Teachers

photo Maiya Robbie

  Maiya Robbie, Teacher and Centre Director of Little Tree Music Together, has been teaching music to children and adults for over 10 years. Starting out independently she, upon moving back to the Okanagan after some years away, joined the Maeve Lily School of Music in 2010 as a private instructor in Guitar, Voice, and Songwriting.  In the winter of 2012, after researching early childhood music development, found the early childhood music and movement program, Music Together (http://musictogether.com/).  She swiftly became fascinated by all the program had to offer to little ones, parents and families, as well as communities.  As a firm believer in non-performance based teaching for under 5's , as well as the importance of positive, dynamic role modeling from parents, teachers and caregivers, Music Together was a perfect fit for her teaching goals.  And so, Little Tree Music Together was born!  Serving communities around the Okanagan Valley, Maiya's highest hope is that music making, a vital ingredient in early childhood development and family growth, will be more easily accessed by all.  Along with scheduled weekly classes in various towns and cities, Maiya is working to offer outreach programing in tandem with local not-for-profits dedicated to community development.

Musically: After receiving a Diploma of Music from Selkirk College,  Maiya spent time writing and playing her original music around Vancouver and the Interior of BC.  In 2006 she joined and helped create the 'Talk Rock' band Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long.  Eight years later the band is going strong, performing to audiences around North America at venues such The Vogue in Vancouver and festivals such as the Vancouver Folk Fest and Hillside Festival in Guelph, Ontario, and Telluride in Colorado. Maiya is often touring in summer, with bands as well as on her own. This all helps her keep her feet warmed up for dancing with kids and families through the school year! 

     
photo Mia Harris

Mia has experienced and therefore deeply believes in the transformative, enriching power of music.  It is because of this that she wants to bring music into the lives of others.  Mia is excited to be a part of Little Tree Music Together and truly enjoys the immersion approach that is offered as so much can be learned while playfully exploring music in a community environment.  With much schooling and a background in performance she finds it healing and refreshing to have fun and be silly with young music makers. 

            Mia has earned a Bachelor of Music from UBC, an Artist Diploma from the Vancouver Academy of Music and an Opera Diploma from the University of Toronto.  Mia currently teaches private lessons and has a voice studio at the Penticton Academy of Music. 

            Mia has had performance engagements with Vancouver New Music, Opera Kelowna, Aura Chamber Choir(Vernon), Vivace Chorale(Kamloops), Burnaby Lyric Opera, Saskatoon Opera, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Opera in Concert (Toronto), Penticton Community Concerts, Opera VMana (Montreal) and the West Coast Symphony (Vancouver) where she sang Verdi's Requiem. Some of her favourite credits include Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice, Jo in Little Women, Niklaus in Les Contes d'Hofmann, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, the title role in L'Enfant et les Sortileges among others.  Her favourite role thus far is Der Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos. 

            Recently, Mia wrote, directed, performed and produced a one woman opera entitled Biography of a Voice.  The piece was Mia's first foray into improvisation and told the story of the challenges we go through in finding our Authentic Voice. 

            She also appears singing with the Tavis Weir Group. 

     
photo Amelia Siriani

Amelia Sirianni spent the last 12 years working as a musical theatre performer. She received her formal professional training at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto and has since had the privilege of performing on stages across North America as well as in film and television.  Favourite roles include Deedee Doodle in “The Doodlebops Live” national tours, Strawberry Shortcake in “Strawberry Shortcake and Friends” North American tours, and Widget in the runaway Toronto Fringe Festival and Next Stage Festival hit “The Tiki Bikini Beach Paradise Party A-Go-Go”.  Globe & Mail theatre critic J. Kelly Nestruck singled out her “Muumuu-clad Widget” as a favourite performance.  For the last 2.5 years, Amelia has also been teaching Music Together to hundreds of families across Toronto.  It has been some of the most rewarding work she has done to date and loves giving back to her community through early childhood music education.  She recently moved back to the Okanagan (she was raised in Vernon, BC) with her toddler and husband to start a new chapter of their lives. Amelia is so excited to be able to teach for Little Tree Music Together and continue singing for the greatest audience out there, children.