Our Teachers

photo Lenka Zbruz, director

Lenka loves making music more than anything else. Since early childhood she has always been involved in one musical project or another - singing in choirs, playing the piano and the guitar. She got to know and grew to love the Music Together program when she worked as a nanny and brought different children in her care to MT classes. She became a Music Together trained and registered teacher in 2007 and taught with her own son in her lap for 2 years. She has found that not only is she able to see the music through the eyes of the children thanks to this, but also can better relate to the grown ups in class who have their hands full.

Lenka's son Filip is now 9 years old and fluent in three languages -  Czech, English and the language of music. He is the living proof of how much a child who has been exposed to a rich musical environment on an ongoing basis will thrive in different areas of development. In August 2010, The Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ awarded Lenka Music Together Certification Level I status for outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education. Lenka completed the "Introduction To Dalcroze" course at The Dalcroze Institute of Bard College in June 2012. Becoming an owner and director of Music Together of Belmont in 2014 was a fulfillment of her long time dream. Lenka teaches many mixed age classes, but also specializes in a Pre-crawling Babies class for infants under 8 months of age. She teaches in several preschools and loves to entertain children's musical birthday parties on weekends. 

     
photo Alison Callahan

Alison has been singing her whole life. Even as a young girl in NYC she sang in various choruses and performed throughout the city and beyond. She continues to sing in an adult chorus today. Alison majored in music and psychology with a concentration in vocal performance at Boston College where she also performed with an a cappella group. She then received her Masters degree in Musicology and Women's Studies from Brandeis University. Throughout her studies she continued her other love of working with children in various musical, creative movement and educational capacities.

After Brandeis she decided her passion was with children and became a Lead teacher for a Pre-K program in Newton. She thrived in this setting and continued for 5 years until she started her own family in 2008. Alison signed up for Music Together with her 4 month old baby boy in the Fall of 2008 and she was hooked! They continued for almost five consecutive years and introduced her newborn daughter in 2012. She was eager to finally get certified as a Music Together teacher in March 2015. Alison is excited about this tremendous journey of combining her loves of singing, music and children and to meeting many new families.

     
photo Julia Priest

Julia Priest has been teaching Music Together and directing Music and Movement of Newton since 2001. She came to early childhood music and movement teaching through her own son's toddler years when she discovered that the Music Together curriculum was richer and more satisfying than any other mommy-and-me class she could find.  She has degrees from Yale, Boston University, and Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, including a Masters of Music and a Masters of Science; she also holds certifications in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Orff Schulwerk, and Music Together Teaching Mastery, Level II. She trained in the HealthRhythms(R) protocol for therapeutic drumming in 2017 with its founder, Christine Stevens. In class she plays guitar, recorder, or drum; voice is her primary instrument. Julia has been teaching the Rhythm Kids (R) Level 1 program for 4 and 5 year olds with Lenka since September 2017 and we are thrilled to announce she will not only continue teaching this class throughout summer and fall, but will teach the Rhythm Kids Level 2 program for children in Kindergarten through 8 at Music Together of Belmont, starting in September.   

     
  Lenka Zbruz/ Julia Priest

Julia, the director of Music and Movement of Newton and yours truly enjoy coteaching the Rhythm Kids 1 class together - our families have commented on how nicely our teaching styles and personalities coplement each other to create a rich experience for the children in our class :-) We inspired each other with original ideas and bring two unique sets of skills into our teaching. We look forward to continue this wonderful experience in the upcoming semester!