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.

All teachers are professional performing artists and certified Music Together® teachers trained at the "Center for Music and Young Children" in Princeton, New Jersey.

Rosanna and her daughter Ashley through the years....... 


     
November 1993   Labor Day 2001

May 2005

Rosanna Magarelli, Director

Rosanna holds a B.A. in Theater and Dance from New York University. She trained at the Joffrey Ballet School and danced with The Bristol Ballet Company. She went on to study acting at Circle in the Square and acted professionally in film, television, and theatre for many years. Today she finds great joy in performing in Cabaret shows around the city.

Following the birth of her daughter, Rosanna's attention turned to working with children. She became a Music Together teacher and witnessed the enrichment that "making music" can bring to a child's development and well being. She also introduced her daughter to Music Together (beginning at age 1-1/2), which provided the foundation for her daughter's later study in piano, ballet, and voice.

Rosanna brings a depth of experience to her leadership role as Music Together Director – both as a performer and a parent. For the past 19 years, she has created a nurturing environment for musical exploration, playfulness, and skill building for her Music Together students, families, and teachers.

photo Sandy Wilson

Sandra Dianne (Sandy) is a New York based actor.  She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Music Theater from Westminster Choir College, as well as an MFA in Acting from the Actor's Studio Drama School.  Sandy has also had the privilege of singing at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center here in New York, and at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia with the Westminster Symphonic Choir.  In addition to being a Music Together teacher, she also teaches preballet at Ballet Academy East on the Upper East side.  Sandy is very excited to make music with the families of Music Together in the City!   www.sandradiannewilson.com

     
photo Shoshana Vogel

Shoshana Vogel studied ethnomusicology at UC Berkeley and World Arts & Cultures at UCLA.  In Los Angeles she was a teacher and facilitator of the Outside the Box Brain Development classes for babies and their parents.  The program focused on sensory stimulation and development. Shoshana's classes incorporated and emphasized music.  Shoshana returns to New York City after four years of teaching at Beverly Hills Music Together.  She is excited to return to teaching children and their families in New York!

     
photo Caroline Davis

Mobile since her birth in Singapore, Caroline Davis finds her creative voice as both an active musician and educator in New York City.  On the performance front, Caroline leads her own quartet with Mike Allemana and Matt Ferguson, members of Von Freeman's last working band in Chicago.  Her recent release, LIVE WORK and PLAY, got her in the ranks of  "best new artist" in JAZZTIMES.  She has shared the stage with jazz greats, Matt Wilson, Ellis Marsalis, Bobby Broom, Dennis Carroll, Von Freeman and Tom Garling.  As an educator, Caroline holds undergraduate degrees from University of Texas at Arlington in Psychology and Jazz Studies and a Ph.D from Northwestern University in Music Cognition.  Her knowledge of music psychology makes her a unique Music Together teacher - she always provides parents with new research findings in fun ways and looks forward to seeing the little ones grow each class!

     
photo Aaron Short

Aaron Short is a singer/guitarist/pianist from the English Countryside who now resides in Queens, NY.   Growing up in Suffolk, England, he began playing piano at age 7 and in his teens he fell in love with Britpop, began playing guitar, joined a band and began writing songs. He holds a Music Performance Degree from Thames University in London.  Aaron taught music in many different venues in London including  teaching children guitar as well as  leading music classes for very young children.  Besides being a performer all over the NYC circuit, Aaron's original compositions can be heard on television, film and radio.  Aaron loves the philosophy of Music Together and is happy to be teaching children and their families.

     
photo Stacie Levy

Stacie Levy is an opera singer, pianist and songwriter.  Being a part of a musical family, she developed a passion for music at a very early age.  She graduated with a BA in Music/Vocal Performance from Hartwick College in 2004 and since then she has sung internationally, as well as at multiple musical venues all over NYC and Long Island. Stacie fell in love with Music Together while talking to a family friend who was a teacher for the program  and then she was hooked!  She loves working with children and is passionate about sharing the joys of music with them as well as the adults who participate with them in class.  She enjoys teaching immensely and is thrilled to part of the Music Together Program. She currently lives in NJ with a guitar, a piano and her adorable cat Mozart.

