Our Staff

Music Together is committed to helping families rediscover the joy and educational value of informal music experiences and applies the latest research in early-childhood music development to this outstanding program!

All of our teachers have successfully completed Music Together's International Teacher Training program and have also spent 10 weeks apprenticing with a senior instructor in our classes.  Music Together Trainers personally meet and train each prospective teacher at our teacher trainings offered in over 50 locations worldwide.

Our teachers enjoy on-going, in-person professional development workshops throughout the year with an international teaching community on the cutting edge of music education. 


photo Risa Waldman-Director

"Risa Waldman is an extremely special individual.  Her musical gift combined with her sensitivity and understanding for young children make this class an extraordinary experience not to be missed.  Every once in a while things come along in life that seem too good to be true.  Risa's Making Music Together class is just one of those things!"

Risa has had an extensive & joyful professional career in Musical Theatre, singing and dancing on stages across Canada, the U.S. and as far away as Japan.  She even toured for many years with Donny Osmond in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.  Born in Toronto, her background includes studies of Piano, Cello, Music Theory & History through The Royal Conservatory of Music and Developmental Psychology & Children's Literature at The University of Toronto. She is also a graduate of the Banff Centre for Fine Arts.

Risa has taught various disciplines of dance and is actively involved in Children's Television and Theatre as a choreographer and director. She can be seen in commercials, TV & Film and was a judge for the Canadian Juno Awards in 2013.  Risa also sits on the Board of Directors for Education Arts Canada.

Risa became a registered Music Together teacher in New York City 2003 and The Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ awarded her the Music Together Certification Level I status for outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy and parent education.

Risa’s greatest accomplishment to date has been the adoption of her beautiful daughter Katie, now 5.5yrs and singing up a storm!  www.risawaldman.com

     
photo Jennifer L. - Administrative Manager

Jennifer is thrilled to be a part of the Making Music Together family. She comes to us with a vast knowledge and background in early education and management. For over twenty years she has worked in non-profit, muliticultural, high needs and high risk areas. Jennifer understands the importance of quality early years programs which is why all three of her children attended Making Music Together classes. Jennifer has a passion for the program and believes all children should have the opportunity to be part of something this magical.

     
photo Josie Vint

"Josie is a wonderful teacher. Totally engaging, prepared, animated, and very sensitive to both the child's and the caregivers needs. She truly is an amazing person and a wonderful music teacher."

Josie, a professionally trained musical theatre artist (Sheridan College, High Honours), came upon Music Together after her daughters were too old for the program and was kicking herself for not having discovered it earlier!  Luckily, having been raised in a home where music was revered and singing happened spontaneously everywhere from lunch time to long car rides Josie naturally and easily managed to create a home where music is a part of everyday family life. When Josie discovered Music Together in Toronto, she resonated strongly with the program's philosophy and she relished the prospect of teaching families the joy of music making at home. Since completing her Music Together training in 2007, Josie has been doing just that, with more wonderful Toronto families than she can count.   In the fall of 2013, the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ awarded Josie the Music Together Certification Level l status for outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy and parent education. Josie is deeply passionate about music and children - and most importantly, about helping families support their child's musical journey.

 

     
photo William Reid

"Will, thank you for introducing music to my son - I think this class has made a profound impact on him!" 

Will is a graduate of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music in Voice Studies and holds a Bachelor of Education from OISE, also at U of T. Over the past 10 years, Will has been performing professionally in the city of Toronto with renowned choirs including The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, The Larkin Singers and The Elmer Iseler Singers. Although choral music has been a constant in his life, Will also performs as a soloist, has toured as an opera singer with the Bicycle Opera Project and is the front man to a 12-piece funk band called Yasgurs Farm. When not singing, Will plays the violin, trombone, electric bass and ukulele. Will was inspired to become a Music Together instructor by his lovely niece Rachel who joyfully participates in the program!

     
photo Laura Cooper

"Dear Laura, thank you so much for giving my granddaughter & myself your beautiful gift of music. Sharing your class with her is one of the highlights of my week!"

Laura Cooper is overjoyed to be a Registered Music Together teacher and part of the Toronto MT teaching community! Though her educational background is in science (M.Sc. Neuroscience, McGill University), she has never stopped playing music for fun and she has always had a special connection with young children and families.   Laura is currently working as a research assistant for a postpartum depression study at the University of Toronto, and supports families during their childbearing years as a birth and postpartum doula. Laura spent 5 seasons with McGill’s Savoy Society performing Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, in the orchestra pit, on stage, and behind the scenes. She played violin on a legitimate Canadian folk album (Toll the Bell, Lakes of Canada), plays violin and accordion and sings backing vocals for the Montreal-based folk-pop ensemble, The Seacoast Barony.  

