Teacher/Director

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!

 

photo Jane Roets

Director/Teacher Jane Roets has been teaching Music Together since Sept. 2001.  She completed her Certification level I for teaching mastery in Feb. 2005, and her Certification level II in August 2012.   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! 

While 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 the Vernon Chorale and is always up for a little music making anywhere and everywhere.

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.  Oct. 2013, Jane will be a presenter at the CTAEYC Conference in Waterbury.

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. Changing the world one song and dance at a time.

 

 

It's all about the love...


     
photo Rebecca Chaimovitch

Assistant Director/Music Together Teacher Rebecca Chaimovitch received her Bachelor of Arts degree in applied music/voice from SUNY Geneseo, New York in 1994 and her Master of Music degree in applied music/voice from the University of Connecticut in 1996.  She holds a certificate of music education from the State of Connecticut and completed the course work for a Doctorate of Musical Arts in applied music/voice with a minor in music theory. Rebecca completed her Music Together training in the spring of 2006 and received her Certification Level I for teaching mastery in the following year.

Rebecca began teaching private piano and voice lessons in the year 2000.  Soon after, she started teaching preschool music and loved it! In 2006, she found her way to Music Together and has discovered teaching classes to be the best part of her day and a passion in her life.  As the mother of two boys, who participated in classes when they were preschoolers, she has seen the benefits of early musical exposure first hand and loves bringing this experience to others. She brings a great deal of silliness and warmth to her classes and thoroughly enjoys every moment of music making fun with young children and their grown-ups.

 

     
photo Amy Stern

Amy Stern received a bachelor's of music in music education with a minor in Spanish from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.  Currently, she teaches pre-K-4th grade general music, band and chorus at Burr District Elementary School Higganum, CT.

She has played the flute for over 12 years and also studied voice as well as piano and many other instruments. Amy has been a member of various musical ensembles all over Pennsylvania and Connecticut. In her free time, she enjoys swing dancing, reading, cooking, and of course, playing music. Amy is also a member of the Hartt School flute choir and the Wesley Ringers handbell choir at United Methodist Church in Manchester.

This is Amy's third year teaching Music Together classes at Arts from the Heart! She loves singing and dancing with children and families and being a part of this musical community!

     
photo Sarah Kohl

Sarah's musical journey began at the age of 18 months. She would often start her day by singing in her crib. She holds both a Bachelor of Music Degree in violin and a Master of Music Degree in Voice from Boston University. Sarah completed her Music Together training in 2015 and is thrilled to be teaching classes!
As a performer, Sarah has been seen on opera and concert stages across the United States. In addition to her performing, she maintains a private voice studio in Tariffville and also teaches voice lessons at Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor. She was previously a member of the music faculty at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT.
Sarah strongly believes that music making and movement are essential to life! She loves creating the music herself as well as watching the development of her students big and small. Most of all, she is thrilled to witness music bring joy to everyone it touches.

     
  Brian Stern

Brian Stern earned his Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.  He currently teaches Pre-K through 5th grade general music and 5th grade chorus at Lake Street School and Center Road School in Vernon, CT. 

Brian has been playing drum set for 12 years and performed on marching, mallet and orchestral percussion in marching band, concert band, orchestra, jazz band and percussion ensemble throughout high school and college.  He also enjoys playing ukulele, guitar and piano.

In his spare time, Brian likes to garden and build woodworking projects.  This will be his first time teaching Rhythm Kids and he is excited to share his knowledge of drumming, singing and dancing!

     
  Amy Cele

Welcome to our newest teacher, Amy Cele! We are excited to have her as a part of our growing community. A Suzuki trained violinist and teacher, Amy brings a wealth of skill and information to her teaching. She completed the Music Together training in Sept. 2015 and has been apprenticing with Jane. Amy is also the Director of The Music School and Sound Crossing in Windsor which is where she will be teaching!