Our Teachers Rock!
  • All of our teachers are passionate about music and the development of children.
  • All of our teachers are professional musicians and experienced educators.
  • They create a fun, informal setting, that spurs engagement, and supports each child's music development.
  • Families love their warmth, enthusiasm, and the expertise they bring to each class.

All Photography by Photographer Michael Manning!   Check out Michael on Facebook!
Michael  has also photographed several GroovyBabyMusic families for portraiture who rave about his work!


Laura Sabini, Director


Laura Sabini grew up in a musical family where parties became jam sessions. She has sung various types of music including gospel, classical, musical theater, and a cappella, but her heart lies in jazz. A graduate of Trinity College in Psychology, Laura focused on counseling children. While living in Italy Laura continued to work with children, always using music as an educational tool. Upon returning to USA, Laura created Groovy Baby Music, combining her love of children with her passion for music. Using original jazz and blues songs, she taught interactive music education throughout the Boston area. With the success of Groovy Baby Music, Laura was eager to train with the Center for Music and Young Children and began teaching Music Together® in Cambridge and Brookline in 2000. Over the years, she has continued her commitment to offering the best in music education to the community: training teachers, and expanding in Cambridge, Brookline, Boston, Somerville, Charlestown, Southie, and Dorchester. Now the scope widens beyond Music Together, as GroovyBabyMusic offers new programs: Canta Y Baila Conmigo, Rhythm Kids, and Radiant Child Yoga. She continues her commitment to bringing positive music experiences to EVERY child: offering sliding scale tuition, countless scholarships, and performances pro-bono in the community. While Laura's directorial duties beckon, her favorite place continues to be in the GroovyBabyMusic classroom: seeing her teacher's excel, children dancing, parents singing, families experiencing The Joy of Family Music®....she can only beam!

Vanessa Trien


Portraiture by Photographer Michael Manning

Vanessa Trien comes to the Music Together® family after 13 years of experience performing as a singer and songwriter and working in the field of music education. After earning her Masters from Harvard University, she taught music at Cambridge Montessori School. Recently, she has produced various arts festivals around the Boston area. Now a mother herself, of 5 year old Ellis, and baby Laila, Vanessa is excited to share her love of music with families in the community. Check out Vanessa's CD of her original music, entitled, "Wash Away," at vanessatrien.com Vanessa enrichens her classes with her original kids songs. Her fabulous CD's of children’s music has won numerous awards and praise from parents and children alike. Check out HOT AIR BALLOON. Vanessa's second CD, "Carnival Day" has also gotten rave reviews! Now her new CD "Bubble Ride", is another HIT!

PARENTS' PRAISE FOR VANESSA

Julie Rama Winslow


Portraiture by Photographer Michael Manning

Julie Rama has spent most of her life surrounded by music. She grew up in a
family of musicians, and was staging renditions of "The Sound of Music" in
her livingroom by age 5. After college, she was on her way to becoming an
opera singer, when she realized that she wanted to use her musical talents
in other ways. She recorded a CD of original songs and began performing at
clubs around the Boston area. Meanwhile, she also took a teaching position
at Echo Falls Preschool in Newton, MA, realizing that she could use music to
inspire and educate her preschoolers. Over the next eight years, Julie
learned many different ways to talk about and involve the children in music.
Her funky and downright goofy style is contagious; it helps her to draw her
students in and allows them to express their own musical creativity.
Currently, Julie is the music specialist at Echo Falls, plays in a folk/funk
band called Smooch, and spends lots of time "rocking out" with her sons Elias & Kai.

PARENTS' PRAISE FOR JULIE!

Jeff Jam


Portraiture by Photographer Michael Manning

Jeff Jam is a friendly, goofy guy that sings and performs children's songs for kids of all ages. He travels all over Massachusetts, New England and the world with his acoustic guitar, bringing songs and smiles to children everywhere. Born in Massachusetts, Jeff Jam grew up watching Sesame Street, reading Dr. Seuss, and listening to The Beatles. Three of his favorite things are books, music and baseball. When he gets to sing Take Me Out To The Ballgame in a library, Jeff is in heaven.Jeff Jam’s debut CD, "Grin Happy Goofy Style," is now available. Containing 16 fun tunes (classic kids songs and originals) you will find yourself singing and dancing along, and playing it again…and again…and again! He is now working on his second CD, "Elephant Shoes!" Jeff leads a Sing-A-Long every Thursday morning from 11–11:30, at theStella Bella toy store in Porter Square,Cambridge. CHECK OUT THE MUSIC OF JEFF JAM!