     
photo Emma Laishram
Emma is an actor/creator and singer-songwriter of South-Asian/Caucasian descent and is born in the UK and raised along the east coast of Canada. She began piano lessons at the age of 4 and has been making music ever since! With training in piano, guitar, djembe, vocal and instrumental jazz (alto sax), combined with her songwriting experience, she is incredibly passionate about performing and creating music together. She received her BA in Theatre with credits in psychology and developmental psychology, and went on to graduate from the National Theatre School of Canada in 2015. Career highlights include singing two seasons with Opera Nova Scotia, performing on stages nationally and internationally in Sterling and SATA award winning productions as an actor, and is most proud of releasing her first EP in 2019 entitled 'Beyond Borders'. Emma has had the pleasure of teaching in multiple capacities to children and adults alike, as a camp counsellor at Camp Kodiak (for children with Aspberger's, ADHD and LD's), as an acting coach for adults in her home business, 'DIYSelfie Spot', and also spent three years leading dynamic Musical/Theatrical Brewery Tours at the historic Alexander Keith's Brewery in Halifax. Emma strives to create warm and inclusive environments and strongly believes in the power of discovering joy and play through music, as a way to inspire curiosity, growth, and ultimately connection at any level!
     
photo Izzy Ritchie

Izzy was inspired to start teaching Music Together after first attending children’s music classes with her son in 2018. Music Together’s philosophy and emphasis on the joy of making music both in class and at home resonated with her both as a parent and as a musician. 

A multiple JUNO award winner, Izzy has toured extensively over the last ten years performing folk, rock, and pop music. She has performed in a dozen countries as well as toured across Canada more times than she can count. In addition to being a vocalist, Izzy is an accomplished violinist and violist, as well as dabbling in piano, cello and guitar. She has taught violin to students of all ages and loves watching students learn and grow. 

     
photo Rebecca Madamba

Rebecca is a singer-songwriter based in Toronto, also working as a freelance Administrator for local companies such as SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival, Canada’s Premier top 100 festivals. Rebecca studied Arts and Culture at Brock University gaining a diverse education in acting, theatre, music, film and visual art. Her thirst for knowledge and passion for art eventually led her to Ryerson University where she achieved a Masters in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management. Her love of music led her to the Music Together community, and she is thrilled to be a registered Music Together teacher!  

     
photo Alana Cosgrove
Alana’s love for performance began at the young age of 5 when she saw her first musical, Crazy for You. At intermission, she told her mum while waiting in line to use the restroom: “That’s what I want to do when I grow up!”. That spark lit a fire in her that has been burning ever since and she spent her childhood and adolescent years performing in local musical theatre productions and studying at various dance schools. The decision to then pursue the performing arts post secondary felt like the only natural choice. She completed a degree in acting from John Abbott College’s Professional Theatre program in Montreal, her hometown, followed by a BMus from l’Université de Montréal with a specialization in Opera Performance and Interpretation. Interpreting the role of Susanna in Mozart’s, Le nozze di Figaro, in her senior year was the highlight of her university education. 
Her love for teaching has always been equal to her love of performing. Moulding and inspiring young children, much like she was inspired at such a young age, is something that holds a special place in her heart. She is overjoyed to be able to not only influence the next generation’s musicians, but help them build the confidence to lead a creative life. 
     
photo Alison Keery (out of Province until summer)

"Alison is an absolute star. I couldn't have imagined a more perfect instructor. She goes out of her way to make everyone comfortable and enjoying the class. She's also organized and full of valuable knowledge. I learned a lot from her classes about how music benefits children."

Alison Keery is a performer, educator, administrator, choreographer and improviser! Having graduated with a BFA Honours in Dance Performance and a specialization in Dance Science at York University, Keery went on to co-found Lila Ensemble, a music and dance improvisation co-op, with whom she toured Europe in 2012. Other performance highlights include dancing in pieces created by Karen Kaeja of Kaeja d’Dance, Mi Yong Kim, Holly Small, Meredith Thompson and Peggy Baker a well as many other Canadian artists. She has presented choreography at various festivals and events in Toronto and BC. Alison is a former teacher, rehearsal director and School Administrator for the School of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre. She has been a guest teacher at Arts Umbrella in Vancouver where she taught Conditioning with Imagery™ and assisted Donna Krasnow in Limon Technique and taught at Dance Science and Nutrition at George Brown School of Dance. In 2010 she developed a Movement and Creative Development Program taught within the public-school system which she continues to teach on a regular basis. She is presently further developing a movement program for babies/toddlers and their parents through Strong Start BC. Whether working backstage, teaching or performing Keery is passionate about sharing her gifts! She has a voice cares deeply about creating exceptional early-learning music and movement experiences for young children!

     
  Emma & Risa