Sarah Boyd; Center Director/Certified Music Together® Teacher
Sarah is a certified (Level 1) Music Together teacher, holds a current Michigan Music Education teaching certificate, and has completed certification in Early Childhood Music Development through the Gordon Institute of Music Learning. Growing up, Sarah loved playing piano and teaching piano, and toured nationally in high school with a choral group. She remembers her family making music with her at a very young age, her mom playing accordion while they all cleaned the kitchen together! After teaching music at Cornerstone Schools in Detroit for 4 years and upon the arrival of her first child, Julia, Sarah pursued a career as a Music Together teacher and director in 2010. Fall 2020 marks 10 years as a Music Together center! Sarah is grateful for the opportunity to bring her love of music and young children to the community, and looks forward to sharing Music Together with more and more families each year. Sarah shares life with her husband Ryan, and four children: Julia (now 11), JP, Luke and Wesley. As an avid music educator, Sarah loves teaching piano and is the Lead Teaching Artist for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Sarah completed Certification Level 1 in Music Together in 2012. She is currently working on her Master’s of Music Education at Eastern Michigan University and is enrolled for Certification Level 2 for summer 2021 with Music Together Worldwide.
Emily Schienke, Certified Music Together Teacher
Emily Schienke is a Music Therapy major who holds a BMT from Eastern Michigan University, with her major instrument being voice. She has performed with EMU’s university choir at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Emily also plays guitar and some percussion instruments and played flute in grade school and high school marching band. She has worked as a music therapist for several years, specializing in working with children and young adults with various disabilities, including autism, Down Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, and other types of cognitive, speech, and motor delays. In addition to her music therapy work, Emily has taught piano lessons to typically developing children as well as children with special needs. Emily is a mother to five wonderful little girls and loves teaching Music Together classes, including Mixed Ages, Babies, and Generations. As Emily says in her own words, “I have experienced the enjoyment and powerful bond that music can bring to a family in my own home and in the homes of many of the children I have worked with. These experiences led me to the Music Together curriculum as a way to teach and further be involved in family music making.” Emily completed Certification Level 1 in Music Together in 2018 and is passionate about using music to bring joy and connection to families.
Karen Vesprini, Certified Music Together Teacher
Karen “Bosco” Vesprini is a Detroit based singer, dancer, and actress, who has performed across the globe. She took on a love for the “Arts”, as a little girl, and always had a passion for performing. Karen has performed several well-known ensembles including s Detroit Women and Black Bottom Collective, which has performance credits including opening for National Recording artists, Nappy Roots, Talib Kwali, DJ Clue, Sekou Sundiata, Angelique Kedou, Dwele, Kem and Will Downing.
Karen and her husband Dr. Frank Vesprini, (owner of Vesprini Chiropractic Life Center, who also plays guitar and bass), founded the band Karen Bosco and the People Next Door. They have performed around the Metro Detroit area and are currently working on their first studio album. They also perform with the Loritos Band, a spanish family band for kids, and is on the band’s debut album “Lunatino”. Karen and her husband are raising and homeschooling their four musicians, Isabella, Bennett, Eva-Sarai, and Rocco.
Karen was introduced to the Music Together program by her friend and Motor City Music Together Director, Leah Celebi. After taking her son to classes and gaining a deep appreciation for the program, Karen decided to become a Music Together teacher. “Music Together has given me a deeper understanding of music education, and the incredible impact that music has on children. Not only that, but it has reinforced my feelings of how needed and important music is for us ALL.”
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