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...

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

B.A. Music, University of Georgia, and a registered music therapist. Music Together Certification Level I. Janet has taught Music Together classes for 25 years as both a center director and a CMYC/...

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...

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...

Dr. 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...

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 ...

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 b...

Erica Hemmel

Erica enjoys teaching Music Together at preschools and in family classes. She also works for Music Together Worldwide Headquarters, helping to extend the reach of music, because all children are m...

David Azer

David Azer is so excited to be teaching for Music Together. Music has always been a large part of his life and he's looking forward to spreading his love of music to others. David grew up singing ...

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 teache...