At ‘Harmony is’ we have a fantastic team of teachers and therapists working together to serve our community.
Sommer Johnstone, OCT, BMT, B.Ed, MTA (owner, Music Therapist, Kindermusik Educator, Piano, Adapted Lessons)
Sommer is a life-long resident of Milton. She graduated with Honours from the University of Windsor (Bachelor of Music Therapy, 2000) and went on to complete a Bachelor of Education at the University of Western Ontario (Primary/Junior qualifications with Early Years specialism 2001). She is an accredited Music Therapist (MTA) and has experience working with children, adults and seniors of all ages and abilities throughout the Halton and Peel regions. Sommer is a member of the Canadian Association of Music Therapy (CAMT), the Music Therapy Association of Ontario (MTAO), the Milton Music Teacher’s Association (MMTA) and the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT). Sommer has been providing Music Therapy and Kindermusik to the Milton Community since January of 2003. Sommer is a proud mother of two wonderful daughters, both of whom have been active participants in the Kindermusik program at ‘Harmony is’
Andrea McNeil OCT, B.Ed, BFA, ARCT (Kindermusik Educator, Piano, Voice)
Andrea recently completed a Bachelor of Education (Primary/Junior) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (2013). She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from York University (2001) and holds an ARCT in Voice Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She also completed a year of graduate studies in voice performance at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto (2003). Andrea has been teaching Kindermusik and both voice and piano lessons at ‘Harmony is’ since 2007. For Andrea, it is an incredible privilege to be able to combine her love for children with her deep passion for music and arts education. It is an honour to have the opportunity not only to witness, but also to be involved in nurturing and fostering the growth, the appreciation, and the sheer joy that comes from learning music together.
Natalie Laughton, BMusTh, MTA, NMTA (Music Therapist, Kindermusik Educator, Piano, Guitar, Drums, Adapted Lessons)
Natalie has a Bachelor of Music Therapy from the University of Windsor and is an accredited Music Therapist (MTA) with the Canadian Association of Music Therapy. Natalie has also completed her certification as a Neurologic Music Therapist. Natalie holds a certificate and works as an Licensed Kindermusik instructor. Throughout her internship and work experience as a Music Therapist and Kindermusik Instructor, Natalie has gained experience in a variety of settings, including schools; long-term care facilities, group homes and private practice clinics. She has worked with children and adults who have physical and intellectual disabilities, speech and language delays, behavioural and emotional challenges, and dementia. Natalie also has several years of experience teaching guitar, drums and piano.
Shaaron Zach (Kindermusik Educator, Voice)
Shaaron was born and raised in England. She moved to Ontario, Canada 10 years ago and has since made Milton her home. Married with two young children, she is passionate about being a Mummy and using music to encourage milestones to be reached! Shaaron is a classically trained singer, and has sung in many competitions. She is certified as a licensed Kindermusik Educator. She regularly teaches the 3-7 year olds at Redhill Church here in Milton, and enjoys using song to inspire young ones to laugh and learn.
Sarah Mackenzie, BMT, MTA (Music Therapist, Kindermusik Educator, Piano, Flute, Adapted Lessons)
Sarah is a music therapist, music teacher and performer. She has 6 years of experience in music therapy, most recently specializing in pediatrics. Sarah also has been teaching piano and flute to students from preschool age to adult since 2007, and she continues to perform on the flute. Sarah completed her music therapy internship at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre working with seniors in Aging & Veterans care. She then worked for 3 years as music therapist in the community, experiencing various settings including day centres for adults with developmental delays, long-term care facilities with seniors, special needs classrooms in schools, and individual work with clients of all ages. Throughout this time Sarah also taught piano and flute lessons privately. For two years, Sarah then worked at blueballoon Health Services, specializing in pediatric music therapy while also continuing to teach adapted and typical music lessons. At blueballoon, she gained valuable experience collaborating with the team of speech therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, behaviour therapists and clinical psychologists. Sarah is currently a part of the team at ‘Harmony is’ teaching typical music lessons, adapted music lessons and kindermusik, and facilitating music therapy sessions. She also works in special needs classrooms and adult day centres in the community.