Our Teachers

photo Leslie Pratt

Center Director and Certification Level 1 Teacher

     
photo Gina Hepp

Gina has had a deep passion for music throughout her entire life.  At the age of eight, Gina began studying violin and has loved learning and playing music of all styles ever since.  Her love for music flourished as she gained more experience by performing in orchestras, at weddings, and singing in a traveling chamber ensemble.  After working as a summer camp supervisor for many years, Gina put her love for music and children together and earned her bachelors and masters degree in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT.  After spending five wonderful years as Orchestra Director at Dodd Middle School in Cheshire, CT, Gina has since resigned from her position in order to pursue her lifelong dream of being a mother.  Gina discovered the magic of Music Together® when she found out she was expecting and knew it was the right fit for her when she learned about the philosophy behind this incredible program. She firmly believes that making music should be fun, joyful, shared experience.

     
photo Alicia Haas

Alicia’s music together journey began in 2015, soon after the birth of her son.  Long before she discovered the joys of Music Together, she always had a special relationship with music.  Some of her earliest and happiest memories are being gathered around the piano as a child, singing and harmonizing Christmas carols with her family.  Her father had a large impact on her; he was a music teacher and aficionado who taught her to appreciate a wide range of music.  As she grew, she continued to love and study music.  She took piano lessons for 13 years.  She participated in dance competitions and spent many weekends traveling to various parts of the country to dance.  She learned to play many other instruments, as well, including the flute and piccolo.  She was in her high school marching, jazz, and concert band as well as all types of choirs.  When she got to college, her major was computer forensics but she continued her relationship with music.  She performed in many musicals in college including Godspell, Cinderella, and Bye Bye Birdie.   Most recently, she has begun learning to play the ukulele.  Music Together has allowed her the opportunity to explore her love of music with her two children, ages 2 years and 9 months.  Both of them have attended many Music Together classes and have developed a love of music along with her. Alicia's energetic and enthusiastic teaching style makes her so engaging to children and adults alike. We love that she has joined our teaching team!

     
  Adam Martin

Adam began his adventures with Music Together in January 2017 when he and his wife began taking their daughter, who was 3 months old at the time, to Leslie's classes. He quickly became immersed in the curriculum, spending most of his free time singing songs with his daughter. When the opportunity came along to train in teaching the curriculum, he quickly took advantage of it and completed his training in December 2017. Besides Music Together, Adam has been playing music all over New England for almost 20 years and has shared the stage with several local and national acts, most notably 80's pop star Tiffany and pop-rock group Simple Plan. He has also been involved with several choruses, chorales, and a cappella groups since the age of 8.

     
photo Michelle Inciong Wenis

Michelle is a 200 hour trained yoga teacher and has taken additional prenatal yoga training with Rose St. John Bergen, author of Fathers at Birth. She delights in the “newness” she has the priviledge to witness when moms-to-be connect more deeply with their pregnancy experience, consistently to their self care, and bond with their in-utero babies.  She brings mental, emotional and physical tools to her students, drawn from years of having been a natural childbirth educator with her husband, from both the hospital and home birth of their two sons, and from having taught classes, since 2004, in Fairfield and Litchfield counties, as well as NYC over the years

     
  Jennifer Hotchkiss