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 Matty Stuart

Matty Stuart is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Studying at CAP21, he focused his training in musical theater. Since graduating, he has performed and sung all over the country and even in Japan! In addition to his acting and singing career, he has been a professional Disc Jockey for the past 10 years. Working at some of the premier venues and clubs in Manhattan, the Hamptons, Connecticut, and beyond, he has played for weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, corporate events, and a vast amount of children's parties. Matty is thrilled to join Music Together where he can combine his love for singing and performing with his experience in playing music and working with children.

photo NiNi Reid

Nini's passion for music started at a very early age and she was fortunate to be born into a family of music lovers who nurtured her talents. Music is now and always has been a huge part of her life. Throughout high school and college she sang and played with different recreational groups. Whether it was marching band, jazz band, or chorus she loved it all. She is currently a member of the Queens College Choral Society and in her "off" time she participates in Community Theater. Nini is very versatile and no stranger to the theater whether it's on stage or behind the scenes. She has performed in, assisted the director and stage managed for many different community theatre programs around Queens, NY. In 2000 she graduated from Mount Saint Vincent and holds a B.S. degree in Allied Health with a minor in Psychology. Nini became a registered Music Together teacher in March 2007 and has been teaching ever since. She was awarded Music Together Certification Level I status and very is proud to be a member of this wonderful and inspirational program.  Nini hopes the families that attend have a musically rich and playful experience.

photo Elizabeth Asti As a young child, Elizabeth’s mother played “So Long Dearie” from Hello Dolly, every night before bedtime. She’s positive that this constant musical reinforcement instilled a love of music and theatre which lead her to a career in performing and teaching.   She holds a BA in Music and a BA in Theatre from Bucknell University as well as an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College.  She has taught all ages from 18 months to 18 years in musical theatre classes and singing lessons.  She adores watching each child develop musically in each different stage of life and is thrilled to work with young children through Music Together, bringing music into their lives. 

 

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 Joanna Levine

Joanna is very excited to be a part of the Music Together community! Joanna has a B.A. in Theatre Studies from York University in Toronto, an Associate's degree in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design in NYC. After many years of working with children, and many years of private music lessons, she is grateful to have found such a wonderful outlet for her creative passions.  An active singer, songwriter and musician in the NYC music scene, Joanna is ecstatic to be a provider of such an important service, understanding what a gift music stands to be in the lives of both children and their parents and caregivers!!

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 Bill Berg

Bill has been teaching Music Together classes since the summer of 2002.  He has been fortunate to take his skills and joy of music-making to various parts of the country teaching in and around New York City, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.  The son of a music teacher, performer and improvisor in his own right.  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 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 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 Sara Nelms

With a childhood filled with singing at the piano with her pianist mother and creating lush full family harmonies, Sara has spent her life creating as many musical moments as possible. With a B.A. in Music from Florida State University, Sara was classically trained in voice, and incidentally sang some backup vocals in a southern rock band at the same time. Don't tell the professors! She went on to sing and write country music in Nashville, pick up the guitar and ukulele, record a full original album in Florida, tour, and make her way to NYC where she is active as a local singer songwriter. Sara has always had a passion for working with children. As a former preschool teacher, preschool gymnastics instructor, and babysitter, she is so excited to combine her passions with Music Together in the City!