Our Teachers

All of our teachers are passionate about music and the development of children.

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

photo Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith graduated in 2007 with a BA in Ethnomusicology and came to Alaska in 2008.  As a full-time nanny she would bring her kids to Music Together® classes with Kamryn Brooks.  Finding a love for integrating music and movement with her already strong passion for early childhood, she became a Music Together teacher in 2009. After 5 years of teaching Music Together classes in the community she is now the Center Director for Anchorage Music Together.

     
photo Kathleen Patterson

 Kate Patterson was born and raised in Illinois. She has been active in the study or leading of music for as long as she can remember. She attended Augusta College in Augusta, GA. where she earned a BA in Music Education.  She also holds a Masters Degree in Education from Lesley University, Cambridge MA., with an emphasis on integrating the arts into curriculum and instruction.  Her major instrument was voice and she also enjoys playing trombone.  She has lived in Alaska since 1992 and is a firm believer in community music.  Having been active in leading Church music since age 15 and participating in many community music groups over the years she believes there should be a place for persons of varying abilities to be able to express themselves musically.  She is currently the conductor of the Matanuska Susitna Orchestra a community group with the mission of "making music make a difference" and teaches elementary music at Cottonwood Creek Elementary School in Wasilla, Alaska where she has been since 1997.

     
photo Katie Judge

Katie Judge grew up a California girl and found her way to Portland, OR where she graduated from Multnomah University with a BA in Speech Communications. She found her way to Alaska with family to find work, and has come to love all that Alaska has to offer, including camping, hiking, fishing , and epic scenery.

Katie has a background in piano, flute, ukulele, singing, and acting. She especially enjoys hanging out with kids and has worked as a nanny, camp counselor, and social worker. She can usually be found narrating her day through song with her own kids. Katie found out about Music Together by accident and is very excited to be teaching with Timbre Music!

     
photo Karen Lease

 

 

 

Karen's love for music was reignited after bringing her two sons to Music Together classes. She was very involved with music in her youth, playing piano, guitar and tuba and singing in choir, but got busy with life. She graduated from the University of Santa Barbara with a BS in Geology and a  Masters in Education and taught high school science. 

 

She moved to Alaska in 2012 from southern California and started the most epic adventure of her life, motherhood. Along with being a mom she teaches kid and prenatal yoga. She is very excited to join the Music Together Team! Come sing, wiggle and play with her!

     
photo Chelsea Haddock

Chelsea Haddock was born and raised in Alaska. Fishing, camping, XC skiing and harvesting the natural resources that Alaska has to offer are a few of her favorite outdoor activities. She has enjoyed being a nanny for many years in Washington and Alaska, now a mother of two. She registered her daughter in Miss Hannah's class 3 years ago and has enjoyed applying the tools she's learned in class at home, in the car at the grocery store, anywhere! Cultivating a musical relationship with her children and others through Music Together reignited her own joy for music and movement. She knew it was where she wanted to be!