Our Teachers

 

 

 

EVERY TEACHER at MUSIC TOGETHER® with MUSIC AND ME (Only our name has changed),  is passionate about music—and, more importantly, about supporting your child's musical journey. All have successfully completed the Music Together Teacher Training developed by the Center for Music and Young Children® in Princeton, New Jersey, and continue to participate in professional development workshops. In addition, many of our teachers have participated in Music Together's Advanced Teacher Certification Program. Music Together teachers are specially trained in creating a relaxed, playful, non-performance-oriented setting which facilitates both the children's learning and their adults' participation.

 

 

 

photo Wendy DeAngelis

Wendy's vision for Music Together with Music and  Me founded in 2003 as Mommy, Music & Me, inc., is to provide a nurturing place for families to participate and support their children's musical, creative, social and academic journey of learning, in developmentally appropriate and fantastic ways. We all share Music Together's mission to "Make the world a better place...by making it more musical". So many babies making music since 2003 have a deep love of music making and many have continued their love of music by participating in formal music education; school choirs, bands, and orchestras.

Wendy's journey to early childhood music education and exploration is a natural progression from all of her experience prior to motherhood. Every Mom wants the best for their child, and I want the best for your child as well.

After graduating S.U.N.Y. Binghamton with a B.A. in Theater Arts, with honors, she spent the next sixteen years performing professionally as an actress and singer internationally, nationally, in six New York Off-Broadway shows, in Cabarets, countless new musicals, commercials and voice-overs.  During her professional acting career she continued to study voice, acting and dance in New York. "Wendy Baila" DeAngelis is a member of AEA (Actor's Equity Association), SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild/ American Federation of Television and Radio Actors).

In addition to founding Mommy, Music, & Me, inc. and making Music Together with thousands of families throughout Queens, Wendy has been privileged to be a Music Educator in Queens and Long Island, NY at B'Above Head Start, Flushing Town Hall, The Samuel Field YM & YWHA, Countryside Montessori Day School, Not Just Art, Inc., and Beth Sholom Day Camp. Since teaching Music Together she has learned to play the guitar for her classes.

Awards: Music Together Certification Level II, having demonstrated outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy and parent education. The certificate was granted by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ, Kenneth K. Guilmartin, Founder/Director.

Recordings: "Chasing Rainbows", written by Nadine Scharman. This multicultural storybook and CD, is about a young girl and her flute, who travels around the world (with her Aunt), to find her own inner voice.  You may hear Wendy's voice as storyteller and singer as she narrates the book and plays every character the young girl meets on her worldwide musical journey .

Wendy:Center Director/Owner/Certified II Teacher-Mommy, Music & Me, inc.

     
photo Nini Reid

Nini Reid‘s passion for music started at a very early age and was fortunate to be born into a family of music lovers who nurtured her talents. Music is now and always has been a huge part of her life.

Throughout high school and college she sang and played with different recreational groups. Whether it was marching band, jazz band, chorus ect., she loved it all.

She is currently a member of the Queens College Choral Society and on her "off" time she participates in Community Theater. Nini is very versatile and no stranger to the theater whether it's on stage or behind the scenes. She has performed in, assisted the director of, and has stage managed for many different community theatre programs around Queens, NY. In 2000 she graduated from Mount Saint Vincent and holds a B.S. degree in Allied Health with a minor in Psychology.

Nini became a registered Music Together teacher in March 2007 and has been teaching ever since. She was awarded Music Together Certification Level I status and is very proud to be a member of this wonderful and inspirational program. Nini hopes the families that attend have a musically rich and playful experience.

     
photo Lis Telhomme

Lisbeth who is a Registered Music Together Teacher comes from a musical family. Music has always been a big part of her life. Always singing on the way to school or while playing in the park or doing anything at all! Her first concert was at the age of 2 to see her favorite musical group, Sharon Lois and Bram.

At 5 she was introduced to the piano. She played clarinet in middle school and guitar in high school. Now as a mother herself she's discovered the joy of making music with a new generation through Music Together. She's driven to lead classes for the benefit of early childhood development, motor skills, language skills, basic music competence and most of all fun!! Lis is passionate about sharing music with a future generation of music makers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
photo Dulce Pereira

Dulce Mazoni Pereira is a Registered Music Together Teacher who is originally from Brazil.

Dulce holds a BA in Speech Therapy, a field that she worked in for years in her Country.  After moving to the USA, and experiencing motherhood (she is a mother of two girls), she found a new passion in teaching music.

She has been teaching music to children in an afterschool program , and Mommy and Me classes for over 5 years in Queens.  She started learning music at a young age, playing recorder, piano and singing in a choir. She plays the piano, as part of a Worship Team in her local Church.

Dulce is so happy to be a part of our team and we are thrilled to have her join us.
She believes Music Together, Mommy Music, & Me, inc., is an experience every family should go through. She wants to bring joy along with the benefits of a research based music class in a childs development. She believes music is from G-d, and the classes are a special moment that every family will cherish forever!

