Our Teachers

Music Together® teachers are passionate about music and the development of children. They have all been registered and highly trained with Princeton's Center for Music and young children.

They create a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development. They thrive in seeing the children delight in musical play and the joy it brings the adults who love them!

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Tracy is a registered music together teacher/director and a registered nurse. She and her husband, Ben moved to Colorado Springs in 2009. Tracy discovered Music Together in 2007 with her 10 month old daughter in Nashville, Tennessee. From the first class,  they were both hooked and Music Together became part of their family's daily life! She continued to enjoy music, taking the classes here in Colorado Springs with both her children Sydney now (9) and Nolan now (6) and when the opportunity arose, she jumped at the chance to teach. She also took another leap and became the new owner of Pikes Peak Music Together in 2012.


Tracy has always had a love for music but like many she wasn't provided the opportunity as a child to explore the arts so teaching and facilitating this music and movement gives her extreme joy.  She has the "silly quotient" and often becomes one with the kids while playing, dancing and singing with all of the Music Together families!  Music Together has encouraged her to be a better musical role model for her children and she is thrilled to be bringing that music to others that otherwise might not be enjoying music making and that quality bonding time. Tracy truly believes that the JOY you express in music making today is the JOY your child will have in music throughout life!

     
Michelle Erlander

 Michelle Erlander is excited to share her life-long love of music through joining the Pikes Peak Music Together team.  Michelle received her Masters in elementary education from Lewis & Clark College in 1999 then taught 2nd and 3rd grades for several years before starting a family of her own.  In 2003, she & her husband Eric moved to the Pikes Peak region with their oldest child.  As a stay-at-home mom, Michelle found community and support in early childhood music programs for her and her children.  While raising three active boys, Michelle has experienced firsthand the joy and positive influence music brings to children and families.  Music has always been a vital part of Michelle's life participating in concert & jazz ensemble choirs from grade school into college. The program supports her own personal beliefs that music is an art form that stimulates delight & cognition while building community.  Music is something we all can experience and actively do no matter our age or musical skill-set.  Music Together is a wonderful way to learn, make new friends and increase musicality in our lives!

To keep from going "boy-crazy", Michelle enjoys playing with her golden-doodle, gardening and exploring the great outdoors of Colorado with her family.


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With a sincere passion for helping all people make their lives more musical, Lindsay Facknitz has been a joyful Pikes Peak Music Together instructor since 2011. She loves Music Together's quality songs and materials, its research-based programming, and its emphasis in parental involvement in community music making. Lindsay and her husband Jeremy are both professional musicians (duo name 'Lindsay and Jeremy') who also teach private music lessons in guitar, ukulele, and songwriting. Before being a full-time music teacher and performer, Lindsay was a certified early-childhood Montessori teacher. Her formal education includes a BA in Music and a Masters in Teaching, both from Colorado College. 


 

     
Tracy Phillips

Tracy Phillips studied piano at Brigham Young University and Dalcroze Eurhythmics at Diller-Quaile School of Music in NYC.  She has enjoyed teaching piano privately and in groups for 15 years.  She has also been a church organist for 6 years.  She and her husband Matt and 3 children moved from Germany to Colorado Springs in 2014 and love the wildlife and great outdoors here.  Tracy had her 4th child, a baby girl, shortly after moving here.  She loves making impromptu music with her family and friends and finds herself singing Music Together songs wherever she goes (there really is a song for every occasion!).  She is currently learning guitar along with her 8-yr-old son.  


Tracy discovered Music Together in 2004 in Boston when she began taking her 8-month-old daughter to classes. She fell in love with the program and trained to be a teacher.  She has learned so much from all the amazing families she has been privileged to work with.  She is thrilled to join Pikes Peak Music Together! 

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photo Lauren Noullet

Lauren is a newly registered Music Together teacher and is very excited to join the Pikes Peak Music Together team! When she first attended a Music Together class with her oldest daughter in the fall of 2014, she was immediately drawn to its child-centered nature, the rich musical repertoire and the research-based pedigogy. Having taught elementary school vocal/general music for 9 years, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach music again, now in the family-based setting! Lauren has a B.S. in Music Education from the University of Valley Forge and a M.M.Ed. in Kodaly Music Education from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD. The pillars of the Kodaly methodology (i.e. the voice as the primary instrument, the importance of developing a diverse and rich musical palette and the benefit of using native folk music) in addition to the use of the most recent music learning research are so beautifully displayed in the Music Together program that for Lauren, it really feels like coming home!

Lauren and her husband, Chris, have two daughters- Addy (5) and Ella (1). In addition to all things music, Lauren enjoys taking her girls to the park, exploring the Colorado Springs area with Chris, decorating their home, and playing with their dog, Macy. When possible, Lauren is drawn to working with families effected by special needs, as she's experienced first-hand the powerful, healing effects of music in Addy's life, who has Down syndrome and autism. Music has always been Addy's most favorite thing and she has taught Lauren so much about the value of lavishing musical experiences on a child, without any expectation for perfection or performance. Music is a gift that every person should have the chance to devour, in as much excess as is desired and this is what is offered to our children in every Music Together session! Here's to music-making, for the joy of music-making!

 

     
Sarah Runyon

Sarah is very excited to be joining the Pikes Peak Music Together team as a newly registered Music Together teacher! In the spring of 2015, Sarah received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Western Michigan University and became a Board Certified Music Therapist. In the fall of 2015, Sarah and her mother moved to Colorado Springs from Michigan and fell in love with the area.

Sarah became a music therapist because of her passion for music and desire to use it to help others. As a music therapist, she enjoys working and playing music with children with developmental disabilities to enhance growth and development. She fell in love with the Music Together program, and the rich music experiences it gives to the community!

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