Ms. Erin, Facilitator 

A motivator with Music-in-the-Box since 2012, Ms. Erin teaches all Music Masters Music & Movement levels.  She loves singing and has belonged to a variety of choirs and performed professionally since childhood.  Additionally, Ms. Erin finds joy in teaching yoga to people of all ages and levels.  Ms. Erin's beautiful singing voice, along with her understanding of children's energy and their need to move creates the perfect atmosphere for the very young in a music classroom.

Ms. Ginger, Owner & President

Owner of Music-in-the-Box with founder Meredith Haynes since 2002, Ms. Ginger designs, coordinates and facilitates all levels of Music-in-the-Box, with the exception of Suzuki Violin Intro.  Ms. Ginger has a professional singing background and holds a bachelors degree in Family and Consumer Studies and has 30+ hrs in Child Development and Psychology.  In addition to Music Masters classroom teaching, Ms. Ginger provides Music in Education teacher workshops around Northern Illinois for AEYC and has taught at the CLC Early Childhood conference.

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Ms. Leslie, Facilitator (not teaching 2020-2022)

Motivator with Music-in-the-Box since 2013, Ms. Leslie teaches all Music Masters Music & Movement levels.  Ms. Leslie has sung in choirs and has a degree in elementary music education, and taught middle school band and orchestra. Ms. Leslie's lovely singing voice, and understanding of how children learn gives her the perfect background for an engaging and active music classroom.

Ms. Lisa, Facilitator & Suzuki Violin Teacher (not teaching 2020-2022)

Motivator with Music-in-the-Box since 2006, Ms. Lisa teaches all Music Masters Music & Movement levels, including the Baby Music Masters class for newborns and provides Suzuki Violin lessons privately.  Ms. Lisa was one of the first to learn Suzuki Method Violin when it was introduced in the United States and is currently a Registered Suzuki Method Violin Instructor.  She is an active orchestral player and plays with many orchestras and chamber groups in the area.  Ms. Lisa's gentle style soothes the musical soul and her music theory expertise is called upon often in improving MITB curriculum.

Our Motivators

Ms Lynn, Facilitator - retired

Ms. Lynn began teaching Music-in-the-Box Group Piano Intro to Suzuki in 2015.  She is a Suzuki Piano teacher in Elgin and teaches all levels of Suzuki piano for over 20 years.  Ms. Lynn took Music Masters 4 with her daughter and was the perfect fit for our family of motivators.  Her kind and loving energy as well as her understanding of how to creatively engage young piano students makes her perfect for us! And she loves "kids"!   We will miss our Ms Lynn. 



As your childs' first teacher, you play a big part in how well your son or daughter does in class.


teach by doing 

We encourage adults to participate in all classroom activities showing your child how to be a part of the class.

Cornerstone of A Music Masters Classroom

 "When i master music, i master myself"  

Meredith Haynes, founder



ginger Acopiado, PRESIDENT

  • Music & Movement
  • Rhythm & Readiness
  • Purposeful Play
  • Beautiful Art, Literature, Vocals and Lyrics
  • Genuine Love of Children and Family

At Music-in-the-Box, we design each 6 week Music Masters theme with the "Child In Mind And The Theory Behind".  Everything we do is based on building musical intelligence through the parent, teacher, child triangle so important in learning during the early developmental years.  In the Music Masters classroom, children are engaged through all their senses simultaneously to reach each child through their strongest learning channel and develop the others.  Language, Motor Skills and Cognitive Skills are all emphasized in everything we do.  

We work with Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, and Education Professors to stay abreast of the latest research in Child Development and how Music can be used to enhance the development of the total child:  Mind, Body & Senses.  Our newsletters provide so much information on why we do what we do.