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 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 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 Julia Cohen

 Julia Anne Cohen is singer, actor, creator, and teaching artist. She is currently a Musical Theatre Graduate student at NYU. In May she graduated as Presidential Scholar at New England Conservatory of Music studying Opera, Acting, and Music in Education. Julia has been working as a teaching artist for the past five years, and has held multiple fellowships in Boston for k-12 students and also community family environments. She is a musical storyteller and has won three grants to fund her classical women composer workshops in the hopes of using their stories to connect to children in school. Julia has recently performed at The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. She participated in Lincoln Center Education this summer as a Teaching Artist, and is excited to be working in the Music Together community in NYC in the hopes of creating mutual joy for the children and guardians. 

 

 

     
  Jacques/Alexis