Our Teachers

Check each teacher's class schedule by clicking the link below the teacher bio. 

Peninsula Music Together has the best teachers around! 

Our teachers are passionate about music and children and create a fun, engaging and educational classroom that supports each child's and parent's musical development while they rediscover the pleasure and educational value of informal music experiences.  Music Together® applies the latest research in early childhood music development to the program. 

Music Together trainers personally meet and train each teacher. Teachers enjoy ongoing skill development workshops from Music Together LLC, and further teacher support and training throughout the year from PMT Director, Pam Donkin.


photo Pam Donkin, Director

Pam Donkin is Center Director/Owner of Peninsula Music Together. 

Teacher Pam is an award-winning children's recording artist, on the Gentle Wind label, who has been a children's performer and music specialist for over 30 years. She was trained by Music Together to be a registered Music Together teacher over a decade ago and was awarded Music Together Certification Level I for outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education. Music Together Founder, Ken Guilmartin commented that "Pam is a Master teacher". Pam, who has won 7 national awards for her own CD's recorded on the acclaimed Gentle Wind children's record label, has toured nationally, offering fun, educational, interactive library programs and family concerts. If you are looking for new and fun CD's for your family go to http://www.pamdonkin.com/. Pam's signature song, Planting Seeds of Love, is available for Free Download here!

 

"My daughter started Music Together classes with Teacher Pam when she was 4 months old. She blossomed with Pam's gentle, nurturing nature and I have learned so much about music through her teachings. Teacher Pam has a wonderful balance of being able to connect with children, along with a beautiful voice and talented musical ability which I found inspirational." Karen Senffner, Burlingame, CA 

Pam will team teach Babies Only class, Monday's 1:15 pm at Burlingame Rec with Alia.

Classes for Pam 

 

     
photo Michael Quadro

Teacher Michael is fun and upbeat, and his humor and demeanor is also a winner with the kids, and truly makes him accessible to both the children and to adults of all ages.  He is also a CA credential educator and family musician that specializes in creating, producing, and performing educational and entertaining programs for all ages. Here is a link to his recordings for children. Michael loves sharing his musical passion with the students he has been honored enough to teach and the families he has been able to reach through Music Together. Michael is a registered Music Together teacher. 

 

"Hi, I just wanted to write to say "Thank You!" For putting on such a great program. Our son, Noah took three straight semesters of Music Together with Teacher Michael, beginning when he was only 9 months old. He loved his classes and it has been so fun to watch him dance and mimic the hand motions to his favorite songs. We didn't sign up for the winter semester because we are moving out of state this February. We've enjoyed music class so much that we've already signed up for a Music Together program in our new city!" The Tanzens 


Classes for Michael


     
photo Steven Scholom

Teacher Steven is the father of a young son and began his Music Together journey as a parent in one of our classes! He was so impressed with the program that he took the Music Together training so that he could help other families encourage musical skills with their children. Steven is a natural leader, with a wonderful voice and is extremely musical and lots of fun! He has played piano since the age of 4, providing entertainment at numerous community and retirement facilities, parties, and at Stanford Medical Centers. He also plays trombone and penny-whistle by ear and Ukulele! He is bilingual, speaking both English and German and has a BS degree in Environmental Studies. Steven is a registered Music Together teacher.

  

I wanted to let you know how AMAZING teacher Steven is. We are in our third semester of Music Together and teacher
Steven is the reason we keep coming back. He is so talented, funny and kind hearted. Teacher Steven is one in a million... We are so thrilled to have
him in our lives. Thank you for providing us with such an off the charts amazing music teacher. He has and will continue to inspire many young
musicians. Cassidy Cantin, parent

Classes for Steven

 

     
photo Steve Eulberg

Steve will be adding a Rhythm Kids class (ages 4-5yrs) on Wednesdays at 3:30pm at Burlingame in the Fall!

Teacher Steve is a life-long musician and an award-winning multi-instrumentalist who is the father of two grown children, with whom he sang and played daily. After earning a Master of Music Education degree and working at the junior high school level, he began sharing folk music in local pre-schools. Originally from rural Ohio, he has worked in the inner cities of Chicago, Denver and Kansas City, and is currently a nationally-known traveling musician and music educator. Teacher Steve, a calm and caring teacher, uses mountain dulcimers, mandolin, guitar, autoharp, ukulele, percussion, didjeridoo, harmonica, banjo and banjammer in his classes. Teacher Steve loves the Music Together program for how it emphasizes the vital role that parents and caregivers play in the musical upbringing of young learners. Teacher Steve is a registered Music Together Teacher. Here is a link to his Folk Music for Little Folks EP.

