Our Teachers

ESWS Music Together® teachers are the cream of the crop! They've been on Broadway, in touring companies, played instruments, danced, and have sung the world over. They are passionate about music and, more importantly, about supporting your child's musical journey.

photo Deanna deCampos, Exec Dir/Owner

Deanna began teaching Music Together in 1992 and founded West Side Music Together in early 1993. Deanna has performed as both actor and singer on stages throughout the country and can occasionally be spotted performing on stage with her husband, tenor saxophonist Ned Otter. In 2009, she co-founded the emerging non-profit organization ArtStrides with three other Music Together colleagues. Deanna still loves to teach weekly, even after 22 years! She has taught Infants, Mixed-ages, Preschool, Big Kids, Intergenerational, Outreach, and Guitar for Grown-ups classes.

Along with being at the helm at this center, Deanna is also the Director of Educational Services for Music Together's international headquarters, overseeing teacher education worldwide. She holds Certification Level II status for outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education. B.Mus., NYU; M.F.A. from The Actors Studio at New School for Social Research; Orff Certification Level I; Dalcroze Eurythmics studies. Member: NAEYC and NAfME.

photo Fleur Dobbins, Dir of Ed

Fleur grew up in Ft. Worth, Texas, received her BFA in acting from Southern Methodist University as well as Shakespeare intensive study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and has lived and worked as a professional actress in NY, LA and London. In 2010, Fleur was asked to take one of her “kids” to his Music Together® class. It was the perfect fit and she began teaching in Manhattan (ESWS Music Together) as well as New Jersey (Music Play Studios) with a hop over to Austin, TX (Heartsong Music) in 2013. Her love of singing, acting and dancing began at a very early age often called a Pied Piper trouncing around the neighborhood with troops of kids leading them in songs, plays and games. Otherwise, she could be heard belting out favorite show tunes or her own made up songs. Soon after, formal training began with acting, voice, ballet, tap & percussion lessons.

Professionally she has taught voice, acting and dance and has directed and choreographed musical theatre productions for A Creative Space, an after-school enrichment program and as performance and vocal coach to aspiring pop stars at the Hollywood Pop Academy. Music Together has awarded her Certification Level II status for outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education. Fleur is the Associate Artistic Director of the Storm Theatre and is married to Artistic Director of The Storm Theatre Company, Peter Dobbins. www.FleurAlysDobbins.com

photo Abby C. Smith

A native southerner, Abby grew up singing family quartets and taking piano lessons. She received her first ukulele at the age of five and it was love at first strum. In high school, she played flute and piccolo in the band and always sang at every opportunity. Abby holds a BA in Vocal Performance from Harding University and an MM in Music Theatre from Oklahoma City University. She has worked in regional theaters, toured nationally, performed Off-Broadway, written and sung two cabaret shows, and appeared on national television. She loves performing and is a proud working actor and member of Actors' Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. Abby is currently playing the role of Mrs. Puff on Broadway in SpongeBob Squarepants The Musical. Abby has always loved children and is fascinated by the way they learn. She believes Music Together helps families plant the seed in their children to grow into wonderful musicians. She can't wait to help your children become the musicians they are born to be!

photo Alexis Hall

Alexis grew up in the rural, farm community of Lockney, Texas. Her mother would tell you she sang long before talking. While earning a BM in Vocal Performance, she was asked to attend a Music Together teacher training in Austin, Texas in 2007 (Heartsong Music). One round of “Hello, Everybody” and she was hooked. Alexis fell in love with the wonderful message Music Together brings to families: everyone is musical, and therefore music is for everyone! Alexis became a registered Music Together facilitator that weekend and brought Music Together to Wayland Baptist University’s Academy of Fine Arts. She taught there for three years and then earned her Certification I in 2010. In 2011, she completed her BM from Wayland Baptist University and continued to teach Music Together until her move to NYC in 2015. Prior to relocating to the city, Alexis was the Children’s Minister at First United Methodist Church in Plainview, Texas.

