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.
Vita Hsieh, Director of Early Start Music, is a true artist in music and art and is an early childhood music specialist. Vita is fluent in Mandarin. Having earned her Master of Fine Art in Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She used to work in the movie industry at Disney and Sony as a digital painter. Later, Vita found her love as an early childhood music specialist, and studies Master of Music in Music Education with Kodaly emphasis from Holy Name University in Oakland, CA. Vita is also an Orff Schulwerk Level lll certified teacher, from the San Francisco International Orff School.
Vita got inspired to be a music teacher when she started taking Music Together® classes with her daughter. After becoming a trained Music Together teacher, Vita taught music and movement in preschools around the East Bay and San Francisco. In addition to Music Together, Vita teaches a Mandarin curriculum class, Kids Go Mandarin, for parents and kids that she has developed and composed. She also leads an Orff ensemble for kids age 6 and up and is a choir teacher and used to work in Piedmont Choir with Girl Training 1.
Vita plays piano, guitar, ukulele, percussion, and recorder. Vita truly believes music is a critical part of early childhood development and commits herself into building a community which involved all families and their children through music.
*Northern California American Orff-Schulwerk Association
*American Orff-Schulwerk Association
*Organization of American Kodály Educators
Teacher Reina has been working with children since 2006. She has worked as a nanny, preschool teacher and school-based mental health counselor. Reina loves making music with young children. She believes all children are naturally brilliant music makers. She also believes every grown up has a singer and dancer inside of them and encourages parents to freely let loose during Music Together® classes. What Reina loves most about leading Music Together classes is the bond building and strengthening that happens when caregivers make music with their children. Reina wants to foster this as much as possible because she knows it creates loving relationships that last a lifetime.
Reina has her BA in psychology, with an emphasis on child development, from Mills College. Alongside her studies, she always made sure she took a music or dance course as well. Reina's primary instrument is her voice but she also plays guitalele (half guitar, half ukulele) and aspires to become a drummer. Of studying vocal improv with Molly Holm at Mills College, Reina says, "It was one of the neatest musical experiences I have ever had: to make music with your voice without any planning or thinking reveals such spectacular surprises; it's quite a fun and enlightening experience, like dreaming while you're awake".
Reina is an animal lover and has a cat named Feliz and a horse named Levi. Levi and Reina have been together for over 20 years, since Reina was twelve and Levi was four. Horses live, on average, to about 30 years old. Needless to say, they can't imagine life without the other. Levi gives kisses on command, as you can see, all you have to do is make a kissing sound and he'll slobber you with his huge muzzle. Levi also loves children and has children as young as 18 months on his back.
Teacher Ping earned her BA in education and early childhood development in Taiwan. She was a preschool teacher before. Ping loves engaging children through music and movement and enjoyed taking her own children to Music Together classes for 3 years. She felt in love with the Music Together program and amazed to watch her sons develop their rhythmic and melodic abilities as a result of the rich musical experience of class.
Ping comes from a family where music is always present and she plays ukulele and piano. Ping became a registered Music Together teacher and hopes to share the joy of music and teach children the fundamentals of music through rhythms and movements.
Teacher Ping is fluent in Mandarin. She is teaching Music Together and also Kids Go Mandarin in our center.
Teacher Chih Hui is a "Music Together" registered teacher. She has been connected with music learning since childhood. She was in the school percussion band, marching band, and the school chorus. She discovered her inner music passion again while she was in her children’s music classes such as music together, Kodály, and rock band. She recently restarted guitar and piano lessons, and drums with her son. She consistently creates a music environment at home and engages with kids through music by jamming with instruments, dancing and discovering new music with her kids.
Chih Hui found the importance of early childhood education and language development at an early age. She is pursuing an Early Childhood education and is involved in Mandarin immersion education resources and teaching. She came across Teacher Vita’s Mandarin Music class (music and Mandarin language learning) and she was inspired to get involved in teaching.
Chih Hui believes a child's music and language learning needs to happen in class, and also at home. She hopes she can share her passion and experience of a child’s Music and Mandarin learning with other parents. Looking forward to sing, play and learn with you and your kids.
Teacher Chih-Hui is fluent in Mandarin. She is currently teaching "Kids Go Mandarin" in Oakland Asian Cultural Center and Berkeley Hanwen school. She is also our Music Together substitute teacher in Early Start Music.
Vanessa Brown believing play-based education is the best “work” for young children, Vanessa utilizes her love of song and dance to provide an interactive and spirited class. Showcasing an array of musical instruments including the flute, piano, guitar, ukulele, banjo, as well as percussion instruments, she promotes the child/caretaker bond as well as the connection between other families in the class community. Her warm, enthusiastic energy makes each song sparkle with imagination and creativity; drawing her inspiration from her of four young children who love to help prepare for her musical adventures.
Vanessa holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies from CSU Hayward and a minor in American Sign Language. In addition she has a Cleared State of California Teaching Credential with seven years of experience in a Kindergarten classroom where she first discovered the magic and overwhelming satisfaction of teaching.
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