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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Amanda studied piano formally 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 stills loves to play piano and sing, and as an adult she taught herself to play the baritone ukulele. Amanda earned her Certification Level I from Music Together. She lives in Glen Ridge with her husband, Brian, and two fabulous kids, Fiona and Rowan.

     
Amy Epstein

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!!

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Director, West Essex Music Together. Anne is a lifelong music-maker who grew up with a mom who sang about everything...just because. As a Music Together teacher, Anne brings this piece of her childhood to work every day, helping other moms, dads, and caregivers do with their children what her mom did with her. Anne discovered Music Together as a new momma in 2000, and she has been teaching Music Together classes since 2004. In her work as a Teacher Trainer and Workshop Leader for Music Together Worldwide, Anne travels around the U.S. and across the globe to teach others how to do the work that she loves--and to do it well. She also leads workshops for parents, educators, and therapists on early childhood music development and using music to enrich the lives of children in all settings. Anne became the Director/Owner of West Essex Music Together in 2014. 

     
Ariana Bullard

Ariana joined the Music Together family in 2012 when her first child, Elias, was 6 months old and continues to take classes with her daughter, Sophie. She fell in love with the music, the philosophy and the warmth of the program, and it was a natural progression to become a Music Together teacher. Ariana brings with her a 20 year history of dancing flamenco, performing and conducting arts education in New York and the surrounding areas. The Music Together value of communal music making fits nicely with flamenco, where the dancer uses her whole body to make music alongside the guitarists and singers.

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Becca has been singing and moving to music all of her life. She holds her MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College and has had the great pleasure of performing regionally and in NYC. She can also be seen regularly tromping the stage with several improv. troupes in Manhattan. Becca is an adjunct instructor of voice and speech and Improvisation and has taught at Montclair State University, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, Pace University, and Improvolution. Becca and her enthusiastic toddler, Marin, love being a part of Music Together classes in Montclair, where they live with her husband, and a friendly little pug mix.

     
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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Christa graduated from New York University where she studied both musical theater and education. She has taught in various local nursery schools and in a school for autistic children. She has performed both locally and in New York City. Christa is currently performing her cabaret show in Manhattan. She considers herself extremely blessed to be able to combine her love of children and music by teaching Music Together.

     
Christine Brendel

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.

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JaimeMaraviglia graduated in May 2013 from Wagner College with a BA in Theatre Performance and a minor in Dance. Her most recent stage credits include Legally Blonde at The Barn Theatre in Montville, NJ, Trial By Jury with Light Opera of New Jersey, and Aesop'sFables with The Women's Theater Company. In 2014, she was a part of the national tour of Buddy- The Buddy Holly Story as an actor/musician, and has also performed at other professional regional theaters including Surflight Theatre, Ocean Professional Theatre Company, and the Greenbrier Valley Theatre. Jaime is also an active Teaching Artist, having choreographed and directed youth theatre in local church, school and camp programs, and regional theaters. She currently teaches lessons in dance, voice, piano, and ukulele at The Modern Music Academy in Caldwell, where she also teaches Music Together. She looks forward to continue sharing the joy of music-making with young children and their families!

     
Jacob Sailer

Jacob has been singing and playing music for all his life. In fact, he started as a baby in Music Together classes himself. The youngest teacher at West Essex Music Together, Jacob has the advantage of having sung, played with, & danced to the Music Together songs and chants longer than most of our teachers! Jacob has been described by families in class as "charismatic" and "cool," with a "beautiful voice" and "contagious energy." 

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Laura has had music in her life for as long as she can remember! Whether singing, dancing, or playing musical instruments, Laura has been actively involved in the performing arts since her own childhood. She studied both Musical Theater and Early Childhood Education at Montclair State University before then deciding to go on to earn a Master’s degree in Inclusive Education, concentrating specifically on Early Childhood Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is happily married to her husband, Nick, and now plays the role of full-time mom to their very musical and very energetic daughter, Charlotte. Laura combines all of her experiences and passions in Music Together and loves sharing in the joy that family music-making can bring.

     
LeAnne Korbel

LeAnne received a degree in vocal performance at Oberlin Conservatory before going to New York University to earn a Master's degree in Music Therapy. LeAnne worked for 7 years as a music therapist in Hospice in NYC. She and her husband, Stephen, moved from Brooklyn to Montclair in 1997 where she is a full-time mom to their four children, Britton, Travis, Wade, and Gigi. LeAnne is a Certified Level II Teacher and is a Music Together Teacher Trainer as well as a National skills and songs workshop leader.

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Lynne holds a BFA in acting from Rutgers University. During her career as an actress, she performed in voice-overs, theater and television. Lynne grew up in a family centered around education and the performing arts, and when she was introduced to Music Together first as a mom, then as a teacher, it felt to her as if all paths in her life had magically led her to this point! Lynne lives in Cedar Grove with her musical children Isaac, Maya, and Gabriel and her husband Bruce. When she's not teaching Music Together, Lynne can often be found performing at children's birthday parties.

     
Missy Bonaguide

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.

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