Teachers

Our teachers come from all sorts of backgrounds but are united by a common passion: Sharing the joy of music with children and their families! All of our teachers have successfully completed the live Music Together® Teacher Training, which is built on early childhood and music development research. We keep our skills fresh through workshops every semester and advanced trainings offered by Music Together Worldwide.

photo Sarah Orfe

Sarah has a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and Music Together Certs, Levels One and Two. She spent several years working with the Summer Institute for the Gifted and is a recovering actress. Having been a Music Together Mom, Sarah knows firsthand that the program offers families the highest quality musical experiences while providing an amazing foundation for future learning in all areas of development. She is the proud mother of two amazing boys, Mason (19) and Hudson (16), who can be heard singing on the Drums, Bells, and all of the Rhythm Kids Song Collections.

     
photo Amanda Fois

Amanda is a mother of two and Music Together has become an important part of everyday life for their family. Amanda could not be more excited to be re-joining the Music Together Family as a teacher and looks forward to helping families experience the wonder that is Music Together.

     
photo Brian Dixon

Brian holds B.S. degrees in Music Technology and Multimedia Studies from Northeasterrn University, but most importantly, he is a Music Together parent with his daughter, Jesse! He is a guitarist, singer, composer, and also works as a videographer with a specialty in filming live classical music performances. His video work has taken him from Boston to Beijing, and he is thrilled to continue working with new musicians whenever and wherever possible. Brian always enjoys learning new songs to play at home with his daughter, and is excited to continue making music together with new families!

     
photo Ellen Acuna

Ellen is a Certification Level II Music Together Teacher. She has sung in choruses, choirs, bands, and Fred Waring Music Workshops and plays the auto-harp and piano. In addition to teaching for the Music Together Princeton Lab School in Princeton and Hamilton, she teaches Music Together in Trenton preschools as part of the Trenton Community Music School's Music for the Very Young program. Ellen is also an In-School Program Mentor for the In-School Services Department at Music Together Headquarters. She has a B.A. in Speech Communications from West Chester University, and has worked with special-needs children for Philadelphia's National Adoption Center.

     
photo Dr. Katya Ermolaeva

Katya completed her Ph.D. in Musicology from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2017. When she isn’t busy studying the composer Sergei Prokofiev, she is singing, dancing and playing with her beloved Music Together families. Born and raised in Princeton, Katya trained as a flutist for 10 years, received a Bachelors in Music from Rutgers University and a Master's in Musicology from Princeton University. Katya’s pivotal early childhood musical experience was watching “The Magic Flute” on PBS with her mom at age four. Other fond musical memories include playing the flute in the New Jersey Youth Symphony and singing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Carnegie Hall with the Rutgers University Choir. Katya lived in Glasgow, Scotland for five years while working on her doctorate before returning home to Princeton in 2017. Katya’s favorite hobby is salsa dancing, and she is bilingual in Russian and English.

     
photo Ken Guilmartin

Founder/Director, Music Together LLC. Ken led the Music Together program development for the Center for Music and Young Children, which he founded in 1985. A composer in styles ranging from the blues to opera, he graduated from Swarthmore College, studied composition at Manhattan School of Music, and is certified in Dalcroze Eurythmics.

     
photo Dr. Lili Levinowitz

Music Together LLC Director of Research. Ph.D., Temple University. Lili is coauthor of the Music Together curriculum with its founder Ken Guilmartin. At Temple, she directed the Children's Music Development Program. Currently Professor of Music Education at Rowan University, Lili is experienced in teaching preschool through graduate-school levels.

     
photo Mary Ellen Assue

Mary Ellen Assue is a singer, pianist, and teacher with an M.A. in Voice Performance from Florida International University, an M.A. in English Literature, and minor in Spanish Language, from the University of Miami. She teaches students at the Music Together Princeton Lab School and in her private voice and piano studio. She performs internationally in a variety of styles, including classical, opera, music theater, jazz, and pop. You will hear Mary Ellen’s singing and her arrangements on a number of our collections as well as our Rhythm Kids music. She is the voice of “Mommy” for the Music Together Con Español recordings and also coaches our child singers. 

     
photo Stephanie Overton-Hall

Stephanie is a Certification Level I Music Together teacher with a passion for sharing the joy of making music. She has spent her life so far in dedication to both singing and teaching. She holds a BMus from The College of New Jersey and is a NJ certified K-12 music teacher with 10 years of public and private school experience. She has sung professionally with the Philadelphia Singers, teaches private voice lessons in Pennington, NJ, conducts the North and Southampton Reformed Church Chancel Choir, and frequently works as a music director for various local musical theatre productions. Stephanie plays piano, flute, trombone and ukulele, and loves to make music of all kinds and throw dance parties at home with her husband and her children Cecilia and Thomas, who led her to find her true calling as a Music Together mom and teacher.

     
photo Susan Darrow

Susan is the CEO of Music Together Worldwide. She has been teaching Music Together classes for more than 25 years and was the founder of Music Together of Montclair, NJ. As a Teacher Trainer, she is actively involved in leading workshops and training teachers here in the US as well as internationally. She has a BA in Theatre Arts, Penn State University, MA in Child Development, Bank Street College in New York. Music Together Certification Level II. You can see Susan discussing early childhood music development here and here

     
photo Yuko Nestle

Yuko is a Music Together Certification Level I teacher with a lifelong love of singing and piano, and has been teaching Music Together classes at Princeton Lab School since 2012. She started as a Music Together mom in 2006, joining the program with her two daughters in Tokyo and later in Hopewell. She is thrilled to continue her Music Together experience as a teacher, where she can share the joy of music-making with children and their grownups. Born and raised in Japan, Yuko plays piano and guitar, and is bilingual in English and Japanese.