Our Teachers

All of the teachers at Music Together With Miri are passionate about music - and more importantly about supporting your child's musical journey. During their classes, they create a fun, informal, musically rich social setting that supports the varied learning styles of both children and adults. All of our teachers have successfully completed the three-day Music Together® teacher training workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children®, Princeton, New Jersey and many have participated in Music Together’s Advanced Certification Program.

 

photo Miri Frenkel-Yacubovich

Miri Frenkel-Yacubovich, a licensed center director, and a registered Music Together teacher with an extensive background in music and education. She holds a Master's degree in Music Therapy and a Bachelor's in Psychology and Musicology. Miri has been working as a music therapist with children and adolescents, who have special needs and their families in different therapeutic settings for over 15 years, and she maintains a private practice as well. She led a "Creative music kids" program, that she developed for a Montessori school and a local preschool. Miri has played piano since she was 5, teaches piano at her studio, and leads a "Young Pianist" program at the preschool. She is a trained vocalist, and experienced early childhood educator, as well as the mother of two children. Her enthusiasm and love for her work, make her classes a joyful experience for both children and adults, and she is looking forward to make music with you. 

     
photo Debbie Stahl

Debbie is a certified music teacher and taught in MCPS until her older daughter was born 10 years ago. She took a Music Together class with her daughter and she loved the materials, so Debbie went through the training to teach Music Together as well. Debbie taught Music Together until her second daughter was born. After that she worked part-time in her children's preschool both teaching music and in the classroom, and also taught a Mommy-and-Me class through the City of Rockville Recreation Department.  She also teaches private music lessons in her home at Rockville. Now that her children are both in school, she is looking forward to make Music Together with you. 

     
photo Kerry Phelps

Kerry first experienced Music Together as a parent with her then 18-month-old son.  They found it so enjoyable, that Kerry decided to become an instructor herself.  The program was a perfect fit for her—Kerry is a Maryland-certified elementary vocal-general music teacher with seven years’ experience in the Howard County Public School System.  Kerry earned a Masters of Arts degree in Music Education at University of Maryland and a Bachelors of Science, also in Music Education at Towson University.  Kerry has been playing the piano since she was eight years old and has taught piano lessons privately.  She is currently a piano accompanist at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Fulton, Maryland.  

     
photo Liz Mulligan

 

Liz Mulligan discovered the Music Together program after moving to Maryland three years ago and enrolling in a parent/child class with her then 10 month old daughter. As both an educator and musician herself, Liz quickly became a strong believer in the philosophy nd teaching design of the program, signing up for subsequent semesters, and now participates with both of her children. When the prospect arose to become a MT instructor herself, Liz jumped at the opportunity and went through the process to become a certified Music Together teacher. Liz is now very excited to share her love of the MT program through working with children and families to help create a musically rich experience both in the classroom and at home. Liz has a background as theater major (music theater minor) in her 
undergraduate career, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech from Northwestern University. She also has several years of elementary classroom experience through the Teach For America program, earning a Master of Education in Curriculum and Design from National Louis University in the process. Prior to having children, Liz also ran educational, vocational and enrichment programming for Mercy Home for Boys and Girls (a therapeutic residential home for youth) in Chicago. As a vocalist, Liz has sung with the National Cathedral Society in Washington DC, and now cantors/sings regularly at Saint Louis Catholic Church in Clarksville.