We Love Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers!

photo Ms.Wendy

Wendy Snell is a former Kindergarten teacher with a Master’s in Early Childhood Education. She has taught music, movement, and dance to babies, toddlers, and preschoolers for the past 10 years and, in 2012, received intensive training in the internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program, Music Together®. 

To give you a sense for where my passion for this kind of thing first started and how it developed, I thought I'd take you back to when I was a little bitty just for a moment . . .

My love for dance started in Ms. Wilhite’s Creative Movement class. I was 3. I remember the thrill when she chose my jacket as the “pond” for all of us to leap over. I remember the triumph of first clearing that pond.

From then on, I was a dancer. I danced in class, but I also danced in our kitchen, our living room, our dining room, our hallways, upstairs and downstairs, in my bedroom, and on stage.

​​As a dance major, I danced through most of college, until I decided that I wanted a more balanced life, one that would include kids. Not long after graduating from the University of Iowa, I received a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College in New York and taught kindergarten for six years before starting a family.

When my oldest was a baby, I led a music and movement class for infants through pre-schoolers and their caregivers. It was as much a joy as it was a success and, over a period of four years, Music and Movement with Miss Wendy grew exponentially. I had the privilege of seeing these little ones grow from experiencing the music in their mamas' laps to full-fledged singing, dancing participants, and then to see their little siblings enter the picture and take their places in their mamas' laps.

It is now my great delight to be a trained and registered teacher as well as a licensed center director for the best early childhood music and movement program in the world!​​

- Ms.Wendy​​

     
photo Ms.Kenya

Kenya Engram always knew that all she really wanted to do in life was play music and help people. Music therapy was the perfect opportunity to do both! For the past 6 years, Kenya has worked as a licensed and board certified music therapist in Atlanta, GA, following her love for working with both seniors and parents-to-be. She's passionate about using music and movement to help rehabilitate seniors, to help them maintain quality of life, and to help them age with vitality and grace. She's equally passionate about supporting and inspiring moms and dads to have the birth they want. She loves helping new parents learn how to bond and form attachments with their new little ones through music therapy. In addition to sharing her special gifts with Music Together of Decatur, Kenya launched her private practice, Nurturing Notes Music Therapy, in 2016. She holds both a bachelors (BS) and a masters (MMT) in Music Therapy and is trained in Sound Birthing Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth. She will complete her training in Sound Birthing Postpartum Music Therapy this summer. Kenya has been a certified Music Together teacher since 2011.

     
photo Ms.Lauren

Lauren Bock is a music educator based in Decatur. She completed the Music Together teacher training in 2006 and has taught MT classes for five years in New York as well as Atlanta. Since 2014, Lauren has offered private ukulele and guitar instruction through her own small business, Rock with Bock, which is a big hit with the kids of Intown Atlanta and Decatur! She holds a Bachelors degree in music and education from Hampshire College and a Child Development Associate early childhood education credential. Lauren lives in Medlock Park with her husband Jesse and her one-year-old daughter Lucey Rose. They enjoy Sacred Harp singing together.   

 
     
photo Ms.Rayma

Rayma Williams is a music therapist who is brand new to the Atlanta metro area! After growing up in AL and completing a bachelors in Music Therapy at Mississippi University for Women, she worked as a music therapist for five years in IN and later, TN. Her experience includes music therapy sessions in school classrooms, early childhood music groups, school for the deaf, nursing homes, a private school for students on the Autism Spectrum, NICU/Pediatrics, and many more diverse settings. Rayma's love for early childhood led her to pursue more knowledge through certifications for Neurologic Music Therapy (2015), Music Together teacher training (2016), Neonatal Intensive Care Unit- Music Therapy (2017), and Bereavement Training: Perinatal Death (2018). When she's not strumming a guitar and composing silly songs, you can find Rayma crocheting, learning how to bake, or roaming the aisles of Aldi for a good sale. 

     
photo Ms.Beth

Beth Beyer is new to the Atlanta area but not to Music Together. Beth grew up in Colorado where she was bit by the music bug at an early age. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Colorado - Boulder. After college she spent a year singing and dancing for Holland America Cruise Lines, and then headed for the Big Apple! Her music theatre career took off in NYC and she was lucky enough to book a few national and international tours as well as many regional shows. Motherhood took her back to Colorado where she was lucky enough to stumble upon Music Together. She took her teacher training in 2010 and taught for a center for 2 years before deciding to open her own center. She ran her own center, Tiny Tunes Music Together, for 5 years, servicing 75 families a semester until her recent move to Atlanta. Since coming to Atlanta she has been performing locally at the Atlanta Lyric Theatre and City Springs Theatre as well as working with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music For The Very Young Program at the Woodruff Arts Center. Beth can't wait to share her love of music and Music Together with your little ones!

     
  Ms.Beth/Ms.Kenya/Ms.Lauren/Ms.Rayma/Ms.Wendy

See each teacher's bio to get the low-down on each of us!