Ali Mann, a credentialed school teacher, was certified in 2006 to teach interactive music classes to infants and toddlers and has taught well over a thousand families since then. Prior to starting her business, Mini Music, Ali taught private music lessons at the Sonoma Academy of Dance and Art in Sonoma, CA. During that time she received many requests to teach private music classes to groups of parents and children in family living rooms. It was then that she decided to start her own music program and thus Mini Music was born with its first official class in the fall of 2009. Since its inception, Mini Music has grown from one class with twelve mamas and their children in a living room in Mill Valley to twenty classes a week in three counties with five locations and over three hundred families currently enrolled in the spring of 2017. In addition to teaching Mini Music classes, Ali performs Mini Music kids' concerts with her partner, Warren Mann. She also performs original grown-up music around the Bay Area in her duo, The Honeymann Band, with husband, Warren Mann, who can also be heard singing, playing guitar, mandolin and banjo on Mini Music recordings.
Warren Mann loves music, plain and simple. Growing up in a house surrounded by musical parents, siblings and housemates, the joy shared around music was ever-present. This joy has continued to influence Warren’s life to this day. Warren is certified to teach interactive music classes to infants and toddlers and also graduated from UCLA with a degree in Cultural Anthropology. He is particularly fascinated by the many different ways in which people learn and interact. At home within a musical setting, Warren thrives on seeing the reaction of young children when they hear and are exposed to music. Their expressions, intrigue, curiosity, excitement and joy continue to inspire him to write, share and promote the music that he has grown to love. Warren plays guitar, mandolin, banjo and whatever else he can get his hands on. You can hear Warren playing and singing on all of the Mini Music recordings, find him performing around Sonoma and Marin Counties with various bands and with his duo, The Honeymann Band with Ali Weiss.
Brooklyn Page Torres
Brooklyn Page Torres, originally from Winters, CA, earned his B.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. He has performed professionally with Broadway at Music Circus and the Sacramento Opera Company, and is an alumni of the Open Jar Institute in New York City where he studied under Broadway directors and choreographers. Brooklyn has an extensive music background as a Suzuki trained violinist and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, piano, ukulele, cello, viola), and is an award winning vocalist in opera and musical theatre. In 2012, he was designated a California Arts Scholar and awarded the Governor’s Medallion after graduating from the music program at the California State Summer School for the Arts. Brooklyn began teaching violin lessons at the age of 13, and has also worked as a dance instructor and choreographer for the past several years. He has trained in classical ballet since he was 2 years old in addition to studying jazz, contemporary, modern, tap, hip-hop, improvisation, Filipino folk, Polynesian, and aerial arts. Aside from teaching, Brooklyn is a current performing artist appearing in productions, events, and independent short films around the SF Bay Area and Los Angeles. To watch BROOKLYN VIDEO go here: https://youtu.be/sWy5V2InvyI
Originally from Ohio and now based in Sonoma County, Brittany is a singer-songwriter who started playing piano and singing at age five and has been musically growing ever since. Brittany has also performed and collaborated with many different artists, adding songwriting, instrumentation, lead and background vocals to various musical projects. One such collaboration was being a singer in the family band Grenadilla for many years, a band with up-beat melodies, multi-layered voices and kwela-flavored rhythms. During her time in the band, Grenadilla recorded and released two CDs and performed live at XMRadio Studios in Washington D.C.
Megan began her music career at the age of 2 years old, playing on pots and pans with wooden spoons. From a very young age, music was a special part of Megan's life. Watching her grandmother play piano inspired Megan to teach herself to play by ear. From then on, she learned several instruments, while her emphasis was on drums & percussion. Megan is a 2004 graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, with a degree in Music Therapy. She was a percussionist with the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra, Wellesley Symphony, the West African Drum & Dance Ensemble, and Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra. Megan was also a performing and recording singer-songwriter on the Boston music scene. Fresh out of college, Megan was the music therapist at a local children's hospital, and designed and implemented music therapy programs at 2 residential treatment facilities for at-risk youth and adults. After moving to Marin, Megan became certified to teach interactive music classes with families, and began teaching & performing all over the Bay Area. When Megan isn't making music in the classroom, she's home jamming with her 2 children.