Our Teachers

All of our teachers have received extensive training from the Center for Music and Young Children. They all create a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.

Music Together® Classes this winter are taught by Jinah, Lee, Joanne and Mary, and Gisela teaches Canta y Baila Conmigo®.

Naomi is currently on a much needed trip with her family and will return to the classroom in February.

 

photo Naomi

Naomi Weinberger has been doing Music Together since 1994 and became a Registered Music Together instructor in 1999. In 2010, The Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ awarded Naomi Music Together Certification Level 1 and in 2015 Naomi completed her Certification Level II status for outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education. To date, Naomi has taught over 2000 children from local Brooklyn families since 1999. She continues to receive ongoing training from the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ in the form of workshops and seminars throughout the year. Naomi is a classically trained singer and piano player with degrees in architecture and industrial design from Yale and Pratt respectively. She has four children of her own ages 20 to 26. All four of her children attended Kiddie Korner Preschool. Naomi lives in harmony with her family including husband, Michael, who is an attorney. 

     
  Mary or Naomi
     
photo Gisela Yanez

Gisela grew up in Veracruz, Mexico.  She received her Music Together and Canta y Baila certifications in 2017.  She brings with her a life-long love of music and has decades of experience singing in church.  She is a choir director and she leads the congregation in song with her guitar.  She is also a teacher of faith formation. Gisela lives in brooklyn in harmony with her husband and 3 children ages 9, 18, and 24.  

     
photo Jinah Park

Jinah Park became a registered Music Together teacher in 2018. Jinah is a professionally trained pianist who has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the United states and in her native country, South Korea. She is a co-founder and a member of the piano faculty of The Brooklyn Music Studio, a successful Suzuki philosophy based music program in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Jinah has built an extensive career as a piano teacher and also as an early childhood music educator. She previously taught at The School for Strings in the Early Childhood Program and she was the head of the Suzuki Program at The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.  Jinah and her daughter, Noa took Naomi’s music together classes for 4 years. Noa, now at age 6 studies Cello and she continues to love singing and dancing to the Music Together songs.

     
photo Mary Spencer Knapp

Mary Spencer Knapp is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and actor. She made her Broadway debut in 2016 in the Tony-award winning show Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and is founder of Toot Sweet, an avant-garde rock band and The Nightingale Fam, a family music project based in Brooklyn. Mary has toured South and Central America as accordionist for Dominican singer Irka Mateo and performs regularly with Cumbia River Band, a traditional Colombian dance band. She graduated from Bard College with a BA in voice and piano.  Mary has taught Music Together at locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn since 2014 as well as her own curriculum of music programs at The Dalton School and Lefferts Gardens Montessori.  She recently had a baby and is very excited to be re-entering the world of early childhood music! 

     
photo Joanne Riel
Joanne Riel has been engaging children and parents for many years now in her own play space as well as in different pre-schools in Brooklyn.  She was a Music Together Center Director in Windsor Terrace and Ditmas Park for many years.  She has also developed her own unique, very successful, style of teaching, which is governed in large part by the spontaneous interests of the children. In addition, she has recorded her own CD "The Flying Teapot" with wonderful original songs.  Her vision is to create joyful and nurturing environments for young children.
 
     
  Mary or Joanne
     
photo Lee Stern

Lee is covering for Naomi while she takes a trip of a lifetime December and January.  Lee is the teaching director of Music Together Brooklyn Heights Plus. Naomi attended Lee's very first class in 1995 with her daughter, Tova.