Our Teachers

Meet the Teachers of Music Together Chesapeake

Our teachers come from all sorts of backgrounds, but they’re united by a common passion: sharing the joy of music with children and families in Annapolis, Crofton and Severna Park!

All teachers have successfully completed the live Music Together® Teacher Training, which is built on research in early childhood and music development. We keep our skills fresh through workshops every semester and advanced trainings offered by Music Together Worldwide.  Those teachers with (Cert 1) in their bio have taken advanced training in the Music Together teaching practice. 

photo Christine Brimhall

Music Together Teacher (Cert 1) and Administrative Assistant, graduated from the Hartt School (University of Hartford) with a Bachelors degree in both flute performance and music education. She continued her flute studies at Yale University, receiving her Master of Music in Flute Performance. Christine taught instrumental music in Prince George's County, Maryland for six years. As a music educator, she values the importance of early childhood music education and embraces family music making. Christine has participated in Music Together programs with her two daughters and started teaching Music Together in Fall 2011. In July 2013 she completed a three-day refresher class, and earned her Music Together Certification I in July of 2014.

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photo Jeanne Calderon

Director & Music Together Teacher (Cert 1), received her Bachelor's degree in Piano from the University of Maryland. In addition to her Music Together classes she has taught on the early childhood music faculty at the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC and has worked with the Drama Learning Center & Schoolhouse Theatre Arts in Columbia. Jeanne enjoys performing and accompanying around the Metro area. She completed her Music Together® training through Music Together LLC in Princeton, NJ in 1995, and Certification Level 1 in December, 2007. Jeanne has completed Level II of Orff-Schulwerk at George Mason University, and is a member of the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association, ECMMA.

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photo Tom Rhoads

Music Together Teacher, holds a B.A. in Music from Haverford College, where he sang in the chamber and full choirs and also with an a cappella group. Since 1990 he has performed as a folksinger, mostly in the folk-rock band Broadside Electric, and has developed a deep love for and knowledge of the musical traditions of America and the British Isles. As a child Tom studied the cello. Since high school he has learned to play the guitar, bass guitar, and various folk instruments. Tom manages the 333 Coffeehouse, a monthly folk/acoustic concert series in Annapolis, and is an officer of the Annapolis Traditional Dance Society, which sponsors local folk dances. Tom lives in Severna Park with his wife, also a musician and their two children.  Prior to teaching Music Together, Tom started participating in classes with his children in 2009. Read more

     
photo Sharon Simon

Music Together Teacher, graduated from Boston College with a BA in English and completed her Music Together teacher training  in 2004.  Sharon then taught with Groovy Baby Music in Boston for six years before returning to her roots in Annapolis.  While in Boston, Sharon teamed up with another MT teacher to form the band,Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys. With her husband, Ira Baron, on bass and her kids, Sophia and Max in tow, Sharon enjoyed several years of performing sold-out family concerts in and around the Boston area. In 2009, the band also produced their album, “Carnival Day”, which  won Parents’ Choice and iMedia Awards.  Having joined Music Together Chesapeake in 2012, Sharon is thrilled to continue bringing the joy of making music to children and their families. Read more

     
photo Mandy Stinchcomb

Music Together Teacher & Administrative Assistant, has a Bachelor's degree in Theatre from Goucher College in Baltimore. She began singing in choral groups over 17 years ago, and has had a love of music ever since. Mandy  has been participating in Music Together with her children since 2004, and has greatly enjoyed sharing music with her children through the program. She completed her teacher training in the summer of 2008, and has been teaching parent child classes since the fall of that year.  Mandy has also been a in-school music specialist at the Magothy Cooperative Preschool. When she is not busy teaching and being mom to her three children, Mandy serves in an administrative roll in helping to keep Music Together Chesapeake running smoothly. 
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