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 Actors 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 Bill Berg

The son of a music teacher, performer and improvisor, Bill Berg has been teaching Music Together classes since the summer of 2002.  He has been fortunate enough to take his skills and joy of music-making to many parts of the country, teaching in and around New York City, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. With no children of his own (yet), Bill likes to think of himself as a "professional uncle" as he naturally gravitates to the freedom of play and silliness generally seen in young children.  His classes are high-energy celebrations of music and movement where everyone is bound to leave with a smile on their face and a little more spring in their step.

     
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 Alana Henderson

Alana Henderson has been singing and dancing for longer than she can remember. She got her first pair of ballet shoes at age 2 and hasn't stopped making and moving to music since. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a degree in theater performance, focusing primarily on musical theater. After college, she moved to Denver and taught Music Together there for 2 fantastic years. She also has been the director of the children's theater program at Camp Arcadia in Casco, Maine, for the past several summers. She just moved to New York to obtain her Maters's in dance/movement therapy at Sarah Lawrence College and teaches at Buckle My Shoe Nursery School in Manhattan. Alana lives in Brooklyn with her adorable cat, Little Monster. She loves dancing with people who consider themselves "non-dancers: and plays the ukulele in class. She can't wait to make music together with you and your children!

     
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.

     
photo Liz Richter

Liz is a New York City based musician. She holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Westminster Choir College and is a member of the professional choir, The Same Stream, directed by James Jordan.  Liz has performed with both The Westminster Williamson Voices and Westminster Symphonic Choir where she sang with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center and Alice Tully Hall. For the past 8 years, Liz has had the pleasure to work with children of all ages, including directing children at the Philipstown Depot Theater, and providing child care for families.  Liz loves combining her two passions, music and working with children, into her work as a Music Together teacher, and supporting the musical journey of all children!

     
photo Ivana Lazar-Colic
Music has been a strong influence in Ivana's life from an early age - from the first classical music concerts she attended as a toddler, through music education in elementary school and participation in various choirs.

Her formal education earned her a Masters Degree in Journalism, and she worked as a radio host and producer for seven years in Croatia, her native country. After moving to New York in 2010, she continued to nurture her passion for singing by earning a position in The Cecilia Chorus of New York. She is proud to note that she has performed in Carnegie Hall a few times already.

After giving birth to her daughter, Ivana decided to set her priorities to what she enjoys the most - music and children. She is a registered Music Together teacher and excited to grow as an early childhood educator within the Music Together family.

 
     
photo Solomon Hoffman

Solomon Hoffman is a Jewish educator, composer, orchestrator and arranger currently residing in New York City. He teaches at the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore, working in the Nursery School (Gan Shalom), Synagogue School, and Teen Program. He is also their artist-in-residence, running a monthly musical service and composing new prayer settings for services. His arrangements for musical theatre and cabaret have been featured at 54 Below, Ars Nova, Broadway Advocacy Coalition, Dixon Place, FringeNYC, Juilliard Drama, (le) poisson rouge, Lincoln Center and SubCulture. He is the founder of The Songwriter’s Orchestra, an innovative 12-piece chamber orchestra that has accompanied award winning songwriters and Broadway performers. Solomon graduated from Columbia University, where he composed the Varsity Show twice. He is on the volunteer leadership team of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, and enjoys working on projects that fuse the arts and activism. He is very excited to be teaching Music Together for the first time with the new Sing Shalom curriculum!

     
photo Emma Alabaster

Emma Alabaster grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and currently lives in Staten Island. She studied jazz at Bard College and is primarily a bassist, vocalist, and composer. Emma also has ten years of teaching and performance experience throughout New York City. She currently leads her own band, Decibelists, and she plays as a sidewoman for multiple projects. In addition to being a Music Together teacher, Emma works as a teaching artist for Brooklyn Arts Council and Lincoln Center Education. She plays guitar in class.

     
photo Alexis Rodda
Alexis is a passionate music educator and active classical music performer in the New York City area. She is currently earning her doctorate in music at CUNY Graduate Center and has a Masters in Music from Mannes College. In addition to teaching private voice and piano, she teaches in the music department at Brooklyn College. Alexis loves the joy that music brings to people of all ages, and the incredible way that Music Together brings together children to grow and learn in a shared love of music.
     
photo Lis Telhomme

Lisbeth was 5 years old when she was first introduced to the piano. Now as a mother herself, she's discovered the joy of making music with a new generation through Music Together. She leads classes for the benefit of early childhood development, motor skills, language skills, basic music competence and, most of all, fun! Lis is passionate about sharing music with a future generation of music makers.