Our Teachers

We are passionate about music and young children, and hope to inspire a whole new generation of music-makers who can sing in tune, move in rhythm and participate with joy and confidence as they create music with family and friends throughout their lives. We love what we do!

photo Leslie Lucas

Director
Leslie has been the Center Director and teacher for Music Together® of Summit and Chatham for over 20 years and Director of the Montclair MT family for the past 10 years! She is a singer songwriter and played jazz vibes for many years. Her songs have been recorded by various recording artists and the television show Fame. Leslie has lived in Montclair for 30 years and has a daughter Lisa and son, Julian, who is a Music Together of Montclair Graduate!


     
photo Christine Brendel

Teacher
Christine has owned a successful business in Bloomfield for the past 20 years and has now made the decision to semi-retire...and follow her true passion for Children and Music. Christine has been a Music Together mom for 8 years, and was immediately drawn to the idea of leading a class of children through their first musical experiences. She is a natural leader, with a gift for working with children. Chris lives in North Caldwell with her husband, Bob, and their two sons, Luke and Sam.


     
photo Lynne Rubin

Teacher
Lynne holds a BFA in acting from  Rutgers University and has earned Music Together Certification level 1. During her career as an actress, she performed in voice-overs, theater and television. Lynne grew up in a family centered around education and the performing arts, and when she was introduced to Music Together first as a mom, then as a teacher, it felt to her as if all paths in her life had magically led her to this point!  Lynne lives with her musical children Isaac and Maya and her husband Bruce in Cedar Grove. When shes not teaching Music Together, Lynne can often be found performing at children's birthday parties.


     
photo Laura Brenden

Laura is a vocalist, dancer and has studied voice and vocal performance at the New School as well as NYU. She has performed in both fields locally and has experience in all aspects of the theater. She loves to generate physical and musical responses in her children, both MT veterans, and is currently studying piano, much to their delight! She also holds a BS in Foreign Service and an MBA. She is fluent in Spanish as well. Laura has been teaching Music Together for many years and loves making music with our families!

     
photo Sophia Anastasia

Sophia Anastasia was first introduced to Music Together decades ago, while studying early childhood music education at Montclair State University.  She continued though on her musical path as a concert flutist, performing throughout the US and Mexico with a variety of orchestras, ensembles, and soloists, too many to mention here.  While residing and freelancing in New York City, she also completed her Masters Degree at the Manhattan School of Music and her Doctorate Degree at SUNY Stony Brook.   Decades later she found herself one day as a new mom, sitting in on her first Music Together class.  Today, her two loves have been joined; her love of music, and her love of children have made Music Together her latest passion.  Sophia resides in Montclair with her cellist husband, three children, and seven chickens and two fish.  Her other loves include gardening, herbalism, yoga, and cooking.

     
photo Jessica Temlock-Fields

Graduating from college as a vocal performance major, Jessica has recently been working as a Reading Recovery teacher for first grade. She has many years of classroom teaching experience. Last year, her life changed when she introduced her third baby to Music Together. It was the first class for both of them, and her entire family has benefited from the experience. Jessica loves to share a love of music with other families so that they, too, can find a way to incorporate music into their everyday lives.

     
photo Amy Edelstein

Amy has been singing, dancing, and acting since she learned to talk. Coming from a musical family, she performed in professional theater as a teenager and went on to study at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After a career change, she became a psychotherapist and has been working to support and empower trauma survivors for the past fifteen years. Amy discovered Music Together classes with her two boys, Cody and Jake and decided to get back to her roots and complete the Music Together training. She is thrilled to teach, inspire, and make music with young children.
 

     
photo Rachel Kohn

Rachel is a board-certified music therapist, practicing privately in northern New Jersey, Manhattan, and surrounding areas.  She is a graduate of Montclair State University and is currently completing her Masters of Music Therapy there.  For more than 10 years she has been teaching kids music lessons, coaching kids musical theater, and most recently treating children with developmental disabilities through music therapy.  Rachel’s primary instrument is flute but she also sings and plays guitar, piano, and percussion. She loves working with children and is guaranteed to make you smile through authentic, musical connections. 

     
photo Amanda McCabe

Amanda studied classical piano from age nine through college, but some of her most meaningful, formative musical moments were in the car with her family, singing along to the Beatles in as many parts as they could muster. She still loves to sing and play piano --- as well as the baritone ukulele. Amanda earned her Certification Level I from Music Together. She lives in Glen Ridge with her bass-playing husband, Brian, and two fabulous kids, Fiona and Rowan.

     
photo Bryce Tempest

Bryce graduated from the Ithaca College School of Music with a degree in Cello Performance. He is currently studying Music Therapy at Montclair State University and teaches strings throughout northern New Jersey.  In addition, he performs in the tri-state area in a variety of ensemble settings and musical styles. While working with a music therapist in a pediatric hospital, Bryce was exposed to the incredible potential of music to support and promote early childhood development.  Bryce brings experience leading group music with a wide range of age groups and is thrilled to be joining the Music Together teaching staff. 

     
photo Carolyn Dempsey

Carolyn Dempsey is originally from Nebraska, but left the midwest to attend the College of William and Mary, earning a degree in Russian and Spanish. She moved to New York to study theatre, and worked as an actress and singer for ten years. One of her "day jobs" was teaching children's music programs in the city and entertaining at birthday parties. Carolyn plays guitar, she is an avid tennis player, baker, and enjoys making music with her two young sons and daughter!