Our Teachers

All of our teachers have successfully completed and passed Music Together®'s intensive training program. Our teachers continue to educate themselves by attending on-going, teacher-training songs and skills workshops provided by the Center for Music and Young Children.

Our teachers are all very 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. 

 

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photo Megan Callahan

Megan brings with her a wealth of experience in music making. A "Jill of All Trades", Megan is a professional musician, teacher, theater artist, writer and holistic care practitioner. She studied American Studies and Theater and Ramapo College and then went to the Institute for Therapeutic Massage at the University of Medicine and Dentistry before pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre at Wayne State University. Megan plays guitar, piano, clarinet and accordian and has directed and written children's theater, led children's choirs and served as musical director for camps, parks departments and retreats. She teaches yoga and also works as a professional musician, actor and Reiki Master Teacher. She completed her introductory and advanced Music Together training with the co-author of the curriculum, Dr. Lili Levinowitz, and a 3-month apprenticeship with Betty Corona and is a Registered Music Together teacher since March 2009. Megan is so excited to be making music with families in the Buffalo area!

     
photo Betty Corona

Betty Corona is the owner and director of Betty's Music Together. Betty has been singing and making music for as long as she can remember with many musical experiences as a child and young adult including singing in a band! Betty has sung in church worship groups for 10 years and also plays guitar. In November of 2003, Betty completed the Center for Music and Young Children's Introductory and Advanced Trainings and became a Registered Music Together teacher. After teaching for the largest Music Together Center on Long Island, she moved to the Buffalo area and started Betty's Music Together in April of 2005. In March of 2017, the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ, awarded Betty Music Together Certification Level 1 for having demonstrated outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy and parent education. In addition to her Music Together training, Betty holds a degree in Advertising Art and Design and is a second degree Reiki practitioner. Betty brings her passion and enthusiasm for music making to every Music Together class. She lives in Williamsville with her husband and 3 sons who claim "Mom has a song for everything!"

     
photo Colleen Croce

Music has always been a big part of Colleen's life.  While growing up, she participated in various singing groups in school and at church.  She also studied flute and piccolo and was drum major for her high school marching band.  Colleen has studied dance for most of her life and holds a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy with a Minor in Psychology and a Minor in Dance. Her previous and current teaching experiences include gymnastics for children 18 months to 18 years and dance instruction for ages 3 to 18. After enjoying Music Together as a Mom for several semesters, Colleen decided that she would love to share her love of music and movement with other families.  She completed Music Together's intensive training in September 2007 and then completed a 3 month apprenticeship with Betty and is a Registered Music Together Teacher. In addition to her Music Together parent child classes, Colleen has taught Music Together preschool classes as well. Colleen is driven by her love of sharing music, movement and her ukulele with children and their families.  She lives in Amherst with her husband and 2 children.

     
photo James DesJardins

James M. DesJardins holds a B.M. from SUNY College at Buffalo and a M.M. from SUNY College at Fredonia, both in Music Education. He has also earned specialized certifications from the University of St. Thomas and from SUNY Buffalo, in Orff-Schulwerk and Music Learning Theory, respectively. He teaches classroom music and chorus in the Frontier School District in Upstate New York.

James is involved in the music education community on the local, state and national level. He was the recipient of the 2017 Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/Erie County Music Educators Association Award for Excellence in Music Education. He has served as a board member for his local chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and is a Classroom Music Festival Co-Chair for the Erie County Music Educators Association. James is the composer in residence for the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus. He is a frequent honors ensemble adjudicator, guest conductor, conference presenter and collegiate guest lecturer on the topic of elementary music education and choral studies.

James remains active in many creative endeavors. He is a published composer with Carl Fischer Music and Boosey and Hawkes. He has been a church musician and soloist for nearly 3 decades. In addition to being a Music Together Dad, James is our newest teacher, having participated in a 10 week apprenticeship with Colleen Croce and completing his Music Together Teacher Training with the curriculum coauthor, Dr. Lili Levinowitz, in July of 2017. He enjoys exploring his city with his wife, Julienne and their son, Luke.

     
photo Kristen Norton-Null

Known to hundreds of children as "Miss Kristen", co-director of "The Family Room" in Amherst, Kristen joins us with over 20 years of experience working with young children. Adding Music Together to her repertoire has added another layer of education to share with children and parents. Kristen received her MS in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from Buffalo State College. “Miss Kristen” believes music and rhythm is an actual intelligence and the cornerstone to children's learning. Kristen has also been sharing her vocal talent both on and off the stage since the age of 7. She has sung professionally and recorded with local musicians in Buffalo, Boston and Los Angeles for Capitol Records. Kristen completed her Introductory and Advanced Music Together in training along with a 3 month apprenticeship with Betty and has been a registered Music Together teacher since April 2009. Now, several years later, she is more in love with the songs and experience Music Together brings to children and families. 

     
photo Colleen White

Colleen started her journey as a Music Together mom when her oldest child was 6 months old and fell in love with the program. Music was an important part of her childhood, and as she grew she took piano and vocal lessons for years and was involved in choral ensembles and musical theatre. Colleen holds a Master of Education in Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Northern Arizona University. She has a variety of teaching experiences, and in Spring of 2014 she completed her Music Together Teacher Training and 3 month apprenticeship with Betty. In addition to teaching Mixed-Age classes, Colleen also teaches Music Together In School at the Amherst Nursery School under the direction of Betty's Music Together. She loves being silly, having fun with preschoolers and seeing families have music in their lives! She lives in Amherst with her husband, three kids and two dogs.

     
photo Inga Yanoski

Music has surrounded Inga since birth, having been born into a Latvian heritage, rich with folksongs that her parents sang and played for her. Inga started playing violin at age 4, and hasn't stopped! She has a Bachelors degree in Violin Performance from Ithaca College, and a Masters in performance from SUNY StonyBrook. Inga is not only a performer, but has years of teaching experience in various capacities. She often serves as a substitute violinist for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and you can also find her in the orchestra pit at Shea's Performing Arts Center. Inga also loves to sing and play guitar and piano, and has been in several folk/rock groups.  Currently, you can also find Inga touring with 10,000 Maniacs. Inga completed her Music Together training with Dr. Lili Levinowitz in April of 2014, and has completed her apprenticeship with Betty Corona. She has fallen in love with Music Together, and is excited about being a part of the Music Together family. She lives in North Buffalo, with her husband and three children.