Priscilla studied voice at Oberlin Conservatory, where she also received a minor in dance, along with an English major from Oberlin College.
Priscilla moved to Japan in 1993, where she has worked as a professional teacher, incorporating music and movement into children's English classes. Her interest in quality music education for young children in Japan became more personal when she became a mother of two. Inspired by the positive experience she had with her own daughter participating in East Bay Music Together (California, USA), she returned to the US in 2002 and successfully completed the Music Together® Teaching Workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children, Princeton, New Jersey. She founded Azabu Music Together in the spring of 2004. She is now a licensed center director and registered Music Together® teacher.
Annie grew up in Scotland in a household of music lovers and makers. It made for a lively environment and instilled a love of music making in Annie. She went on to learn many instruments before settling on the piano and baroque recorders and has taken part in various chamber music groups and choirs.
Annie graduated from the University of Manchester with an honours degree in Music, MusB (Hons) where she studied performance, composition, aesthetics of music, musicianship skills and more. Although Annie has had a formal musical training her passion lies in making music for fun and sharing the joy of music in informal settings. One of her favourite things to do is to get together with her family and make music! She loves pretty much all types of music from all over the world from Okinawan folk music to medieval chants.
Annie came to Japan in 2003 and taught English for many years before having her daughter in 2011. When her daughter was 7 months old, she enrolled in a Music Together® class and instantly fell in love with the program. Annie was so happy to find a program for families with young children that offered quality music that she decided to take the training. She successfully competed the training in November 2012 (Tokyo) and started teaching in her own centre in Kunitachi in early 2013. She is thrilled to become part of the Azabu Music Together teaching team and looks forward to meeting lots of families.
Jonathan Bojarzin, from Toronto, Canada, grew up surrounded by music. From a mother and father who danced and sang in a house full of song, to classical guitar lessons from the age of nine, to flute in high school concert and show bands, to a lifelong hobby of learning stringed instruments from around the world, his love for music continues to grow.
Upon Jonathanfs move to Japan, he began using music extensively in childrenfs English classes that he taught in Ehime. After a move to Tokyo, he discovered Music Together® while researching childhood music lessons and music therapy. The teacher training he then attended, run by Music Together® founder, Ken Guilmartin, changed Jonathanfs life as a teacher and a musician! He began teaching Music Together® classes at an English preschool in Saitama City in the preschool setting as well as in parent/child mixed age classes. 9 years later and after attaining level 1 certification, he is still loving it!
He says, gSometimes I think I have more fun than the kids! To watch young children discover new things about themselves and to see families enjoy making musicctogether! To be a part of that enjoyment, is a wonderful way to work! Oh, and please, call me Jonny!h