Meet Our Teachers

All of our teachers are passionate about music and the development of children. They are trained and registered by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, New Jersey. Angela Barberg, Laura Berscheit, and Myra Curry are Certified Level One teachers and provide on-going mentoring throughout the year.

Our teachers create a fun, informal, social setting that supports each family's musical development. Our classes are designed with both the child and parent in mind!

photo Angela Barberg

Angela is the founder and director of Music Together West Twin Cities LLC, which she started in August 1999. She graduated from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, with a B.M. in Music Education. She has taught instrumental music in both public and private schools and music studios, in addition to her early childhood experience teaching Kindermusik. She frequently brings in various musical instruments and plays for her families. She has played horn in the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Lake Wobegon Brass Band (alto horn), Minneapolis Civic, and the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra. She currently sings and recorded a CD with the Edina Chorale. She is involved in songleading at church and serves as orchestra director for its church musical. Angela is a registered and certified level 1 teacher, and a member of the Director's Leadership Group in Princeton, New Jersey. She and her husband, Bill, enjoy scuba diving in Mexico, outdoor concerts, cheering for the Green Bay Packers, and spending time with family and friends. They have two musical children, Adrienne and Alec. 

     
photo Laura Berscheit

Laura has been teaching Music Together since 2008 and is the Business Manager for Music Together West Twin Cities, LLC. She earned her Music Together® Certification Level I by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ in October 2016. Additionally, she is a member of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA) and has earned her Level 1 Certification with the organization. Passionate about music, Laura sings in the choir at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley. She also plays the flute and cantors for weddings, funerals, and Masses. She has a B.S. in Business Marketing and her professional experiences include: sales and marketing, leadership development, management, teaching, writing, voice overs, and small business ownership. Laura is a NASM certified personal trainer and triathlete. She is blessed with her son, James. 

     
photo Myra Curry

Myra J. Curry has been teaching Music Together since April 1999 and loves it. In June 2004, Myra was awarded Music Together Certification Level I by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ. Besides teaching Myra has an extensive background in Musical Theater. She received her B.F.A. in dance from North Carolina School of the Arts. She has performed professionally in Musical Theater shows for more than 20 years and has toured nationally and internationally. In the Twin Cities area audiences have seen Myra at the Guthrie, Mixed Blood, Ordway, and Children's Theaters. Myra also choreographs shows for local business and community theaters. In July 2012 Myra became a Zumba instructor. Myra and her husband, Sherman, have three sons: Sherman,III, Zacarias and Isaiah.

     
photo Shelley Carlson

Shelley became a registered Music Together teacher in April 2000. Her energy, combined with her diverse music and life experiences, gives her a unique approach to teaching music with her families. A native of Canada, Shelley and her identical twin sister were featured in numerous local and national advertising campaigns and commercials. She has been involved in broadcasting and voice-over work. She is currently involved in the music ministry at her church, where she has appeared in several musical productions, assists with the children's music ministry, and sings with a vocal quartet. Shelley's warmth and energy has won the hearts of her families, and she helps create a fun, enjoyable music community each and every week. Shelley and her husband, Shawn, have two children--Michael and Jane. She is amazed by her own children's music development and realizes the power of music in stimulating their creativity.

     
photo Andrea From

After completing her teacher training in July of 2016, Andrea is very excited to be joining Music Together West Twin Cities! Andrea spent her childhood in rural Montana riding horseback, playing outside, and studying piano and guitar. In high school, she and her twin sister performed together as a singing and songwriting duo. Their original song, “Miserable Thing,” won in the jazz category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.  In 2014, Andrea earned her B.A. in English from Macalester College. There, she sang in an a cappella group, formed a jazz ensemble with friends, and headed up Medicinal Melodies, a group of volunteer musicians performing in places of need throughout the Twin Cities. Since graduating, Andrea has found great joy in working with young children. She has been a Montessori preschool teacher, a gallery assistant at Minnesota Children’s Museum, and an after-school volunteer for Ronald McDonald House. Andrea now lives in St. Paul with her husband. She nannies a happy little girl, and brings her ukulele to work every day! Andrea looks forward to using her music and education backgrounds to create meaningful and fun experiences for Music Together families.

