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 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 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! 

     
photo Nicole Van Giesen

Nicole Van Giesen is very excited to be back teaching Music Together after 5 years. She was most recently seen onstage as a standby for adult Alison and Helen in the Broadway production of Fun Home the Musical at Circle in the Square.  Other Broadway and Off-Broadway credits: Cabaret at Studio 54, The Wild Party, the original Last Five Years. In addition to being mommy to two cool kids, she teaches piano and ukulele as well as voice/acting from her home. A NJ certified teacher, she has her own business as an early childhood educational consultant: www.nicolechildcare.com  

     
photo 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! 

     
photo Becky Gulsvig

Becky Gulsvig is a Broadway actress, most recently seen in School of Rock, who enjoys teaching and directing children in the greater Maplewood/South Orange area. In addition to her Broadway work, she has traveled the country as a working actor/singer/dancer and taught many master classes for colleges and universities along the way. Becky enjoys singing the National Anthem at sporting events and has done this for many professional teams but sings most often for her personal favorite, the NY Rangers. She lives in Maplewood with her husband, daughter and golden retriever.