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.
Savannah is a fellow parent and former music major, singer/song writer, and music tutor in the North Bay. She currently teaches with Mini Music and previously taught musical theory and ear training for the San Francisco Girls Chorus School. She studied at Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College. During her time there she studied classical and jazz voice, child development, dance, and American Sign Language. With her knowledge in these concentrated areas she has achieved a great knowledge and appreciation in music and child development. Savannah’s musical journey all started when she joined the San Francisco Girls Chorus at age nine. There her musicianship and passion for music grew. With the chorus’s performing and recording group Chorissima, Savannah performed in productions with the San Francisco Symphony, The San Francisco Opera, sang in Grammy Award winner John Adam’s Transition of Souls in 2002, and toured in Japan at the World Choral Symposium in 2005. After her experiences with the girl’s chorus she went to college to further her education. It was in the many years spent in Marin County as a nanny and after school aid that Savannah developed a passion for child education. Savannah started writing music influenced by traditional children’s folk music, world music, and nursery rhymes. When her daughter Sophia was born her appreciation for music at home began. She began singing, playing guitar, dancing, and signing with her daughter from infancy into toddler hood.
Please see video below to meet Megan! 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.