Our 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.

photo Anne Murphy, M.Ed.

Anne is Center Director & a Registered Cert1,Music Together® Teacher.
She is a vocalist with the Federated Ensemble & recorded on its two music CD's.
She has performed in such venues as The Cleveland Music Hall, Dobama Theatre,
Karamu Theatre, Severance Hall, & in radio and TV commercials.
Anne has a background in business and in the field of education as an Elementary Teacher
and Resource Teacher. She has been instrumental in the inception of
model school programs & parent education initiatives.
Anne is very excited about involving parents & children in this most nurturing,
life-giving music program.

     
photo Colleen Szekelyi

Colleen, a Registered Music Together Teacher, finds that teaching Music Together has provided her the joyful opportunity to express her musical and theatrical background. She has performed at the State Theatre, Severance Hall, and the Cleveland Playhouse; and, having co-written the lyrics for "It's A Major League Good Time" led to working on the film: "Major League". Singing professionally since the 80's, Colleen has recorded numerous radio & television commercials; she has been the voice-over/jingle singer for Skippy Peanut Butter, Sea World, Care Bears, WEWS Channel 5 to name a few. Colleen is a writer with a creative story-telling wit that is unsurpassed. She even has a parrot that sings and performs - but that's another story.

     
photo Amanda Walsh

Amanda  is very excited about combining her passions in her latest endeavor- teaching children - in the Music Together program.

 

She has been playing the piano and violin since she was eight years old and  has been teaching piano and violin for 20 years.

Her training began at The Cleveland Institute of Music and from there she studied violin at The Cleveland Music School Settlement where she was a member of the Settlement’s Bellflower Quartet. 

She received the first-ever Robert Bergantino Musician of the Year award and then graduated from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2000

with a Bachelor of Music in piano performance.    

 

She is a singer and songwriter who combines her classical training in solo piano with voice.

 

She is a founding member of the band, City Limits, currently performing folk and rock covers and originals.  She also performs in the duo Bridgetown Junction with Rick Szekelyi,

singing and playing their original music and songs written by others who inspire them.

 

Amanda recently finished her first solo album of original songs.

 

She is currently composing a children's album that is silly enough for kids and sophisticated enough for adults.

 

Amanda's musical talent and her crazy, fun sense of humor are a formula for a treat of a music class!

 

 

 
     
photo Diane Klein

 Diane feels so fortunate to be joining the Music Together team! For the past 20 years, she has been making musical moments with young children. After graduating from Ohio State University in education and music, she taught first grade for nine years. But her second career as an early childhood music teacher fit her as her true calling, and she has not looked back since! Merging her two passions; young children and music, allows her to be joyful, silly and playful, while nuturing a powerful emotional connection to music that is in our soul for a lifetime. She has recently received her certification in Dalcroze through Carnegie Mellon and Orff from Baldwin Wallace University. She loves dancing and teaching folk dance to people of all ages. She plays guitar and piano. She sings with the Cleveland Pops Chorus, her synagogue a cappella choir, and a doo-wop harmony group.  Her absolute favorite theater role was recently playing a nun in Sister Act at Karamu House.