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. Read below for info about our teachers!

photo Kate Battenfeld

Kate owns and operates Joyful Jumping Music Together in Carlsbad, Vista and Oceanside. She has an extensive background in early childhood education and music, and has been teaching Music Together® since 1999. She has a Master of Education in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and holds a CA Child Development Site Supervisor credential. Kate has also earned her Music Together Certification I and II status for excellence in the field of early childhood music education. 

In addition to teaching Music Together, Kate is the TK - 5th grade music educator for Buena Vista Elementary School in Carlsbad, and is also a writer for print and web publications. On weekends and evenings, you can often find her performing locally as part of The Bad Carls, an acoustic/alternative band. She is originally from New England, and loves the Boston Red Sox almost as much as music.

She resides in Carlsbad with her husband and their two children, ages 19 and 16,  a cat and a dog, some rather large fish, and numerous musical instruments.

photo Bob Salihar

Bob has been teaching for JJMT since January 2016. Prior to that he lived in Champaign, Illinois, where he taught Music Together at the Champaign School of Music. Bob is a multi-instrumentalist who performs with a number of local rock bands. He also teaches private lessons for guitar, bass, and drums. He is looking forward to making music with many families, and hopes to meet you in a class very soon!