PARENTS' PRAISE FOR JEFF!

Krissy Price


Portraiture by Photographer Michael Manning

Krissy Price comes from Boise, Idaho, where she grew up performing music from a very early age. She started her first band at the age of 8, and has been an avid performer ever since. Through high school and college, she participated in many plays and musicals, and developed a love of musical theater. When she’s not teaching at Groovy Baby Music, she works as a private music instructor in voice and piano, teaching all ages and abilities. Krissy has her BA in Vocal Performance from Albertson College of Idaho. She was also awarded the Jazz Vocalist of the Year there in 2006. She moved to Boston in the fall of 2006 to begin graduate work at Boston Conservatory for voice. She also works as a Music Director for Reunion Church in downtown Boston, and in the evenings, sings in an acoustic band called Tin Can Tele. They frequently perform around Boston, Cape Cod and parts of New Hampshire and are currently putting together an EP to be released. Krissy loves that she spends her day surrounded by music and children, and is thrilled to be a part of the Groovy Baby Music Family!

PARENTS PRAISE FOR KRISSY!

Laetitia Lutts


Portraiture by Photographer Michael Manning

Laetitia Lutts, MT-BC, a Boston native, is the youngest of seven children who grew up with music all around her! Whether it was one of her siblings singing, playing the piano or bass or her dad singing gregorian chant, music has always played a huge roll in her life! She began playing piano and singing at a very young age, and continued her music studies in college as a both a vocal performance and music therapy major at Marylhurst University in Oregon. During school, she participated in numerous practicums at various settings, including a preschool, and a 6 month internship at Shriners Hospitals for Children at Boston. She is a board certified music therapist, specializing in working with individuals with special needs. She has worked at Manchester Community Music School in New Hampshire, providing both 1:1 and group sessions for children with disabilities, including autism. Currently, she provides group music therapy sessions for the "L.A.B.B.B. Collaborative," specifically their elementary autism and Life Skills programs. She has had experience working with children of all ages with varying abilities, and is excited to bring her music therapy experience into the groovy baby music classroom! Outside of music therapy, she is a professional musician who writes, sings and plays piano for the local Boston band, Tik Tok. She looks forward to the wonderful experience of helping your children discover the amazing world of music! Check out Laetitia's band on facebook

PARENT'S PRAISE FOR LAETITIA!

Barbara Brousal


Portraiture by Photographer Michael Manning

Barbara Brousal is a singer and songwriter who recorded and toured for seven years with the family folk band, Dan Zanes and Friends. Her original composition, “Queremos Bailar,” appears on their Grammy nominated album House Party. She has also released three CDs of original material, Breathing Down Your Neck (‘96), Pose While It Pops (‘00), and Just About Perfect (‘02). Barbara taught Spanish for 12 years in New York City before moving to Massachusetts. She now lives in Newton with her harmonica playing daughter, drum playing step-daughter and banjo learning husband. CHECK OUT BARBARA's MUSIC HERE!
PARENTS PRAISE FOR BARBARA

Ashley Farrell Korecki


Portraiture by Photographer Michael Manning

Music has been a part of Ashley's life for as long as she can remember. Growing up on Long Island, she would watch musicals and Disney movies, learning the songs and singing them in front of anyone who would listen. Ashley started writing songs of her own while she was still a small child. She went to Berklee College of Music and released her album, "Hear Me Out", before graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Songwriting. Ashley spent a few years in Nashville, Tennessee and signed with SESAC as one of their writers within weeks of her arrival. When Ashley isn't teaching for Groovy Baby Music, you'll find her attending Music Together classes with her son Shane. Ashley loves being on "both sides of the guitar", leading families in musical play and participating as Shane's mommy! You can also find Ashley working on her next album, blogging on her website, leading worship for the children at her church, and trying to raise awareness about Mercy Ministries- a non-profit organization that helps young girls find freedom from addictions, eating disorders, self-harm, and abuse. Ashley has been a proud partner of Mercy Ministries since 2010. Check out Ashley's music at www.ashleyfarrellmusic.com

