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, certified 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.

photo Julie Rama Winslow

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.

Portraiture by Photographer Michael Manning

Jeff Jam

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!

Portraiture by Photographer Michael Manning

photo Barbara Brousal

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!
Portraiture by Photographer Michael Manning

Meredith Snyder

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.

photo Nicole Poulter

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!

Emily Badger

Vocalist and Berklee College of Music graduate Emily Badger has been singing since age two. Raised by two musician parents in Scituate, Massachusetts, Emily’s love for music was deeply instilled in her from a young age. As a child, she spent all of her free time performing in local musical theater productions and choir groups, leading her to be selected for Allstate Chorus and to perform at Symphony Hall. In her early teens she formed an oldies girl group that would go on to open for, and later perform with, The Drifters, The Shirelles, The Tokens, and many others. All of these experiences both shaped her sound and solidified her desire to pursue music in and outside of her education. She was accepted with scholarship to Berklee College of Music, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance. Post graduation she formed her duo, Badknight, and wrote and recorded two original albums, “It’s Alright.” and “Blue Blanket”. Emily now lives in Brighton, MA with her fiancé, two dogs and her cat! She spends most of her time now as a nanny for two amazing children. Her love for working with children parallels her love for music. Incorporating music and art into the children’s daily routine has been a great joy and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring music into more children’s lives through Music Together and become part of the GroovyBabyMusic family!


photo Aubrey Haddard

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!

Heather Scott

Heather combines her experience with little ones from her job at Mama & Me (an independently-owned daycare in Jamaica Plain) and her passion for expressive freedom and early childhood development through the arts to create a joyful and transformative experience. She plays guitar and ukelele and sings her heart out! She holds a degree in Music with a concentration in vocal performance and theory from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC where she was classically trained in the arts of aria and opera. She began writing her own music and exploring the roots of humankind’s relationship to music through her travels to Greece and Italy. Bluegrass and the tradition of story through song nestled a soft spot in her heart while living in and exploring the south for 5 years. Shortly after her homecoming to her native city of Boston in the summer of 2015, she formed a folk-inspired music project called Hawthorn (named after one of her favorite heart-helpful herbs). One of her favorite and earliest memories of music is stripping wallpaper and repainting her childhood bathroom with her grandfather on a hot summer’s day while listening to the Beach Boy’s Pet Sounds on repeat. We are so happy she is part of our GroovyBabyMusic family!

  Jessica Green

Jessica's passion for music started at home through her mother's comforting lullabies and her father's use of music for silliness and play.  Many of her most treasured early memories involve connection through song.

Jessica sang in choirs and musicals throughout school, and took piano and guitar lessons.  Through music she also was able to grow as a leader, creating and directing two a cappella choirs and directing a non-profit production with People International Incorporated. 

After earning a BA in Music Education with a concentration in vocal jazz from Virginia Tech she went on to teach elementary music and private voice lessons . When she later discovered Music Together she absolutely fell in love with it!

In addition to teaching, Jessica's performing has included work in jazz and party bands, as well as her own original material.


Jill McCracken

Jill’s love affair with music began at an early age, singing along to every tune that came on the school bus radio, and choreographing dances with her best friend. At the age of 10, Jill chose her first instrument— the drums. Soon after, she began piano lessons; at age 14, she started guitar lessons, but it wasn’t until she got to college that she began singing and writing songs. That’s when it got serious.

Since then, Jill has fronted several musical projects and currently sings and writes songs for her solo project under her own name.  While based in Somerville, Jill and her band tour all over NYC, Chicago, Toronto, Detroit, Upstate NY, VT, and beyond.

Jill strives to make people feel things— in a good way. Though her songs catch the ear as pop tunes, touching heavily on classic soul and Motown influences, a closer listen lets the audience know that these aren’t as simple as ABC, 123; there’s a conflict that lies just beneath the surface of the songs, as nodded to by McCracken’s sweet and savory lyrics. It’s a celebration of the honest-to-goodness truth of life and love— the beautiful parts, the horrible parts, and especially the in-betweens. 

Jill's positive energy, incredible musicality, and love of children make her a vital asset to our GroovyBabyMusic team!


  Jaclyn Chylinski

Jaclyn (or Jackie) Chylinski is a Boston-based actor and creative who is excited to get Groovy, Baby! Originally hailing from Detroit, Michigan, the home of Motown and motor vehicles, Jackie relocated to New England to attend the Boston Conservatory, receiving her BFA in Musical Theater in 2018. Ever since Jackie could talk, she could sing. From putting on productions in her living room to being in the children ensembles in community theater, music has always been a part of her life. GroovyBabyMusic loved hearing Jackie sing her heart out, and play guitar to Joni Mitchel, and her own, unique originals. Jackie is excited to bring the joy of music to so many young people through Groovy Baby Music! 
Mariana J. Rigel

Born in Rome, Italy, from an American father and Argentinean mother, Mariana is fluent in three languages (English, Spanish, Italian) and is a professional translator, jazz singer and early childhood music educator.

