Footnotes Music 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 Sarah Ryman

Sarah was destined to be a performer. Born in rural Pennsylvania, hometown stories tell how she stole the group microphone for herself at a Mother's Day concert and signed up for everything musical she could! Sarah has a diverse background ranging from church choir and Broadway, to marching band and opera. She holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Georgia State University and a Master of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music with additional undergraduate studies at New England Conservatory and the Instituto Europeo in Florence, Italy. Sarah has been teaching piano and voice for over 14 years and is a registered Music Together teacher. She believes that music is a gift that enriches a life tremendously and can never be taken away.

     
Mary Ross

Mary learned guitar at age six, began singing on stage at age ten and started writing songs at age twelve and continues to do so to this day.  While attending undergraduate and then law school, Mary performed in coffeehouses with local bands. 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. She ran a Waldorf-inspired outdoor camp 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!!

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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. She has a Bachelor's in Business Management and a Master's in Organizational Communication. She speaks English, Spanish and some Russian. She is excited to share her passion for music, singing and dancing with as many children and adults as possible.

     
Julia Priest

Julia has been teaching and directing Music Together for more than 16 years. She has degrees from Yale, Boston University, and Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professionals, including a Masters in Music and a Masters of Science; she also holds certificates in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Orff Schulwerk, and Music Together Teaching Mastery Level II. She recently trained in HealthRhythms protocol for theraputic drumming with its founder, Christine Stevens! In class she plays guitar, recorder, or drum; voice is her primary instrument. For fun, Julia dances Lindy Hop, Blues, Argentine Tango, Salsa, or any other social dance that presents itself. Just ask, and she'll drag you out dancing too! Her classes are the perfect blend of fun with rich learning experiences!

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photo 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.

     
Footnotes Staff

 
     
photo Tom Foote/Owner & Director

Tom Foote, a professional drummer, studied at Berklee College of Music, Drummer's Collective and Shepherd University. He is versed in all musical styles and has studied classical percussion (mallets, timpani, etc.), world percussion, African drumming and drum set. He has toured around the world and currently composes and records for Music Together, so you've already heard his songs! Tom studied with Malian master drummer Moussa Traore and is the founder and developer of Rhythm Kids, the newest addition to the Music Together Curriculum for ages 4-8! He is endorsed by Toca Percussion.