Our Teachers

Meet the Teachers of Music & Me

Quality programming needs quality teaching and we have it. Our teachers’ professional and personal backgrounds, combined with the rigorous Music Together® and Canta y Baila Conmigo® training we undertake inform not only the music classes we offer in our studio, but also how we approach other programming we offer in preschools and in our community outreach. Constant learners, our teachers are supported with annual continuing education to further deepen their knowledge and continue to grow as educators.

photo Colleen McGrath Lilley

Colleen McGrath Lilley, center director of Music & Me, LLC, brings fifteen years of performing and teaching experience to the program. In September 2008, Colleen successfully completed the Music Together® Teaching Workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, New Jersey. She then became a registered Music Together teacher and taught her first Music Together classes in Berlin, Germany in Winter 2008. Colleen earned her B.F.A. in music performance with honors from Carnegie Mellon University and her M.M. in opera, magna cum laude, from Boston Conservatory. She has performed worldwide as an opera singer and has taught all ages and levels of music over the past fifteen years. Colleen is thrilled to have found a second career she believes in so passionately. Music has deeply impacted her life in many positive ways and she seeks to influence her class participants similarly with this outstanding program.

     
photo Jennifer Logan

Jen's love for music began in early childhood as her mother was a trained pianist and would play for her when she was dancing, drawing, or getting ready to go to sleep. Originally a dancer until the age of 13, Jen always enjoyed singing and chose to attend the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, where she began her dedicated voice training. She has studied Choral Music Education at the University of Colorado, and Music Performance at the University of South Florida.

Jen began teaching private voice and piano lessons in 2006, which blossomed into her current full-time career. Additionally, she writes and performs her own music and plays in various music projects with other professional musicians. Jen discovered Music Together in 2012 with the prompting of Center Director Colleen Lilley and hasn't looked back since!

     
photo Deborah Bassinger

Deb grew up loving everything to do with making music. She learned to play the piano and began taking oboe lessons in elementary school. By high school, she was singing in choirs, playing oboe in several community orchestras, and performing piano and organ pieces in church. In college, she studied social work, earning her master’s degree from Bryn Mawr College in 2006 and her license in clinical social work in 2010. Since moving to Florida nearly ten years ago, she has been counseling children and families struggling with trauma and attachment difficulties.  Deb discovered Music Together when she and her two children began taking classes with Colleen in 2014. These classes have been tremendously valuable for Deb’s family, as they have helped her develop a deeper connection with her children and with music.

     
photo Melanie Baez

Melanie Baez is originally from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, but has lived most of her life in Tampa, Florida. She grew up surrounded by music, singing and dancing and eventually discovered a passion for performing. Throughout Elementary, Middle and High school Melanie immersed herself in music programs including chorus, show choir, barbershop quartets and gospel club. She received an Associates in Arts from the performing arts program at Hillsborough Community College with a major in Voice and a minor in Classical Guitar. At HCC she received classical and musical theater training with voice coach, Ruthie Nelson, and was offered several solo performing opportunities.

Melanie is excited to be part of the team of talented teachers at Music & Me and sharing her love of music with the families of St. Petersburg. As a native speaker of Spanish and English, she teaches both Music Together and Canta y Baila Conmigo classes at the studio. 

     
photo Stephanie Ashman

Originally from Pittsburgh, Stephanie lived in the Philadelphia area from 2012-2019, where she received a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from the West Chester University School of Music, taught at Flute & Friends Suzuki Music Academy, and was a member of the Brandywine Pops Orchestra. As Stephanie began to specialize in working with young children, she also opened Music Together® Harmony offering early childhood family music and movement classes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. We're glad to add another experienced Music Together teacher to the staff at Music & Me. In addition to bringing her flute, Ms. Stephanie also accompanies her classes with the ukulele. Stephanie looks forward to meeting a whole new group of wonderful families in St. Petersburg and Tampa and is eager to grow her new studio, Tutti Flutes.