Our Teachers

All of the teachers at Valley Cat Music are passionate about music—and, more importantly, about supporting your child's musical journey. During their classes, they create a fun, informal, musically rich social setting that supports the varied learning styles of both children and adults. All of our teachers have successfully completed the three-day Music Together® teacher-training workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children®, Princeton, New Jersey.

photo Deborah Dietrich, Director

Deborah, a Registered Music Together instructor and center director, is also a professional singer, Bulgarian vocals expert, and California native—working on stage, in film/t.v., and in the studio (e.g., solo vocals for Steven Spielberg/John Williams on the "Minority Report" score and for Richard Gibbs on "Queen of the Damned" and "Battlestar Gallatica"; backup vocals for Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Diana Krall, David Crosby; performances live on the Academy Awards, A Prairie Home Companion, and at A.C.T. in Hecuba with Olympia Dukakis, among many other creative endeavors). For 13 years Deborah sang with KITKA Women's Vocal Ensemble in Oakland, an eight-woman a cappella group specializing in Eastern European folk music, before hanging up her costume bag to come to L.A. and make a family. The mother of one daughter, Deborah is thrilled to be a part of the Music Together organization and enjoys combining her life-long passion for music with her enthusiastic support and love for young children.

She currently sings soprano with a cappella jazz ensemble Inner Voices, leads the alto section and sings with her uke in the praise band at First Christian Church of North Hollywood, and writes & arranges songs in her spare time. Check out some of her vocal clips on her personal page: http://valleycatmusic.com/Deborah-singer.html

Deborah is happy to bring her guitar-playing, parachute-waving, egg-shaking good time to your birthday party or children's event. Please contact her for options. (See "Music Parties" on the Store page for details.)

Deborah is also available for individual or group guitar or ukulele lessons for adults/big kids who'd like to learn how to play along with the Music Together collection — or any song you choose! (See "Private Lessons" on the Store page for details.)

photo Daphna Venyige

Daphna is excited bring her beautiful voice and soulful spirit to Valley Cat Music. Having recently relocated to L.A., Daphna's previous position was as the director of a large parent and child center in Miami Beach, where she also directed the school's Music Together program. She is passionate about the experience (and identity shift) of new mothers during the early childhood years and believes that through music, children and their caregivers can become bonded in meaningful ways.

Daphna has sung in wedding bands, radio commercials, and worked as a the lead singer and actress in Time Warner Hong Kong's EnglishTime program. Having lived in Israel and then Miami Beach for many years, she is back in Los Angeles, her hometown, with her husband and two children.

photo Sujana Chand

Having just passed the Music Together teacher training (with flying colors!), Sujana is thrilled to be joining the Valley Cat team! Sujana is a graduate of Tisch School of the Arts at New York University where she studied music, acting and dance. She has been a singer for 20+ years and has traveled internationally as a singer with companies such as Cirque du Soleil and nationally with Broadway Tours. She became a certified educator in 2008 and since then, has discovered her love for teaching. Now, she has been vocal coaching for just under 10 years and feels she has found the perfect blend of her passions, skills, and heart's desires in music education.

Having been exposed to several styles and cultures of music at a young age, she is a firm believer in the overall, life-long benefits of early childhood musical exposure. She finds a deep joy in working (playing) with babies and toddlers and hopes to inspire them in the same way that she was lucky enough to be inspired!

Check out her website: www.sujanamusic.com

photo Annie Little (sub)

From Salt Lake City, UT, Annie began singing and playing piano at four years old. She went on to receive a full scholarship in vocal performance at the University of Utah, and also performed with The Utah Chamber Artists, a renowned professional choir. It was during that time that Annie began teaching herself guitar and writing her own songs.

After settling in Los Angeles Annie continued to hone her song craft and eventually created a pop duo, LITTLE & ASHLEY, with her husband Marcus Ashley. They are best known for their songs that were featured in a series of Amazon Kindle commercials in which Annie also starred.

Annie discovered Music Together classes with her daughter Lake and loves that through teaching she is able to combine her deep love of music with her support of children and music education. Annie is also thrilled to follow in her own mother’s footsteps, who has been a lifelong piano teacher and music educator. You can learn more about Annie and listen to LITTLE & ASHLEY music at http://www.littleandashley.com.

photo AJ Lambert (sub)

AJ is a stay-at-home mom who lives in Los Feliz with her husband and daughter. Before becoming a Registered Music Together instructor, she was a bass player and singer in many bands while living in New York, which is where she also enjoyed a career as a music supervisor and coordinator for films. Some highlights of her varied performance and recording career include her stints with the band Rocket, Here We Go Magic, and a reunion/reforming of The Homosexuals, the iconic English punk band. She also had an original song placed in an episode of The Sopranos during her New York tenure. Having a child has opened AJ’s eyes to the joys of sharing her love of music with other children. Music Together’s ethos of nurturing kids’ innate musical instincts is something she is very excited to be a part of.

photo Patsy Meyer (sub)

Patsy is a registered Music Together instructor and has been teaching young children for many years. Along with contributing songs and musical activities for the 2009 award-winning Artz Smartz, children’s book Christopher Kazoo and Bongo Boo, she has a heart for mentoring young musicians through music camps across the country. Patsy is a trained Remo Health Rhythms facilitator for drum circles that provide health and wellness, stress relief, community building, and corporate unity. She is also a professional singer and percussionist, as well as a Grammy-nominated songwriter. Patsy has a degree in early childhood development and enjoys putting her knowledge to work in her classes here at Valley Cat Music!

photo Team Valley Cat

If your class is taught by Team Valley Cat, then you may have more than one teacher running your class throughout the session, each taking several classes to give you their special flavor and gifts.

photo A Valley Cat (TBD)

One of Valley Cat Music's fantastic teachers will lead your class — to be determined ASAP.

photo Deborah & Daphna

Daphna and Deborah will share teaching responsibilities.

  Deborah + Daphna/Sujana

Deborah will be the primary teacher, with Daphna and/or Sujana teaching some of the classes.