Director, M.A. Community Music, Certification Level II
Sasha took Music Together® classes with her children and was thrilled to find a music program which embraced such a rich variety of musical elements. As a child Sasha enjoyed making music from a young age and since has played in all sizes of musical ensembles, from duets to symphony orchestras.
Favourite food: tomatoes
Instructor, B.A. Music Education
After graduating as a Music Education major at Western University in London, Pam spent a number of years teaching music privately, filling her leisure time with choral singing and piano accompaniment, largely in the Chicago area. In the past 4 years since returning to Canada, she has had opportunity to consider reshaping and broadening her musical experience with children in a more interactive way. Having completed the Music Together teacher training in Silver Spring, Maryland in 2014, and subsequently apprenticing with Director Sasha Judelson, she eagerly anticipates spreading the joy music brings into the life of many children!
Ana Lorena Leija
Ana Lorena studied theatre and worked as an actor, production assistant and director in Mexico City. Having completed a master’s degree in Perpignan, France and doctorate at Université Laval in Quebec City, Ana Lorena began working in theatre in Toronto in 2009.
Favourite Food: chocolate
I grew up in Owen Sound, Ontario and I have always had a love for music. I took piano lessons for many years growing up and was always singing, whether it was in the school choir, the church choir, or at home at the dinner table! I also loved to move, dance, and play sports, and as I grew older I found that I had a love for working with children - to sing with them, dance with them, and play with them! I worked many summers as an outdoor day camp leader, which lead to my career in teaching. I graduated from Brock University with a degree in Physical Education as well as my Bachelor of Education. I have taught Junior Kindergarten, Grades 4 & 5, and have qualifications working with children with special needs.
I now live in Guelph with my husband and 3 daughters. Being home with my family has taught me that my love of music and movement is still very much a part of me, and now it is a part of my children’s lives too! We love to have dance parties at home, and spontaneous music sessions where everyone plays a different music maker. I think the best part about this is that there is no right or wrong way to move to music, and that is why children love it so much. I love creating a loving, and supportive environment for my children to experiment with their voice and bodies along to music, so that their confidence grows. I look forward to creating this experience with other families too, while teaching Music Together classes.
Favourite music to dance to – Uptown Funk or Can’t Stop the Feeling! (From the Trolls movie)
Favourite food: Dragon Boats
Miko grew up in small town Prince Edward Island and from childhood had an affinity for the arts and music. She enjoyed years of exploration throughout North America and Europe before calling Ontario her home. Her educational background is in Fine arts and alternative healing. She has a love for gardening, sustainable living, sewing and running. Miko has worked for over 10 years as a Registered Massage Therapist and started her own business handcrafting children’s clothing and dolls 4 years go. When her daughter was born, her life took on a newfound joy and purpose. Due to the profound impact art and music played in her life, she was committed to filling her child’s life with an abundance of creative avenues which led her to Music Together. She watched her daughter’s love for song and movement develop and thrive in these classes and is extremely excited for the opportunity to grow and learn as a teacher in the Music Together program.
Favorite food: Sushi
Music which always makes me dance: Roots by Alice Merton
I am originally from Dallas, Texas and I have had the pleasure of living in Guelph for the last year and a half. I have degrees in Psychology as well as in Marriage and Family Therapy, and I have a love for music. For four years, I served as a Children's Director where I lead a singing group, a weekly drama, and so much more.
As a parent, I have wanted my daughter to have the opportunity to develop a love of music too, so we joined Great Lakes Music Together when she was just a little over a year old. Although she didn't always express herself in class, she would hum the tunes outside of it during her playtime, getting ready for bed, and while traveling in the car, I could tell how much she was absorbing from the classes!
Since Great Lakes Music Together changed my daughter's life, I realised too wanted to get back to teaching children about music. The opportunity to do this whilst supporting parents and children in their musical journey is one I am very much looking forward to.
Favourite Food: Cookies and Cream Ice Cream
Favourite music to dance to: Pocket by Justin Timberlake and Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars