Sprouts TherapyMusic Together
Our Teachers

All of our teachers are passionate about music and the development of children.

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

 

photo Rebecca Andrew

Becky is the owner and director of Ohana Music Together® which she opened in 2003 and ran until March of 2017 when she decided to retire. Sprouts Therapy is now thrilled to have her on board as a Music Together teacher in her Kaimuki location. 

Becky received her BA in drama followed by a successful theatre career in New York with lead roles on Broadway, Off-Broadway and several Broadway touring companies. She also made numerous appearances on television and radio, including in Hawaii as The Music Expert on "Building Blocks for Tots" (KGMB 9 and The CW) in 2008 and 2009. Becky has made presentations on the effective use of music in the classroom for the Hawaii Assoc. for the Education of Young Children, Kama'aina Kids, The Seagull School, and "Read To Me International." She has also led classes for the state library system, HeadStart, and HealthyStart as well as MOMS clubs and Baby Hui's. Ohana Music Together has been featured in The Star Advertiser, Mid-Week, Hawaii Parent and Go! Kailua magazine. Among the awards OMT has won: Three times for "Best of Honolulu Family Magazine”: in 2014 and 2015 for "Best Place to Take Music Lessons", and in 2013 for "Best Place to Jam with Your Kids". Also for Nickelodeon’s “Parent’s Picks” in 2009.

In 2007, The Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ awarded Becky Music Together Certification Level I status for outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education. Becky is a member of the national "Early Childhood Music and Movement Association".

     
photo Lauren Koepke MT-BC

Growing up, music was always present in Lauren's life. Her family constantly sang, had mini concerts at home, and attended professional performances. At the age of 9, Lauren picked up her first violin in her school's orchestra and continued to play all through college. Now as an adult, she continues to play, sing, and dance everywhere she goes and gets to experience the amazing connection people make through music on a daily basis. Lauren has been teaching Music Together since 2014 and in August 2016, she decided to enhance and expand on her teaching skills and earned her Certification Level I from Music Together. 

Lauren is also a board-certified Music Therapist and holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy. She works as the Music Therapist for Sprouts Therapy when not teaching Music Together. In clinical practice she has worked with individuals with intellectual and cognitive delays, learning disabilities, geriatric patients, and teens in the criminal justice system. This large variety of experiences has proven to her that music can be something humans can all connect with no matter the age or life situation

     
photo Miwa McNeil

Miwa was born and raised in Japan, but relocated to Hawaii when she became enamored with Hawaii slack key guitar and had an opportunity to apprentice with slack key master Raymond Kane.

Miwa played in iconic band, Kupa'aina as a kiho'alu (slack key guitarist) and for over ten years, she has performed slack key and ukulele for weddings and other special events. She and husband, Alastar, have a three year old daughter who naturally loves music.

     
photo Amber Wiley

Music has always been a passion for Amber. She has sung in choir, played trombone in a wind ensemble and plays guitar for pleasure, but her real focus, since the age of eight, has been piano (which she has now been teaching for 15 years).

Amber majored in music therapy her first year of college and observed the power of music to have a positive impact on focus, behavior and fine and gross motor skills. She has been involved for many years in childcare including being a nanny.

Amber recently left a full-time ministry position to move to Oahu with her husband, Justin (a Kona native). Amber passed the Music Together teacher training in August 2016.

     
photo Marissa Anderson OTR/L

Marissa is the newest member of our Music Together family.  She is a board certified pediatric occupational therapist working at both Sprouts Therapy Clinic and Sprouts Music Together Program. Due to her pediatric training and background in music and drama, Marissa is a perfect fit to join our music team.  

Marissa is the proud mother of two beautiful little girls. She and her family moved to O'ahu just over one year ago and they are very excited for the opportunity to live on this beautiful island.  Marissa is a dedicated therapist and mother who realizes the power that music can have on child development. 

     
photo Shira Sax

Music has been a part of Shira’s life from the very beginning, in fact her name means “song.” She has been leading worship for various churches and ministries since the age of 15 and plays piano and a little guitar. She is a song writer and has recorded an album of the songs she wrote while living overseas as a missionary in North Africa. Along with music she loves children and has volunteered at orphanages around the world.

Shira is originally from Oahu and moved back home last summer to be closer to family. Shira passed the Music Together teacher training in March 2018 and is very excited to be a Music Together teacher.