Our Teachers

Meet the Teachers of Melody Kids

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

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 Alexandra Fischer

Xan Fischer is the Director of the Music Together® Program in Longmont. She is the product of three generations of music teachers. Her passion for teaching music has defined her life in the community and the direction of her family.

Xan discovered Music Together after her twins were born in 1995. Joey and Izzy Fischer started Music Together with their grandmother, Jo Simons who teaches Music Together classes in Madison, Wisconsin. From an early age, Xan exposed her children to music and made the Music Together collections a part of her children's daily lives.

As a Music Together parent, Xan took all three kids to class including Baby Jesse (born 1998). The Fischer children, Joey, Izzy, and Jesse graduated from the Music Together program and have since become accomplished passionate young musicians. With a sound musical foundation any child can thrive at any musical skill they pursue.

     
photo Kristin Hawley

Kristin Hawley has been teaching music and movement classes to small children for over a decade. She thrives on creating a warm and joyful musical experience through play and creative exploration.

     
photo Rhonda Ritter

Rhonda has been teaching piano and Music Together in Longmont for several years. She is excited to offer a Saturday morning class in Prospect.

     
photo Kelly Sokol

Kelly Sokol is a native Coloradan who grew up in the Niwot/Longmont area! I am the mother to a 15-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy. After teaching Music Together at her own center, for a decade, in Broomfield (and briefly in Longmont under Xan), she took a short break. She is now back teaching with Melody Kids. She is a life-long vocalist who graduated from CSU with a degree in Music Therapy. In addition to teaching Music Together, she also worked, for years, in the field of long-term senior care as an activity director and day center supervisor.

     
  Marci Kalish