 

"We love teacher Steve! He has such a wonderful presence - joyful, but also calm and patient."   PMT parent

"Steve Eulberg is so excellent! My friend and I really love him and he is so good with our 10 month old girls. Steve is talented, calm and shows them a lot of attention. Our girls love seeing him in class each week." April Champagne, San Mateo Parent

Classes for Steve 

 

     
photo Alia Stadlander

Teacher Alia Stadlander, is warm, energetic and playful!

Music has always been a large part of Teacher Alia’s life. She was an All State vocalist and performed musical theater in several corners of the world. She graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from the world renowned Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Alia found Music Together as a first time mom while living in Minneapolis MN, several years ago, and eagerly took the Music Together training, teaching for that location. Now, as a California resident, and mother to two, she is super excited to share family music making with you and your little ones. Teacher Alia is a registered Music Together teacher.

"We just had our last day with Teacher Alia and it was a GREAT session! Henry absolutely loved Alia, and she was so fantastic with the kids. I  just signed up for next session with her as well!"  Katherine, parent.

 

Classes for Alia 

 

 

 

     
photo Sandy Aran

Sandy Aran is a spirited and fun Music Together teacher who previously Directed her own MT Center in North SM County.  Sandy made her musical debut at age 5 in her native Mexico City. Since then, she has made music and performing her life. She studied Jazz, extensively at the National University and Superior Schools in Mexico City.  At that time, she founded and organized several Jazz festivals and opened for the great B.B. King with her vocal group Cuicanitl in 1995. She received scholarships to study at the famed Berklee College of Music and graduated with top honors in Vocal Jazz Performance in 2001. She has recorded numerous independent albums and currently performs every Sunday at the Hyatt Regency SFO as the featured Jazz Brunch vocalist and also with her Latin Jazz Band, “Ritmojito”. The parent of two young boys, Teacher Sandy is a registered Music Together teacher.

 

"Teacher Sandy's obvious love of music really rubbed off on our son! Her joy comes across to everyone in the class...she even helped me get over my phobia of singing!"  Laura S. Daly City, ca

 

 

Classes for Sandy 

     
photo Sami Kaneda

Peninsula Music Together is very excited that Sami Kaneda is joining our staff! Sami will be teaching classes at Parent's Place in San Mateo this Fall on Thursday mornings!

Teacher Sami was a Music Together Center Director in North San Mateo County, before she was a Mom. She is returning to teaching Music Together after taking time off raising her twins!  Sami was "discovered" singing stirring renditions of classic jazz standards in a local jazz club in Japan by an American record producer. Her live performances and demo tape then brought her to the attention of Stix Hooper, drummer for the legendary band The Crusaders, one of the most popular jazz groups of all time. Impressed by Sami's unique vocal talents, Hooper offered to serve as producer for her debut album.

Later in her career she discovered Music Together as well as her love of teaching children. With her 6 years of teaching and Directing experience at Music Together, prior to her twins arrival, now she is even more excited to come back to teach Music Together! Sami is a registered Music Together Teacher.

Classes for Sami

     
photo Chris LaPaglia

Peninsula Music Together is excited to add Chris LaPaglia to our staff! This Fall, Teacher Chris will teach Monday afternoon classes at Burlingame Rec Ages 3-4 at 3:30 and 0-4yrs at 4:30, as well as Tuesday mornings at PJCC, at Beresford Center Friday afternoons! Chris brings warmth and fun energy to his classes, plus amazing guitar skills! 

Chris has been playing and performing on guitar and vocals for many years in various ensembles, in addition to his solo acoustic guitar shows. He is currently teaching music to kids with special needs at the Arbor Bay School in San Carlos, California, and is very excited to join the Peninsula Music Together team. His daughter loved the program and still sings the songs she learned during three years of sessions at PMT! He also plays bass, harmonica, and piano, and is currently working towards a degree in Music Therapy. He has a BA in music from San Francisco State University. Chris is a registered Music Together Teacher.

Classes for Chris