Our Teachers

Our director and teachers are passionate about music and the development of children.

They create a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement supports each child's musical development.


photo Rhonda Matson, Director & Certified Teacher

Rhonda found in Music Together® what she desired for many years, the opportunity to marry two great loves, working with children in early childhood, and doing it through music.  Rhonda has been involved in music her whole life, but had never quite witnessed children learning music in the non formal, participatory fashion that Music Together encourages.  She says, “Finding this program was kind of like finding home: it spoke to the child within, and immediately I felt thrilled to have the opportunity to share music in this way with our community.”

Rhonda has been formally trained in voice and has participated in many dramatic productions.  Rhonda has led various children’s programs and even entertained as a clown.  She has also worked in early childhood education as a preschool teacher.

In March 2006, Rhonda was awarded Music Together Certification Level I for outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy and parent education.  In the summer of 2005 she received her Certification I from the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, an international organization of professional music educators.  She is also a member of The Children's Music Network and has studied Dalcroze Eurythmics at the Longy School of Music.

 

     
  Colleen Coughlin, Certified II

Colleen Coughlin began teaching Music Together in 2003, and has since achieved Certification Levels I & II.  She has taught Music Together in greater Boston, and Philadelphia, and holds a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Providence College. Having taught both Elementary School and Middle school, she went on to study Vocal performance.  She enjoys playing the flute in class during the lullaby, and enjoys playing the ukelele too!  Colleen is mom to three little girls and enjoys seeing them grow musically. In 2018 Colleen began pursuing her graduate degree from Lesley University.

     
photo Monique Cellemme

SCMT is so excited to welcome Monique to our teaching team for fall 2015!  Monique first came to SCMT as a parent in our Sandywoods class.  She previously taught for the Music Together Princeton Lab School where she fell in love with the program's emphasis on singing, learning through play, and family music-making.  She is a licensed music educator with previous experience teaching grades PreK - 12 in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Delaware.  This fall Monique will begin teaching in Dartmouth, as an elementary school music teacher.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Providence College, summa cum laude, and a Master of Music Education, with distinction, from Westminster Choir College.  Monique lives in Rhode Island with her husband and spunky toddler.

     
photo Meryl Reed, Music Together Teacher Certified II

Meryl is a certified Music Together Teacher who has been a lifelong music maker. Raised by professional musicians, she has participated in music performance - as a member of various choirs, as a soloist, and as an actor in many musical theater productions. Meryl's collegiate study focused on vocal performance, with a minor in piano. Having completed her Music Together teacher training in November 2002, she pursued her professional development by obtaining her Music Together Certification Level I status for outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education in 2005, from the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ. In 2010, she completed her Certification Level II, the highest level of certification Music Together offers. For nearly two decades, Meryl has been bringing this wonderfully enriching program to the lives of countless numbers of families.

Meryl is the proud mother of Peter (16) and Russell (18). She is a member of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association and the Children's Music Network.  She has enjoyed playing the djembe with the Cape Cod African Dance and Drum Ensemble and sang and played various percussion and the ukulele with The Beach Plums. She teaches Music Together, Music Together Babies, Rhythm Kids, Music Together Preschool, and Ukulele.