Teachers

Music Together® 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 Loulou - Director

Louise-Marie Mennier (aka Loulou) trained classically, but has spent most of her career working in Musical Theatre, both on Broadway and touring across Canada and the US in shows such as Phantom of the Opera. She studied vocal performance at McGill University in Montreal and Music Theatre on full scholarship at the Banff Center for the Performing Arts. Based in New York City for many years, she performed on Broadway in the Hal Prince Tony Award winning revival of Showboat. She also performed frequently off-Broadway as a bilingual member of UBU Repertory Theatre. She currently sings with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus - the official chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and has been a soloist with the Claflin Symphony Orchestra as well as the Boston Pops under Keith Lockhart.

Louise-Marie became a registered Music Together teacher in 2004 and has taught at centers throughout Boston.
In August 2008, she was awarded Music Together Certification Level I Status, having demonstrated outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education. The award was granted by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ, Kenneth K. Guilmartin, Founder/Director.

Loulou also does great musical birthday parties!

     
photo Greg Nikitas

Greg Nikitas earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications/Media in 2008. He has been working with children for the past four years. He toured Massachusetts for three summers performing Aesop's Fables and the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales with the Central Mass Repertory Theatre as an actor, singer and dancer. He also fronts the popular children's band, Flooky and the Beans (www.flooky.com). Greg studied voice for two years at the Indian Hill Music School. He has been playing music professionally as a solo acoustic artist for the past few years. Greg learned to play the guitar at the age of nine and currently teaches guitar lessons. Families have raved about his groovin' style!

Greg's energy is contagious and inspires children to enjoy music as much as he does!

     
photo Julia Priest

Julia Priest has been teaching Music Together and directing in Newton for 14 years. She came to early childhood music and movement teaching through her own son's toddler years when she discovered that the Music Together curriculum was richer and more satisfying than any other mommy-and-me class she could find. She has degrees from Yale, Boston University, and Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, including a Masters of Music and a Masters of Science; she also holds certifications in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Orff Schulwerk, and Music Together Teaching Mastery, Level II. In class she plays guitar, recorder, or drum; voice is her primary instrument.  

For fun, Julia dances Lindy Hop, Blues, Argentine Tango, Salsa, or any other social dance that presents itself. Just ask, she'll drag you out dancing too.