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 Nicole McKenzie

Raised in Santa Barbara, Nicole traveled across the country to study violin performance. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in Ohio (where she also completed a minor in dance). She later earned a Master of Music degree from Florida State University. Both degrees are in violin performance. For two years Nicole worked in the Atlanta area as a freelance violinist and violin teacher.
After the birth of her first child in 2000, she moved back to Santa Barbara to be closer to family. She has co-directed and taught at Sandcastle Music Together since its opening - summer session, 2002, and is now a certified (1) Music Together® teacher.

photo Susan Shaberman

Susan is the mother of three (and grandmother of five), and was an active participant in her children's music education. She has a multiple subject teaching credential for the state of California. She has been a registered Music Together teacher since her training in 2002, and has co-directed Sandcastle Music Together since it's inception. Susan also currently choreographs and dances professionally in the field of Modern Dance.

photo Wendy-Irene Zepeda

is from a large family of professional musicians, and grew up singing with her parents, siblings, uncles, aunts and cousins. After many years of vocal and choir directing experience here and abroad, she continues to perform locally. Wendy-Irene discovered Music Together when she took her children to a sample class, and has been an enthusiast ever since. She believes that music and musical movement are key elements in the formation of an integrated person, and is happy to be able to help families grow in their love of music