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!
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 (6) and Nolan now (4) 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!
Erika Cincotta has been teaching early childhood music and movement classes for 12 years. After graduating from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA) with a degree in Music Therapy, she taught four years at the Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2005, she became a registered Music Together teacher and opened a center in northwest Baltimore County. After the birth of her third child, Erika took a break from teaching and directing. She is now back to teaching and excited to get back to Music Together. Erika, her husband Aaron and their three children relocated to Colorado Springs in August 2010.
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.
Nicole Birch is currently studying music and psychology at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and is enjoying being able to share her passion for music with others. Music has always been an important role in Nicole’s life, from making up up silly songs with her family to singing in school choirs; she has always been able to express herself through music. She is a registered Music Together teacher and is excited to join Pikes Peak Music Together!
Sonja Solter (Sub)
Sonja is the founder of Pikes Peak Music Together, LLC, and was thrilled to have brought Music Together back to the Colorado Springs area! She discovered Music Together in California when her son was 2 1/2 and fell in love with the program. That son is now 10 years old, and she also has a 6-year-old daughter.
Sonja has a bachelor's degree in Human Biology from Stanford University. She had served on the Board of Governors at her daughter's preschool, Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School. She enjoys writing for children and singing with groups when she gets the chance. Sonja is excited to share her lifelong love of music through Music Together and is currently enjoying the flexibility her subbing position has given her as she is working on her master's in creative writting for children.