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 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 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 Lavita Shaurice

Lavita is proud to be part of Music Together; first as the parent of a Music Together baby, and now as a teacher! Lavita is an actor who has been working professionally in and around New York City for a number of years. She hails from Philadelphia, where she received her B.A. in Theatre from Temple University. In addition to her regional work in theatre, she has also toured the U.S. with the National Theatre of London's production of "War Horse." Besides her love of acting, Lavita has a great love for children and has spent time as a daycare teacher in New York City and Philadelphia, as well as a babysitter and nanny. Lavita is looking forward to bringing her love of fun, play, and a little goofiness to each and every Music Together experience.

     
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.

 

     
photo Alex "Tiappa" Klimovitsky

Alex "Tiappa" Klimovitsky first began making up songs and playing violin with his mother at age 3, and he has been very lucky to have continued making music and theater ever since. Raised between New York, Lisbon, and Madrid, Tiappa earned a B.A. in Music from Wesleyan University, and is now an award-winning recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and composer for theater, film, and television. He has always loved teaching and working with kids and fell in love with the Music Together and Canta Y Baila programs after attending classes with his nieces and nephew. He is very excited to share his love of music with the families of Music Together!

     
photo Qingyan Yu

Qingyan is a music educator originally from Beijing, China. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Music Education from New York University - Steinhardt. Music education is her passion. Qingyan’s personal teaching philosophy is that music is borderless and can act as the link between different cultures and become a vehicle for learning. Qingyan is proficient in Chinese (Mandarin) and English. Her major instrument is cello, and she also teaches lessons in piano, ukulele, and recorder. Qingyan looks forward to working with families at Pine Street School and Battery Park Montessori in their new Mandarin preschool program in Lower Manhattan!

 
 
     
photo Cherisse Williams

New York City native soprano Cherisse Williams has performed in several operas and musicals throughout the country and is still an active performer. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College, a Masters of Music from Ithaca College and a Professional Studies certificate in opera from Manhattan School of Music. Cherisse has been working with preschoolers for a little over ten years. She is currently the Extended Day Coordinator and also teaches at The Montessori Day School of Brooklyn. Cherisse loves working with children and music. Music Together combines both of those passions and gives her the best of both worlds. Cherisse is one of the owners of the Sparkle Twins which is operated through the company Shoperatic. In addition to singing, Ms. Williams is also a professional commercial and print model.

     
photo Jean Ramirez
 Jean Ramirez is a singer and songwriter that has performed in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City.
 
Her love of singing has always been with her since early childhood and so she eventually pursued singing professionally. As an adult, she discovered that her yoga practice through it's exploration of movement has informed and enhanced her singing voice.
 
She started teaching Music Together in San Francisco as a way to combine her passion for singing and movement with her love for working with children. Her classes integrate the voice and movement in a way that it encourages and cultivates play, joy, creativity, exploration, and freedom of expression. 
     
photo Fei Yan

Ms. Fei Yan possesses eight years of experience working with children as a children’s voice instructor and Montessori Mandarin lead teacher. She is AMS-trained (3–6) and underwent fifteen years of professional voice training! Currently, Ms. Yan is working to earn her master’s degree in classical voice at the Manhattan School of Music. She adores working with children and greatly admires the respect, grace, and courtesy that the Montessori pedagogy fosters in its students. Outside of teaching and singing, Ms. Yan enjoys Zumba and traveling abroad.

     
photo Angie Dinkelman

Angela Dinkelman is a classically trained soprano who brings warmth, care and energy to her work as an opera singer/concert artist, private voice instructor and Music Together Teacher. Her love of music developed at a young age and she is thrilled to share that passion with children and parents/caregivers through Music Together. She has taught music to children ages Pre-K to 4th Grade at Brooklyn’s NIA summer camp and has helped both children and adults discover their own voices through her private vocal studio. As a performer Angela has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space and Opera America as well as with several New York opera companies including Bronx Opera and Utopia Opera. She also enjoys programing and performing her own unique and interactive recitals that make classical music fun and approachable to people of all musical backgrounds.