Our Teachers

All of our Music Together® teachers have passed a rigorous 25-hour training and practicum in order to become Registered Music Together Teachers. Every year, our teachers further their knowledge of child development, early childhood music development, and education strategies through ongoing professional development workshops. But most of all, our teachers know how to have a great time in class!

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Director, West Essex Music Together. Anne (she/her/hers) is a lifelong music-maker who grew up with a mom who sang about everything...just because. Through her Music Together teaching, Anne helps parents and caregivers give their children the kind of musical childhood (and life!) that her mom gave to her. She has been teaching Music Together classes—in person, via video, and in online classrooms—since 2004. Anne has achieved Music Together Certification Levels I and II and teachers all Music Together programs/curricula: Mixed-Ages, Babies-Only, Rhythm Kids, and Music Together In-School at the Montclair Community PreK. She is also a Teacher Trainer and Workshop Leader for Music Together Worldwide. In addition, Anne leads workshops for parents, educators, and therapists on early childhood music development and using music to enrich the lives of children and families in all settings. In her spare time, Anne loves to make all kinds of things (in addition to music!): green gardens, yeasted bread, knitted scarves, fermented sauerkraut, pen-and-ink drawings, and more. She lives in Montclair, NJ with her husband, two adult children (how did that happen?!), and her big, black dog, Alice. 

     
Amanda McCabe

Amanda (she/her/hers) studied classical piano from age nine through college, but some of her most meaningful, formative musical moments were in the car with her family, singing along to the Beatles in as many parts as they could muster. She still loves to sing and play piano, as well as the baritone ukulele. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys gardening (while singing), gluten-free baking (while singing), and copy-editing travel books (silently). Amanda earned her Certification Level I from Music Together. She lives in Glen Ridge with her bass-playing husband, Brian, and two fabulous kids, Fiona and Rowan.

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Amy received her BA in Musical Theatre from American University, with a concentration in Theatre Education and Performing, directing shows and teaching classes at camps and in high school and after-school settings. She has enjoyed embodying a plethora of roles throughout college and beyond, including the National Tour of the children's book, "Are You My Mother", with NJ-based, ArtsPower. However, Amy's most favorite role to date is mom to her daughter Logan Rose. Amy believes that there is nothing like the true joy in witnessing someone hearing music or seeing theatre for the first time and falling in love with it, just as she had done so many years ago. When she's not teaching, you can find Amy involved in events all over the tri-state area in her role as the Director of Special Events for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. She hopes that you enjoy her classes as much as she enjoys teaching them!!

     
Beth Mau

Beth is thrilled to have the opportunity to make music with you and your children! Most recently Beth starred on Broadway as Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, and as Magnolia,in the Hal Prince revival of Showboat. She was also seen Off-Broadway in Jack Eric William's Swamp Gas and Shallow Feelings as Sherlyn. Other tours include, Christine in the Yeston/Kopit Phantom, and The Sound of Music with Marie Osmond. Beth received her degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College School of Music. She plays the ukulele and piano. Beth also teaches private voice lessons and can be found at www.elizabethsouthard.com. Beth is joyously married to actor Gary Mauer and plays Mommy to Nicholas and Eden, who are Music Together graduates!

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Christine owned a successful business in Bloomfield for 20 years before deciding to follow her true passion for children and music. She was a Music Together mom for for eight years with her two sons (now teenagers!) and was drawn to the path of leading children through their first musical experiences. Christine has been teaching Music Together since 2005. She is fun, playful, and a natural leader with a gift for working with children--but she is totally serious about the power music plays in a young child's life! Chris lives in North Caldwell with her husband, Bob, and their two sons, Luke and Sam.

     
Laura Frey

Laura (she/her/hers) is a long-time educator with a passion for the arts, so joining the Music Together family was a natural fusion of all of her experiences! Laura holds an M.Ed. in Inclusive Early Childhood Education as well as a certificate in Developmental Models of Autism Intervention from Montclair State University; she has worked in the classroom as both a learning consultant and a preschool teacher, supporting all learners. Laura has found that music is an essential part of every child's development, and was drawn to the comprehensive philosophy of the Music Together program. Remembering her own childhood, Laura's happiest memories always had an element of song, dance, or musical instruments within them and she hopes to bring that connection and joy to the children and adults in her classes. She lives in Nutley with her creative, hilarious husband and their two energetic, musical, young children.

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LeAnne (she/her/hers) has been teaching Music Together family classes for more than 21 years and teaches Music Together In School for the Montclair Community PreK. She is a Teacher Trainer for Music Together Worldwide and is involved in leading workshops and training teachers here in the US as well as internationally. She has a BM in Vocal Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and an MA in Music Therapy from New York University, as well as Music Together Certification Level II. All four of her kids are Music Together Alumni and one has even taken the Music Together teacher training. In the past few years she has also begun teaching MT Babies classes as well as Rhythm Kids and Guitar for Grownups. She declares that this is the "Best Job Ever."

     
Lynne Rubin

Lynne Rubin (she/her/hers) has been teaching Music Together since 2007. She has achieved Level 1 Certification. Lynne has a background in theater and in music. She was born to a Music Educator,  and a Dance and Early Childhood Educator. Lynne played French Horn as a youth in New Jersey Regional and All-State bands and orchestras. Her love of singing placed her in various groups and performances and has stayed with her her whole life. She holds a BFA from the Professional Actor Training Program at Rutgers University and worked as a professional actor for ten years. Lynne lives in Cedar Grove with her 3 musical children and her husband Bruce. When she's not teaching Music Together, Lynne can often be found performing at children's birthday parties.

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Missy graduated from Skidmore College with a major in theatre and minors in both dance and philosophy. Upon graduation she continued her training in New York City and went on to perform in numerous plays, musicals and dance performances. Additionally, she did a great deal of choreography and producing, and formed a new theatre company which still exists today. After starting a family, Missy continued to sing in a band and teach ballet. Now she is thrilled to follow her passion of introducing the arts to children through teaching Music Together. She resides in Roseland with her husband and three daughters.

     
Amy Edelstein

Amy has been singing, dancing, and acting since she learned to talk. Coming from a musical family, she performed in professional theater as a teenager and went on to study at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After a career change, she became a psychotherapist and has been working to support and empower trauma survivors and postpartum parents for the past fifteen years. Amy discovered Music Together classes with her two boys, Cody and Jake and decided to get back to her roots. She is thrilled to teach, inspire, and make music with her family and yours.

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