     
photo Jacques Stewart

Jacques Stewart is an award-winning director, choreographer, writer and performer, who has performed from Off-Broadway to stock, and internationally. The founder of Windsock Theatre camp for children 6 -16, he also is the Artistic Director for the Weathervane Theatre and for ArtBridge. Jacques plays guitar and has a high-energy, playful attitude.

     
photo Cassondra Conrad

Cassondra is excited to join the Music Together family! She is originally from Buffalo, NY, and moved to the city to pursue her passion in musical theater. She holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance with an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from New York University. Cassondra is now pursuing musical theater performance, Improv at UCB, and last (but certainly not least), teaching! She began teaching voice while at NYU, and has continued her love of teaching with private voice lessons and Music Together! She fell in love with the philosophy of Music Together as she learned more about early childhood development. She loves the collaborative effort of music and development, and feels privileged to be apart of this program. Feel free to check out her goofy photos and current events at www.cassiemconrad.com.

     
photo Martina Weidenbaum

With 20 years of dance, voice, theater and performance experience, Martina is excited to bring her passion for music to children through Music Together. While receiving a BA in Ethnomusicology from Barnard College, Columbia University, Ms. Weidenbaum became fascinated with the correlation between young people and a rich musical culture. She has studied Spanish, Italian, German, French and Hebrew, and has traveled to over 16 countries, spending significant time in Scotland, Israel, Germany, and Italy. She is a professionally trained dancer and opera singer, and has had singing engagements in multiple international cities including Chicago, Boston, New York, Florence, and Edinburgh. Ms. Weidenbaum has also spent significant time in the classroom as a leader and educator in various public and private schools throughout New York City.

     
photo Leonardo Borrelli

Leo, a native Italian, is a singer, composer, guitarist, and founder of the pop/rock group Mersenne, with whom he released two albums and performed on several tours, particularly in Italy in the early 2000's. After completing his Economics degree at the University of Bologna and a Masters in Business Communication, he worked with select companies in product development and marketing. His passion for music and the arts led him to collaborate in the art market for organization of exhibitions and the promotion of emerging artists. In 2008, he began to teach composition and guitar lessons and continues solo songwriting projects. He began teaching Music Together in Bologna, Italy in 2009, and continues to teach there throughout the school year with a Level 1 Music Together Certification, while pursuing other artistic and musical projects.

     
photo Mia DeJesus

Mia DeJesus is a contemporary vocalist. She graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Professional Music. Mia was trhilled when she discovered Music Together in 2007; the program combines both of her loves, which are music and teaching with children. Through Music Together, she's taught a variety of classes, which include: babies classes, mixed ages clases, and preschool classes including at a special needs preschool. Mia is a registered Music Together teacher, a registered Canta y Baila Conmigo® teacher, and plays guitar. Mia also has two daughters, Sofia and Viviana.

     
photo Anath Benais

Performer and educator, Anath Benais holds a bachelor's degree in Hebrew Literature and Civilization from University Paris VII. She has been teaching language (French and Spanish) as well as music at preschool and elementary levels in New York City private schools since 2010. A registered "Music Together" and "Canta Y Baila" instructor, Ms. Benais has formally trained in music and dance in styles and countries as diverse as classical and jazz in Israel to Middle Eastern dance and Arabic music in Egypt and France.  In films, on stage, and on recordings, she has performed internationally as a vocalist, songwriter, actress and dancer, including at the BlueNote and City Winery in New York City.  She is the musical curator of "The Rough Guide to Bellydance" (a CD/DVD set) as well as the narrator of the documentary "Corpus Christi." Having taught classical Egyptian dance for over a decade, Ms. Benais continues to build her own portfolio of musical compositions in Brooklyn, where she resides with her husband and young son.