Our Teachers

All of our teachers have successfully completed the Music Together® Teaching Workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, New Jersey. Utilizing their unique skills, talents and gifts, our teachers bring their own style to each class to engage and support your child's musical development. We hope that you find your musical home with all of us at Footnotes Music.


 

photo Tom Foote

Tom is a professional drummer and studied at Shepherd College, Berklee College of Music and Drummer's Collective. He is versed in all musical styles and has studied classical, world percussion, African drumming and drum set. Tom currently studies with Malian master drummer Moussa Traore. He is the founder and developer of Rhythm Kids, a program that offers multicultural music, movement and drumming for children and schools and is being piloted worldwide through Music Together. He is also endoresd by Toca Percussion, a world leader in instruments for the modern drummer! Tom brings his djembe and guitar to class and it's a non-stop party as he breaks into "Move It, Move It," "Shake It Off" or "Let It Go" in his classes--you've been warned!

     
Mary Ross

Raised in a large family of musicians, Mary Ross learned guitar at age six and began singing on stage at age 10.  She started writing songs at age 12 and continues to do so to this day.  While attending undergraduate and then law school, Mary performed in coffeehouses as well as in a local rock band.  When her son was born she moved her focus from law to education and spent years volunteering in the early childhood classes of a local Waldorf school, which emphasizes music and the arts.  This summer, she ran a Waldorf-inspired outdoor camp for children aged three to six that focused on music and nature.  She is a member of Chris Eastburn’s Family Folk Chorale where three of her own songs were arranged by Eastburn and performed by the chorale.  She lives locally with her teenage son, her husband and dog Tucker.  All four of them love singing and making music together!!

photo
     
photo Venus Armendia

Venus is originally from Mexico City and discovered Music Together as a mother of two in the Spring of 2012, and since then she was "hooked." Venus has taken piano lessons, ballet, and Mexican folk dancing at different times of her life! Venus has a Bachelor's in Business Management and a Master's in Organizational Communication. She has lived in the UK for four years, and in the USA for a total of 11 years. She speaks English, Spanish and some Russian. She is a certified Music Together Teacher who is excited to share her passion for music, singing and dancing with as many children and adults as possible. Her seven year old son and her four year old daughter have gone through all the collections of Music Together and they are now in Rhythm Kids!

     
Amanda Kern

Amanda's frist experience with Music Together was as a new mom with her daughter - from that first class she was hooked! Born and raised in Canada, she has a Bachelor of Music degree with a focus on Vocal Performance from the University of South Carolina, Grade Nine Piano and Voice - Toronto Conservatory, Level One Orff, as well as post graduate work at Boston University and Longy School of Music. Amanda teaches private voice and piano, and taught general music and choral music at the public and private school level. She has directed and produced seven full scale musicals including "Into the Woods" and Suessical." She is the Director of Children's Music at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Wellesley, MA. Amanda is excited to bring her energy, enthusiasm and experience to the Footnotes Music families.

photo
     
photo Greg Nikitas

Greg Nikitas earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications/Media and he toured Massachusetts for three summers performing Aesop's Fables and the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales with the Central Mass Repertory Theatre as an actor, singer and dancer. Greg studied voice at the Indian Hill Music School and plays locally as a solo acoustic artist. Greg is a featured artist with Great Big Planet leading preschool shows all over New England. Greg learned to play the guitar at the age of nine and uses it during classes to keep things rocking!

     
Marcy Wanzer

Marcy's involvement with Music Together began as a parent taking classes. She attended for four years with her two daughters and her family hasn't been without it since! Marcy plays violin, Celtic fiddle, guitar and many multicultural instruments and introduces these instruments throughout her classes. When not teaching music, she is a pediatric physical therapist in the Boston Public School system. Marcy is full of life, so much fun and families LOVE her classes.

photo
     
photo Footnotes Staff

Our staff sometimes co-teaches allowing our families to get a "best of the best" experience with a few teachers sharing the teaching. You still get the same high level of teaching with teachers who love what they do!