Meet the Teachers of Sounds Good Westchester

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 Westchester!

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.

photo Karen Hamlin

Karen came to Music Together fifteen years ago as a parent and loved it so much she had to become a teacher! She's been teaching Music Together since 2007 and thinks she has the best job in the world! She has been singing and performing since she was a child and has sung in numerous choruses, including a traveling a cappella singing group (That's why she loves the film "Pitch Perfect")!  Karen received a BA in psychology from Yale University and then went on to get her M.Ed. from UCLA.  She has taught all ages, from infant to adult, and she loves to bring her guitar, flute, and other instruments into the classroom.  Karen was awarded Music Together Certification Level I status in August 2010.  Karen is the doting (but tired!) mom to Sophie, Violet, and Asa.

 

 

     
photo Katie Alexander

Katie Alexander first came to Music Together as a mom of one-year-old twins in the summer of 2016. She and her girls loved the program so much that she decided to try her hand at teaching it! Katie has found joy in making music since she was a child. She sings at every opportunity, enjoys playing the piano, and played French horn in school bands and orchestras while growing up. Katie is a true Renaissance woman: When she is not “mom-ing” or being musical, she works as full time Social Psychology professor at a small liberal arts school. Her research interest is in attachment theory, which concerns the close social emotional bonds we form with others. Katie is completely devoted to her college-aged students but absolutely adores babies and very young children. She will be teaching at our new location in Pelham this fall.

     
photo Jessica Garrett

As both an educator and as mother to a vibrant 1st grader and adorable baby, Jessica has a strong appreciation for child development and the nurturing of individual creative spirits. Jessica majored in Elementary Education and minored in Theater at Lehman College. During her years in the classroom, she enjoyed singing and sharing her passion for music. Music brought a great dimension of beauty into her students’ lives. Jessica enjoyed singing from childhood with her identical twin sister and performing in the church choir and plays. Jessica is delighted about teaching and sharing music with young children and the community at large.  Jessica is currently on maternity leave as she enjoys time at home with her new baby, but you might see her subbing in your class!

 

     
photo Jill Geddes

Music has always been a part of Jill's life thanks to her parents who listened to music all the time while she was growing up. She became active in musical theatre, and after graduating high school, landed the role as Peron's Mistress in the national tour of "Evita". From there she went on to tour as Cinderella in James Lapine's "Into the Woods" and then played the lead role of Fantine in the national tour of "Les Miserables". In between shows, she studied music education at Indiana University School of Music. Once settled in New York, Jill was introduced to Music Together when she took her daughter to a class. She fell in love with the program and began the journey to becoming a teacher. Jill also has a son, two dogs and a cat. In addition to teaching and being a mom, she enjoys running and has completed two New York City marathons.  She was awarded her Music Together Certification Level 1 in 2009. Jill wonders how great it would've been if Music Together had been around when she was a toddler!  Jill currently teaches our Music Together In-School preschool classes at Westchester Day School in Mamaroneck.

     
photo Ariana Kaminskas

Ariana began performing at age 14 when she won the lead role in her Junior High School’s production of “Annie”. She went on to act in TV commercials and sing with local rock bands in Brooklyn, NY where she grew up. Ariana studied music and theater at Brooklyn College, acting with Eve Collyer and dance at Broadway Dance Center. She spent many years performing with “Club Date Bands” where she sang at parties, galas and events all around the country. Ariana taught Music Together in Westchester County for 12 years, received Certification Level 1 in 2005, and loved bringing both her sons to classes when she became a Mom.  She recently spent some time in a recording studio producing her first single, “It’s My Time” by Ariana K, and she also performs Acappella Bnai Mitzvot with "Ariana K Music Acappella Singers".  Ariana loves the warmth, the joy and the little ones in her Music Together classes.

     
photo Jean Young

Jean has taught Music Together® classes in Larchmont for the past twenty years and directed Music Along the Sound for ten years. Jean serves as music teacher at Christ’s Church Nursery School in Rye and has been music specialist at Temple Emanu-El Nursery School in Manhattan for 29 years. She was musical director of the Chatsworth Avenue School Musical and she directed the children's choir at Community Unitarian Church. She produced Adirondack Adventure, her first CD of original songs, in 2013.  Jean challenges the adults in her classes to stretch their music and dance abilities. (What, me sing a round? Dance a contradance?) She encourages them to interact musically with their children to see how much fun it is to grow musically together! She loves to see the class dissolve into laughter trying to pass the eggs around the circle! And she relishes their satisfaction when everyone succeeds in keeping the beat!  Jean is proud grandmother to Aria and Autumn!