Teacher Emily

photo Emily Strey

With substantial voice and piano training to her credit, Emily spent her teenage and early 20s singing in choirs. (In fact, it was in a choir that she found her husband!) Emily's higher education includes degrees in Choral Music Education and Elementary Education from Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee. After growing up in the Milwaukee and Appleton areas, she married and followed her husband to California in 2001.  During the next two years, she taught choral music at Bayside Middle School in San Mateo, CA.  She also spent her free time singing First Soprano with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus from 2001-2003. During that time the Chorus recorded Gustav Mahler's Third Symphony, which won the Grammy for Best Classical Album of the Year in 2003.

The birth of her first daughter in 2003 brought Emily’s classroom teaching days to an end. However, she was introduced to the Music Together® program during her daughter's infancy, and she found it to be the ideal combination for her, combining her love of music with her young child's needs. Emily took her Music Together teacher training in spring 2004, and she taught Music Together at Mo Music in Redwood City, CA from 2004 until 2011. She earned Music Together's Level 1 Advanced Certification in spring of 2007.  That fall, her second daughter was born. In summer of 2011, she and her family moved 2 hours away to Citrus Heights, CA. The following year, in August 2012, her third child, a boy, was born.  A surprise fourth baby, a sweet little girl, joined the family in September 2014, and just like her older siblings, this baby grew up attending Music Together classes and quickly becoming a child who loved making music.

After moving to Citrus Heights, Emily decided that the time had come to try operating a Music Together center of her own. In the spring of 2014, she opened her center called “Sing and Make Music,” and for two years, Emily enjoyed bringing Music Together classes to families in her area.

In the fall of 2016, after 15 years of living in California, Emily and her family relocated to Wisconsin. She is excited open another Music Together center and begin making music with families in her new area.  She hopes that as her family continues to grow, her center will grow as well, so she can share this wonderful program with many children and parents.