Our Teachers

All of our teachers are passionate about music and the development of children.
They create a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.
 

photo Rhonda Sisson, Director

Rhonda has a BA in Music from Wheaton College. After over a decade in Arts Marketing and Public Relations, she transitioned into the role of stay-at-home mom with her three children. She began attending Music Together® classes with her children in 2005. The experience was so fun and had such a wonderful impact on her family that she decided to become a teacher and was trained and registered by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, New Jersey in 2009.

Since January of 2014, she has loved being the owner and director of Wee Heart Music. In October of 2014, Rhonda was awarded Certification Level I status, having demonstrated outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education. In addition to teaching classes and directing Wee Heart Music, Rhonda is keeper of the family calendar and walker of Ruby, her chocolate lab. She also loves singing and leading worship at church. Her favorite Music Together song is "Hello Everybody"! Thanks to Music Together, Rhonda has found such joy in the combination of teaching, music and children.

     
photo Michelle Gurak

Michelle has grown up immersed in music all her life. Beginning as a small child she has participated in choirs and musical theater and still continues to sing for church services and events, and has directed the children's choir at her church. Wanting to share her love of music with her own children, Michelle started bringing her oldest daughter to Music Together classes when she was 4 months old, and has continuously been in a Music Together class for the last 7 years. After leaving a career in sales, and staying at home with her children for several years, Michelle was thrilled when an opportunity came about for her to be able to teach Music Together, which is a perfect fit for her to combine her love of music and children. Michelle became a registered Music Together teacher through the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, New Jersey in 2010. 

     
photo Kathy Sbarboro

Kathy loves helping families include musical play in their everyday lives! Kathy grew up singing, dancing, and playing the piano and clarinet. She then went on to major in music with no specific goal in mind, just a determination that music was her life. Kathy earned a BM in Music Education and a MA in Piano Pedagogy with a specialty in Early Childhood Education. Kathy feels truly blessed to able make her musical passion her life’s work. She has been teaching the Music Together program for over 10 years, and has earned the Music Together Certification 1 status. Kathy also teaches piano at Harper College and her own piano studio in Lombard. She is recognized as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music by the Music Teachers National Association and is active in the Chicago area as a workshop clinician and festival/competition judge. Kathy has rescued two retired racing greyhounds, and volunteers for the Midwest Greyhound Adoption organization.

     
photo Stephanie Eickholt

Stephanie loves teaching children about the joy of music! She had a musical childhood singing, dancing, and playing piano. She received her bachelor's degree in Music Education from Ball State University. Piano was her primary instrument with a minor in voice. She taught elementary general music in Indianapolis, IN for six years before having her first child. After her daughter was born, she moved to Wheaton, IL to be closer to her sister. In Wheaton, she discovered that a Music Together class was just down the street from her home. She signed up and had a wonderful time making music with her baby in Miss Rhonda's class. She has since gone through all the collections with her two children. They know just about every Music Together song. She's excited to begin teaching music to children again! She become a registered Music Together Teacher by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, New Jersey in 2019.