Our Teachers Rock!

Discover the GroovyBabyMusic Difference!

  • All of our teachers are passionate about music, movement,  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
photo Laura Sabini, Founder/Director GroovyBabyMusic

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. Laura grew up in Milton, Massachusetts where she sang from kindergarten to highschool. 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, Radiant Child Yoga, and GroovyGlee. 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! Laura loves teaching in Cambridge with the incredible jazz pianist Jiri Nedoma where parents and kids appreciate her inclusion of original songs, and Jiri's amazing chops!

     
Jiri Nedoma, Accompanist

Jiri Nedoma was born in Prague, Czech Republic. He began piano lessons at the age of five and was soon after introduced to wind instruments, which later led to his studies on the trombone. During his music studies, he became a member of the prominent Czech Radio Big Band, performing with many jazz and pop artists across Europe. Jiri was a finalist in Belgium's Jazz Hoeilaart International Contest as a member of the Ondrej Stveracek Quartet; he was also one of two selectees to represent the Czech Republic at the Visegrad Alliance meeting of four central European states. 


After receiving a significant scholarship from Berklee College of Music's World Scholarship Tour, Jiri left Prague for Boston, where he earned a bachelors degree in piano performance. He was awarded the Claire Beskind Award for outstanding achievement and contributions to the piano department. Following the completion of his studies at Berklee, Jiri received the Helena Foundation Presidential Scholarship to pursue his masters degree at the New England Conservatory, which he completed in May of 2013. While at Berklee and NEC, he studied with such jazz greats as Fred Hersch, Jerry Bergonzi, Joanne Brackeen, Jason Moran, Phil Wilson, and Hal Crook among others.

Jiri has collaborated with Grammy award-winner Terri Lyne Carrington, as well as Grammy nominees Donna McElroy and Armsted Christian. He has also made multiple recordings with renowned singers Gabrielle Goodman, Steve Santoro, Jeannie Gagne, Nadia Washington, and others. His recent recording with Polish-Cuban vocalist Yvonne Sanchez, "My Garden" was nominated for Album of the Year and Jazz Record of the Year in the Czech Republic.

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photo Julie Rama Winslow, Music Together Teacher

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!
Portraiture by Photographer Michael Manning

     
Jeff Jam, Music Together Teacher

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!
Portraiture by Photographer Michael Manning

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photo Barbara Brousal, Music Together Teacher

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
Portraiture by Photographer Michael Manning

     
Meredith Snyder, Music Together Teacher

Meredith Snyder grew up on a farm in rural Ohio and she started singing before she even started talking. Meredith began classical piano lessons when she was four years old and later studied classical voice and guitar. When she turned eighteen she moved to Boston where she studied at Berklee College of Music, and graduated in 2013. Meredith currently teaches private vocal, guitar, and piano lessons, and enjoys sharing her love of music with all of her students. When she isn't teaching she is playing electric guitar and signing lead in her funk-rock band, "ZILLA." Her unique vocal style and amazing guitar skills, will wow parents and children alike. Meredith is thoroughly looking forward to becoming a part of the GroovyBabyMusic team and to connecting with the wonderful families and little rockstars.

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photo Nicole Poulter, Music Together Teacher

Nicole Poulter, born and raised in Connecticut, was surrounded by music from a young age.  Before she could read, Nicole’s parents put her on stage in musicals, dance recitals and choirs, hoping to give her confidence and a community in which to socialize. Little did they know it would turn into a life-long career.  Nicole began performing professionally at at 12 when she was cast in the Goodspeed Opera House production of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Nicole’s passion for music and helping others led her to Berklee College of Music, where she studied Music Therapy, voice and psychology.  While at Berklee, Nicole gained experience working with multiple populations including, pediatric oncology, senior’s diagnosed with dementia, as well as children and adults with special needs. Her love for music therapy only drove her to further pursue performing. Nicole can be found performing with Boston’s Pop/Rock coverband, Crunchy Monkey, Boston’s post-collegiate A Cappella group, Vinyl Street, and teaching voice and piano at Bosse School of Music in Weymouth, MA. Nicole is excited to bring her music therapy experience, and passion for music to the Groovy Baby classroom!

     
Aubrey Haddard, Music Together Teacher

Vocalist and songstress Aubrey Haddard bridges the gap between new-wave r&b and old-school blues with timeless soul and effortless melody. Captivating audiences with a whiskey-soaked, sugar-coated voice that weaves itself in and out of groove-centric original music, performances  are refreshingly raw and hauntingly hypnotic. Born and raised in the Hudson River Valley of New York, AH now performs consistently throughout the North East. After high school, AH was given the opportunity to travel to Senegal, be placed with a host family and work at a local school with Global Citizen Year, shaping both her perspective and approach to music. In 2013 Haddard formed her own group, Breakfast for the Boys, and since they have been cultivating their own style of sound; rock&soul. Over the years B4TB has played hundreds of venues, released a 3-song EP, a first full album and is in the process of recording a second. It was at the same time that she also competed in the Hudson Valley Voice competition, placing second and pushing her forward on her way to Berklee College of Music. After relocating to Boston, Haddard won the Massachusetts Solo Artist of the Year award by Bridging the Music Productions and has become the front woman of both the Boston-based original funk group The New Review, as well as the neo-soul studio group, Sonomosaic. With the release of her debut solo EP "Adult Lullabies," AH joined by drummer Josh Strmic tour as the most eccentric New England-based duo. Now living in Cambridge, Aubrey is thrilled to join the GroovyBabyMusic team and continue to inspire children and adults alike to share in her love of music!

