Our Teachers

All of our teachers are passionate about music and the development of children.  They create a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.

photo Karen Hamlin, Director

Karen came to Music Together® fourteen years ago as a parent and loved it so much she had to become a teacher! She's been teaching Music Together for the past eight years and thinks she has the best job in the world! She has been singing and performing since she was a child and has sung in numerous choruses, including a traveling a cappella singing group (That's why she loves the film "Pitch Perfect")!  Karen studied developmental psychology while an undergraduate at Yale University and then went on to get her M.Ed. from UCLA.  She has taught all ages, from infant to adult, and she loves to bring her guitar, flute, and other instruments into the classroom.  Karen was awarded Music Together Certification Level I status in August 2010.  Karen is the doting mom to Sophie, Violet, and Asa.

photo Jessica Garrett

As an educator and now stay-at-home mother to a vibrant preschooler, Jessica has a strong appreciation for child development and the nurturing of individual creative spirits. Jessica majored in Elementary Education and minored in Theater at Lehman College. During her years in the classroom, she enjoyed singing and sharing her passion for music. Music brought a great dimension of beauty into her students’ lives. Jessica enjoyed singing from childhood with her identical twin sister and performing in the church choir and plays. Jessica is delighted about teaching and sharing music with young children and the community at large.

photo Ariana Kaminskas

Ariana began performing at age 14 when she won the lead role in her Junior High School’s production of “Annie”. She went on to act in TV commercials and sing with local rock bands in Brooklyn, NY where she grew up. Ariana studied music and theater at Brooklyn College, acting with Eve Collyer and dance at Broadway Dance Center. She spent many years performing with “Club Date Bands” where she sang at parties, galas and events all around the country. Ariana taught Music Together in Westchester County for 12 years, received Certification Level 1 in 2005, and loved bringing both her sons to classes when she became a Mom. She recently took a break from teaching and spent some time in a recording studio producing her first single, “It’s My Time” by Ariana K. She also performs Acappella Bnai Mitzvot with "Ariana K Music Acappella Singers" but she missed the warmth, the joy and the little ones in her Music Together classes. Ariana is so happy to be back making Music Together again!

photo Joanna Levine


Joanna is an active songwriter and performer of music for both young and old, with additional backgrounds in both theater and fashion design. Joanna has been teaching Music Together all around Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens since 2011. She has felt truly privileged for the opportunity to guide so many families, watching them bond, blossom and grow together through shared musical experience- and is very excited to move up to Westchester this fall to begin a new musical journey with new families!


photo Jean Young

Jean has taught Music Together® classes in Larchmont for the past 19 years and directed Music Along the Sound for ten years. Jean serves as music teacher at Christ’s Church Nursery School in Rye and was music specialist at Temple Emanu-El Nursery School in Manhattan for 28 years. She was musical director of the Chatsworth Avenue School Musical and she directed the children's choir at Community Unitarian Church. She produced Adirondack Adventure, her first CD of original songs, in 2013.  Jean challenges the adults in her classes to stretch their music and dance abilities. (What, me sing a round? Dance a contradance?) She encourages them to interact musically with their children to see how much fun it is to grow musically together! She loves to see the class dissolve into laughter trying to pass the eggs around the circle! And she relishes their satisfaction when everyone succeeds in keeping the beat!  Jean recently became a grandmother. Her granddaughter Aria lives in Kodiak, Alaska, where she takes Music Together classes!