Our Teachers

Our teachers create a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.

photo Pete Sinjin

These days Pete Sinjin is best known as "Hootenanny Pete" around the Brooklyn neighborhood where he and his family have operated the 'Hootenanny Art House' since 2007. Pete has shared his love of music with thousands of kids over more than a decade of teaching classes from California to Brooklyn.
He's played a wide variety of music his whole life, from punk to rockabilly to folk and country, and he's played it all for both adults and kids. You'll hear all these elements make their way into his latest Record, 'House of Song', which evokes a gathering place where everyone can find themselves singing in harmony and raising the rooftop with the spirit of love and acceptance.
Pete's first family album, 'Hoots, Hollers and Rooftop Serenades' was released to coincide with his Americana inspired grown up album 'Better Angels Radio' in 2010. Mirroring that, 'House of Song' was followed up closely with Pete's next music entry titled 'The Heart and the Compass'.
Pete's also had the great honor of appearing on Sesame Street, and performing in concert with Sesame's own Bob McGrath. He's even led kids through a Cuban inspired kids song in the Scarlett Johannson film, The Nanny Diaries.

Pete's an active musician singer/songwriter in the NYC area and performs regularly. Check out his music and show schedule at www.petesinjin.com

     
photo Stephen Taylor

Stephen Taylor grew up listening to Sesame Street Jamboree records in Newton, Massachusetts and played in bands at Milton Academy and Middleburg College. He has been teaching Music Together since 2002 and has taught music at Poly Prep Lower School since 2007. He now lives in Kensington and loves making music with you and your family.

     
photo Anath Benais

Performer and educator, Anath Benais holds a bachelor's degree in Hebrew Literature and Civilization from University Paris VII. She has been teaching language (French and Spanish) as well as music at preschool and elementary levels in New York City private schools since 2010. A registered "Music Together" instructor, Ms. Benais has formally trained in music and dance in styles and countries as diverse as classical and jazz in Israel to Middle Eastern dance and Arabic music in Egypt and France. In films, on stage, and on recordings, she has performed internationally as a vocalist, songwriter, actress and dancer, including at the BlueNote and City Winery in New York City. She is the musical curator of "The Rough Guide to Bellydance" (a CD/DVD set) as well as the narrator of the documentary "Corpus Christi." Having taught classical Egyptian dance for over a decade, Anath continues to build her own portfolio of musical compositions in Brooklyn, where she resides with her husband and young son.
www.anathmusic.com

     
photo Michelle Zilles

Michelle is a mom of two daughters, music therapist, early childhood music educator, sing-a-long leader extraordinaire, and occasional actress. She attended NYU's Music Therapy MA program and has worked as a therapist at The Heartshare School, Extreme Kids and Crew, Heartsong, and Baby in Tune. She has taught music at Lucy Moses School, Henry Street Music Settlement, Battery Park City Conservancy's Stories and Songs Program and Our Children's Center at CUNY. Michelle plays guitar, ukelele, and banjo, and has been teaching Music Together for many years. "I love encouraging my families to sing out loud, get silly, make live music and song part of everyday. I continue to marvel at the innate musicality of every young child."