"My name is Colleen, and I love to sing and dance!"
She said, introducing herself to her 2nd grade teacher. This enthusiasm for music and movement eventually led to degrees in Music Education from Ithaca College and West Chester University. She holds certification in Orff Schulwerk, First Steps in Music, and Conversational Solfegge, as well as teacher training for the Music Together® program.
In addition to a 13-years of teaching classroom general music, she taught swing dance classes for Baltimore's Charm City Swing and spent several years as a competitive lindy hopper (look her up on YouTube!). Colleen fell in love with the Music Together program after experiencing it with her own children. She is passionate about helping people of all ages find joy and togetherness through music and dance.
"A playful teacher with serious musical experience." - J.M., parent
"Colleen is fun, friendly, professional, and bursting with music and movement! Any topic in the world, she can probably sing you a song about it, and any song in the world, she can teach you a dance to go with it. " - L.M., co-worker
"Colleen has a magical way of bringing people together around music and songs." - A.A., parent
Music has been an important part of Stephanie’s life for as long as she can remember. She began by figuring out Beatles’ songs on the piano and quickly discovered a love for Schubert, Chopin and Debussy, too! This passion took her to Ithaca College in New York, where she received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, and then to Australia, where she received a Masters of Music Studies in Piano Performance and Teaching from the University of Melbourne.
After graduate school, she discovered a second love: teaching children. Her first job was teaching general music to kindergarten and elementary students in her hometown area of Cherry Hill, New Jersey in 2005. Since then, she has taught elementary music and piano to students at Seisen International School (Tokyo) and Lake Forest School for the Arts and Beaches Episcopal School (Jacksonville, FL).
Her children, Connor and Samantha, were born in 2012 and 2014, and it was then that she discovered the magic of Music Together. She attended Music Together Teacher Training in San Francisco, January of 2014 before moving with her family to NAF Atsugi, a Navy base near Tokyo, Japan. She opened her own center, Imagine Music Together, in nearby Ebina in September 2015, where military families and Japanese families joined together to form a truly unique musical community. She also taught for Azabu Music Together in Tokyo and attended numerous Songs and Skills Workshops with Music Together teachers from Japan and other East Asian countries. In December 2016, she completed her Music Together Certificate I training in Tokyo.
Now back in the USA, Stephanie is thrilled to be teaching with Colleen Vernon and looks forward to meeting everyone!