Our Teachers

All of our staff members are passionate about music and the development of children.  Our Teachers create a fun, informal, yet informative setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.  

photo Lizz Hodgin Weihrauch, Director

Lizz Hodgin Weihrauch, Director of MusicalMe, Inc. is a professional opera singer and musical theater performer who has performed locally, in the San Francisco Bay Area, in New York City, and beyond. Lizz has studied Early Childhood Education at Cabrillo and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater (Acting Emphasis) from UCSC. She has studied voice with some very gifted teachers, among them: Adrienne Angel, Blanche Thebom, and her best teacher ever, her Mom.

She is also Daniel's Mom!

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photo Bonnie Holmer-Orange (B4G classes & Active Sub)

Bonnie Holmer-Orange grew up in a singing family, belting out songs with her Mom and siblings at every opportunity. She joined her first choir at age 5 and by age 9 was performing duets on stage with her brother. She prefers any fun song, including children’s songs, campfire or traditional songs. Bonnie spent 6 years as a camp counselor, and naturally assumed the roll of song leader for the camp.

Bonnie’s first degree is in Early Child Education. She taught preschool in Santa Cruz for 4 years during her young adult years and loves the toddler years. Bonnie’s second degree is in health education, with a specialty in adult learning.

Bonnie discovered Music Together® when her twins were 4 months old. She instantly fell in love with MT, and recognized it as the perfect blend of her many loves: music, working with young children and adult education. When her 3rd child was a year old, Bonnie became a Music Together teacher in Santa Cruz. She took the MT program with her when she moved to Indonesia where she lived for 8 years. Now back in Santa Cruz, Bonnie is excited to be back on the team with MusicalMe.

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photo Camille Couture

Camille Couture has been teaching, living and loving Music Together for over 10 years.  She holds a Master of Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington, sings in the Santa Cruz-based vocal group Ariose and is the chorus manager for WomenSing.  Her finest work however, happens when accompanying her daughter, Madison, while Maddy plays the melody of "Heart and Soul", or when singing "My Favorite Things" together.  Music Together has been the soundtrack of family life in Camille's home and she can't wait to bring this incredibly rich and joyous musical program into the lives of the children and grown-ups in her classes.

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photo Elizabeth Torres

With 17 years of Music Together experience, Elizabeth cannot imagine her life without it. Elizabeth is a professional saxophonist and a composer. She is a graduate of Music Together's prestigious Certification Level Two training where just over 100 teachers in the country have achieved this certification. She studied intensely with the founders of Music Together; Ken Guilmartin and Lili Levinowitz. She holds a B.A. in Music from UCSC and has taught music both privately and in elementary schools to children in grades Kindergarten through 8th.

In her free time she likes to hike in the mountains surrounding Santa Cruz and to swim with the Cruzers swim team. In the summer, you can find Elizabeth at one of her favorite beaches reading a book or people watching on Westcliff. She also plays saxophone in Aza with Teacher Genoa. Aza is a 6 piece Moroccan/North African band that tours internationally.

"My vision as a Music Together Teacher is to empower parents to be musical with their children and have it be as natural as speaking to them." -Teacher Elizabeth

"Elizabeth is full of life and energy and goes out of her way to include and engage all students in her class.  My two daughters LOVE music class and love teacher Elizabeth!" -Alicia M. DeRollo


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photo Erika Dominguez

Born and raised in Uruguay, Erika has been teaching holistic nutrition to kids in Spanish and English for the Nourishing Generations Educational Project for the last five years. Erika has loved singing since she was very young, and currently she has a 3-year-old son she loves to sing with. She has been singing regularly for the last year as part of the Women's Spirit Song Circle led by singer and songwriter Heather Houston. Erika is also a member of the amazing Yala Lati women’s choir where she enjoys the beautiful harmonies and the enriching and heart opening experience that it provides. Nothing brings her more joy than singing with kids and parents and now doing so in her native language is like a dream come true!

     
photo Genoa Brown

Genoa Brown is a Santa Cruz native and a proud mother of two beautiful boys named Umi and York. She was first introduced to Music Together as a nanny for a little boy who was enrolled in the program and she fell in love with the idea. She has been teaching since the Summer of 2010 and is in awe of the sense of community, arts appreciation and family bonding this program brings to those enrolled. As far back as she can remember music has been a significant part of her life in shaping her happiness, community, and identity. She has been recording professionally since the age of 15 and continues to play music in and out of school professionally and recreationally. In college she studied under renowned saxophonist Leo Potts at CSU Long Beach and graduated with a BA in Communication Studies and a Minor in Music. She has played and toured with many artists such as: KRS One, Del The Funkyhomosapien, Dj Zac Hendrix, APlus and Pharcyde just to name a few. She also plays in the award winning band AZA and makes music with local and SF Bay Area musicians and producers. The music she creates herself, and with the amazing people she works with, have characteristics of multiple genres and a vast array of influences. For herself the most notable influences are her two grandfathers, both jazz instrumentalists, and her Momma, whose lullabies are of her first memories in experimenting with music and harmony. Most recently, Music Together has offered classes to developmentally disabled teens at local high schools and Genoa has had the honor of teaching and witnessing the incredible power of music in relation to those with special needs.  Genoa has worked with children, teens, and adults with special needs and holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology.

"I, personally, believe in an art as it exists in the context of the phrase "thou art God". In this phrase art is the word that connects the individual (thou) to their higher self (God) or to that which is universal…" -D'Angelo-

 

"My vision as a Music Together teacher is to see my families be funny, loving, confident and relaxed. At the end of class, seeing my families leave the classroom with those feelings and having been nourished through music-making is my meaningful vision. Sometimes families are struggling with something that disrupts emotional comforts and to be an individual who provides a safe and secure place for them to rediscover those feelings is such an honor." -Teacher Genoa


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photo Shannon Marie Kerr

Shannon Marie Kerr is a Santa Cruz native. Raised in the San Lorenzo Valley area, Shannon spent her early years in dance class and on the MCT (Mountain Community Theater) stage. She began choreographing plays for Santa Cruz's Little Peoples Repertory Theatre at the age of 12. Shannon went on to pursue professional acting in NYC in 2001, where she resided for 9 years. She quickly became a member of the Screen Actor's Guild and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. A long time lover of musical theatre, and children's education, Shannon had the gift of directing and choreographing her first full production of Alice in Wonderland for SCPA earlier this year. She is currently choreographing some numbers for MCT's Spamalot. Shannon is truly blessed and excited to be among the gifted teachers of MMI.

(Photo credit by Donald Kerns)