Our Teaching Artists

Our teaching artists are passionate about sharing the joy of music-making with young children and their families.

All of our teachers have been trained by the Center for Music and Young Children, in Princeton, NJ and are registered Music Together teachers. They regularly participate in ongoing education and training opportunities, and are part of an active network of Music Together teachers who share their creative teaching ideas and experience with each other.

We are proud that these extraordinary people have chosen to share their gifts with the families of Brooklyn. 

If you live in Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Flatbush or Mill Basin,
come join us and be part of this wonderful community of music - makers.
 

photo Amanda DiMeo

Amanda is a classical singer and actor who has studied and performed opera at home and abroad. Amanda holds a Bachelor degree in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Master of Music, with a concentration in opera, from the University of North Texas. In addition to teaching private voice lessons, she is thrilled to combine her love for music and young children by joining the Music Together community. Amanda continues to perform professionally and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in early childhood education.    

     
photo Amhara Buxton

Amhara is a singer, pianist, cellist, conductor and director, who has over fifteen years’ experience teaching music to children of all ages. She holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music, and has directed children in musical theater, orchestras, and choirs. She is passionate about having fun with music, and is thrilled to share that passion with our youngest musicians.

     
photo Anath Benais

Anath is a songwriter, actress, dancer, and teacher.   She has been teaching music as well as French and Spanish to preschool and elementary children in New York City private schools since 2010, and has taught classical Egyptian dance for over a decade.  She has performed internationally including at the BlueNote and City Winery, and is the musical curator of "The Rough Guide to Bellydance" (a CD/DVD set).  She is mom to music-maker Camilo. Anath plays guitar.  www.anathmusic.com

     
photo Chris Decker

Chris is a singer-guitarist who performs rock, pop and Irish music throughout the Tri-State area. Chris grew up in a musical family, and is the proud father of 8-year old Isabela, who loves opera and pop music and is learning violin. Chris is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music, and holds a BA in Music. He teaches guitar and bass to children, teens and adults, and is a band coach at kids’ rock band programs in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Chris loves having fun with kids and families, and finds Music Together to be the perfect setting for him to share his natural warmth and musicality.

     
photo Elizabeth Asti

Liz is an actor, singer, and second-generation music teacher who has performed in plays and musicals all across the country. She holds a BA in Music and a BA in Theater from Bucknell University as well as an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. She has taught all ages from 18 months to 18 years in musical theater classes, drama, and voice. She has her own studio, “Let’s Start with Liz Asti” which teaches adult theatre performers the fundamentals of music theory. She adores watching each child develop musically in each different stage of life and is thrilled to work with young children through Music Together, bringing music into their lives.

     
photo Emma Alabaster

Emma is a vocalist, bassist and composer. A Brooklyn native, she studied jazz at Bard College and has ten years of teaching and performance experience throughout New York City. She currently leads her own band and plays as a sidewoman for multiple projects. When she isn’t teaching Music Together,, Emma works as a teaching artist for the Brooklyn Arts Council and Lincoln Center.  She plays guitar in class.

     
photo Jeanine LaBarbera

Jeanine is a singer, songwriter, and actor, who  has performed in venues from “Star Search” to Lincoln Center. She began performing in musical theater at age 10, and studied voice and performance at Berklee College of Music. A natural with children in her youthful energetic spirit, Jeanine loves nurturing their individuality and expression through music, and has been teaching Music Together since 2002.  Jeanine has an active career as a solo artist & her all-live original album "Jeanine Truly" is available on iTunes. She plays guitar in class. Check out her music & perfomances at www.jeaninetruly.com

     
photo John Stewart

John "Jacques" Stewart is an award winning international director, choreographer, writer and performer. He is the Artistic Director for both the Weathervane Theatre (NH), and ArtBridge (Central America); he is founder of WINDSOCK Theatre camp for children aged 6-16. He is a writer/composer of musical theatre, including twelve young audience musicals. He has performed all over this hemisphere from Off Broadway to Regional and stock. John plays guitar and has a high-energy, playful attitude.

     
photo Katie Proulx

Katie is an actor, improviser, and choreographer who has worked in youth theater programs for years, and loves sharing her joy for music and movement with kids. Katie’s first introduction to Music Together was when she attended class with her niece, Maggie, and she is thrilled to be a Music Together teacher! Katie currently works as a teaching artist with Opening Act NYC, teaching theater to students in NYC public schools. She received her MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College.  Katie plays mandolin in class.

     
photo Michael Henry

Michael Henry (Director of Music Together of Bay Ridge) is a singer, actor, improviser, director, and french horn player who has worked with both children and music for years. A former director of a summer camp, Michael co-authored a children’s musical which toured extensively in the Midwest, and performs interactive theater work with children of all ages. He teaches theater games and improvisation to children and adults. He is the father of three music-makers: Leila, Ariana, and Miranda. Michael plays autoharp and ukelele in class.

     
photo Michelle Zilles

Michelle Zilles is a singer, actor, licensed music therapist, and mom to two young daughters, who has long been one of Brooklyn's most popular Music Together teachers. She is amazingly creative, warm, silly, musical and fun. She has also taught music to older children, led theater classes, and worked as a music therapist. Michelle has a BFA in Theater and an MA in Music Therapy and plays guitar.

     
photo Sandra Maxwell

Sandra  is a singer, musical theater performer, and mom to two boys. Sandra’s mom was a dance instructor, and Sandra has been singing and dancing since she was very young. A voice major in college, she has worked with children in a variety of settings.  She adores making children feel special with music and is thrilled to be joining the Music Together family.

     
photo Stacie Levy

Stacie is an opera singer, pianist, and songwriter.  She grew up in a musical family, and developed a passion for music at a very early age.  After earning a degree in vocal performance,  she has sung internationally, and in musical venues all over NYC and Long Island. Stacie fell in love with Music Together while talking to a family friend who was a teacher for the program  and then she was hooked!  She loves working with children and is passionate about sharing the joys of music with them and their adults.  Stacie plays ukulele in class.  

     
photo Yvonne Brechbuhler

Yvonne is an actress, a pre-school teacher  and the proud mother of two daughters.  Originally from Switzerzland, she has taught in Montessori and Waldorf preschools. Yvonne teaches a children's Shakespeare workshop called "Being" and is the co-founder of theater group Dzieci, with which she has performed and led workshops for children and adults. Yvonne has brought her warmth and creativity to Music Together classes for 18 years.  Her classes are playful, spontaneous and always focused on the children's input.  Yvonne plays accordion and autoharp in class.