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.

Families love their warm energy, and appreciate the expertise they bring to each class!

If you are interested in becoming a Music Together® teacher, please email Craig at willametterivermt@gmail.com. To see what other Music Together teachers say about their experience teaching Music Together, see this video link - http://www.musictogether.com/video_teachers.

photo Craig Van Ness

Craig Van Ness has been a Music Together Director and Teacher since 1999 and has worked with thousands of children emphasizing actual music experiences through play rather than musical concepts. Craig introduces them to the pleasures of making music versus passively receiving it from CDs or TV and helps families and caregivers rediscover the pleasure and educational value of informal music experiences.

Prior to becoming a Music Together Teacher, Craig was a mortgage banker and spent 15 years in various commercial industries. Until being saved by the introduction to Music Together (thank you Nancy Parent) and it's unlimited possibilities and rewards of touching the lives of children and their families.

     
photo Leslie McGraw

Leslie is originally from Salem, Oregon. She spent several years in the Bay Area, California for college, but eventually made her way home and decided to settle down in Tualatin. She has two children: a four year old daughter and a two year old son. Leslie and her family have been doing Music Together since her son was a newborn. Not only do her children benefit immensely from the program, but the materials reignited her passion for singing, playing guitar and creating music with her friends and family. Prior to teaching Music Together, she spent two years staying at home with her kids, and before that worked in retail management. Being a good Oregonian she also has two dogs. Both are black lab mixed breed. Leslie’s favorite hobbies include hiking, playing softball and volleyball, and cheering on the San Francisco Giants!