Our Teachers

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

Peninsula Music Together team! Dedicated to making lives more musical!

In back: Steve Eulberg. Front from L to R,  Chris La Paglia, Steven Scholom, Director Pam Donkin. Alia Stadlander, Sandy Aran  

 

Our teachers are passionate about music and children and create a fun, uplifting, 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.

 

Are you or someone you know, interested in learning more about teaching for Peninsula Music Together? Contact us!

 

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 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 

Classes for Pam 

 

     
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

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 Chris LaPaglia

Teacher Chris will add Monday mornings in Burlingame starting in Fall.

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.

 

Classes for Chris

     
photo Sandy Aran

Sandy is teaching two bilingual Music Together con español classes, one at Burlingame and one at Beresford Center! Sandy is a native Spanish Speaker. Come join the fun!

 

Teacher Sandy 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 Brittany Allen (Breeze)

Teacher Breeze will add Thursday mornings in Beresford to her Fall schedule and is teaching bilingual Music Together con español class, at Burlingame Rec this Fall Tuesdays 4pm. Breeze has been speaking fluent Spanish since she was a child. (Her father is a native Spanish Speaker.) Come join the fun!

Teacher Brittany "Breeze" attended her first Music Together program while working as a nanny, quickly falling in love with the program and enrolling in, and passing, the Music Together Teacher Training. From an early age, Teacher Breeze has been passionate about participating in a variety of dance and musical performances. She is an experienced drum major, and loves to play the clarinet, piano, and to sing.

She studied Spanish at University of California, Davis, and teaches Music Together for both English speaking and bilingual classes. While at UC Davis she also took courses in Early Childhood and Family Development, Community and Regional Development, Psychology, as well as Sociology, aspiring to be a Family Therapist.  Additionally, Teacher Breeze has taken training as a nanny, and now has over a decade of experience. Her commitment to caring for children is both her passion as well as her career. Breeze is a Registered Music Together Teacher. 

 

"Teacher Breeze is one of the most intentional Peninsula Music Together teachers that I have ever met. She is so engaging with all the students and brings the energy that children, parents and nannies need!" Natasha Domingo, Burlingame Rec participant.

Classes for Brittany

     
photo Sami Kaneda

Teacher Sami will be returning to Peninsula Music Together in Fall 2019 to teach Wednesday Burlingame classes!

Teacher Sami was a Music Together Center Director in North San Mateo County, before she was a Mom. She returned a few years ago to teaching Music Together after taking time off raising her twins!  She has subbed at Peninsula Music Together classes and taught for several years at Music Together San Francisco as well. We are so fortunate that she had an available morning to devote to our classes starting in Fall in Burlingame on Wednesdays!

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