Our Teachers

EVERY TEACHER at Mommy, Music, & Me, inc. is passionate about music—and, more importantly, about supporting your child's musical journey. All have successfully completed the Music Together® Teacher Training developed by the Center for Music and Young Children® in Princeton, New Jersey, and continue to participate in professional development workshops. In addition, many of our teachers have participated in Music Together's Advanced Teacher Certification Program. Music Together teachers are specially trained in creating a relaxed, playful, non-performance-oriented setting which facilitates both the children's learning and their adults' participation.


 

 

photo Wendy DeAngelis

Wendy's vision for Mommy, Music & Me, inc., founded in 2003, is to provide a nurturing place for families to participate and support their children's musical, creative, social and academic journey of learning, in developmentally appropriate and fantastic ways. So many babies making music since 2003 have a deep love of music making and many have continued their love of music by participating in formal music education; school choirs, bands, and orchestras.

Wendy's journey to early childhood music education and exploration is a natural progression from all of her experience prior to motherhood. Every Mom wants the best for their child, and I want the best for your child as well.

After graduating S.U.N.Y. Binghamton with a B.A. in Theater Arts, with honors, she spent the next sixteen years performing professionally as an actress and singer internationally, nationally, in six New York Off-Broadway shows, in Cabarets, countless new musicals, commercials and voice-overs.  During her professional acting career she continued to study voice, acting and dance in New York. "Wendy Baila" DeAngelis is a member of AEA (Actor's Equity Association), SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild/ American Federation of Television and Radio Actors).

In addition to founding Mommy, Music, & Me, inc. and making Music Together with thousands of families throughout Queens, Wendy has been privileged to be a Music Educator in Queens and Long Island, NY at B'Above Head Start, Flushing Town Hall, The Samuel Field YM & YWHA, Countryside Montessori Day School, Not Just Art, Inc., and Beth Sholom Day Camp. Since teaching Music Together she has learned to play the guitar for her classes.

Awards: Music Together Certification Level II, having demonstrated outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy and parent education. The certificate was granted by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ, Kenneth K. Guilmartin, Founder/Director.

Recordings: "Chasing Rainbows", written by Nadine Scharman. This multicultural storybook and CD, is about a young girl and her flute, who travels around the world (with her Aunt), to find her own inner voice.  You may hear Wendy's voice as storyteller and singer as she narrates the book and plays every character the young girl meets on her worldwide musical journey .

Wendy:Center Director/Owner/Certified II Teacher-Mommy, Music & Me, inc.

photo Nini Reid

Nini Reid‘s passion for music started at a very early age and was fortunate to be born into a family of music lovers who nurtured her talents. Music is now and always has been a huge part of her life.

Throughout high school and college she sang and played with different recreational groups. Whether it was marching band, jazz band, chorus ect., she loved it all.

She is currently a member of the Queens College Choral Society and on her "off" time she participates in Community Theater. Nini is very versatile and no stranger to the theater whether it's on stage or behind the scenes. She has performed in, assisted the director of, and has stage managed for many different community theatre programs around Queens, NY. In 2000 she graduated from Mount Saint Vincent and holds a B.S. degree in Allied Health with a minor in Psychology.

Nini became a registered Music Together teacher in March 2007 and has been teaching ever since. She was awarded Music Together Certification Level I status and is very proud to be a member of this wonderful and inspirational program. Nini hopes the families that attend have a musically rich and playful experience.

photo Abby Smith

Abby is thrilled to be joining Music Together and Mommy, Music, & Me! A native southerner, she 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 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 Lorene Phillips

Lorene Phillips – comes to Music Together after having participated in two wonderful years of the program with her son.

She works as a private voice teacher in Manhattan and Queens, sings chorally and does commercial voice over work. She has performed with Syracuse Opera, Mohawk Valley, Opera Nova, Opera New York and Brooklyn Repertory Opera.

She has worked as a classroom music educator and choir director and holds a double degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Indiana University and a Master's in Vocal Performance from Syracuse University.

She is the founding producer of The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers found at http://www.contemporarymusicaltheatre.com/ which connects voice teachers and theatre professionals to new musical theatre songs and writers and is an avid supporter of contemporary opera and new musical theatre.

She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and Music Educator's National Conference. She is also a certified as a Somatic Voice Work™ teacher.

photo Alexia Tate

 

Alexia Tate is a registered Music Together teacher.

Alexia is a children's entertainer and Music Together parent living in Queens. She is the ukulele behind Story Garden, a musical storytime founded in Jackson Heights in 2012.

She has been performing on New York's off-off-Broadway and nightclub stages since 1997, and in 2009 she played Mrs. Howell in the the first national tour of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND: THE MUSICAL. Other favorite kid-friendly roles include the Queen in 13th St. Repertory's RUMPLE WHO? and the title role in Rising Sun's DOTTY DOT. Alexia has trained in NYC at Singers Forum and T. Schreiber Studio, and received the 2007 Andy Anselmo Achievement Award for Emerging Artists.