I have been a music professional my entire adult life. I studied voice at The Eastman School of Music. I have done national and international music theater tours, off Broadway, four solo cabarets in New York City, radio jingles, and was a winner on Star Search. I have been a paid singer in churches in New York City for 18 years, and have been with St. Bartholomew's on Park Ave for 13 years. I have studied ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance. I have passed Music Together® teacher training, am a registered Music Together teacher, and a licensed Music Together center director with Music Together LLC in Princeton, N.J. (Music Together's home). I have been running my own center for 13 years and I also do wonderful musical Birthday parties. (Contact me to leave a party request.) I was honored by Music Together, LLC in Princeton in 2006 by being named a leader director for outstanding service.
The most important piece of information here for you is that I love my job. I love sharing my knowledge and talents with all of my students. I love kids and make sure they know that.
I got involved with Music Together because of the instantaneous reaction I saw with my second child, who was nonverbal at 2 1/2 years. I needed something I could do with him at home, and a friend sent me our first Music Together collection. It changed both of our lives. From the moment the "Hello" song began, he got up and started to bounce and by the 3rd song, he was singing along on "dooo." Within days my older child (six years) was also singing along and playing rhythm patterns on my back. He established his pitch and rhythm within about three weeks. I was astonished! This program really worked! We had done two years of the local music program and I had never seen him participate or heard him sing a whole song, nor did I have any of the music that we had learned in those two years to share with my second child, except what I could remember. After two weeks of listening to the CD six times a day, I called my friend to see about coming to a class and ordered our second collection. Within six months, I had completed my training, became licensed in Music Together, and was opening my own center.
I can still see the effects of this program in my children at 11 and 15 years old. My 13-year-old has been playing the Trumpet for three years (violin for one) and made the "All District" band two years in a row. My nine-year-old is going into his fourth year of piano, second year of oboe and wants to sing in the chorus as well. They both still love listening to music—not always the type I would choose, but such is life. They also have music in their lives as a release, a way to feel deeply without words, as a friend. That is all that I as a parent wanted for them.
The gift of music is a gift that lasts for life.