Meet Our Teachers
Prelude Music Classes has brought together a team of experienced, passionate teachers to support our mission of building a better world through music — one child at a time.
A classically trained professional vocalist, Prelude Director Ana Treviño-Godfrey completed her doctorate in music at Rice University in 2009. She has taught students of all ages — at Michigan's Interlochen Arts Camp, The Cleveland Institue of Music, Rice University, and the Rice Preparatory Summer Vocal Camp. Ana is a certified Music Together® teacher and in 2006, her love for music and children inspired her to create Prelude Music Classes.
Francyne Davis Jacobs, MAJMus, MAJEd, has been teaching music since 1994. She has taught all ages, from preschool through adult, and has directed both youth and adult choirs. Francyne discovered Prelude Music Classes when her daughter, Halle, was five months old and continued classes with her son, David. Halle still loves coming to music classes and seeing her friends, and Francyne hopes to make these kinds of special memories for all the families in her classes.
Professional violinist Jonathan Godfrey has been teaching students of all ages for more than two decades. He is the concertmaster and co-founder of Mercury, the Orchestra Redefined, and assistant concertmaster of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra. He has served on the violin faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan and the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory in Colorado. Jonathan has also taught alongside some of the nation's most renowned violin educators, influding Julia Bushkova at the Interlochen Arts Academy and Kathleen Winkler at Rice University, where he completed his Master of Music degree. He has been teaching Music Together classes at Prelude for the past three years, and in 2016 he completed certification Levell II.
Born in Nigeria, Kapila Love is a citizen of Canada and traces her ancestral home to Tamil Nadu, and has been living in Houston since 2011. In true Music Together fashion, she began learning how to sing the classical Southern Indian music called Karnatik music by watching her mother teach her elder sister. She was a children's librarian for 11 years. She found out about Prelude through a Google search, metaphorically dropping into Ana's lap in 2012, and has been teaching since then, in both the Houston and Sugar Land locations. Her favorite areas of study lately are mindful, nonviolent, and spimplicty parenting. Kapila loves to meditat in daily life, sing, dance, garden, hike, tell stories, cook plant-based food, and watch and read science fiction. She lives in Southwest Houstin with four cars, one child, a thriving garden, a messy house, and a very forgiving husband.
Prill McAfee received her bachelor's and master's degrees in horn performance from The Juilliard School in New York. A frequent performer with the New York Philharmonic, she moved to Minnesota to join the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, where she remained for 20 years. She participated in the Aspen Music Festival, the Spoleto (Italy) Festival of Two Worlds, Tanglewood, and the Frand Teton Music Festival. While in Minnesota, Prill was a horn instructor at St. Olaf College, taught horn privately, sang soprano in a choir, and built a business around "music-making joy" teaching piano, guitar, and voice to all ages. She recently relocated to Houston to be near her two young grandchildren, both of whom participate in Prelude Music Classes.
Chrissy LaHair was born and raised in San Antonio and relocated to Houston with her husband in 2008. Chrissy grew up in a musical family; she has been singing since the age of two and started playing piano at the age of five. She was a ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and tap dancer for over 15 years and taught dance for 10 years to children ages 2-16. At her church, Chrissy ran a performing arts program called "The Noize" and was involved with the praise and worship team. She recently took a small break from working in music to be a stay-at-home mom to her beautiful daughter, Autumn Rose. Chrissy first heard about Music Together through her sister, who is a teacher in San Antonio, and now she loves getting to watch parents and children learning and having fun making music together.
A singer, music educator, and mother of two, Heidi Hock Kaim completed her music education/choral music studies degree at the University of Texas. Since 2005, she has taught music in both public and private schools, ranging from toddlers all the way up to 6th grade, in Austin and Houston. While in Austin, Heidi sang with the professional ensemble Texas Early Music Project. Heidi is certified in the Orff Approach (levels 1-3) and loves teaching her students through this process. A peek into Heidi's classroom would show students singing, moving, playing playing instruments, and having a fabulous time making music from all over the world. Heidi teaches the after-school "Prelude Singers" group (ages 5+) where we discover music through singing, playing instruments, and movement. Heidi also teaches the Music Together program at two schools, including at one of Prelude's outreach schools, supported by the Prelude Music Foundation.
Lauren Ziff grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts and earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching at the University of San Francisco. After returning to the east coast, Lauren taught in the New York City school system. When her daughter was 10 months old, Lauren found the Music Together program and fell in love with it as a way to bond with her daughter and connect with the community. After moving to Houston in 2010, Lauren found Prelude and developed an even greater love of music while making memories with both of her children and learning to play the guitar. Lauren is excited to be a part of the Prelude team and loves creating musical memories with children and their caregivers.
