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 Adam Fine

Adam Fine is a self-taught folk guitarist with an infectious spirit and enthusiasm for music. He first came to Music Together as a Dad, attending with his three boys, AJ,  Jared, and Isaac. After seeing the positive impact classes had on them, Adam decided to share his love of music as a Music Together teacher.

photo Amhara Buxton

Amhara is a singer, pianist, cellist, conductor and director, who has over 20 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.  Amhara plays ukulele in class.

photo Cherisse Williams

Cherisse Williams is an accomplished opera singer and a preschool teacher who loves working with young children and music. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College, a Masters of Music from Ithaca College and a Professional Studies certificate in opera from Manhattan School of Music. Cherisse is also a preschool teacher at The Montessori Day School of Brooklyn. Cherisse is half of the Soprano Twins.  www.sopranotwins.com

photo Dan Vonnegut

Dan Vonnegut is a drummer and guitarist, and dad to two young music makers.  He studied music at University of Miami and Indiana University (where he earned a BA in jazz music and culture.) For the past ten years, he has been a professional, freelance drummer and multi-instrumental music teacher in New York City.  He plays guitar and ukulele in class.

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 Spotlight Theatre (SI) and ArtBridge (Central America); as Artistic Director for the Weathervane Theatre (NH) over 30 years he founded the 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 piano, and has a high-energy, playful attitude. (SpotlightTheatreSI.org)

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 and ukulele.

photo Stacie Levy - Norris

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 Alex "Tiappa" Klimovitsky

Tiappa first began making up songs and playing violin with his mother at age 3 and has been making music and theater ever since. Raised between New York, Lisbon and Madrid he earned a B.A. in Music from Wesleyan University, and is now an award-winning recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and composer for theater, film, and T.V.  He fell in love with Music Together after attending classes with his nieces and nephew. Tiappa's classes are energetic and creative.  He plays guitar and speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian.

photo Victoria Salmeri

Victoria has been teaching Music Together since 2004, including teaching new Music Together teachers!  Her background includes music, theatre, dance, choreography and computer programming.  Outside of the classroom, Victoria might be found choreographing flash mob dances, or singing in her church’s band. She loves the ringside seat she gets every day to seeing the power of music in the lives of young children and their families.