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® 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.

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 Gail Walker

Gail began practicing yoga about ten years ago at the suggestion of her chiropractor to help relieve constant severe back and hip pain due to scoliosis. Yoga immediately resonated with Gail and she not only gained mastery over her physical pain but over other areas of her life as well. As she continued her yoga practice she noticed that her life was transforming before her eyes. During a story boarding exercise in a yoga workshop, Gail received a sudden clear vision of her future life as a healer and began to move toward this goal immediately following her vision. Since then she graduated from the 200-hour Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Program at Living Room Yoga in 2008 and obtained her certification in Prenatal Yoga from Janice Clarfield of Urban Yoga of Vancouver, Canada. Gail also completed her 500-hour yoga teacher certification in January, 2012.

Gail is a thorough, caring teacher with a strong commitment to her students and her yoga community. Her classes are well-rounded and follow a philosophy of giving individuals what they need even within the class setting and helping students carry their practice into their daily lives, to provide them with a means of regaining their ground and reconnecting with their truer selves, finding peace amidst whatever pain is pressing in on them, be it physical, emotional, or spiritual, and to help them move forward in the process of returning to wholeness.

     
photo Anne Vaurie

Anne Vaurie is a mother, a physical therapist, and a skilled yoga teacher. She and her family moved to St. Petersburg from France in 2014. A yoga (and Music & Me) enthusiast, Anne completed Kidding Around Yoga teacher training and offers yoga to children in area schools. She brings her many gifts to Music & Me as our Family Yoga instructor. Her easy, upbeat nature makes her the perfect person to be leading these playful and interactive classes.  

     
photo Devon Willette

Devon Willette is a Kidding Around Yoga certified teacher. She is a mama to a beautiful 8 year old yogi. She has been working with children in a preschool setting for over 3 years. Devon began working in early childhood education when her daughter was in preschool. She found that she had a passion for working with young children. As a teacher at Creative Play Preschool in Gulfport, she received KAY training and developed a yoga and mindfulness curriculum in her school. She also teaches yoga and mindfulness to elementary school children at Sunflower School. 

 

Devon has worked in tandem with Jen Logan of Music Together for 2 years and has implemented Music Together curriculum with her preschoolers. Singing, dancing, playing, stretching, meditating and having fun are some of Devon’s hobbies. She looks forward to making some new friends with you and your little yogis!