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 Ft. Myers and all of Lee County, Florida!
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.
LouAnne, Director/Teacher: I came to Music Time with many years of early childhood and music experience. I have always enjoyed working with children and families as you can see from my past experiences!
I taught preschool at 1st United Methodist Preschool for five years and then worked as the Director of McGregor Baptist Preschool for six years. I also enjoyed leading the music program for 3, 4, and 5 years olds at 1st United Methodist Preschool and Briarcliff Baptist Preschool for three years. I then started a piano studio and taught piano privately for nine years! I was also the pianist at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church on DeLeon St. for 6 years. My biggest passion by far, though, is teaching the Music Together classes!
I have been a registered teacher for Music Together since August 2006. Additionally, in July 2008 I was awarded 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. I also completed Certification Level 2 in 2013.
I absolutely love sharing this incredible music program with families all over Lee County! I love how this program impacts grandparents, parents, and children and brings them together in a way nothing else can! It literally changes lives!
My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet is the mother of two little boys, who have totally become Music Together kids!
Since kindergarten, Janet has been having fun playing music. She plays all kinds of stringed and percussion instruments, including guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and drum.
Janet took her Music Together teacher training at the Center for Music and Young Children, in Princeton, NJ in April 2009. She is involved with various, Ft. Myers community activities, the Arts and Performance Arts. For the last 14 years, she has been President and Owner of the Alchemists of Faux Finishing, Inc., creating unique custom finishes and hand painted wallpaper.
You can reach Janet at email@example.com
Kim Setser brings her own varied experience into her classroom. As a former nanny for many years, Kim knows what it's like to make up songs in the car, dance around the kitchen and surround children with basic musical concepts. She is also a former occupational therapist for children with autism, working with various programs that included musical and sensory therapies.
Originally from Kansas, Kim got her musical education at Wichita State University. She represented her home state in the Miss America Program as Miss Kansas 2001. During her year of service she traveled over 40,000 miles speaking and performing in schools K-12. Since then she has performed professionally in music theater productions across the country.
Kim is married to Rick Setser, the Worship Pastor for Crosspoint Church in Cape Coral, and they have 2 young children, Lennon and Elliott. At Crosspoint Church, she sings on the worship team and volunteers with the youth group.
Kim completed her training in September 2011 to become a registered teacher for Music Together.
You can reach Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I started out as a parent just like you in a class that I absolutely loved! Learning about this awesome way to connect with my baby, while wiring her brain with so much more than just music was something I am still so thankful for.
Being able to share this gift I was given with other parents to add to their parenting toolbox is so special to me! I am not a music major, just a mom who grew up in a family that loves to sing. As far back as I can remember, I've always loved working with little ones. From babysitting to assistant teaching in an infant and toddler classroom, I have really learned a lot about this age group in particular. This job is the best of both worlds, as I get to be around little ones while connecting with the grownups that love them!
Lisa Ellen James
Lisa Pennington is a graduate of The Florida State University music school. She has been teaching music for over 25 years. She has been with the Lee County School District for over 10 years. She won Music Teacher of the Year for the Lee County school district for the 2015-2016 school year.
Kate Jenkins is a longtime lover of music, and the mom of two wonderful children. She spent much of her young life involved in various musical activities, including choirs and musical theater programs. She originally became involved in Music Together as a parent, and participated in many semesters before the opportunity to become a teacher presented itself. She was quick to embrace the chance to share this gift with others, as she had seen the endless positive effects of Family Music Time within her own household. She brings to class, not only a technical understanding of music, but a love of working with children and finding fun ways of integrating it in and outside of the classroom.
Janey Kennedy - Assistant to the Director
Originally from Ohio, Janey was the Director of Human Resources for a multi-state construction company where she was responsible for all personnel aspects for up to 850 employees. Beginning in 2009, she and her husband would spend the winters in Florida before returning to work full time for the spring, summer and fall. When the “winter break” became longer and longer for the Kennedy family, Janey left her employment up north for the sunshine of Florida.
When asked to join the Family Music Time team, Janey jumped at the opportunity to try something different. Working with the families has been so much fun! As the Assistant to the Director, Janey gets involved in everything from enrollments, newletters, special events….you name it! If you have any questions or need any help with your enrollments, birthday parties or anything, do not hesitate to contact Janey for assistance.
You can reach Janey at email@example.com.