Meet Your Teachers

As teachers, we are passionate about music and the development of children.

We create a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.

 

photo Nicole Silich White

I was born into a musical family. My earliest memories of music are singing with my mom and learning songs at church. I began taking piano lessons in kindergarten and continued through high school. I have been involved in concert band, ensemble, and jazz groups. I have sung in chorus and participated in theater through college. I love to sing, dance, and play the piano. Although music wasn't my formal education, I couldn't imagine a day without it!

I come from a long line of teachers that not only value education but believe ALL children can learn. I have a B.S. in elementary education and a M.Ed. in Reading education. I hold special certifications in reading and working with dyslexic students. I have worked with students from preschool through the university setting. I enjoy combining my love of music with my passion for education to create an inviting musical learning environment for your family!

As a stay at home mama I have experienced the joy and delight that Music Together® offers by taking my own children. After my first free demo in a baby store I quickly obtained my Music Together training, became a registered teacher and had my family participating in class. I found it such a support for me when I decided to stay home with my first child. Quitting a full time job to stay home can be an isolating decision. I needed connection. As I went to class every week I knew I was providing my child with a quality class and I would get to connect with other parents. Sometimes just having a conversation with another adult was so encouraging.

I have enjoyed teaching at several centers in Raleigh, NC and in Columbus, OH. When my family moved to Westerville my sister and I started Wholey Sisters Music Together, LLC. It has been such a wonderful experience working with my sister as co-directors and teaching families. Classes are such an inspiring place for families to interact. I count it a blessing every semester that I teach that families allow me to be a part of the memories they make with each other. Contact Nicole

 

 

     
photo Tara Silich Stewart

As long as I can remember music has been second nature to me. At age four I received a karaoke microphone and the rest was history! During middle school and high school I was involved in church music, theater and traveling with several singing groups. While in college I began to explore the world of song writing and released my first album in 2003. Music has always made me feel alive and I truly believe music just makes life more fun!

I have been teaching Music Together classes for four years. My greatest joy in life is being a mother to my three children. Before becoming a registered Music Together teacher I loved being a Music Together mom and attending classes with my kids.


My degree is in church music and biblical studies. I was a fine arts director at an inner city church in Pittsburgh for seven years. I had the opportunity to oversee dance, drama and musical groups. Four years ago my husband and I moved to Columbus to start a church. Along with teaching Music Together, I currently serve as the worship and fine arts pastor at Oasis City Church. I also have the privilege of teaching private voice lessons to students of all ages. The most fulfilling thing in the world for me is to see children, youth and grownups find the music inside of themselves!Contact Tara

     
photo Natalie Shoemaker

Before becoming a Music Together teacher, Natalie earned a degree in Elementary Education and taught kindergarten. Natalie has taught Music Together classes in Indiana and Ohio since 2008. With experience in both directing and teaching (Michiana Music Together and Bloom! Music and Movement Centre), she has come to value the philosophy behind this great program.

As a second generation Music Together teacher, Natalie loves that she is passing on music to her three kids (and their Mimi is thrilled, as well). She grew up singing in church and playing various instruments in band and percussion ensembles through high school and college. Most of all, Natalie appreciates the joys and challenges music brings to her family and those she teaches.  Contact Natalie

 

     
photo Valerie Robinson

 

Valerie Robinson graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor's of Music in music therapy.  She is a board-certified Music Therapist and a registered Music Together teacher.  She worked as a music therapist at Bridgeway Academy from 2007-2015, serving children on the autism spectrum and other developmental disabilities.  She was the administrative director for the Music Together program at Bridgeway Academy from 2009-2015.  Valerie currently serves as president of the Association for Ohio Music Therapists.  She and her husband have 4 daughters who all have grown up in the Music Together program!