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, 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...
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 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.
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. Amy is also pursuing a master's degree in music education from the Hartt School of Music.
She has played the flute for over 12 years and also studied voice as well as piano and many other instruments. In her free time, she enjoys swing dancing, reading, cooking, and of course, playing music. Amy is also a member of the Wesley Ringers handbell choir at the 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!
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!
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!
Agnes, a native of Hungary, recently moved to Connecticut and is excited to join the Music Together community here! She fell in love with the program in graduate school and after completing the training has taught several years in Austin and later in Dallas. Her musical adventures started with the piano at age five. Later she went on to sing in choirs and then to study voice and opera. She came to the United States as a Fulbright scholar and received a Master’s and Doctoral Degree in Voice from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to being a professional singer and voice teacher, Agnes enjoys playing and singing with her two daughters Mira and Olivia. They constantly remind her that music making is a spontaneous activity we do every day, and everything is more fun if there is music with it. Agnes looking forward meeting new families and sing and dance together.
Betsy is a mother of three from Ellington, CT. Before starting her family she was a musical theatre major at Western Ct St University. After college she discovered her love of working with children in various preschools and then as a paraprofessional and associate teacher working with children who have autism. Her favorite part of her day was when she would get to sing with the kids. Now that she is a stay at home mom she is always trying to find ways to share her love of music and theatre with her family. You can find us on stage together joining in the fun with our local community theatre or enjoying making music with others in our Music Together classes. Betsy found that she enjoyed Music Together so much it was the best part of her week. She completed her teacher training in Aug of 2017 and is looking forward to this new chapter in her life in which she can combine her love of music and family fun.