Our Teachers

 

Our teachers come from various backgrounds, but they’re united by a common passion: Sharing the joy of music with children and families in the Beaverton and Salem areas!

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 Kayla Hughes

BMT, MT-BC

Kayla Hughes is the Director/Owner of Music Together Beaverton, a company she fell in love with from the first class she experienced! After taking the Music Together training with a friend, she took over as Director in 2008 when her friend moved away. She has never looked back! Having also just completed a degree in Music Therapy, Kayla knew the transformational power of music in a therapeautic setting and simply wanted to witness this magic every day, whether working with clients, families, or one day, playing with her own children! In 2010, Kayla attained Certification Level 1 from the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ, having demonstrated outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy and parent education, and in August 2016, she was awarded Music Together Certification Level 2 for demonstrating mastery of those areas. She is excited to help bring communities together through music. 

     
photo Meg Bristow

Meg completed a degree in Music Therapy and became a certified music therapist in 2011, when she also completed her initial training as a Music Together teacher. She worked in 2012–2014 at a private clinic, where she used music to teach life skills one-on-one to children with disabilities. During this time, Meg helped teach a parent-child class at a local community college, with her role focusing on teaching parents how to engage with their infants and toddlers through music. She also loved being the children’s music leader at her church. After having a child of her own, Meg shifted her focus from clinical work, and recently decided instead to share the joy and power of music with children and their parents. She retrained with Music Together in 2019, and looks forward to sharing her belief that everyone can benefit from more music in their lives!

 

     
photo Joe Harchanko

Joseph (Joe) Harchanko is a cellist, composer, and music educator. In addition to "Guitar for Grown Ups"™, Dr. Harchanko teaches at his own Harchanko Music Studio and Academy and directs the orchestral and music programs at the Montessori Discover Center.  He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in composition at the University of Texas at Austin where he also received a performance certificate in cello.  He holds master’s degrees in cello performance and composition from The Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in cello performance from Auburn University.  Dr. Harchanko has been awarded fellowships from ASCAP, the Aspen Music Festival, The University of Texas, and Ball State University.  His compositions have been performed across the U.S., Latin American, Europe, Asia, and Australia.  After years of post-secondary education, his experience educating his own child inspired him to shift focus towards developing excellence in music education for children.