Our Teachers

All of our teachers are passionate about music and the development of children.

They create a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.


photo Kelly Heinze

Director, Level 1 Certification: Kelly holds a B.F.A. in Theater Arts and a Masters degree in Education. As a member of Actor's Equity and AFTRA, she has toured in performances throughout the country and abroad. Kelly is also the proud mother of Zachary, Caleb, Amelia and Simone. 

photo Dina Cassidy

Dina studied Musical Theatre at the Boston Conservatory of Music and then studied acting at Circle in the Square. During her performing career, she performed around the country in regional theaters and on national Broadway tours. Dina's favorite role is her current role as mom to Kealy Ann.

photo Carmen Santos

Carmen has a Master's degree in vocal pedagogy from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She has sung at the Boston Lyric Opera and was the National Anthem singer for the Red Sox, Bruins and Patriots sports teams. Ms. Santos has also sung at the Tanglewood Music Institute in Lenox, MS where she was a student for two summers. Most recently, Carmen is a freelance singer and a stay at home mom to her two children, Patrick and Sabina. 

photo Elizabeth Southard Mau

Beth has worked extensively in musical theatre, on Broadway and in National Tours. Recently Beth starred on Broadway as Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, a role she performed in Vancouver, B.C. production and the National Tour. She was chosen by Harold prince to star as Magnolia in his latest revival of Showboat in the first National Tour. She was also seen Off-Broadway in Jack Eric William's Swamp Gas and Shallow Feelings as Sherlyn. Her list of credits go on. Beth has been a guest soloist with orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Anchorage Symphony, the Virginia Symphony and the Heartland Symphony.  She also toured throughout Germany and performed at the Opera Comique in Paris.  Beth received her degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College School of Music.  She received scholarship to study at the prestigious American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria and went on to place first in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition.  Beth is joyously married to actor Gary Mauer and plays Mommy to Nicholas and Eden--two Music Together® graduates! 

  Laura Brenden

Laura is a vocalist and a dancer and has studied voice and vocal performance at the New School & NYU.  She has performed in both fields locally and has experience in all aspects of the theater.  She loves to generate and appreciate musical responses in her two young children, both MT veterans!  She holds a BS in Foregin Service and an MBA and is fluent in Spanish.  Laura has been teaching Music Together in New York and New Jersey for 5 years and has recently become our voice on Facebook! 

photo Noa Kushnir
Throughout her childhood and adult life Noa has been dancing different styles of dance and has always loved to sing. After her first daughter was born, Noa was excited to start their joint musical journey through Music Together. The benefits of music were quick to emerge. Music had created an extraordinary special bond between Noa and her daughter, and with the years has proven to support her daughter’s academic performance as well as her emotional integrity. Noa was hooked. It was only a matter of time until she would gravitate towards teaching Music Together. Noa is very excited to start sharing the gift of music with little people.
photo Samantha Lewin

Samantha has a bachelors in music education, with a classical voice emphasis from The Hartt School of Music in Connecticut.She currently is teaching general music and chorus for Pre-K to 5th grade at Montville Township Public Schools. She has her certifications in First steps in Music, Conversational solfege levels 1 and 2, Orff level 1 and Kodaly level 1. She also has a passion for dance and acting. Samantha started her passion for music by singing in her synagogue choir at 3 years old, then directing it at 17. She has worked with Rick Recht, Debbie Friedman, and Craig Taubman In the Jewish folk music world. She is very excited to start teaching Music Together Sing Shalom, and intertwine her love for judaism and music, and share with her students and parents.