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

     
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 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 will play the ukulele in her classes. 

Adrienne started piano lessons at age seven, and knew from her very first lesson that music was the life for her, specifically teaching music.  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, (1993!) 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, which later turned into Opera Collective, 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 was the Music Director at CPKids, a preschool at Chelsea Piers for ten years, effectively “retiring” when her daughter was born in 2017. 

Not only is Adrienne an active private piano and vocal teacher and Music Together instructor but she is also an active classical performer. She is a soprano soloist and section leader with The St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir where she has been heard for almost 15 years. She is also a member of the National Chorale, a professional choir that performs regularly at Lincoln Center. She is a regular soloist and ringer with multiple community choirs and societies around New York City and she is a member of The Salvatones, a professional choral accapella group.

Adrienne is a resident of Jackson Heights where she lives with her husband Joe, daughter Beatrice and dog Betty. 

Before becoming a parent, she saw the value of Music Together in her students that she taught, but now after seeing the effects at home with her daughter, she is convinced that Music Together is the greatest gift a parent can give to a child. 

     
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 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 is our substitute teacher when possible.

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 Joy Tamayo

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. 

 
     
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