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 thinks she has the best job in the world! She came to Music Together in 2001 as a parent and loved it so much she had to become a teacher. She's been teaching Music Together since 2007 and was awarded Music Together Certification Level I in 2010.  Karen has been singing and performing since she was a child and has sung in numerous choruses, including a traveling a cappella singing group. She received a BA magna cum laude in psychology from Yale University and a master's degree in early childhood and elementary education 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 is mom to Sophie, Violet, and Asa.



photo Melissa Stylianou

Melissa has been teaching Music Together since 2007 throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Riverdale and is very happy to be joining the Sounds Good family!  She adores singing and getting goofy with families and caregivers, and she attends classes regularly with her five year-old son Bayly. She is an accomplished jazz vocalist, recording artist, and educator, originally from Toronto, Canada.  Melissa has played at venues such as Birdland, Jazz Standard, and Carnegie Hall in New York and also performs all over the country with the 3-part harmony group Duchess. She is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto with a degree in acting.  Melissa plays guitar and ukelele and has received her Music Together Certification Level 1.

photo Jean Young

Jean has taught Music Together® classes in Larchmont for the past 22 years and directed Music Along the Sound for eleven years. She started the Generations classes at Willow Towers fourteen years ago.  Jean has been music specialist at Temple Emanu-El Nursery School in Manhattan for 30 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!