Aiko Terao started her Yoga practice in the late 90’s. Her curiosity and passion for all schools of Yoga inspired her to develop into a teaching role in 2005 when she worked with various Community Centers in Spokane to facilitate volunteer fitness classes incorporating Yoga and guided meditation. To expand her personal practice and build a strong foundation as an instructor, Aiko completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2008. During that time, she specialized in Prenatal Yoga to guide her own journey into motherhood while helping new mothers physically and mentally prepare for child birth. This quickly transitioned into facilitating Partner Yoga workshops to build on interpersonal connections with family and friends. Over the last decade, she has worked with various Yoga studios and volunteer organizations including the YWCA and East Central Community Center. Aiko’s contagious love of life, laughter and Yoga is evident from the moment you step into one of her classes.
Vin-Yin Yoga and Kids Yoga Teacher
Amanda Manning is a registered yoga teacher (RYT 200) and licensed mental health therapist (LMHC). Her focus is on helping you to build a manageable mindfulness practice to decrease any anxiety and mood symptoms in order for you to be present and find true peace and joy in your own life. She believes yoga is for everybody and EVERY BODY. Yoga should also be accessible to everyone. She offers modifications and amplifications to all poses to fit the needs of the individual.
Music Together Mixed-Age, Babies, In-School and Guitar/Ukulele for Grownups Teacher.
Beth Crespan is a certified Music Together teacher who started her own center in California in 1997. Accompanied by her guitar, ukulele and sometimes a fiddle or banjo she has taught hundreds of families in California and is now in Spokane to teach and share her love of music making with you and your family.
Healing Arts (Yoga, Energy Work & Breathwork), Breakthrough Sessions
Evolving Healer 💜 Intuitive
Healing is Possible! I empower striving women to stop playing into their struggle and light up their desires through deep rooted love.
Sound Bath & Crystal Bowl Meditation
Deirdre Catlin discovered a passion to help others gain freedom and find balance while she was a pilot and Lieutenant Colonel with the Active Duty then Air National Guard. She became certified in multiple energy modalities. In her practice she blends her own intuition and compassion with the most groundbreaking of the energy rebalancing practices in her toolbox.
Director/Owner. Music Together Mixed-Age, Babies and In-School Teacher, Bambini Toddler Time Teacher
Director/Owner and Teacher, Heather Villa has been an award winning professional Jazz Singer in the Spokane area since 1999, and still actively performs with her bands Villa Blues n' Jazz and The Ukuladies of Spokane. With a Theatre and Arts Administration BA from Whitworth, she has a strong passion for the arts. Her children, husband and community inspired her to redirect most of her focus to early childhood and music education, and rebuilding the village mentality within her community. Heather started Spokane's Songbird Consulting Music Together program in 2015, which continues to be her passion and joy, bringing more teachers and families together in music and the arts! Heather teachers our Music Together Mixed-Age and Baby Family classes, Music Together In-School programs, and the new Bambini Toddler Time classes in our new Songbird Music & Arts Studioand in the surrounding area.
Yoga Calm for Teens
Megan is currently a Marriage and Family Counseling intern at Gonzaga University. She takes a holistic approach to mental health while working alongside families to support children in their social and emotional development. Having worked as a classroom teacher and an instructional coach for 15 years, she has considerable experience working with children, teens, and families. Megan takes a strength-based approach to counseling, believing that all people have the capacity to make positive changes in their life. She uses experiential and creative approaches, such as Yoga Calm, art, and virtual reality to address anxiety, attachment struggles, and challenges relating to school and relationships.
Music Together Mixed-Age Teacher and Piano Teacher
Michelle has been teaching Music Together Family and In-School classes with our center since 2017 and is excited to be back after taking maternity leave. She loves to make music and has played piano for many years including teaching lessons and accompanying for local schools and performances. She will now be offering piano lessons for beginning and beginner/intermediate students through our studio! In her “spare time” since the pandemic hit, she enjoys spending time in the beautiful outdoors, dancing around the house with her daughter, and trying to teach her dog about social-distancing.
Music Together Mixed-Age and In-School Teacher.
Nicole Hicks-Wedge has been an actor, choreographer, performance coach, singer and business woman in the Spokane community for over 20 years. She is no stranger to Spokane stages having performed with Spokane Children's Theatre, Onyx Theatre, Spokane Civic Theatre and Interplayers Theatre. She took a small hiatus to focus on raising her family and has been elated to return to singing and acting these past few years. Most recently in Saskatchewan, Canada. Inspired from teaching music to her own 2 boys, Nicole is so excited to share the Music Together program with as many families as possible!
Youth Art Media Lab Teacher
Posie Kalin is a professional artist and arts educator living in Spokane with her husband and two daughters. Her work covers a broad spectrum of art mediums including video, music, photography, installation, printmaking, painting, sculpture and performance. Kalin's work involves collaboration, dramaturgy, manifestation, and an investigation in to how objects and form can be weighted with a feminist perspective while proposing alternative realities and ways of being. She engages esoteric practices, ritual, visual divination and abstract poetics as strategies and directives for production. Kalin has exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally including Spokane, Yakima, Portland, LA, Las Vegas, Chicago, NYC, Bulgaria and Australia. She currently teaches painting at EWU and youth media art labs at Songbird Music & Arts Studio!
Theatre Make-up and Theatre Arts Lab
Sarah McKeever grew up in music and theater doing choir, theater, musicals and operas through middle school, high school and college. She earned her Bachelors in Theater and is a certified secondary Theater and English Teacher. She interned at Emerald City Opera, worked back stage crew at Maine State Music Theater and stage managed at Lake City Playhouse. She has taught English and Theater at Dishman Hills High School. She is currently a full time mom to her three young kiddos and loves raising them around music and the arts.