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.

Cathy Haugland, MT-BC, Director

Cathy has shared in music with her family and friends for many years. During her coursework at the University of Minnesota and since graduating with a degree in Music Therapy, she has had the pleasure of working with individuals of varying ages as well as abilities. Proficient in voice, piano, guitar, and trombone, she also has learned fundamentals in all other instrumental areas.

After beginning Music Together® classes with her own children in 2001, Cathy began teaching them in the fall of 2004.  During the 2004-2005 school year, she began a weekly music program in a dual-immersion preschool for students with English- and Spanish-speaking backgrounds. Joining with the classroom teachers, she was able to bring experiences in creating music, of moving to the rhythms and in playing along with each other in a musical setting. Since then, Cathy has had the pleasure of teaching many sessions of weekly Music Together classes and attending numerous workshops and conferences as well as maintained her music therapy board certification. In addition, Cathy is the music specialist for preschool students at a local elementary school.  

As a wife and mother, Cathy is full of enthusiasm for life, learning and fun. She looks forward to joining with you and your family in a completely rich, rewarding and enjoyable musical experience.

 

   
Jessica Lee, MT-BC, Director

Jessica brings a depth of experience to her role as a Music Together director, teacher, performer, and parent. For the past 15 years she has created a nurturing environment for musical exploration, playfulness and skill building for her students, families and teachers. She completed her initial Music Together training in the spring of 2000 and founded Ensemble Music a year later. She completed her Certification Level II in March of 2009 and represents Music Together as a conference presenter nationally. She has also been a member of the Director’s Leadership Group since May of 2006.

Jessica is a board certified Music Therapist and has had the opportunity to work with many diverse populations ranging from hard of hearing children to hospice patients. She currently works part time at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital on the child/adolescent inpatient behavioral unit. Jessica directed the Alleluia Choir at the House of Hope Choir School in St. Paul for 5 years, and has previously lead music classes at numerous preschools in the area ranging from Montessori schools to classrooms with special needs children. She began an intergenerational music program in Eagan and worked with developmentally disabled adults through Access Services and Community Education in Minneapolis. She is also the director of Ensemble Music’s a cappella group, Common Chord and a member of the group, Morning Star Singers.Proficient in voice, piano, guitar, saxophone and dance, she has also learned the basic fundamentals in all other instrumental areas.

As a mother of 3, Jessica knows first hand about the joys and challenges of parenthood. Her energetic, accepting style of teaching is sure to make you and your children feel welcome in her classroom. She feels fortunate to have found Music Together and says she truly looks forward to teaching each and every day.

   
Molly Boes

For Molly (Boes), music has been an important part of her life from a very early age. Piano lessons and bassoon lessons led to participating in the Tulsa, Oklahoma Youth Symphony as well as marching in the Rose Bowl Parade in high school. Molly then chose to pursue a degree in music at St. Olaf College, where she was a member of the St. Olaf Band. She also earned a concentration in Biomedical Studies, which was beneficial as she pursued graduate studies in music therapy and studied the bio-psycho-social effects of music.

When first learning about music therapy, Molly knew that this was the career she was meant to follow. She has always had a passion for working with people, especially children, and believes in the power that music can bring. Molly feels strongly that music should be accessible to all, and that all people are musical, even if it is on a basic rhythmic level. She finished her Master of Arts degree in Creative Arts in Therapy, specializing in Music Therapy in the summer of 2010 at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Following the completion of her thesis, Molly presented her research "Music Therapy as a Strength-Based Treatment for Adolescents with Chronic Medical Conditions and Depressive Symptoms" in a poster session at the National Music Therapy Conference in Cleveland, Ohio in November 2010.

Molly completed the Music Together training in January 2011. She first witnessed Music Together classes in her internship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The emphasis on supporting all children to be musical through a developmentally appropriate music and movement curriculum is what impressed her most.

In her free time, Molly enjoys traveling to see family and friends. Her dog Sara, a beagle-dachshund mix, is always up for a walk or a trip to get ice cream. Molly has also become an avid cupcake baker.

   
Brianna Kurkowski