Our Teachers

All our teachers are passionate about music and music development of children.
They create a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and help you support your child's music development.

photo SEUNGHEE HAN, Director

SeungHee is a professional vocalist /composer/instructor, who is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and holds a masters degree from New England Conservatory. SeungHee has over 17 years of experience of teaching Music Together® in NYC and directing KIDS MUSIC TOGETHER servicing Jackson Heights, Woodside, Sunnyside and LIC/Astoria since 2005. She has been awarded Music Together Certification Level I status, having demonstrated outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education granted by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ.

She is a certified Somatic Voice Work™ teacher, who has taught contemporary non-classical voice and piano/theory at various music schools in New England as well as in New York, including Weston High School, Norfalk Music School, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music to name a few, currently teaches at her private studio mainly. She performs and composes/arranges with/for jazz groups around town, with a couple of her own recordings with her quintet released with rave reviews by Jazz Times, All about Jazz, Japan Jazz Reviews Time Out New York, Jazziz, etc. Check out her web site, http://www.Seung-Hee.com for her shows and news.

     
photo ABBY SMITH

A native southerner, Abby grew up singing family quartets and taking piano lessons. She received her first ukulele at the age of five and it was love at first strum. In high school, she played flute and piccolo in the band and always sang at every opportunity. Abby holds a BA in Vocal Performance from Harding University and an MM in Music Theatre from Oklahoma City University. She has worked extensiveljy in theater and television, including making her Broadway debut in SpongeBob SquarePants the musical! She loves performing and is a proud working actor and member of Actors' Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. Abby has always loved children and is fascinated by the way they learn. She believes Music Together helps families plant the seed in their children to grow into wonderful musicians. She loves seeing children learn and dedicates her life to making the world more musical place!

     
photo ANGELA LEISING-CATALAN

Angela was introduced to Music Together as a parent in class with her daughter. The experience inspired her to complete the Music Together teacher training so she could continue the beautiful and joyful musical journey with other children and their caregivers. She has been enjoying teaching Music Together and is excited to join Kids Music Together staff!
A native of Nebraska, Angela holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Ohio University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from University of Nebraska, Kearney. She teaches piano throughout Manhattan and Queens, and is a piano faculty member at The New School for Music Study near Princeton, New Jersey. Her teaching experience includes private lessons, group classes, and repertoire classes for children and adult students of all ages. As an accompanist, she has a variety of experience that includes choral, vocal, and instrumental. Learn more about Angela at www.angelaleisingcatalan.com

 

     
photo JULIE SCHWARTZ WEBB

Julie is a director for Random Farms Kids' Theater in Westchester County, where she works with students in graders K-8. In addition to directing shows, she also leads acting classes, private lessons, and a performance troupe that visits nursing homes, children's hospitals, and family shelters. She has worked with hundreds of kids in the tri-state area to help foster their love of the performing arts and achieve their performance goals-whether that be trying out a new acticity, getting over a case of stage fright, or booking a Broadway show.

Julie received her B. A. in Musical Theater Performance from Wagner College. She then went on to work as a director and performer for Missoula Children's Theatre, touring domestically and internationally to work with thousands of children around the globe to put on musical theatre performances within their own communities. She has also created after school acting clubs at various centers in NYC through New York Cares, in hopes of exposing kids to the performing arts who may not otherwise get the opportunity.

     
  KIRSTEN HOPKINS
     
photo MARY BOWEN

Mary is happy to be a part of the Music Together team in Queens and has been a teacher with Kids Music Camp Inc. since 2014. She is a Music Together parent, too!

Mary is a professional singer-having performed leading opera roles in regional companies throughout the US as well as in Europe and Mexico. She is a frequent guest concert soloist and recitalist. Mary has a private voice and music studio in the NYC area. She is also a Master Reiki practitioner and teacher. To read more about Mary, please visit her website: www.ReikiSings.com.

     
photo WILLIAM BERG

"Mr. Bill" has been teaching Music Together classes since the summer of 2002, and has been fortunate to take his skills and joy of music-making to various parts of the country, teaching in and around New York City, Los Angeles, and Las Vagas. The song of a music teacher, performer and jazz lover, Bill has long enjoyeda wide variety of musical influences. He is an actor, performer and improviser who loves to sing and dance any time he gets the chance. Deeply inspired by the freedom, spontaneity, and sense of wonder within children of all ages, Bill works (and plays) to keep that childlike spirit alive in himself and in his classes. His classes are high-energy celebrations of music and movement where everyone's bound to leave with a smile on their faces and a little more spring in their step.

 

 

     
photo ALEXIA TATE

Alexia is the director of Music Together with Alexia, founded in 2017, after moving to the Hudson Valley from Queens, where she taught Music Together for three years with Kids 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 do the teacher training, which led to an even stronger passion for the program. She has been awarded both Music Together Certification Level I and Certification Level II status, having demonstrated outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education. Alexia has also taught Musical Theater for children age 5-12 at Theater O in Ossining, NY and continues to offer Story Garden at The Field Library in Peekskill, NY.

Before changing gears to become a mom, Alexia performed on New York's off-off-Broadway and nightclub stages for 15 years, and in 2009 she played Mrs. Howell in the the first national tour of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND: THE MUSICAL. Other favorite kid-friendly roles include the Queen in 13th St. 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 NYC at Singers Forum with Phil Campanella and Stephanie Scott and at T. Schreiber Studio with Tracy Trevett, and received the 2007 Andy Anselmo Achievement Award for Emerging Artists.