Our Teachers and Staff

 

All of our teachers are passionate about music and the development of children.
They create a fun and informal social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.

 

photo Cristal

Cristal, Owner/Director, has been a part of the Music Together® family for over 12 years. Cristal's rich background in music, dance and child development, allow her to serve her community with a creative outlook and playful nature. Having worked with children for over 20 years, her greatest joy is introducing the many expressions of music, movement and narrative to children of all ages. Cristal has successfully completed the Teacher Workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children, Princeton, New Jersey and is a Registered Music Together Teacher. Her other professional affiliations include The Children's Music Network and Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

     
photo Beth

Beth Crespan served as the Director of Music Together of Marin for almost 20 years. She is a certified Music Together teacher and professional early childhood music specialist. Beth loves to sing, play guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin and violin. Since childhood Beth has been passionate about making music and performing. Her love for music and children shines bright in all the classes she teaches.

     
photo Chloe

Chloe is a mom to two young Music Together pupils. The joy of attending these classes with her children inspired Chloe to become a certified Music Together Teacher. She is also a singer/songwriter with degrees in Education and Sociology. She believes that music is the best therapy and loves sharing this passion with children and their families.

     
photo Beth & Cristal

This will be a team effort. Beth will be teaching the first half of the semester, and Cristal will finish out the semester.

     
photo Jen

Jen is a devotee of all things musical. She began playing music at a young age, beginning with the recorder, and moving to cello, clarinet, piano, and guitar. She currently plays electric and upright bass, and sings, in several Bay Area groups. Many years spent teaching young children has upheld Jen’s belief that we are all innately musical beings, and given a chance to express ourselves freely, we can easily let our musical selves shine. Through her teaching, Jen hopes to inspire people of all ages to have fun experiencing, and making, music together. Jen is a registered Music Together teacher through the Center for Music and Young Children (CMYC), Princeton, NJ.

     
photo Lakshmi

Lakshmi is an active performing musician, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, vocalist and kirtan leader. Her passion for sharing music has led her to stages all over the world, and recently into the classroom. She currently teaches vocal sound healing at Globe Institute in San Francisco and has now joined the ranks of amazing Music Together instructors. Her mission in Music Together is to bring the creative joy of the making of live music into the every day lives of families and to assist young children in having a head start in a life full of music making.

     
photo Alexandra

“I love music and singing and I am so happy to share this with families in Music Together! I deeply believe all of us are naturally musical, and music brings us joy and connection. It is my hope that in class, parents and caregivers will reconnect with their own joy of music, and enjoy bringing music into daily life with their children."

Alexandra Weaverling grew up in sunny San Diego, California. According to family members, she was singing before she could talk, thus beginning a lifelong love of music and the arts. Alexandra was very active in music, dance and theater growing up. She loves all creative art forms, and singing is especially natural and close in her heart. After graduating from New York University, she was active in NYC musical theater, teaching children’s music classes and playing her own original songs at open mic. As a nanny by day, Alexandra learned through experience how to engage children through play. Over the next few years, she continued training in creative arts therapy and other holistic modalities including yoga and meditation, living in India and Thailand along the way. Now, Alexandra is more than halfway through a PhD in Clinical Psychology, bringing a multi-disciplinary approach.