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 Winter



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.




Maggie MacArthur



Maggie has been a registered Music Together® teacher since 2013 when she completed her training while in Connecticut for her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood education at UConn. After completing her Bachelor's degree, Maggie received her Masters degree in Music Therapy from Nazareth College of Rochester. In  summer 2017, Maggie 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 O'Brien



Tara is a board certified music therapist and has been a registered Music Together teacher since the summer of 2014. She received a B.S. in Music Therapy and a B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Fredonia in the spring of 2016. 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 be joining the Canalside Music Together team.





Michelle Wagner



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.  Additionally, she 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.  Now that her youngest is attending kindergarten, Michelle is thrilled to join the CMT faculty and return to her first education.  Michelle and her husband have two daughters and reside in Fairport.


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