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Meet the Teachers of Music Together Menlo Park

Our teachers come from all sorts of backgrounds, but they’re united by a common passion: Sharing the joy of music with children and families in Menlo Park !

All teachers have successfully completed the live Music Together® Teacher Training, which is built on research in early childhood and music development. We keep our skills fresh through workshops every semester and advanced trainings offered by Music Together Worldwide.

photo Shay Rachman

Music Together Menlo Park Director

Shay is a singer-songwriter, born in Israel, graduate of the Berklee/Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. Currently living, playing and composing in Palo Alto, California.

Shay has had a very exciting musical career in Israel before moving to California. He published his own music, preformed with his band and taught guitar and vocals. As his two kids were born he was looking for a way to share his love for music with them. Taking Music together classes was a good way to start and now he is the director and owner of Music Together Menlo Park.

     
photo Lynne Romano

Born and raised in Palo Alto, grew up in a very musical household, taught art and volunteered teaching music.

Lynne performed with various rock bands throughout the years and currently sings and plays percussion for the Colony Street Band, a six piece classic rock band.

Lynne is looking forward to doing two of the things she loves the most... music and working with children!

     
photo Gabriela Rojas

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Gabriela has been working musically with various communities since 2011. 

She was an elementary school music teacher for 5 years teaching general music to pre-K through 5th grade.  Currently works in the field of Music Therapy where she leads music groups with disabled, autistic, and older adult communities. 

Gabriela performs solo piano for events and enjoys singing and performing her own music.

     
photo Maria Shao

Maria Shao has been involved in choral singing throughout her life.  She has a M.A. in liturgical music from Santa Clara University and works as a church musician in Saratoga and Los Altos.  Maria also has experience working with children with special needs and believes that music reaches everyone.  She currently sings with Voices of Silicon Valley and enjoys playing classical guitar

     
photo Valeria Chalian

Val grew up singing in choirs and later in bands in Argentina. Music has always been present and essential in her life. She is a Spanish teacher and storyteller who loves making music and working with children.