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. Our Teachers have successfully completed the Music Together® Teaching Workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children, Princeton, NJ.
"Music is the container for the times of our lives." - Karl Paunack
There's that certain song that you hear on the radio that can bring you right back to a time - a time of joy, youth, sadness or excitement. You remember exactly where you were, what you were doing and how you were feeling. That's why I am so drawn to music. It all started with my parents, grandparents and Aunts. We were always singing at our family meals, at bedtime and in church. Some of us singing better than others, that didn't matter; it was the family bond we created that was so special and I now have the opportunity to extend that joy with my family. I have carried that through my life and currently (for the past 24 years) am the Director of Music Together classes - helping build musical families and bringing the joy of Live music back into the family. Technology does have it's place in music, but there is nothing more emotionally bonding than a live musical, theatrical or artistic experience and you too, have the ability to experience it along to your friends and family members when you attend a concert or performance.
"Miss Gen" is the Director of Merry Musicians and was trained at CMYC in Princeton in 1994 and has helped over six thousand families become more musical. What keeps her going is the joy she is able to bring to all the children whose lives she touches. She has taught parent child class, MT Preschool (in French & English) classes, babies classes, Big Kids and now Rhythm Kids classes too. She plays the piano, (and the autoharp,in class). She is very happily married and has two grown children, Danielle and Martin that keep her organized and broke (in that order).
Jill Marie Kelly is a Montessori certified Pre-school teacher, who has also worked extensively with special needs children, and as a Certified Nursing Assistant with severely disabled adults. She is a musician who sings and plays guitar. She always had music in her life from elite choirs as a child to recording in her sisters studio to directing her own a Capella group in college to appearing at local open mic nights. She is thrilled to be a Music Together teacher. She loves the Music Together philosophy that no matter what your background, everyone can make music.
Jillian has loved music for as long as she can remember - her favorite childhood memories include listening to music with her family. She began performing while attending the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts High School. From there, she studied voice, dance, and musical theatre performance at James Madison University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre. Now that she’s a mom, she enjoys sharing her passion for music with her son and teaching early childhood music classes for other children. She is very excited to be a part of the Music Together family!
Lily's lifelong love of music was fostered by a childhood rich in diverse musical experiences. When Lily was young, her mother was a singer-songwriter and music therapist. Her father, recently retired, ran performing arts centers around the country and always emphasized the importance of bringing the arts to young people. Her parents' passion for the arts and education instilled the same in her at a young age. Lily has a degree in English Literature and has taken both undergraduate and graduate coursework in education. In her professional like, she has worked with children of all ages in a variety of settings. She recently relocated to New Jersey and works in Jewish education. Her love of music and education came together in a new way when she started teaching Music Together classes. She strongly believes that we should be a community of music-makers, and she is thrilled that Music Together provides children and families with the opportunity to experience the benefits of making music with one another. Lily will be teaching the new Music Together Sing Shalom classes this year.
Miss Alecia is a board-certified music therapist who has worked with typical children and children with special needs for the past five years. Music has been a large part of Alecia’s life, ever since she began playing violin at age six, and she has performed at Carnegie Hall and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. When she isn’t working as a music therapist, she enjoys spending time crowded around her piano with other people, making music together. She is thrilled to be part of the Music Together family and to share her love of music with children and their families!
Originally from New York City, Salimah enjoys listening to music, singing and dancing the night away! She is passionate about music, loves going to jazz performances and frequent visits to museums of all sorts. She is a community volunteer and helps out at her son's school with the PTA. We are blessed to have her as one of our Merry Musicians.
Matthew is a proud father and husband and has had an extensive career for over 30 years in musical performance, composition and education. He is a singer and songwriter and plays guitar, piano, bass and ukulele. He is also a practicing visual artist and oil painter with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and Art History from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers. Matthew has taught musical instruction for over 15 years to children & adults. He has also performed and acted in a variety of theatrical performances and musicals. He is passionate about creativity and sharing the joy of playing and learning music with all ages. Matthew is very honored and thrilled to share his love of music through Music Together classes. He believes that music is a universal language that everyone can learn and enjoy!"