passion and I love to share my culture through music and song. Since my own early childhood I have loved to sing, along with my very musical family. I am so excited to be teaching Music Together and to be meeting you and your children!"