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 Mary Knapp

Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, Mary Knapp is a singer, accordionist, pianist and songwriter living in Brooklyn.  She received her BA in music from Bard College in 2010.  In addition to performing regularly with her cabaret soul group, TOOT SWEET, Mary plays with The Main Squeeze Orchestra, the world's only all-female accordion orchestra, and has starred in theater projects for both the Fringe and Fringe Festivals.  Mary also works as a nanny and has over two years experience with children ages 0-4yrs. She's not a trained dancer, but loves to dance, especially in Music Together classes!

     
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 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.  Joanna has been teaching Music Together for over 3 years and feels truly privileged for the opportunity to guide so many children and caregivers and watch them bond, blossom and grow together through shared musical experience. Previously as an active singer, songwriter and performer to mainly adult audiences, Joanna has discovered how much she loves to play for younger audiences and has also recently been developing a children's music project called Joannas and Bananas with her new husband Rob - check them out on Facebook!

     
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 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 Kirsten Hopkins

Kirsten has worked as a professional actor and singer for more than a decade in regional theaters around the country. She grew up in Southern California, where she attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and later lived in Seattle where she got her BFA in Theater from Cornish College of the Arts. She has many years of experience as a nanny and babysitter (and has attended many Music Together classes here in NYC with kid-in-tow!) and has also worked as an acting teacher for kids. She is a member of Actors Equity Association and very happy to be joining the Music Together community. You can go to her website, www.kirstenhopkins.com, to read more about her acting career and see pictures of her being very goofy, which is one of her areas of expertise!

     
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 would love to work with children in that field. 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 Rana Rines

Originally from the Bay Area, Rana began her creative career in the 8th grade when she joined The Belasco Theatre Company, performing in several musicals a year and meeting the people that would be most influential in her life. She went on to graduate with honors from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied acting, dance, song performance, and many other facets of performing. In tandem with pursuing a creative career, Rana has been teaching, directing children's musical theatre, and offering private lessons for singers and actors for many years. She is absolutely thrilled to be back in New York, and feels that introducing young children to music is of the utmost importance to both the future of the planet and our individual well-being.

     
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 Leonardo Borelli

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.