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.
Susan Freese (Director/Teacher)
Susan began her Music Together® and Sign Language teaching career in 2010. However, her love of music making began before she can even remember. She grew up in a large Canadian family and her earliest memories are of sing-a-longs among her sixty plus cousins, aunts, uncles and extended family surrounding an upright piano in a tiny little farm house set in a tiny little, bilingual village in New Brunswick. “Making music was never about talent or skill it was about being with friends and family sharing an amazing experience and we just happened to become pretty good musicians.” Throughout her childhood her favorite activities always involved singing, dancing and making music with the people she was closest to. She attended performing arts high school and went on to minor in music education in college while earning her degree in psychology followed by a masters in education. As an elementary and middle school teacher Susan always found a way to integrate music into her teaching and every day life. When Susan had her first daughter Olivia she began taking Music Together Classes with her baby and could see how special the program was for her whole family. Class had reignited the memories of her musical beginnings and she was reminded how special and profound it is to make music with loved ones. “I knew I wanted to raise my children in a musically rich environment like I grow up in. Music Together provided us with the musical “family” that we have been blessed to make music with every week!” While developing her family and student's musical lives Susan began to integrate American Sign Language into her lessons and her daily life. She discovered that using sign language allowed her children to communicate very early and found that families that she worked with were finding significant benefits through using Sign Language in their own lives. Today Susan is making music and signing every day with her daughters Olivia and Avery and with hundreds of children and their grown-ups throughout Connecticut.
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Alicia’s music together journey began in 2015, soon after the birth of her son. Long before she discovered the joys of Music Together, she always had a special relationship with music. Some of her earliest and happiest memories are being gathered around the piano as a child, singing and harmonizing Christmas carols with her family. Her father had a large impact on her; he was a music teacher and aficionado who taught her to appreciate a wide range of music. As she grew, she continued to love and study music. She took piano lessons for 13 years. She participated in dance competitions and spent many weekends traveling to various parts of the country to dance. She learned to play many other instruments, as well, including the flute and piccolo. She was in her high school marching, jazz, and concert band as well as all types of choirs. When she got to college, her major was computer forensics but she continued her relationship with music. She performed in many musicals in college including Godspell, Cinderella, and Bye Bye Birdie. Most recently, she has begun learning to play the ukulele. Music Together has allowed her the opportunity to explore her love of music with her two children, Connor and Amelia. Both of them have attended many Music Together classes and have developed a love of music along with her. Alicia's energetic and enthusiastic teaching style makes her so engaging to children and adults alike. We love that she has joined our teaching team!
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