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 Catherine Hale, MT-BC

I did not come from a musical family but somehow, miraculously, a musician was born. I fell in love with music, all types of music, at a very young age. Growing up I studied piano for five years, French horn for 13 years, and bag pipe for a short time. Upon applying to colleges I decided that I wanted to make a career out of music but also wanted to help people in some way. Arizona State University had the perfect music program for me and there I received two Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Therapy and Orchestral Performance. In college I continued to study piano and began delving into guitar and voice. I am currently a board-certified music therapist and have provided music therapy services to patients at the Austin State Hospital, the Virginia Treatment Center for Children in Richmond, VA, the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center in Fairfax, VA, and the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Home in Alexandria, VA. When my first son was born I decided to stay home with him, however, the sweet melodies of Music Together® at Heartsong Music in Austin, Texas called me back to the musical working world. I am now a certified Music Together teacher and the Licensed Music Together Center Director for Sproutsongs Music.  I have also been awarded Music Together Certification 2 status by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ.  I plan to continue deepening my education in the Music Together Program and early childhood music education.  Besides chauffering my three boys to their various activities and teaching at Sproutsongs, I also love teaching French horn and piano lessons, playing trumpet with my son, fumbling around on my ukelele, and running. 

photo Melanie Johnson
A Raleigh native, I have also lived in Tennessee, Illinois, and Germany but I am delighted to once again call North Carolina my home.  I am so thankful to my parents for providing a rich exposure to music in my childhood.  Growing up, my family always treasured making music together and hearing it performed. I have played the piano and sung in church choir and choral ensembles since childhood and I picked up the guitar a bit in college. I grew up enjoying dance and recently enjoyed a year of ballroom dance lessons with my husband. I love to sing with the choir and worship team at church.
I have an interest in foreign languages and studied German and Linguistics in college, going on to get a Masters degree in speech-language pathology.  I have worked as a speech therapist in schools, private practices, and in home/daycare and skilled nursing and rehab settings.  My experience in working with families in these settings lends itself well to leading music classes, and as it turns out, Music Together works the foreign language part of my brain out a bit, too!
I am currently fulfilling the dream of having my own family and raising our two young boys.  I discovered Music Together when a friend invited me to bring my son to a demo class and it was like someone lit a match and set fire to the musical part of my heart again.  I want to share that joy with you and your family.  
photo Mommies, Daddies, Nannies, & Grandparents

The real teachers are the parents and caregivers! Children are biologically wired to respond most to the model of the people with whom they have a bond of attachment.