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!

     
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 GroovyBabyMusic family in 2013 and since has become a certified Canta Y Baila Conmigo instructor, and a registered Music Together teacher. Mariana opened her own Center offering early childhood music education classes, including Music Together in Rome, Italy. She has been awarded Certification Level 1 Music Together® for outstanding achievement in teaching and articulating of the program, and she 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 concentration in Vocal Jazz Performance and Composition. She 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 GroovyBabyMusic and can’t wait to meet her new families and create a connection through music.

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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.

PARENTS' PRAISE FOR JULIE!
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!

PARENTS' PRAISE FOR JEFF!
Portraiture by Photographer Michael Manning

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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!
PARENTS PRAISE FOR BARBARA
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.

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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!

 

 

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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!

     
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.

 

 

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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!

     
Micaella Cattani

Micaella Cattani began her musical journey when she was only six years old due to her father’s incentive. Starting with musical theater, her love for music evolved through the years until she found her true passion, songwriting. In 2016 she began her professional career as singer songwriter in Ecuador, where she was born and raised, with her debut single Extraña Impaciencia. After a year of touring, performing, and releasing original music, MBN Ecuador nominated her to Best Promising Artist. She is currently perusing her bachelor degree in Songwriting and Professional Music at Berklee College of Music in cohesion with her professional career as performer. With Groovy Baby Music and teaching Canta y Baila Conmigo, she is taking her first steps towards her next professional goal; getting her master’s degree in Music Therapy. Micaella started out as an intern from Berklee responsible for social media, and now has become a quintessential part of our team. Her enthusiasm and talent make her a beloved part of the GroovyBabyMusic family!

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photo 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!