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.
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
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.
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.
Joy Tamayo is a soprano, actor, teacher, and registered Music Together teacher, born in the Philippines and based in Brooklyn. For the greater part of 30 years, Joy traveled as a performer and educator in Southeast Asia, Europe, and North America. She has been sharing her love for music through folk songs, lieder, opera arias, choral music, workshops, and classes in barrios and concert halls. Joy’s latest endeavors are as part of Sing for Hope in NYC, a non-profit organization that aims to bring music to nursing homes and hospitals; as a soprano with the the NYC-based C4 Conductors/Composers Collective and with The Salvatones. Joy previously taught preschool for children at Park Children’s Day School in New York City. She has a bachelor’s degree in performance at the University of the Philippines and a master’s degree in vocal performance at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, NY.
Blanca Cecilia González is a New York City based violinist and mother. She holds a masters degree from The Juilliard School, BM from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and is a registered Music Together Teacher. Originally from Colombia, Blanca and her family moved to NYC to pursue her education in music. She attended the Mannes College Prep Division and LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts. Music making has been a central part of her life since an early age. After exploring options for music making with her daughter and being introduced to Music Together by a fellow performer, Blanca fell in love with the approach of Music Together and completed the teacher training workshop. Blanca is an active free lance violinist with projects that range from classical, to pop, jazz, rock, Latin and world music. She performs on stages across the United States, Europe and South America. As an educator Blanca has lead workshops of chamber music, improvisation, violin masterclasses, and private coachings. Blanca is very excited to make music with the families of Music Together withMusic and Me in Forest Hills.
Alexandra is a registered Music Together® teacher, as well as an honors student at Wagner College studying to get her BA in Theatre Performance 2020. Alexandra is excited to be teaching again this Summer and is our substitute teacher when possible during the school year.
She is an actress and mezzo-soprano who appeared June 2019 in the role of Mother at the NY Summerfest at The Hudson Guild production of, Faith in Shackles. 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. She has worked with elemetary school children as the Assistant Director of Beauty and the Beast Jr., and before teaching Music Together she had extensive interaction 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.
Melina Pineda is a mentor and guest registered Music Together teacher for Music Together with Music and Me. Melina brought Music Together to Honduras, as the Center Director of Musicalia, after having been a beloved teacher here with us for numerous years. Ms.Pineda is a renowned Mezzo Soprano and has performed lead roles in Opera houses across the United States and in Europe. She just appeared June 2019 at The Green Room 42 in NYC. We are very excited that she and her son Leo, a Music Together alumni, are here with us for our annual Concert in Flushing Meadows Park!
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