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 Kathy DiMuccio (Miss Kathy)

Kathy is a native of State College (maiden name Oelbermann). She graduated from Penn State in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development. While in college, Kathy was a member of the Phyrst Phamly sing-a-long band and she began to develop a solo repertoire as a singer/guitarist. She spent the next ten years in Washington DC and San Francisco areas working full time and performing music part time in various clubs and restaurants. Upon returning to State College in 1990, Kathy was part of a jazz/swing trio called A Train that performed at the Central Pa. Festival of the Arts and various private functions.

Kathy turned her musical attentions to preschoolers in 1996 and she taught music classes at both the YMCA and at various preschools throughout State College. She became a registered Music Together instructor in June of 2004 and opened Music Together of State College in the fall of 2004. She and her husband Fred have two daughters who graduated from Penn State. Kathy plays the guitar, banjo, and the baritone ukulele. She enjoys leading sing-a-longs in retirement, nursing, and assisted living facilities. She is a self-taught musician who comes from a family of performing musicians.

     
photo Rene' Oakman (Miss Rene')

Rene' Oakman (maiden name Rene' Campbell) has been a professional musician since 1985. She has performed locally as a solo singer/songwriter and has been in numerous band ensembles ranging from duets to a touring 9-piece R&B review. She has performed at various venues across the east coast including Philadelphia Riverfront Blues Festival, Atlanta, GA, Chapel Hill, NC, and more. Rene' has four years of formal voice instruction and music theory.

Rene' and her husband Jason reside in Port Matilda and have four children, some of whom Rene' homeschools. Rene' has a love for children music and a creative spirit just perfect for the Music Together® program.

     
  Betha Christopher (Miss Betha)

Betha Christopher earned a Bachelor of Music/Business from DePauw University in Indiana (her home state), and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Boston University.  She began her music career singing classical music and opera in Chicago. She also performed for several summers at The Ohio Light Opera in Wooster, OH, where she met her husband. Now, her husband and children perform in Ohio, and Betha has shifted her focus to teaching young children.

For almost 10 years, Betha has taught in preschools and daycares throughout the State College area. She also teaches music and piano classes in her home studio. Betha has three children who all enjoy music, singing, and playing oboe and piano. She find great joy in working with young children, as they begin their own musical journeys.