Check each teacher's class schedule by clicking the link below the teacher bio.
Peninsula Music Together has the best teachers around!
From L to R, Steven Scholom, Chris La Paglia, Alia Stadlander, Steve Eulberg, Director Pam Donkin. (Missing from pic, Sandy Aran and Sami Kaneda)
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. Interested in teaching Music Together? Contact us!
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 acclaimed Gentle Wind children's record 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 15 yrs 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". She does not teach regularly but does substitute from time to time! Pam, who has won 7 national awards for her own CD's on 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
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
Summer note: Teacher Steve will be touring for most of the summer, so other than one or two subbing dates, will not be teaching his regular schedule.
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
Teacher Alia Stadlander, is warm, energetic and playful!
Summer! Please note that other than one or two subbing dates, Teacher Alia is traveling with her family this summer so will not teach her regular schedule.
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.
Teacher 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.
"I wanted to let you know that the boys are loving the 3-4 yr classand specifically Teacher Chris - their school music program is pretty rigid, and Chris allows them to be a kid - while they get very “big” energy in class, it is a great counter balance to their school day. We have signed them up for Chris’ Winter class, as well as Rhythm kids!"
P.Vartarian, parent Burlingame Rec.
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
Summer note: Gabriela is guest-teaching for the 2018 summer at Burlingame Rec Wednesdays at 1pm & 2pm and Beresford Center Thursdays noon & 1pm!
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Gabriela teaches Music Together at a neighboring center. She has been working in music within several communities since 2011. For 5 years, she was an elementary school music teacher with Music for Minors, for whom she taught general music in classrooms Pre-K to 5th grade. Currently Gabriela works in the field of Music Therapy, leading music groups with disabled, autistic and adult individuals. She is also a Play and Learn instructor at Gymboree Play and Music Development Center which serves children newborn through age 4. In addition, she performs solo piano for events, and she enjoys presenting her own song/guitar compositions. Gabriela is a registered Music Together teacher.
Steve, Steven & Alia
Beresford Center Friday mornings this Summer! You will be treated to a special Peninsula Music Together Teacher Tag-Team!
Here is the schedule:
Week 1 and 2: Steve Eulberg
Week 3: Steven Scholom
Week 4: Alia Stadlander
Week 5 and 6: Steven Scholom
Teacher Sami will be subbing in classes from time to time.
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.