PARENS PRAISE FOR ASHLEY

Jessica Labus



Jessica Labus is originally from Buffalo, NY where she grew up actively involved in musical theatre. She began learning guitar at age 14 and quickly thereafter began writing her first songs and performing as a vocalist. At 18 she moved to Manhattan to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. After graduating from the conservatory she spent a year as an actress doing an indie film, cable commercials and a way off broadway show. During this time she learned that it was the ability to express herself and her creativity that drove her to perform and encourage authentic expression in others. This belief is what inspires her teaching, that to empower children and adults alike we must teach them the skills to express themselves artistically and creatively. Jessica decided to pursue her music full time in New York at the age of 21. She released her first album, Mirrors in 2009. She has taught private lessons and worked as a songwriting coach for the past five years as well as touring as a solo act and with other bands as a back up vocalist around the country. Jessica has a B.F.A in Musical Theatre from the New School in Manhattan. She&S217;s currently working on recording her next studio album, playing shows, writing for other artists, and learning French. Jessica is very excited and grateful to be a part of Groovy Baby Music and can not wait to share the experience with your family!

Check out a video teaching preschoolers her ORIGINAL song!

Sam Hammerman



Sam Hammerman has always had a deep love of music and its potential for
expressing great joy, beauty and freedom. His musical journey began at age 6
when he started playing the drums being entranced by seeing a friend play.
All through his youth he played in local jazz bands and studied music. In
high school, Sam became absorbed by the sounds of classic rock, and he truly
found his voice with the guitar, singing and writing songs. He continued his
musical education at Berklee College of Music, studying Professional Music for
several years. In 2008, he felt the call to move to Austin, TX and he immersed
himself in the vibrant creative community there. Sam played as a solo artist,
released his first solo album, and played guitar for several local artists. It
was there that he began dedicating himself to teaching music, at preschools
with Opus One Music, and also with private guitar lessons, and he discovered
a great passion for sharing his love of music with kids. Sam recently moved
back to the Boston area and is continuing teaching and performing here. He
is very excited to be joining the GroovyBabyMusic team and have the chance to
inspire and share the joy of music with your family!

Check out Sam's original music on his CD here!

Maddie Welch



Madeleine (Maddie) de Matteis Welch is the founder/creator of CANTA Y BAILA CONMIGO; our Spanish music and movement program for children! She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Early on in life she developed her interest in music, theatre and languages. Maddie obtained her B.A. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and her Masters in Bilingual Education from Boston University. She then worked as a bilingual teacher at the preschool and elementary levels in Chelsea and Framingham, Massachusetts for over 10 years. During that time she performed with Soundstage7, a mixed-voice a cappella vocal band. Maddie is currently a registered Music Together nstructor and teaches after school Spanish classes, in addition to CANTA Y BAILA CONMIGO. She is the mother of two bilingual children ages 5 and 8. CANTA Y BAILA CONMIGO is the product of Maddie's passion for music, her vocation as a teacher and her personal commitment to transmit her language and culture to the next generation. We are thrilled to have Maddie join the GroovyBabyMusic family!

Yadriane De Angel



Yadriane De Angel has been enjoying singing since the age of 9 years old, participating
in live Jazz bands, in Puerto Rico, where she was born and raised. She has been
surrounded by music her entire life, with her fathers innate talent and musical influence
as a self-taught drummer/percussionist, she inherited his love for percussion; which has
helped her become a self-taught, singer-songwriter, drummer/percussionist and
passionate performer. In 2006 she and her father started their Jazz band Yadriane y Los
Kestamos, performing all around the island, sharing their love of music and diverse
repertoire of Jazz, Rock & Cha Cha Cha. Music has been her personal therapy and
guidance through her life, being exposed to various styles such as: Classic Rock & Roll,
Jazz, Blues, Bossa Nova, Latin, Reggae and World Music. Yadriane has attended Brain
Gym workshops in Puerto Rico, which has inspired her to pursue her career in education
for children. In 2013, she was awarded a Vocal and Songwriting & Composition
scholarship, and is currently attending Berklee College of Music for her Bachelors
Degree in Music Therapy. She loves teaching Canta Y Baila Conmigo for GroovyBabyMusic!

