Meet our Teachers

All of our teachers are registered Music Together® teachers and are passionate about music and the development of children. Our teachers create a fun, informal and social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development. Each teacher brings their talents and gifts that make their class unique and diverse.

photo Heather Mansfield, Artistic Director

Heather successfully completed the Music Together Teacher Training Workshop created by the Center for Music and Young Children, Princeton, New Jersey. She has been teaching Music Together for the past 13 years in Arlington and in the surrounding Northwest communities of Boston. Heather holds a B.A. in English and Music. She also attained an M. Ed. in Education K-12 from the University of New Haven, Connecticut and is a certified teacher. She began her teaching career working with children of varied ages in all grades K-8. She has also taught Montessori Preschool and currently teaches music to young children in a variety of preschool settings, including Great Expectations here in Arlington. Heather has formally studied piano and voice and is currently learning to play the ukulele. She plays acoustic guitar, djembe and is an accomplished singer/songwriter. Heather sings with The Revels chorus and she also is involved in an heirloom, family friendly folk group entitled "The Dahlias" (consisting of other Music Together teachers in the area) who perform at various local venues including farmer's markets, school functions and other special events.

     
photo Margit Griffith, Administrative Director

Margit discovered Music Together as a parent in the Fall of 2001 when her son began attending as a baby, and continued with her daughter until 2009. She completed the teacher training for Music Together in spring 2006 and became a registered Music Together teacher for Music Together of Arlington. She achieved Music Together's Teacher Certification Level I during training in 2011 - winning high praise from Music Together co-developer, Lili Levinowitz, for her style, presentation, professionalism and joie de vivre! In 2010, Margit acquired and became the director of Mystic Valley Music Together and runs and teaches there. She has returned to Music Together of Arlington to provide administrative support.
Growing up, music was in important part of her family life. She also had three years of piano, two years of violin and one year of mountain dulcimer lessons in addition to participating in elementary, middle, secondary, college and adult choral groups. Since becoming a Music Together teacher, she has learned to play the guitar and is dabbling with the ukulele and banjammer (dulcimer/banjo hybrid). Family music making is a priority in the Griffith home. Margit holds a BS in Human Services and an M.Ed. in Middle School Education, both from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA.

     
photo Will McMillan

Will continues with us as an enthusiastic Music Together teacher, having completed his Music Together training in the spring of 2013. A life-long singer, Will brings much musical experience to the classroom and loves making music with families here in his hometown of Arlington. As a pop/jazz/cabaret vocalist, he has performed at venues such as Scullers Jazz Club, Sanders Theatre, Middle East Nightclub, Arlington Street Church, Johnny D's, Jacques, Hi-Hat Club (RI), The Inn on Newfound Lake (NH), Spring Island (SC), and Westbeth Performance Center (NYC). He has sung with a cappella groups (Harvard Din & Tonics), rock bands (Adult Children of Heterosexuals), and orchestras (Timberlane Pops) — and in a previous life did musical theater, commercials, voice-overs, and TV movies. Five years ago Will began playing the ukulele and writing songs, which has led him into the wonderful world of coffeehouses and open mics. You can find him singing on YouTube and also listen to music at his blog: amusicalifeonplanetearth.wordpress.com.

     
photo Carolyn Schneyer
Carolyn's relationship with Music Together began in British Columbia when she enrolled with her young daughter in 2009. She completed her Music Together Teacher training in 2013 and became a much-beloved teacher in Vancouver, BC. But she missed "that dirty water" and, in 2015, was thrilled to bring her teaching skills home to Boston! Carolyn achieved Music Together's Teacher Certification Level I in April 2017. She relishes the opportunities Music Together has provided her to connect with her community and join families in fostering a love of music-making and rampant silliness.
 
Carolyn has been a singer all her life. Her experience ranges from the tight harmonies of the 6-member Boston a cappella vocal band (and haven for math nerds) Integration by Parts to the huge sounds of Vancouver's powerhouse City Soul Choir and Arlington's own Mystic Chorale, both of whom have featured her as a recurring soloist. In 2003 she was a founding board member of the Boston-area nonprofit Vocal Band-Aid, an annual a cappella benefit concert raising money for underfunded school music programs. Carolyn also has a wealth of musical theater experience. She spent four summers studying at Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in New York and worked as a music and theater instructor for elementary and middle school-aged children at Cranbrook Theater School summer program in Michigan. A native of Detroit, Carolyn has a special place in her heart for the Motown sound, but also loves jazz, soul, folk, and (yes, unabashedly) 80s pop.
     
photo Jennifer Ashe

Jen started teaching Music Together in 2011 after loving classes with her, now, 8 year old daughter Ruthie.

Jen is a classically trained singer, earning her Masters and Doctorate in vocal performance at New England Conservatory. She also studied Music Education with an emphasis on preschool and elementary school at the Hartt School of Music. She studied flute in high school and brings it to share at lullaby time, and is self taught on ukulele. When she's not at Music Together, Jen teaches voice, piano and ukulele ensemble at Dana Hall School. She sings professionally with Blue Heron, a Renaissance vocal group based in Cambridge as well as other new music ensembles. She loves to work with classical composers and premiere brand new contemporary works as well. 

     
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