     
photo Beth Gonzalez

Beth Gonzalez is alway happiest when she is singing! A recent transplant from California where she taught Music Together at MusicalMe, Beth is thrilled to be teaching Music Together in Minnesoata with Music Together West Twin Cities.  Originally from Indiana, she grew up singing in her church and school choirs and playing piano and flute.  After graduating with a bachelor's degree from Indiana University, Beth found her calling teaching preschool in Chicago, where she met her husband.  A week after their honeymoon, they moved to California and started their family in the Bay Area.  Beth first discovered Music Together 15 years ago, when she signed up her infant son and found it to be a transformative experience.  She loved the child-centered philosophy and the opportunity to sing and grow musically with her child.  She has fond family memories of Music Together with both of her sons and feels it made a significant difference in their early childhood. Beth fulfilled a life-long goal and became a Music Together teacher in 2015. She brings over 20 years of experience working with young children and their families and loves sharing her joy in music with others.

     
photo Sarah McCabe

Sarah McCabe is thrilled at the opportunity to share her passion for music with kids and their families. The daughter of a music teacher and raised in a home always filled with music, Sarah considers music one of the greatest gifts of life and passionately believes in its accessibility to everyone. She graduated college in Chicago with a double degree in music and theater. She has performed professionally in operas, theater productions, and orchestras throughout the Twin Cities and Chicago. She is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Currently she is singing with a 1940s a cappella trio and with her church. Sarah has earned her M.A. in Psychology and worked with children as an in-home family therapist and crisis counselor. She additionally works part-time as a certified life coach. Sarah became passionate about the Music Together program after participating in the Music Together classes with her two young daughters, Mim and Lottie. Now she is happy and excited to have a way to bring her love music to other families and simply have fun!

     
photo Meghan Phadke

Meghan was first introduced to Music Together over 15 years ago when she accompanied her then 6 month old nephew to his class—and she loved how much he loved it! She was a long-time New York City resident and that is where she completed her Music Together training. Happily, she’s recently moved to Minnesota and has joined the Music Together family here. Meghan received her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from New York University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in education at the University of Minnesota. She was an elementary and early childhood music teacher at a public school in New York City for many years where she taught choir, concert band, recorder, guitar and keyboard. Though Meghan has spent much of her life singing classical music, her heart is in folk songs. Meghan plays piano, guitar, and ukulele.

     
photo Jackie Schluter

Jackie has been teaching the Music Together program since 1999. However, if you ask her directly, Jackie might say she has actually been “LEARNING" about music from children since 1999.  Jackie has a degree in Theatre Arts from St. Mary’s University.  Locally, Jackie has been on stage at The Brave New Workshop, Mystery Café Theatre, and Small Change Original Theatre. In addition to her teaching/”learning”, Jackie currently works for Steppingstone Theatre for Youth in St. Paul.  Jackie brings her dramatic flair and creative sense of fun to each and every class experience. She says she loves her job because of stories like the one told in this note from a mom in one of her classes. “Thank you for three wonderful years of music classes. I can tell the effect they’ve had on my son. I’ve now got a kid who is proud of himself and not afraid to sing all the words at his preschool sing-a-long. You’ve also helped me to lose my own inhibitions about singing with other people. And you helped me to not pass that fear on to my child. Thank You!” Jackie and her husband, Dean, have 3 children–Otto, Gabrielle, and Owen.

     
photo Anna Wieser

Anna Wieser graduated from Cornell College with a bachelor's degree in music education  with emphasis in vocal music in 2006. Since then, she has taught music to children grades k-12 in public, charter, and private schools in Chicago and Minneapolis. She currently teaches preschool in St. Paul's West 7th neighborhood at MacDonald Montessori. Anna has been Cantor and Alto-section leader in the adult choir at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley since 2009. She also enjoys ensemble singing and learning folk instruments like the ukulele and auto-harp. Anna is very excited to be part of Music Together to make music with families and grow as a music educator.