Maria Luisa Cartagena



Maria Luisa Cartagena was born and raised in Puerto Rico where she began her musical studies in the San Juan Children’s Choir when she was 8 years old. In the choir she began playing her main instrument, the flute, at age 11 and rapidly became a part of her musical upbringing. As a member of the choir for a total of 8 years, Luisa traveled around Europe, South America and major cities in the United States participating in various festivals as a chorister and flute accompanist/soloist. At the age of 15, she decided to leave her island and pursue music at the Interlochen Arts Academy where she graduated with high honors. Flute performance was her intended path and so she went to Longy School of Music, but two years after she realized that she needed to do something more with her music making. Drawing inspiration from her work at her grandmother’s daycare back in Puerto Rico where she worked for several summers, she decided that music education was the way to go. Therefore, Luisa graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in a combination of Music Education and Performance: her two passions in life. Having completed her first bachelor’s degree and about to start her graduate studies in Music Education at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Luisa is an active music educator, recording session player, and performs with various chamber ensembles around the greater Boston area. She couldn't be happier to teach Canta Y Baila Conmigo for GroovyBabyMusic!

Chris Belden



Chris Belden grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and started his musical journey on the saxophone at nine years old. He studied at Berklee College of Music with renowned instrumentalists like Dino Govoni, Ricordo Monzon and David Fiucczyski. Chris plays saxophone, flute, and percussion for a wide variety of groups and organizations including; the Emerson College music theatre department, the Boston Ballet’s Adaptive Dance Program for children with Down Syndrome and he performs locally with All of the Animals, the Gary Backstrom Band, the Grass Gypsys, and the Excited People. Chris is creative, fun and helps children discover their own creative energy! We are excited to have Chris teaching Rhythm Kids classes for GroovyBabyMusic!

Jennifer Schreiner



Jennifer was diagnosed with Lupus at age 15 and depends on her daily yoga practice to keep free of arthritis. She also practiced yoga through her pregnancy (and credits pranayama for helping her make it through a 36 hour labor!). Jennifer majored in Women’s Studies at Mount Holyoke College and studied Homebirth Midwifery at Seattle Midwifery School. Prior to teaching yoga, Jennifer worked in non-for-profit womens health care in both cities and rural areas. She is also a certified birth doula. She completed the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in autumn of 2005 and the 200 hour Body Awakening Yoga Teacher Training in the summer of 2009 and is currently working towards 500 hour certification with Radiant Child Yoga. Jennifer has been teaching adults in the Boston area for the past 6 years and is excited to offer the wonderful benefits of yoga to children for GroovyBabyMusic. A skilled teacher, Jen has helped positively influence the lives of children in Roxbury and Dorchester through yoga. Jen is also our operations manager and a vital part of the GroovyBabyMusic team. Having lived in New Jersey, New York, Cape Cod, Vermont, California, Maine and England she might be settled in Boston. She lives with her husband and her GroovyBaby daughter in Dorchester.

Ariana Corradi



Singer-Songwriter, Actress and Dancer, Ariana Corradi was born in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2011, she decided to move to Boston in order to focus her studies in Music at Berklee College of Music where she majored in Performance and Songwriting and pursued a minor in Drama. This experience helped her combine all her previous studies into an integral one.
As part of a dynamic Jazz duet, she performed in multiple arenas such as in weddings, art galleries and other artistic venues.
In addition she was part of several casts performing Musical Theatre in Buenos Aires and in Boston. Now she forms part of the Lexington Players, where she develops the character of Ilse in the popular show "Spring Awakening".
Ariana also performs her original music in Berklee venues such as Berk Hall and David Friend.
She also performs in the Marriot Hotel Courtyard where you can listen to her Jazz repertoire style.
Ariana has a deep connection to music and believes that teaching is the best way transmit her knowledge to others. Teaching Canta y Baila Conmigo for GroovyBabyMusic has enabled Ariana to share her love of the beautiful spanish language and music, with children and families...what's more gratifying and fulfilling than that?