Mariana discovered her passion for early childhood music education thanks to the Groovy Baby Music family in 2013 and since has become a certified Canta Y Baila Conmigo instructor, a registered Music Together teacher, and opened her own Center offering early childhood music education classes in Rome, Italy. She has been awarded Certification Level 1 Music Together® for outstanding achievement in teaching and articulating of the program and has had extensive experience in teaching both mixed-age and babies classes.

Mariana attended Berklee College of Music, graduating Summa Cum Laude in Professional Music with a concentrate in Vocal Jazz Performance & Composition and has also been trained in Orff Schulwerk music applications for young children and in Drum Circle facilitation. She is the founder and director of "MaidenItaly"® a fourteen piece Italian jazz ensemble featuring three part close harmony vocals, an all-star brass band and the true Italian flair of the 1930s, with performances in both the United States and Italy.

Mariana believes that music should be shared and that basic musical knowledge is one of the greatest gifts we can give to our children. She is excited to be back at Groovy Baby Music and can’t wait to meet her new families and create a connection through music.  

photo 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!

Juan Carlos Ruiz

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.   

  Dayanna Badillo

Dayanna Badillo is a Boston-based singer-songwriter, composer and producer. She recently graduated from Berklee College of Music, where she majored in Contemporary Writing and Production. Dayanna strongly believes in the power of music.  She co-founded the Christian music collective "Nations Sound Records (NSR)" where she currently works as a producer and composer. Also, Dayanna is a worship leader at Lion of Judah Congregation, which is a bilingual church. The experience of leading worship in a multicultural setting has prepared her to appreciate and include different languages and music genres in her music sets. A normal worship time would start with an upbeat “corito”/Merengue, then switch to a Gospel song and end with a Pop Ballad. She is excited to bring her multicultural music experiences and her love and care for kids to each Groovy Baby Music class! 

Vanessa Trien

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!

photo Yuliya Borowski

Yuliya is a founder and lead teacher for Bonsai Child Care in Medford. She holds a Master’s in Education and Creative Arts and Learning from Lesley University. She is also certified baby and toddler yoga instructor. Yuliya’s baby and toddler yoga classes are offered at various locations of Greater Boston community. Her approach towards yoga instruction and education includes an interdisciplinary perspective with strong emphasis on the connection with our bodies and inner self, and as a caregiver deep connection to those in need of our attention. Yuliya’s teaching style is very engaging, leveled, and fun. Above all, she prioritizes and exemplifies principles of patience, compassion, and motivation. Yuliya enjoys running, biking, reading, and being an incredible Mom. Her sweet nature, and commitment to sharing the gifts of yoga with children, make her the perfect addition to the GroovyBabyMusic family!



Ansley DeLaney

Ansley DeLaney has always loved movin' and groovin'; dancing as a child propelled her to study musical theater at Boston Conservatory. She became interested in infant movement development and trained with Ellynne Skove of "Go Go Babies" in New York, completing her certification in 2014. Once back in Boston, Ansley was inspired to create her own program, and Move Baby Move was born. Move Baby Move classes are designed to aid children's movement development during each stage along the way, with classes for Infants, Crawlers, and Walkers. Ansley loves connecting with families, and also facillitates New Parent's Groups, providing a warm, inviting enviroment, for new families to discuss pertinent topics, ask questions, and gain support during this special time. In addition, Ansley has achieved Level 1 Reiki certification with Emily Peterson, and has recently completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training program, all skills applicable to her Mommy and Me Yoga classes. Ansely's enthusiasm and expertise make her a perfect addition to the GroovyBabyMusic community!


  Jackie Bowden

Jackie Bowden is the founder of MiniMovers. She is a graduate of Salem State University where she graduated with honors with a minor in dance. She has instructed a wide range of ages in dance and has worked as a substitute teacher. Jackie has taught dance at various studios on the North Shore and is the co-director of Kaleidoscope Dance Company. Additionally, she is an actress and cheerleading coach. While working as a substitute teacher, Jackie realized how there is truly a lack of movement in the everyday lives of young children. This inspired her to start MiniMovers. Her mission is to get kids up and moving and establish the building blocks of creativity so they can be healthy for life! She teaches Jazz Hop classes for our sister school HipKids providing after-school classes for elementary school kids with a cool vibe. She is thrilled to offer her MiniMovers: Mommy & Me classes to GroovyBabyMusic!