Her desire is for everyone to have the same musical experience she had while growing up – dancing and singing with her parents in the living room to whatever song came on the radio, “jamming” in the car, and making up silly songs in the bath tub. Music is a joy, and Alexis is so excited to share the joy of music with the families at ESWSMT in NYC!

photo Alicia Anthony

Alicia currently teaches at several Music Together centers including Eastside Westside Music Together, City Sounds Music Together, and in Chelsea. The multi-talented actor/singer/songwriter/graphic designer began her performing career in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan. During her high school years, she performed daily for children as part of a children's touring repertory theater. She also wrote and directed her first play and participated in various productions. Alicia relocated to New York City to pursue theater, later attending graduate school and winning a prestigious playwriting award. Alicia has also appeared in several soap operas. During the last decade and a half, Alicia has delighted audiences of all ages in a variety of interactive theatrical events including the long-running Off Broadway show "Murdered By The Mob."

Alicia's interest in music increased after moving to New York and she began performing as a jazz and R&B singer. She was the lead singer for several bands and has written numerous songs. During her time as a Music Together teacher, Alicia has thrilled children and adults alike with her creative, rhythmic, and funky style. With a background in dance, she also loves choreographing dances for her classes.

In 2008, Alicia became an entrepreneur. She taught herself the basics of graphic design and began creating designs for her slogans and concepts for imprintation on t-shirts, bags, greeting and note cards, and other items. Recently Alicia expanded her reach by starting a line of knit and crochet fashion accessories. She sells her graphic designs and handcrafted accessories online and at various craft markets in the New York area. This fall her line of crocheted hats and ear warmers will be in two stores in Michigan. A true artist, Alicia lives to create. She thanks her family for their unending support and is grateful she has been able to share her creative gifts with so many.

photo Bill Pace

Bill is a singer songwriter who has performed in numerous venues throughout NYC. His love of music began early when he would sit and listen to Beatles and Joe Cocker records on the family stereo. His older brothers introduced him to Jim Croce and Peter Frampton on 8-track and he was hooked. Bill began playing guitar as a teenager and still plays that same guitar in his classes (They don’t make them like that anymore). He began teaching Music Together in 2002 and can’t imagine doing anything else. Bill has two boys and has had the pleasure of being a parent in class as well as a teacher. After receiving a B.A. in Communications at Virginia Tech, Bill studied musical theater at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and Music History at City College of New York. Music Together Certification Level I.

photo Brooke Morris

Brooke comes from a family of musicians and teachers and is positive that being surrounded by music at such a young age lead her to pursuing performing and teaching. She will earn a BA in Music with a concentration in classical voice of May 2017. Brooke was introduced to Music Together growing up in Connecticut and has since participated in many classes not just a teacher but as a nanny with little-one in tow. Brooke is looking forward to bringing fun, silliness, and music to children and families of NYC!

photo Danny Mahon

Danny started performing professionally at age 7 and has appeared on Broadway alongside Angela Lansbury and has been featured in various recordings for Playskool, as well as numerous national commercials including Toys ‘R’ Us and Campbells. Danny has also recorded with Bob McGrath of Sesame Street and Yoko Ono. He has been teaching Music Together for over twenty years in both parent/child classes and in preschool and pre-k settings. B.A. in Theatre, Fordham University. The Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ has awarded him Music Together Certification Level II status for outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education. Danny also speaks at national conferences as an early childhood music educator.

photo Elizabeth Pojanowski

Elizabeth is a New York based opera singer and teacher who grew up in New Jersey, and has been living and performing all over the country since she graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in voice and a masters in music from University of Cincinnati’s CollegeConservatory of Music. As an apprentice with Seattle Opera, she went into the schools and performed parts of Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” alongside the kids, as well as “Hansel and Gretel”. Playing the role of the wicked stepsister in Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” with New York City Opera’s outreach program for the last 3 years is definitely a fun career highlight. She has sung roles and chorus parts with many companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, and is incredibly excited to bring her lifelong joy of music to young children. www.ElizabethPojanowski.com

photo Elizabeth Richter

Liz is a New York City based musician. She holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Westminster Choir College and is a member of the professional choir, The Same Stream, directed by James Jordan.  Liz has performed with both The Westminster Williamson Voices and Westminster Symphonic Choir where she sang with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center and Alice Tully Hall. For the past 8 years, Liz has had the pleasure to work with children of all ages, including directing children at the Philipstown Depot Theater, and providing child care for families.  Liz loves combining her two passions, music and working with children, into her work as a Music Together teacher, and supporting the musical journey of all children!

