teachers

Sing, Dance, and Play ~It's the best job in the world!
Do you have strong musical skills and enjoy working part time with children and families? Music Together® has local teacher trainings. See the full Teacher Training details. Also, please email Willamette Valley Music Together director Wendy Reznicsek with your interest. You never know ~ you could be the next person to join our staff!

Music Together teachers are passionate about music and the development of children. We create a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.

Music Together® teachers must participate in a three day intensive training process and be determined to be adequately skilled in order to teach in a licensed Music Together® program. Once a teacher has passed training and is employed as a Music Together teacher, there are frequent opportunities for continued training and education around music and young children. 

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Wendy Reznicsek, Director & Certified Teacher

Wendy has been committed to performance arts and artists throughout her professional life. She started singing along with her parents as a toddler and began performing in public at the age of five. She sang and studied music throughout her school years and into college and adult life, enjoying varied experiences including the Spokane Symphony Chorale and Encore Vocal Women's Ensemble in Tigard. Her love of singing simultaneously led her to the theater where she enjoyed studies in acting, lighting design, and more. She is a Certified Music Together Teacher and holds a BS in Theater Arts from Portland State University. If you're curious about that proud family name, it's pronounced "rez-in-check" and hails from Hungary. 

Wendy believes that all children are musical, and all children may achieve basic music competence if they are given the proper environment, exposure, and opportunities for experimentation. Music educates us, grounds us, and creates joy within us. It is a certain way of "knowing" with equal parts order and whimsy. Music brings us together, and deeply solidifies our unique place in the world as humans.

     
photo Elizabeth Ylaya

Guest Teacher from Alley Bell Music

Elizabeth is originally from Orlando, Florida & has been living in the Pacific Northwest since 2015. She teaches Music Together Mixed Ages and Music Together con Español. She earned her B.M. in Vocal Performance at Stetson University & her M.M. at the University of Michigan School of Music Theatre and Dance. She completed her Music Together Teacher Training in October, 2018.  In addition to teaching classes at Alley Bell Music in the Seattle area, Elizabeth is a professional opera singer and a private voice teacher. In the Fall of 2019, Elizabeth made her Seattle Opera debut, performing the role of Toledo in the new American opera: The Falling and the Rising. She has also been a featured soloist with Symphony Tacoma & Tacoma Concert Band. Elizabeth has always loved music and children, so when her friend introduced her to Music Together, she knew she needed to be a part of the magic. Elizabeth is fluent in Spanish and has a black belt in Karate. She is thrilled to be a guest teacher for Willamette Valley Music Together.