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, New Jersey.
"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 22 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 1995 and has helped over Five 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 teaches parent child class, MT Preschool (in French & English) classes, babies classes and Big 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).
Carmen recently receives her teaching certification from Music Together. Music has been a great part of her life since she was a toddler. Her musically talented parents introduced her with a variety of music ranging from classical, romantic opera, folks, country to the 50s-60-70s music playing on their vinyl record player at home. Singing has always been part of the family's traditions. Carmen began studying piano when she was four and picked up violin lessons when she turned thirteen. She received Honorary Award Level 8 (highest level) from the Royal Schools of Music. She strongly believes that everyone can be a music-maker, and music helps bring family closer together. She is thrilled to share her love of music with all of the MusicTogether families. Carmen is a mother of two young children. She enjoys singing and creating silly songs with her children.
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.
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!
Gargi is joining our Merry Musicians family. She has been teaching piano, recorder and music theory to students for almost 30 years. She has inherited her passion for music, literature and the arts from her ancestor Rabindranath Tagore, the first Indian to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature and composer of the Indian National Anthem. She is a dedicated and patient teacher and her primary goal is to promote a love of music and the enjoyment and personal satisfaction that comes with learning an instrument. You can also contact Gargi for piano lessons.
Janice has been singing and dancing for as long as she can remember. She has been working with children for many years, particularly with Redeemer Lutheran Church where she has taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible School and is involved with their active youth program. Janice is a member of Actors Equity and has performed with many theatres, including NJ’s Bickford Theatre and The Women’s Theatre Company. She also works at the Bernardsville Public Library. She is a graduate of James Madison University. Janice resides in Long Valley and is the mother of three wonderful children in a very musical household (even the dog sings!).
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.
We are carefully choosing the perfect teacher for each class. Once chosen, we will let you know.