Canalside Music Together
CMT teachers are awesome. They’ve performed all over the world, are current music therapists, elementary school teachers…and they love what they do. They are passionate about music and, more importantly, about supporting your child's musical journey.
Esther is an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, director, and mom to four beautiful children. She began teaching Music Together in 2002 and founded Canalside Music Together in the fall of 2003. Esther has performed on stages throughout the country such as Main State Theatre (Ain't Misbehavin'), North Carolina Theatre (Dreamgirls), and Sacramento Music Circus (The Music Man, Pirates of Penzance). She was also in the West End cast of Show Boat directed by Harold Prince. Locally, Esther has appeared on the stages of JCC CenterStage, Blackfriars Theatre, Webster Theatre Guild, Lady Parts Theatre Company, Method Machine, and Out of Pocket Theatre Company. She has also appeared in various local commercials (sometimes even a billboard!). Although Esther grew up in Los Angeles, she has been an east coaster for most of her adult life, receiving her BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University and living in NYC as a professional actor for thirteen years. Esther holds Music Together Certification Level II status for outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education.
Megan is a local performer, arts marketer, writer, and educator. Megan received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Nazareth College in 2015. When not at CMT, she works as the Marketing & Outreach Manager at Blackfriars Theatre, and as a music adjudicator for RBTL's Stars of Tomorrow program. A regular performer in Rochester's theatre scene, she has performed in numerous productions at JCC CenterStage and Blackfriars. As a writer, her work has been selected for Writers and Books/Geva's 2 Pages 2 Voices Festival and Rochester Fringe Festival's 24 Hour Play Festival (2017 & 2018). She performed regularly with the Nazareth College Opera Workshop while in school, and attended Si Parla Si Canta - a six week Italian language and opera program in Urbania, Italy. She resides happily in the Laurelton neighborhood, and is grateful to be a part of the Canalside Music Together team!
Leah Creary has been making music for most of her life, starting piano lessons at 8 and voice lessons at 14. She then went on to Westminster Choir College, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Musical Theater. In addition to being a Music Together teacher, Leah is also a Board-Certified Music Therapist, obtaining her graduate degree from Nazareth College. She works both at Rochester Psychiatric Center and as a private practice therapist when she's not teaching at Music Together. She is so happy to be part of the CMT team and can't wait to make music with all of you!
Philip has been involved with music for almost his entire life. While growing up in Iowa, he sang in church, was in choir through his senior year of college, played saxophone in band, and was and still is involved with many musicals. He received his Bachelors Degree in Musical Theatre Performance from Waldorf College in 2016. While at Waldorf, Philip was involved with the main choir and the smaller vocal ensemble, Schola Cantorum. He served as a council member for the choir for one year, as well as being the tenor section leader for two years. Philip also had the great pleasure of co-directing his senior year Musical Theatre Showcase for the theatre department. Philip is heavily involved in the Rochester theatre scene, performing on the stages of RAPA and Blackfriars Theatre. Philip is extremely excited to join the Canalside Music Together team!
Maggie became a registered Music Together® teacher while she completed her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood education at UConn. She received her Masters degree in Music Therapy from Nazareth College and completed her Music Together Certification Level I training. Currently, Maggie is a music therapist for the Brockport Central School District. She plays guitar, violin and piano. Maggie lives in Fairport with her husband and son.
Tara is a board certified music therapist and a registered Music Together teacher with Certification Level I training. She received a B.S. in Music Therapy and a B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Fredonia. While at Fredonia, Tara served as a teaching assistant for an Early Childhood Music Pedagogy course, giving music classes in the community to typical preschool students and preschool students with developmental disabilities. Tara is currently working as the music therapist for the Monroe #1 BOCES Extended School Year program. She plays the piano, guitar, ukulele, and various percussion instruments. Tara completed her Music Together training in New York City and taught in Fredonia, NY. She is thrilled to join the Canalside Music Together team.
Michelle received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Masters of Education from Nazareth College with concentrations in choral conducting and child vocal development. She is a registered Music Together teacher with Certification Level I training. Additionally, Michelle holds a Kodaly Level 1 Certification. Before the birth of her first child she taught Vocal/General Music and Chorus at the Canandaigua Primary/Elementary School for nine years. Michelle currently serves as the Secretary of the Brooks Hill Elementary School PTA Board, is the Co-Director of the Brooks Hill Theatre Company and volunteers as a Religious Education Catechist and Cantor for her family's parish. Michelle and her husband have two daughters and reside in Fairport.
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