Katia Baizan is a native Houstonian and has loved music since childhood. Katia's parents always had music playing in the house, and Katia grew up playing piano and singing in her school and university choirs. She sang with the Houston Symphony Chorus fro several years and started an acoustic band while living in Paris after college. Katia has a master's degree in art history from the University of Texas and loves how music and all the arts communicate emotion and promote community across cultures. A mother of two girls, Katia started taking Music Together classes when her daughter Alessia was one year old. She and Alessia were hooked from the start and now bring little sister Juliette to classes too. Katia enjoys singing to her girls throughout the day and loves how Music Together has brought even more music into their home. Katia is of Spanish-Cuban heritage and grew up fully bilingual. She is delighted to be a part of the Prelude team and loves teaching Canta y Baila Conmigo® classes!
Recent Houston transplant Dave Sharma is one of Prelude's newest teachers! A professional percussionist and producer, Dave will be focusing on teaching our new Rhythm Kids and Pre-Rhythm Kids classes. Dave's performance career has included venues such as Wembley Stadium, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, the Chicago Symphony, Montreal JazzFest, Broadway, Late Night with David Letterman, and, most recently, Last Call with Carson Daly along with his nu-disco band, Escort. He has been teaching private lessons for over 15 years and has done outreach work for children with the Weill Center at Carnegie Hall and the Mark Morris Dance Group since 2004.
Shanan is from Austin, Texas, where she grew up singing in choirs. While in school, she was named "most likely to follow in the footsteps of her choral director." And that is exactly what she did, after studying voice with Professor David Small and earning a degree in choral music studies from the University of Texas at Austin. During her tenure as the director at Hobby Middle School in San Antonio, her choirs gave many moving performances and earned her numerous awards. Music Together became a part of her life when her oldest son, Maxwell, was just over a year old. Isaac, her youngest, joined the fun at the ripe old age of two weeks. Together, they completed nine semesters, after which Shanan decided to attend the Music Together teacher training. She is excited to be back in her home state of Texas and is grateful for the opportunity to teach music as part of the Prelude team!
Music educator and clarinetist Melissa Fuller is committed to community and music education. Melissa has worked with community music organizations such as the Houston Symphony, the Prelude Music Foundation, the University of Alabama, and the University of North Texas to help bring the highest quality music education to all children of all backgrounds. During the week, Melissa teaches general music education classes in the Galena Park Independent School District in East Houston. Melissa is so thrilled to be joining the Prelude Music family and spending her Saturday mornings singing, dancing, playing, and creating musical memories with Houston families.
Jenn Moore is originally from Colombia and was raised on Long Island. She double-majored in psychology and biological anthropology, earning a Bachelor of Science degree and Certificate in Neuroscience from Duke University. Drawn to the research-based concepts of the Music Together program and inspired by a lifelong love of music, Jenn began taking Prelude Music Classes as a parent. She is delighted to help children and their loved ones discover the lasting joys of music-making.
With the blessing of her supportive and very patient parents, Jenny brought her first drum home at the age of eleven. Many years later, she is still making a joyful noise! After receiving her BM and MM in Percussion Performance from Indiana University and Temple University, Jenny moved to Dallas with her husband where she received a crash course in motherhood. Jenny has spent the past nine years as a play-at-home mom of three amazing girls by day and a professional freelance percussionist by night. After a decade of growing together as a family through music and play, serving young people in her community as a volunteer and teacher, and many sessions as a Music Together mom and super-fan, Jenny is thrilled to join the Prelude team.
Kasia is a nurturer at heart. Whether mothering her four young children, working as a nurse, or connecting with families though the beauty, joy, and silliness of Music Together® — she thrives when supporting others. Katia grew up in a home filled with music of all sorts, and found her own musical voice while attending Music Together® as a parent. She started her teaching journey with Prelude, then directed her own Music Together center for three years when her family transferred to Doha, Qatar. She is filled with gratitude to be back "home" with Prelude.
Jon Swann is a native Houstonian who gigs and teaches in the greater metropolitan area. He received his Master of Music degree in saxophone in 2010 and teaches woodwinds and guitar privately. Since 2015, he will be on the faculty at San Jacinto College teaching music theory, ear training, and music appreciation. When not engaged in music, he enjoys woodworking and partner acrobatics.
To learn more about our music classes for children in Houston, Sugar Land, and The Woodlands, call us at (832) 803-7701 or send an email to email@example.com