Music Together® teachers must participate in a three day intensive training process and be determined to be adequately skilled in order to teach in a licensed Music Together program. Once a teacher has passed training and is employed as a Music Together teacher, there are frequent opportunities for continued training and education around music and young children included a certification process to established advance competency. We are pleased that the high standard which Music Together hold for teachers is met throughout CT and here in Ellington!
Director/Teacher Jane Roets has been teaching Music Together since Sept. 2001. She completed her certification level I for
teaching mastery in Feb. 2005. With an M.A. in Human Development and Family Relations from
UCONN (1993) and a lifelong passion for music and dance, Music
Together has become the perfect career for a woman who was never quite
sure what she would be when she grew up! Jane grew up in a musical
family, singing in church and school choirs from age 3 and studying
voice throughout High School, College and beyond. She has a love of
Musical Theater and all types of singing from classical art songs to
beautiful choral works to great a capella fun!
performing has often taken a back seat as she and her husband Jeff have
been raising their 3 children, she never turns down an opportunity for
some music making and sings frequently at First Lutheran Church of
Ellington, has recorded with the Music Makin' Mamas, currently sings
with GodSong and recently started a volunteer women's vocal group in
Jane is thrilled to be able to share such a
prestigious early childhood program with the Tolland County area and
enjoys branching out periodically to offer outreach classes in the
Hartford area as well as sometimes teaching Early Childhood Music and
Movement courses at the Community College level. She also offers the
research-based Music Together Preschool program in three Tolland area
preschools. While family classes are a joy, it is incredibly satisfying
to bring Music Together to families and children who are not able to
access them for a variety of reasons.
As a mom and a veteran teacher, Jane knows first hand the value of music and movement in
the lives of children and families. She brings her musical skills and
enthusiasm to her classes along with her genuine delight in watching
little ones grow and develop their musical muscles. Ask Jane about a
musical birthday party!
It's all about the love...
Rachel Ballasy is a BFA student studying Musical Theatre at Messiah College in PA. A 2011 graduate of Ellington High School, Rachel has an extensive performance background and is looking forward to sharing her love of theatre with the participants in the Summer KIDS Theatre Camp.