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.

We love what we do!

photo Leslie Lucas

Leslie Lucas is the Founder and Center Director of Music together of Summit and Chatham. And more recently is also the Director of Music Together® of Montclair. She has been teaching and running MT Centers for over nineteen years. She is a singer, songwriter and has played jazz vibes for many years. Her songs have been recorded by various artists and the television show Fame. She plays piano and a little guitar. Leslie is a mother of daughter Lisa and son, Julian who just graduated from college and is a Music Together graduate as well!

     
  Joan Ragno

Joan Ragno has been a Music Together teacher for over 13 years. Joan studied piano,flute, and voice and has performed with various choral organizations in the US and Europe. In addition, Joan holds a BA in International Studies and an MBA in Finance. She was a Music Together parent and is the mother of Joseph and Julia, both Music Together graduates. Joan plays piano and guitar, she also brings her flute to class sometimes and the kids love it!

     
photo Carolyn Dempsey

Carolyn Dempsey is originally from Nebraska, but left the midwest to attend the College of William and Mary, earning a degree in Russian and Spanish. She moved to New York to study theatre, and worked as an actress and singer for ten years. One of her "day jobs" was teaching children's music programs in the city and entertaining at birthday parties. Carolyn plays guitar, she is an avid tennis player, baker, and enjoys making music with her two young sons and daughter!

     
  Laura Brenden

Laura is a vocalist, dancer and has studied voice and vocal performance at the New School as well as NYU. She has performed in both fields locally and has experience in all aspects of the theater. She loves to generate physical and musical responses in her two small children, both MT veterans, and is currently studying piano, much to their delight! She also holds a BS in Foreign Service and an MBA. She is fluent in Spanish as well. Laura has been living and teaching Music Together in the City. She has recently moved to NJ and we are thrilled to have her join our staff!

     
  Chris Brendel

Christine has been teaching Music Together for many years in Montclair and we are excited to have her join our staff!Chris has been a MT mom for 8 years and was immediately drawn to the idea of leading a class of children through their first musical experiences! She is a natural leader with a gift for working with children. Chris lives in North Caldwell with her husband Bob and son's Luke and Sam.

     
  Jessica Temlock-Fields

Graduating from college as a vocal performance major, Jessica has recently been working as a Reading Recovery teacher for first grade. She has many years of classroom teaching experience. Last year, her life changed when she introduced her third baby to Music Together. It was the first class for both of them, and her entire family has benefited from the experience. Jessica is anxious to share a love of music with other families so that they, too, can find a way to incorporate music into their everyday lives.

     
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  Christine Farrell

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Christine is a former professional singer with cabaret performances at New York clubs such as: The Fez, Don't Tell Mama, The Duplex and most recently The Metropolitan Room. While performing in NYC, Christine appeared in various corporate sponsored music festivals, and was a featured singer on ABC's "Good Morning America." When not chasing her two little girls, you can hear Christine singing the National Anthem at local sporting events!