Meet Our Teachers!

Our teachers come from all sorts of backgrounds, but they're united by a common passion: Sharing the joy of music with children and families in the greater Princeton area!

All teachers have successfully completed the live Music Together Teacher Training, which is built on research in early childhood and music development. We keep our skills fresh through workshops every semester and advanced trainings offered by Music Together Worldwide. Our teachers are specially trained to create a relaxed, playful, non-performance-oriented setting. Join us!

Sarah Orfe

Sarah comes to the Music Together Princeton Lab School with many years of experience in the world of early childhood music both as a teacher in the classroom, and as a director of a successful busi...

Ellen Acuna

Ellen is a Certification Level II Music Together Teacher. She has sung in choruses, choirs, bands, Fred Waring Music Workshops and plays the auto-harp and piano. In addition to teaching for the Mu...

Nishan Aghababian

Nishan is the father of five amazing children, a performer and has taught music to preschoolers through post-graduates. A centre director in Japan for five years, Nishan now works in Program Develo...

Mary Ellen Assue

Mary Ellen is a pianist and singer, of Venezuelan and Trinidadian descent. She has an M.A. in Voice Performance from Florida International University, an M.A. in English Literature, and minor in Sp...

Janet Campbell

This Spring Session (2015) will be Janet's 100th Semester of teaching Music Together!  B.A. Music, University of Georgia, and a registered music therapist. Music Together Certification Level I...

Susan Darrow

Susan is Director of Educational Services for Music Together LLC.  She has been teaching Music Together classes for almost 20 years and was the founder of Music Together of Montclair, NJ. As a...

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 bl...

Joyce Kay

B.M. Music Theory, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Music Together Certification Level I. Joyce plays classical, pop, and jazz piano as well as guitar. She teaches piano and...

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 D...

Yuko Nestle

Born and raised in Japan, Yuko comes to Music Together with over 12 years of formal piano training and a lifelong love of singing. She became a Music Together mom for her two daughters in Tokyo ove...

Emily Orfe Templin

Emily Templin has an enthusiasm and excitement for making music, as well as a love for working with children. She holds a B.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education, and has had experience with teac...

Carol Ann Blank

Carol Ann LCAT, LPC, MMT, MT-BC is a Certification Level II Music Together teacher and board-certified music therapist. She was a Music Together parent with her two children and enjoys sharing her...

Amy Zakar

AMY ZAKAR has been a Music Together teacher since her college days at Princeton University. She also holds a master's in music education from Westminster Choir College. Amy plays the violin and pia...

Stephanie Overton-Hall

Stephanie has a passion for sharing the joy of making music, and has spent her life so far in dedication to both singing and teaching.  She is a NJ certified music teacher (K-12), and has taug...

Kelly Wieand

Kelly knows firsthand the powerful role parents play in supporting a child's musical development. She grew up in a musical family, playing duets with her Dad throughout childhood, and studied danc...

Sheila Feaver

Sheila is overjoyed to join the Princeton Lab School family. She has been singing for as long as she can remember, and has always had a passion for children. Finding Music Together has been a drea...

Jill Ward

Jill received her formal music training at the Royal Academy of Music in London and Cornell University where she earned a B.A. in Music in 2003, but her musical learning started at a young age. As ...

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 to his daughter, Jesse! He is a guitarist, sin...

Norah Wasden

Norah is a singer and a Music Together mom of three boys. Music has always been a passion of hers. She grew up playing piano and violin, and fell in love with singing and choral music. She is also ...

Katya Ermolaev

When Katya is not working on her Ph.D. in musicology from Princeton University, she is singing, dancing and playing with her niece or the children in her Music Together classes. Katya trained as a...

Faith Alacar

Faith Alacar is incredibly excited to be joining the Music Together community. She has a strong love of music and singing, and an even stronger passion for sharing that gift with children. A recen...

Amanda Fois

Amanda is a mom of one, with another on the way, 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 Toge...