All of our teachers are registered Music Together® teachers. All are passionate about music and the development of children and create a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.
We are extraordinarily proud to say that four of our teachers have been awarded Music Together Certification Level I status, having demonstrated outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education. The awards were granted by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, New Jersey, Kenneth K. Guilmartin, Founder/Director. Teacher and director Jackie Freimor has been awarded the highest level of Music Together certification--Certification Level II--for excellence in articulation of program philosophy, assessment of children's music development, and teaching mastery. The award was granted by Kenneth K. Guilmartin, Founder/Director, and Lili M. Levinowitz, PhD, Director of Research.
Jackie Freimor has been performing as a singer/guitarist since she was a child, and she played her first professional gig at age 15. She is also a self-taught pianist, and for a time she played the lute and the viola da gamba. Most recently, she was the rhythm guitar player and backup vocalist in a Manhattan-based alternative rock band. Jackie first experienced Music Together when she enrolled her daughter in the program, and she is always eager to share her and her daughter's love of the program with other families. Jackie began her first semester as a licensed Music Together center director in fall 2005. She was awarded Music Together Certification Level I status in December 2009 and Certification Level II status in July 2013, and she is currently a Music Together Teacher Trainer.
Fun Facts About Jackie
Her all-time favorite (non-Music Together) song is: either "Skating Away" (Jethro Tull) or "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Queen). Oh, or "Cixiri" (Balentes) or "Java Jive" (Manhattan Transfer)....
Annette Cepero-Jimenez is a simultaneous bilingual. Born of a Cuban father and a Colombian mother, she embraces her deep Latin musical roots. Professionally, Annette is a bilingual speech language pathologist. She received her Master's of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Teachers College Columbia University. Annette has worked with families and their young children through private agencies for Early Intervention since 2008. As a lifelong lover of dance and music, Annette has played the flute since elementary school and has sung in church and school choirs and in the gospel choir at Columbia University. Annette has four children, aged 19, 17, 4, and 1. She started attending Music Together classes with her daughter more than 2 years ago and immediately fell in love. Annette is super excited to be part of the Music Together and Canta y Baila Conmigo® family and to bring families together through music and movement.
Fun Facts About Annette
Her all-time favorite (non-Music Together) song is: "Gravity" (Sara Bareilles).
Music has always been a part of Jill Geddes's life, thanks to her parents, who listened to music all the time while she was growing up. She became active in musical theater, and after graduating from high school, landed the role of 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 daughter, a son, two dogs, and one cat. In addition to teaching and being a mom, Jill enjoys running and has completed two New York City marathons. She was awarded Music Together Certification Level I status in August 2009. Jill wonders how great it would've been had Music Together been around when she was a toddler....
Fun Facts About Jill
Her all-time favorite (non-Music Together) song is: "A Case of You" (Joni Mitchell).
Amanda Keil learned about Music Together before parenthood, then really fell for it when her first daughter was born in 2012. She has taught all the collections at least once and makes a hobby of coming up with funny words for Music Together songs. Amanda studied French horn at the Hartt School of Music, but her love for all things theatrical led her to singing. She received her Master's in Baroque music from Boston University, and for five years she led her own ensemble specializing in music from the early days of opera's origins. She sings professionally, plays her horn for fun, and has enjoyed learning and teaching myriad other instruments (such as the kokoriko and the vibraslap) as a pre-K through grade 8 general music teacher. She has her Orff Schulwerk Level II certification, and is returning to school to become certified to teach.
Fun Facts About Amanda
Her all-time favorite (non-Music Together) song is: whatever songs she's working on (currently, "Michaela's Aria," from Carmen).
Ginger Kokoszka, also known as Ms. Lai to the third-graders in her Chinese class, is a classically trained professional pianist who received her Master's degree from Yale School of Music in Horn Performance. Ginger began playing horn in the symphony orchestra at age 9. In college, she played mellophone in the college football marching band and accompanied symphony orchestras, operas, theaters, and dance studios on piano and keyboard as part of her scholarship. She won competitions and performed in Taiwan, Mexico, and the United States with orchestras in venues such as National Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. After developing chronic carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis in her hands as well as temporomandibular joint syndrome in her jaw, she became unable to play for long hours and so became a board-certified music therapist in 2006, working with underserved frail elderly patients in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn; her specialties are neurological rehabilitation, dementia, depression, and home visits. Ginger fell in love with her daughter Isabelle, who was born on Christmas Eve, and decided to train to teach Music Together so that they can spend a lot of musical time together. Ginger became a registered Music Together teacher in December 2016.
Fun Facts About Ginger
Her all-time favorite (non-Music Together) song is: "Living on a Prayer," (Bon Jovi), "Love of My Life" (Freddie Mercury), and "El Rey," a Mexican drinking song.
Jessica Seidel is a musician and social worker. Jessica grew up playing and singing folk and bluegrass music with her family and studying classical flute and cello. She has been a member of several bands over the years and has lent vocals and instrumentals to the live performances and recordings of several other artists. As a social worker, she worked in the field of mental health with homebound elderly people and incorporated music into her work as much as possible. She became a registered Music Together teacher in April 2014 and was awarded Music Together Certification Level I status in December 2017.
Fun Facts About Jessica
Her all-time favorite (non-Music Together) song is: "Lovely Day," by Bill Withers.
Alexia Tate, also the director of Music Together with Alexia in Cold Spring, recently moved to the Hudson Valley from Queens, New York, where she taught Music Together and founded Story Garden, a musical storytime for young children. As a Music Together parent, Alexia fell in love with the philosophy of the class and decided to be trained as a teacher in 2014, which led to an even stronger passion for the program. Alexia also teaches musical theater for children aged 5 through 12 at Theater O in Ossining. Before changing gears to become a mom, Alexia performed in New York's off-off-Broadway and nightclub stages for 15 years, and in 2009 she played Mrs. Howell in the first national tour of Gilligan's Island: The Musical. Other favorite kid-friendly roles include the Queen in 13th Street Repertory's Rumple Who? and the title role in Rising Sun's original cast of Dotty Dot, which has become a children's theater sensation across the country. Alexia trained in New York City at Singers Forum and T. Schreiber Studio, and in 2007, she received the Andy Anselmo Achievement Award for Emerging Artists. She was awarded Music Together Certification Level I status in August 2015.
Fun Facts About Alexia
Her all-time favorite (non-Music Together) song is: too hard to choose! "Purple Rain" (Prince), "Imagine" (John Lennon), "Jessica" (The Allman Brothers), "Night Moves" (Bob Seger)....