All of our teachers are registered Music Together® teachers, and one is also a registered Canta y Baila Conmigo® teacher. All are passionate about music and the development of children and create a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.
We are extraordinarily proud to say that three of our teachers have been awarded Music Together Certification Level I status, having demonstrated outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education. The awards were granted by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, New Jersey, Kenneth K. Guilmartin, Founder/Director. Teachers Jill Geddes and Alexia Tate--both also Music Together center directors--and Director Jackie Freimor have been awarded the highest level of certification--Music Together Certification Level II--for excellence in articulation of program philosophy, assessment of children's music development, and teaching mastery. The award was granted by Kenneth K. Guilmartin, Founder/Director, and Lili M. Levinowitz, PhD, Director of Research.
Jackie Freimor has been performing as a singer/guitarist since she was a child, and she played her first professional gig at age 15. She is also a self-taught pianist, and for a time she played the lute and the viola da gamba. Most recently, she was the rhythm guitar player and backup vocalist in a Manhattan-based alternative rock band. Jackie first experienced Music Together when she enrolled her daughter in the program, and she is always eager to share her and her daughter's love of the program with other families. Jackie began her first semester as a licensed Music Together center director in fall 2005. She was awarded Music Together Certification Level I status in December 2009 and Certification Level II status in July 2013, and she is currently a Music Together Teacher Trainer.
Fun Facts About Jackie
Her all-time favorite (non-Music Together) song is: either "Skating Away" (Jethro Tull) or "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Queen). Oh, or "Cixiri" (Balentes) or "Java Jive" (Manhattan Transfer)....
Annette Cepero-Jimenez is a simultaneous bilingual. Born of a Cuban father and a Colombian mother, she embraces her deep Latin musical roots. Professionally, Annette is a bilingual speech language pathologist. She received her Master's of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Teachers College Columbia University. Annette has worked with families and their young children through private agencies for Early Intervention since 2008. As a lifelong lover of dance and music, Annette has played the flute since elementary school and has sung in church and school choirs and in the gospel choir at Columbia University. Annette has four children, aged 19, 17, 4, and 1. She started attending Music Together classes with her daughter more than 2 years ago and immediately fell in love. Annette became eligible to teach both Music Together and Canta y Baila Conmigo in 2018, and she is super excited to bring families together through music and movement.
Fun Facts About Annette
Her all-time favorite (non-Music Together) song is: "Gravity" (Sara Bareilles).
Music has always been a part of Jill Geddes's life, thanks to her parents, who listened to music all the time while she was growing up. She became active in musical theater, and after graduating from high school, landed the role of Peron's Mistress in the national tour of Evita. From there, she went on to tour as Cinderella in James Lapine's Into the Woods and then played the lead role of Fantine in the national tour of Les Miserables. In between shows, she studied music education at Indiana University School of Music. Once settled in New York, Jill was introduced to Music Together when she took her daughter to a class. She fell in love with the program and began the journey to becoming a teacher. Jill also has a daughter, a son, two dogs, and one cat. In addition to teaching and being a mom, Jill enjoys running and has completed two New York City marathons. Also the director of Uke and Sing Music, Jill was awarded Music Together Certification Level I status in August 2009 and Certification Level II status in August 2019. Jill wonders how great it would've been had Music Together been around when she was a toddler....
Fun Facts About Jill
Her all-time favorite (non-Music Together) song is: "A Case of You" (Joni Mitchell).
Ginger Kokoszka, also known as Ms. Lai to the third-graders in her Chinese class, is a classically trained professional pianist who received her Master's degree from Yale School of Music in Horn Performance. Ginger began playing horn in the symphony orchestra at age 9. In college, she played mellophone in the college football marching band and accompanied symphony orchestras, operas, theaters, and dance studios on piano and keyboard as part of her scholarship. She won competitions and performed in Taiwan, Mexico, and the United States with orchestras in venues such as National Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. After developing chronic carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis in her hands as well as temporomandibular joint syndrome in her jaw, she became unable to play for long hours and so became a board-certified music therapist in 2006, working with underserved frail elderly patients in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn; her specialties are neurological rehabilitation, dementia, depression, and home visits. Ginger fell in love with her daughter Isabelle, who was born on Christmas Eve, and decided to train to teach Music Together so that they can spend a lot of musical time together. A native Mandarin speaker, Ginger became eligible to teach Music Together in 2016 and now teaches our newest class offering, Music Together with Mandarin!
Fun Facts About Ginger
Her all-time favorite (non-Music Together) song is: "Living on a Prayer," (Bon Jovi), "Love of My Life" (Freddie Mercury), and "El Rey," a Mexican drinking song.
Alexia Tate, also the director of Music Together with Alexia in Cold Spring, recently moved to the Hudson Valley from Queens, New York, where she taught Music Together and founded Story Garden, a musical storytime for young children. As a Music Together parent, Alexia fell in love with the philosophy of the class and decided to be trained as a teacher in 2014, which led to an even stronger passion for the program. Before changing gears to become a mom, Alexia performed in New York's off-off-Broadway and nightclub stages for 15 years, and in 2009 she played Mrs. Howell in the first national tour of Gilligan's Island: The Musical. Other favorite kid-friendly roles include the Queen in 13th Street Repertory's Rumple Who? and the title role in Rising Sun's original cast of Dotty Dot, which has become a children's theater sensation across the country. Alexia trained in New York City at Singers Forum and T. Schreiber Studio, and in 2007, she received the Andy Anselmo Achievement Award for Emerging Artists. She was awarded Music Together Certification Level I status in August 2015 and Certification Level II status in July 2019.
Fun Facts About Alexia
Her all-time favorite (non-Music Together) song is: too hard to choose! "Purple Rain" (Prince), "Imagine" (John Lennon), "Jessica" (The Allman Brothers), "Night Moves" (Bob Seger)....