Our Teachers

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 Jennifer Cunningham

Instructor, M.S., Ph.D., 

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