Our Teachers

Continuous training is important to us! All of our instructors are trained Music Together® teachers and regularly take Songs & Skills Workshops to refresh and grow their skillsets.
photo Sasha Judelson

Director, M.A. Community Music, Certification Levels I and 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.
Sasha took the Music Together teacher training in 2004, and completed additional training in 2007 to become a Certified Instructor Level I. In 2013 she was awarded Certification Level II by the Music Together Center for Music and Young Children for outstanding achievement.
Sasha recently graduated with an M.A. in Community Music and leads The Circle of Music, an intergenerational choir for people living with dementia.

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

     
photo Ana Lorena Leija

Instructor, M.A., Ph.D.,

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.
She has enjoyed making music since an early age, and finds that singing plays a vital role 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. 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 2015 and later apprenticed with Director Sasha Judelson. Ana Lorena still enjoys the program as a parent of a pre-schooler and a 18-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

     
photo Katie Mervyn

Instructor, B.Ed.,

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

     
photo Helen Sol Drew

I experienced the wonders of creative freedom in childhood due to exceptional parenting that involved early exposure to art. I was exposed to music through a mother who loved to sing. I loved it when she sang to me and I demanded a nightly bed routine of 8 german songs sung in the exact same order before I went to sleep. She transmitted to me an uncomplicated love and joy for music. My other early influence was a Canadian children’s musician named Charlotte Diamond, who sang with that same joy, and with a range and complexity that seemed rare in children’s music, which I found inviting and inclusive. I remember feeling euphoria when I listened to her music.

Singing has always felt natural to me due to this early exposure, and I have continued to sing through community activities and personal experimentation. I feel most drawn to communal, tribal style, and improvised singing - essentially, music together!

Before discovering Music Together, I worked for more than 15 years as a child caregiver, and now as a french and ESL teacher. I find joy and fun in the many routes to nurturing and enlivening education for the incredible thing that is a young mind. Children are always keen to learn, and will respond when you find the right route for them. Learning is fun and natural for all of us when we feel safe to open and express ourselves.

I pursuit of my interest in the mind and art, I landed myself a BA in psychology and a certificate in Expressive Arts, taking particular interest in what conditions give people of all ages the freedom to express and play.

Favourite food: homemade icecream sundaes
Favourite song to dance to: Hopeton Lewis’ “Express Yourself” 

     
  Sasha and Katie
     
  Heather Martin
     
  Heather and Sasha