 

 

 

     
photo Adrienne Dunn

Adrienne is a Registered Music Together Teacher. She plays the ukulele in her classes. She is spending more time on her performing career, but looks forward to substitute teaching you and your loved ones the joy of music. 

Adrienne started piano lessons at age seven, and knew from her very first lesson that music was the life for her. She originally hails from the San Francisco Bay Area where she began working with children in a daycare center and summer camp when she was fourteen. In high school, not only did she play a number of instruments in band, she discovered her talent for singing and began to study voice. She earned scholarships to attend California State University, and to afford her books she taught music in community centers and music studios. She moved to NYC in 2002 to pursue a Masters of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, which she earned in 2004. While there, she co-founded the One-Act Opera Company and taught music to after school kids in Harlem.

After graduate school, Adrienne found work teaching music in the NYC Catholic School system. Through this experience, Adrienne found her true calling in teaching music to very young children and is now the Music Director at CPKids, a preschool at Chelsea Piers.

Not only is Adrienne an active teacher, but she is also an active performer. She is a soprano soloist with St. Patrick's Cathedral and the National Chorale, a professional choir that performs regularly at Lincoln Center. With the Cathedral she was honored to sing Beethoven's 9th Symphony for the 2006 Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium, where she sang the soprano solos for 60,000 people. She is also a regular soloist with multiple community choirs and societies around New York City. Adrienne is a co-founder of Opera Collective, a musical group that makes opera accessible to children and the general public. She is also a member of The Salvatones, a professional choral group in New York City.

Adrienne is a resident of Jackson Heights where she lives with her husband Joe, and her dog Betty. She belongs to a Ukulele Group and regularly plays in in the city. She specializes in playing broadway, classical, jazz, folk, and opera on ukulele to the delight of many. She is learning to play recorder and hopes to be good enough soon so that she may play in her classes.

 

     
photo Ivana Lazar-Colic

Music has been a strong influence in Ivana's life from an early age - from the first classical music concerts she attended as a toddler, through music education in elementary school, and participation in various choirs.

Her formal education earned her a Masters Degree in Journalism, and she worked as a radio host and producer for seven years in Croatia, her native country. After moving to New York in 2010, she continued to nurture her passion for singing by auditioning for and joining The Cecilia Chorus of New York. She is proud to note that she has performed in Carnegie Hall a few times already.  

After giving birth to our daughter, Ivana decided to set her priorities to what she enjoys most~music and children. She is a registered Music Together teacher and excited to grow as an early childhood educator within Music Together with Music and Me and the Music Together family.

 

 

     
photo Alexandra DeAngelis

Alexandra is a registered Music Together® teacher, as well as an honors student at Wagner College studying to get her BA in Theatre Performance.  She looks forward to substitute teaching you and your loved ones.

She is a mezzo-soprano who enjoys dancing and playing her guitar and ukulele in and out of class.

She has been involved in many aspects of theatre, on and off stage; in educational, community, and concert venues. Recently, she has Assistant Directed a production of Beauty and the Beast Jr. with elementary school children, and has interacted with babies and toddlers as a Red Cross Certified Caretaker. 

In years past, she has assisted her mother, Wendy DeAngelis, in joyful birthday party celebrations and sing-along storybook times.

Her first intoduction to Music Together® was when she was three years old, which instilled in her a lifelong love of music and learning, and she is honored to share it with you and your children.

     
photo Abby Smith

 

 Congratulations to Abby on herBroadway Debut in SPONGEBOB THE MUSICAL! 

We were thrilled to have Abby joining Music Together  with , & Me! A native southerner, she grew up singing family quartets and taking piano lessons. She received her first ukulele at the age of five and it was love at first strum. In high school, she played flute and piccolo in the band and always sang at every opportunity.

Abby holds a BA in Vocal Performance from Harding University and an MM in Music Theatre from Oklahoma City University. She has worked in regional theaters, toured nationally, performed Off-Broadway, written and sung two cabaret shows, and appeared on national television. She loves performing and is a proud working actor and member of Actors' Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. 
 
Abby has always loved children and is fascinated by the way they learn. She believes Music Together helps families plant the seed in their children to grow into wonderful musicians. She can't wait to help your children become the musicians they are born to be!  
 
Our door is always open for her return.

 

     
photo Julie Cava

Julie Cava is a registered Music Together teacher who began taking music lessons at the age of four.

She plays piano, guitar and percussion, and went to Laguardia H.S. playing bassoon, then went

on to earn a B.A. from Bard College, majoring in drama and dance. She has played and sung in bands, orchestras and choruses in N.Y.C. throughout her life.

 

Julie has toured and performed with a children's theatre company, and has acted in many off- broadway plays, and independent films. In addition, she is also an artist and a song writer. Mom of two, her children started early music classes as babies.

She has made music with her children's pre-k classes, and has seen first hand how music enriches all education.

Julie loves Music Together, adores young children, and feels honored to be able to be a part of a family's musical experience.

 

 

 

 

     
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