photo Kirsten Hopkins

Kirsten has worked as a professional actor and singer for more than a decade in regional theaters around the country. She grew up in Southern California, where she attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and later lived in Seattle where she got her BFA in Theater from Cornish College of the Arts. She has many years of experience as a nanny and babysitter (and has attended many Music Together classes here in NYC with kid-in-tow!) and has also worked as an acting teacher for kids. She is a member of Actors Equity Association and very happy to be part of the Music Together community. Music Together has awarded her Certification Level I status for outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education. You can go to her website, www.kirstenhopkins.com, to read more about her acting career and see pictures of her being very goofy, which is one of her areas of expertise!

photo Liz Asti

Liz comes from a long line of musicians and teachers. She is positive that constant musical reinforcement from her family instilled a love of music and theatre which led her a career in performing and teaching. She holds a BA from Bucknell University in Music with an emphasis in classical vocal performance and a BA in Theatre with an emphasis in acting. She also holds a MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. She has her own studio, "Let's Start with Liz Asti" (www.letsstartwithlizasti.com) which teaches adult theatre performers the fundamentals of music theory. You may have seen her on The Sing Off - Season 4 on NBC with her a cappella group Element. She has performed in plays and musicals all across the country and especially loves premiering new works. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Greg, and their cat, Bea Arthur. www.lizasti.com

photo Martina Weidenbaum

With 20 years of dance, voice, theater and performance experience, Martina is excited to bring her passion for music to children through Music Together. While receiving a BA in Ethnomusicology from Barnard College, Columbia University, Ms. Weidenbaum became fascinated in the correlation between young people and a rich musical culture. She has studied Spanish, Italian, German, French and Hebrew and has traveled to over 16 countries, spending significant time in Scotland, Israel, Germany and Italy. She is a professionally trained dancer and opera singer and has had singing engagements in multiple international cities including Chicago, Boston, New York, Florence, and Edinburgh. Ms. Weidenbaum has also spent significant time in the classroom as a leader and educator in various public and private schools throughout New York City.

photo Mia De Jesus

Mia began singing at the age of eight and soon realized she was destined to pursue music. Having graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in Professional Music, Mia has been recording music and singing with local bands through high school and college. We're thrilled to have Mia with us as she brings her warmth and passion for children, families, and Music Together. She's also the mommy to two lovely girls, Sofia and Vivianna.

photo Sandy Wilson

Sandra Dianne (Sandy) is a New York based actor. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Music Theater from Westminster Choir College, as well as an MFA in Acting from the Actor's Studio Drama School. Sandy has also had the privilege of singing at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center here in New York, and at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia with the Westminster Symphonic Choir. In addition to being a Music Together teacher, she also teaches preballet at Ballet Academy East on the Upper East side. Sandy is very excited to make music with the families of Eastside Westside Music Together! www.sandradiannewilson.com

photo Stacie Levy

Stacie Levy is an opera singer, pianist and songwriter.  Being a part of a musical family, she developed a passion for music at a very early age.  She graduated with a BA in Music/Vocal Performance from Hartwick College in 2004 and since then she has sung internationally, as well as at multiple musical venues all over NYC and Long Island. Stacie fell in love with Music Together while talking to a family friend who was a teacher for the program  and then she was hooked!  She loves working with children and is passionate about sharing the joys of music with them as well as the adults who participate with them in class.  She enjoys teaching immensely and is thrilled to part of the Music Together Program. She currently lives in NJ with a guitar, a piano and her adorable cat Mozart.

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