Teachers

photo Teresa Smith

Teresa Smith is a proud 'Cornhusker' from Nebraska where she taught K-6 General Elementary Music, band and chorus for four years before moving to Virginia and teaching in Fairfax County Public Schools for 7 years. She received her Bachelor of Music Education, K-12 Vocal and Instrumental, from the University of Nebraska and her Master of Arts in Arts Management from George Mason University. She is a Certified Kodály teacher, Orff Certification Level I and in 2007 she received her Music Together® training. Teresa was the Executive Director for The Youth Orchestras of Fairfax (TYOF) and teaches private piano lessons.

She and her husband Cap live in Leesburg, VA with their daughter Margie who was born in October 2011 and James who was born in December 2013. (If you ever wondered what her car license plate is all about - Sadie Tot is their family puppy.) Teaching Music Together® classes and owning her own center has been a goal of Teresa's for many, many years. She is thrilled to be working in Leesburg sharing music with so many wonderful families!

     
photo Jennene Estes

Jennene Estes owns and operates (with her husband, Wayne) The Catoctin School of Music in Leesburg , VA. She is a native Northern Virginian, who has currently lived in Leesburg since 1992. In 1989 Jennene received her B.M. (Music Industry) from JMU (concentration- Cello) and minors in voice, economics and law. Jennene received her M.B.A. from Shenandoah University in 1998. In 2009, she completed her Ed. S in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University.

Jennene has been teaching private music lessons since 1989. Her performing experience includes cello with the Prince William and Alexandria Symphonies, various musical theatre pit orchestras, worship musician, recording sessions and even a 2 year long stint in an all Vietnamese Orchestra! Check her out in the DVD’s Asia or Paris by Night! Jennene received her Music Together® Training in 2012 and is looking forward to sharing her passion for music in this new and exciting way!

 

     
photo Jenna Stein

Jenna Stein is a native of Northeastern Ohio and has been singing for as long as she can remember in church choirs and then in the Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2005 with a BA in Liberal Arts focusing on Theatre, Music, and Mathematics. She later graduated from GW with her Masters of Education in Secondary Mathematics and taught high school math for six years in Montgomery County.

Jenna began taking her daughter (and then daughters) to Music Together classes in 2013. After a suggestion from their MT teacher, she trained in 2016 to become a Music Together teacher herself. Jenna now lives in Ashburn, VA with her husband, Jeff, and two daughters, Annabel and Lydia. She looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm for music and children with her new classes.   

     
photo Sarah Issaelkhoury

Miss Sarah's musical background is layered- her grandfather had a beautiful voice. They connected over movie musicals, and she would go to his voice lessons with him. Sarah loved sitting under the piano and absorbing the sound of the booming keys and his voice soaring overhead while she colored! As a child she took piano, voice, clarinet, and cello lessons. She went to college for music and pursued a career as an opera singer! After a few years, she moved home to Ashburn and began teaching elementary music. Sarah now teaches during the day, and sings professional concerts on the weekends.
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When Sarah is not making music with the students in Loudoun County or the musicians of Washington DC, she am hanging out with her husband and their 21-month-old triplet sons! They live in Leesburg with our dog, Pablo, and our cat, Patton. They love watching soccer and hockey games, checking out all of the playgrounds in Loudoun County, and driving to Rocky Point Creamery for ice cream!

     
photo Kyla Wilcox

Kyla Wilcox is a Board-Certified Music Therapist from Frederick, Maryland. She grew up in a very musical family and learned so much of her musical style from her older relatives. Kyla plays piano, guitar, clarinet, and saxophone and has taught private music lessons for four years. She received her Bachelor of Music Therapy from Shenandoah University and is now working on her Masters in School Counseling at George Mason University.

Kyla now lives in Ashburn, VA with her wonderful music teacher husband Stephen and their hyperactive dog Luna. In her free time, Kyla loves to play duets with her husband and go on long hikes with Luna. Kyla is so excited to be able to share the magic of Music Together with the families in our community!

     
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