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 Kelly Heinze

Director, Level 1 Certification: Kelly holds a B.F.A. in Theater Arts and a Masters degree in Education. As a member of Actor's Equity and AFTRA, she has toured in performances throughout the country and abroad. Kelly is also the proud mother of Zachary, Caleb, Amelia and Simone. 

     
photo Gillian Alexander

Gillian is a New Jersey native with a Master's Degree in Education from Mercy College. She grew up surrounded by music as her father was a musician and she played in the New Jersey Youth Orchestra as a teenager. Gillian loves to sing and dance and believes music is fundamental to life. She currently lives in Livingston with her husband Dan and children Moe and Jo Jo. 

     
photo Dina Cassidy

Dina studied Musical Theatre at the Boston Conservatory of Music and then studied acting at Circle in the Square. During her performing career, she performed around the country in regional theaters and on national Broadway tours. Dina's favorite role is her current role as mom to Kealy Ann.

     
photo Shona Roebuck

Shona is a recent graduate of Rutgers University with degrees in Theatre, Dance, Music and French. Over the years, she has done a lot of performing in various shows and has spent most of her youthful life working with children of all ages, teaching dance, theatre, and voice locally.  Shona is the founder and director of Morrow's Musical Theatre Camp in which children 4th through 8th grade have the opportunity to put on a production in one week to raise money for charity. Music has been a huge influence in Shona's life and she is very excited to have recently become a registered Music Together® teacher so that she can pass on the importance and love of music that has enriched her in her own life. 

     
photo Carmen Santos

Carmen has a Master's degree in vocal pedagogy from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She has sung at the Boston Lyric Opera and was the National Anthem singer for the Red Sox, Bruins and Patriots sports teams. Ms. Santos has also sung at the Tanglewood Music Institute in Lenox, MS where she was a student for two summers. Most recently, Carmen is a freelance singer and a stay at home mom to her two children, Patrick and Sabina. 

     
photo Elizabeth Southard Mau

Beth has worked extensively in musical theatre, on Broadway and in National Tours. Recently Beth starred on Broadway as Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, a role she performed in Vancouver, B.C. production and the National Tour. She was chosen by Harold prince to star as Magnolia in his latest revival of Showboat in the first National Tour. She was also seen Off-Broadway in Jack Eric William's Swamp Gas and Shallow Feelings as Sherlyn. Her list of credits go on. Beth has been a guest soloist with orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Anchorage Symphony, the Virginia Symphony and the Heartland Symphony.  She also toured throughout Germany and performed at the Opera Comique in Paris.  Beth received her degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College School of Music.  She received scholarship to study at the prestigious American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria and went on to place first in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition.  Beth is joyously married to actor Gary Mauer and plays Mommy to Nicholas and Eden--two Music Together graduates! 

     
  Juliann DiPietro-Renshaw

Julie has been a long time teacher for Music & More w/Kelly! After taking time away to pursue other opportunities, she has returned to share her joy of teaching children music. Julie has an extensive background in musical theatre, music education and special education. She is mom to Connor, Duncan and Hayley.

     
  Laura Brenden

Laura is a vocalist and a dancer and has studied voice and vocal performance at the New School & NYU.  She has performed in both fields locally and has experience in all aspects of the theater.  She loves to generate and appreciate musical responses in her two young children, both MT veterans!  She holds a BS in Foregin Service and an MBA and is fluent in Spanish.  Laura has been teaching Music Together in New York and New Jersey for 5 years and has recently become our voice on Facebook! 

     
  Emily Bauer

Emily owns and operates Acting with Emily, an acting studio for children in Maplewood. Please see her website for class information. 

www.actingwithemily.com

Emily is also a registered Music Together teacher, although she is not currently teaching that curriculum. Emily is the host and teacher of School Break Classes and Summer Camps offered jointly with Kelly Heinze and Music and More with Kelly. 

     
  Diane Di Croce