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 Alissa Hunnicutt
Alissa successfully completed the Music Together teacher training and is apprenticing over the summer session with Valley Cat Music. 
 
Alissa holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Iowa (Go Hawks!), and a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music in vocal performance. She is a professional ukulele artist, endorsed by Ohana Ukuleles and PHD Strings. Alissa released her first EP "Something" in 2018.
 
She’s also an accomplished puppeteer. For several years she was the resident staff puppeteer at Mount Sinai Children’s Hospital in NYC, hosting live closed-circuit television gameshows as part of the Child Life Department’s KidZoneTV. Since moving to California in 2012, Alissa has puppeteered on the CBS series "Life in Pieces," with the Pacific Symphony's production of "The Magic Flute," did background puppetry on "Sesame Street" and is a lead puppet character on the upcoming series "Slugs and Bugs" with Randall Goodgame. Alissa combines her puppetry and ukulele performing into a single evening of unique live variety entertainment. More at www.alissahunnicutt.com
     
photo A Valley Cat (TBD)

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