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 Sasha Judelson

Sasha took Music Together® classes with both her children and was delighted to find a music programme which embraced such a rich variety of musical elements. Music Together gave her family the opportunity to readily bring music into their everyday lives. As a child Sasha had enjoyed making music from a very young age and from there played in all sizes of musical ensembles, from duets to symphony orchestras.

Sasha took the Music Together teacher training, in Maryland in 2004 and taught there before moving to Ontario. In March of 2007 she took additional training and testing by the Center for Music and Young Children to become certified at Level I, a step further than the standard teacher training that deepens the Music Together teaching and learning experience. In June 2013 the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ awarded her Certification Level II status for outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, programme philosophy, and parent education. Sasha graduated with an MA in Community Music in June 2017.

She believes, from personal and teaching experience, that the Music Together programme gives us a rich musical exposure and an enjoyable, encouraging way to bring music into your home and into the lives of your children.

Favourite food: tomatoes

Music which always makes me dance: I wish I knew how it felt to be free by Jools Holland

     
photo Pam Price

After graduating as a Music Education major at Western University in London, I spent a number of years teaching music privately, filling my leisure time with choral singing and piano accompaniment, largely in the Chicago area. In the past 4 years since returning to Canada, I have had opportunity to consider reshaping and broadening my musical experience with children in a more interactive way. Having completed the teacher training in Silver Spring, Maryland in 2014, and subsequently apprenticing with Sasha Judelson , I eagerly anticipate spreading the joy music brings into the life of many children!

 

Favourite food: stir-fry

Music which always makes me dance: HAPPY by Pharrell Williams

     
photo Lorena Leija

Ana Lorena Leija was born in Mexico City, where she studied theatre and worked as actor, assistant director, production assistant and director. Having completed a master’s degree in Perpignan, France and a doctorate at Université Laval in Quebec City, Ana Lorena began working in theatre in Toronto in 2009. She has enjoyed making music since an early age, and she particularly likes to sing, in the kitchen, in the bathtub or on the street. Singing keeps her happy and helps her in the daily task of taking care of her two small children. She encountered the Music Together program as a parent in 2014 and immediately fell in love with it. The variety of rhythms, tonalities and lyrics of the collections fascinated her and enabled her to foster her son’s musical development. She did her teacher training in the Summer of 2015 and later apprenticed with Sasha here in Guelph. From the training, and her own experience, she can confidently guarantee that you’ll be taking home the opportunity to create a music-rich environment at home in which to develop your children’s innate musical ability. Ana Lorena still enjoys the program as a parent of a pre-schooler and a 6-month-old baby and can’t wait to share the joy of making music together with more families in the coming sessions.

 

Favourite Food: chocolate

Music which always makes me dance: Dove e il amore by Cher

     
  Laura Harp

I’m so pleased to be teaching classes with Great Lakes Music Together! My background is a combination of arts and science. I studied music at the University of Toronto and completed my masters in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Western Ontario. In addition to teaching Music Together classes, I am a Speech-Language Pathologist at Groves Hospital in Fergus. I often use music and singing in my therapy sessions with children and adults and am a member of the Guelph Chamber Choir. 
I became fascinated with research demonstrating links between participating in music and improvements in language and cognitive skills in preschool children, and Music Together is a perfect way for me to explore this interest. In addition, I know that Music Together classes are just plain fun! My own family has taken classes with Sasha for the past 6 years and we love it. I look forward to having fun with your family too.

     
  Pam and Sasha