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photo Danielle Angeloni, Music Together Teacher

Danielle is a Singer/Songwriter, and Music Teacher. At 14, Danielle started writing original lyrics and melodies, and realized her passion for music as a career. In 2011 Danielle received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music, where she studied Vocal Performance and Songwriting in Boston, MA and Valencia, Spain. While in Spain, Danielle found her voice through Jazz and Improvisation. Since graduating in 2015, Danielle has co-founded the duo Ark with Alper Tuzcu, and leads her own solo project. Ark traveled to Youbloom Festival in Los Angeles and New York City's Sidewalk Cafe in addition to playing venues throughout Boston including Scampo Restaurant at the Liberty Hotel, Hard Rock Cafe, Fenmore Grill, and SOWA Summer Market. In August 2016 Ark released its first EP "Lately" which has been featured in music blogs, magazines, newspapers and on radio stations and television networks worldwide.  Danielle currently works towards a second degree in Music Therapy, and teaches voice, piano, guitar, ukulele and songwriting throughout Boston. Danielle’s debut EP, “Setting Fires” will be released September 2017.  Danielle strives to spread positivity and light in her writing, performing, teaching, and practice of Music Therapy. Having nannied for a family who were enthusiastic GroovyBabyMusic participants, Danielle became excited to study with the Center for Music and Young Children, and join the GroovyBabyMusic family! 

 

     
Natalie Renée, Music Together Teacher

Natalie Renée is a singer/songwriter originally from San Francisco, California. Growing up in a city filled with so much culture and music, creativity was everywhere. Two loving parents and a huge extended family, along with wonderful teachers and educational experiences, set a comfortable path for Natalie to express herself confidently and connect with music in every way she found, and continues to find, possible. She moved to Boston in 2012 to attend Berklee College of Music, and has been performing with her band, and best friends, Stains Of A Sunflower, for two years now. Post graduation, she gigs throughout New England and teaches private vocal lessons in Boston. She loves creating a sense of community and loves working with children, and all ages! Music is a language humanity has always found comfort in. Creating a safe space and love for honest expression of oneself is important, and exploring what art means to you is just the best! Confidence, love, respect, empathy, strength, and happiness. These are some of the key values music and art has brought, and continues to bring all of us! Introducing music early in a child’s life is a wonderful way to embrace joy and passion. Natalie's enthusiasm and commitment to give young children the positive musical experiences she enjoyed, is palpable to all of the families in her classes!

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photo Yadriane De Angel, Canta Y Baila Conmigo Teacher

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!

     
Juan Carlos Ruiz, Canta Y Baila Teacher

Juan Carlos Ruiz's story begins with the study of Venezuelan folk music. Later, as a violist, he was a founding member of the Youth Symphony Orchestra "Raimundo Pereira" (of “The Sistema”) in Venezuela. He studied lyrical and popular song with Masters William Alvarado and Inés Feo La Cruz. He has two records production, the first, named Por el Medio Oriente, it is an incredible musical project that fuses the sounds and rhythms prevalent in Middle Eastern music and culture and the second named Preludio y Coda, a romantic CD. He has performed concerts in several cities in the USA and other countries. He has been a performer of the Rumbarroco Ensemble in Boston. Also, Juan Carlos is Economist, Magister Scientiarum in Operation Research, MBA at INCAE Business School and TEDx Talk speaker. During 2010, when heavy rains left several families devastated in Venezuela, Juan Carlos thought of how he could personally help the affected population. He opted to choose the healing power of music, and volunteered his time to teach the children Cuatros, a Venezuelan guitar, so that they could find refuge in the music of their culture. A highlight was when the children were later able to sing and play the Venezuelan National Anthem. Juan Carlos now living in the USA, is grateful that through GroovyBabyMusic, he continues to share his love of music and Spanish-speaking cultures with the children and families of Greater Boston.   

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photo Vanessa Trien, Monkey Jump Music Party Founder

Vanessa Trien came to the GroovyBabyMusic 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.  Once a mother herself of Ellis and Laila, Vanessa taught Music Together in Brookline and for 9 years and loved sharing music with families in the community.  Vanessa has written and produced four award-winning CD's of children's music including: "Hot Air Balloon", "Carnival Day", "Bubble Ride", and her latest "Wonderful You!" She performs concerts and fetivals all over! Recently, Vanessa has taught music for BEEP, and Young Audiences, as well as preschools in the community. We are thrilled to pair up with Vanessa to offer our new music party class which features all of  Vanessa's original songs to get kids movin' and groovin'. There is also an overlapping  free play portion in between the two class times to foster community building! We are so excited to offer this special 6 week program created by Vanessa!
 

     
Jennifer Schreiner, Radiant Child Yoga Teacher

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&S217;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.

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photo Jill Kennally, Radiant Child Yoga Teacher

Jill was first introduced to yoga in 2004 and fell in love with it. While in between jobs, Jill started attended numerous yoga classes, and soon realized that teaching yoga should be her new profession. When discussing becoming a certified yoga teacher, one of her yoga gurus thought that she would be adept at teaching yoga to children. In fact, teaching yoga to children was the perfect choice for Jill. She had worked at daycares and preschools throughout high school and college, and this enabled her to combine my love of yoga with experience working with kids. She became a certified in Radiant Child Yoga in 2011 and then went on to complete a 200 and 500 hour yoga training to teach adults in 2012. In addition to her Radiant Child Yoga training, she has also completed trainings with My First Yoga and NExt Generation Yoga and is also a Reiki master. Jill enjoys being creative in her children's yoga class, creating exciting and fun yoga stories for her students. While teaching teens, she likes to incorporate restorative poses and guided meditations to help them find relaxation in their busy lives. Jill currently teaches children, teens, and adults throughout Boston, and is happy to teach for GroovyBabyMusic, where she can help families in the community discover how beneficial and fun yoga can be!

     
Chris Belden, Rhythm Kids Teacher

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!

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