Our Teachers

ESWS Music Together® teachers are the cream of the crop! They've been on Broadway, in touring companies, played instruments, danced, and have sung the world over. They are passionate about music and, more importantly, about supporting your child's musical journey.

photo Deanna deCampos, Director

Deanna began teaching Music Together in 1992 and founded West Side Music Together in early 1993. Deanna has performed as both actor and singer on stages throughout the country and can occasionally be spotted performing on stage with her husband, tenor saxophonist Ned Otter. In 2009, she co-founded the non-profit organization ArtStrides with three other Music Together colleagues. Deanna still loves to teach weekly, even after 25 years! She has taught babies, mixed-ages, preschool, Big Kids, Intergenerational, Outreach, and Guitar for Grown-ups classes.

Along with being at the helm at this center, Deanna is also the Director of Educational Services for Music Together's international headquarters, overseeing teacher education worldwide and works closely with co-authors Ken Guilmartin and Lili Levinowitz, Ph.D on curriculum content. She holds Certification Level II status for outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education. B.Mus., NYU; M.F.A. from the Actors Studio at New School for Social Research; Orff Certification Level I; Dalcroze Eurythmics studies.

photo Abby C. Smith

A native southerner, Abby grew up singing family quartets and taking piano lessons. She received her first ukulele at the age of five and it was love at first strum. In high school, she played flute and piccolo in the band and always sang at every opportunity. Abby holds a BA in Vocal Performance from Harding University and an MM in Music Theatre from Oklahoma City University. She has worked in regional theaters, toured nationally, performed Off-Broadway, written and sung two cabaret shows, and appeared on national television. She loves performing and is a proud working actor and member of Actors' Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. Abby recently played the role of Mrs. Puff on Broadway in SpongeBob Squarepants The Musical. Abby has always loved children and is fascinated by the way they learn. She believes Music Together helps families plant the seed in their children to grow into wonderful musicians. She can't wait to help your children become the musicians they are born to be!

photo Alicia Anthony

Alicia currently teaches at several Music Together centers including Eastside Westside Music Together, City Sounds Music Together, and in Chelsea. The multi-talented actor/singer/songwriter/graphic designer began her performing career in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan. During her high school years, she performed daily for children as part of a children's touring repertory theater. She also wrote and directed her first play and participated in various productions. Alicia relocated to New York City to pursue theater, later attending graduate school and winning a prestigious playwriting award. Alicia has also appeared in several soap operas. During the last decade and a half, Alicia has delighted audiences of all ages in a variety of interactive theatrical events including the long-running Off Broadway show "Murdered By The Mob."

Alicia's interest in music increased after moving to New York and she began performing as a jazz and R&B singer. She was the lead singer for several bands and has written numerous songs. During her time as a Music Together teacher, Alicia has thrilled children and adults alike with her creative, rhythmic, and funky style. With a background in dance, she also loves choreographing dances for her classes.

In 2008, Alicia became an entrepreneur. She taught herself the basics of graphic design and began creating designs for her slogans and concepts for imprintation on t-shirts, bags, greeting and note cards, and other items. Recently Alicia expanded her reach by starting a line of knit and crochet fashion accessories. She sells her graphic designs and handcrafted accessories online and at various craft markets in the New York area. This fall her line of crocheted hats and ear warmers will be in two stores in Michigan. A true artist, Alicia lives to create. She thanks her family for their unending support and is grateful she has been able to share her creative gifts with so many.

photo Bill Pace

Bill is a singer songwriter who has performed in numerous venues throughout NYC. His love of music began early when he would sit and listen to Beatles and Joe Cocker records on the family stereo. His older brothers introduced him to Jim Croce and Peter Frampton on 8-track and he was hooked. Bill began playing guitar as a teenager and still plays that same guitar in his classes (They don’t make them like that anymore). He began teaching Music Together in 2002 and can’t imagine doing anything else. Bill has two boys and has had the pleasure of being a parent in class as well as a teacher. After receiving a B.A. in Communications at Virginia Tech, Bill studied musical theater at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and Music History at City College of New York. Music Together Certification Level I.

photo Danny Mahon

Danny started performing professionally at age 7 and has appeared on Broadway alongside Angela Lansbury and has been featured in various recordings for Playskool, as well as numerous national commercials including Toys ‘R’ Us and Campbells. Danny has also recorded with Bob McGrath of Sesame Street and Yoko Ono. He has been teaching Music Together for over twenty years in both parent/child classes and in preschool and pre-k settings. B.A. in Theatre, Fordham University. The Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ has awarded him Music Together Certification Level II status for outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education. Danny also speaks at national conferences as an early childhood music educator.

photo Davis Haines

Davis Haines is an artist originally from Alabama. He has been singing and dancing since he was a young boy, mostly at home with his family. As an adult, Davis has been professionally singing, playing drums and guitar, writing, dancing, acting, and teaching in Chicago, LA, and now New York City. In addition to his creative pursuits, Davis has worked extensively with kids and adults with disabilities. Above all, he believes that all humans are creative and that fostering environments for kids and their loved ones to share in the creation of music is a gift to our world. Let's make musical memories together!

photo Kirsten Hopkins

Kirsten has worked as a professional actor and singer for more than a decade in regional theaters around the country. She grew up in Southern California, where she attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and later lived in Seattle where she got her BFA in Theater from Cornish College of the Arts. She has many years of experience as a nanny and babysitter (and has attended many Music Together classes here in NYC with kid-in-tow!) and has also worked as an acting teacher for kids. She is a member of Actors Equity Association and very happy to be part of the Music Together community. Music Together has awarded her Certification Level I status for outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education. You can go to her website, www.kirstenhopkins.com, to read more about her acting career and see pictures of her being very goofy, which is one of her areas of expertise!

photo Liz Asti

Liz comes from a long line of musicians and teachers. She is positive that constant musical reinforcement from her family instilled a love of music and theatre which led her a career in performing and teaching. She holds a BA from Bucknell University in Music with an emphasis in classical vocal performance and a BA in Theatre with an emphasis in acting. She also holds a MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. She has her own studio, "Let's Start with Liz Asti" (www.letsstartwithlizasti.com) which teaches adult theatre performers the fundamentals of music theory. You may have seen her on The Sing Off - Season 4 on NBC with her a cappella group Element. She has performed in plays and musicals all across the country and especially loves premiering new works. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Greg, and their cat, Bea Arthur. www.lizasti.com

photo Liz Richter

Liz is a New York City based musician and Level 1 Ceritified Music Together teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Westminster Choir College. She is a member of the professional choir, The Same Stream, directed by Dr. James Jordan as well as the choir Downtown Voices, directed by Stephen Sands. Liz has performed choral works with Novus Ny, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic at Carnagie Hall, the Kimmel Center and Alice Tully Hall. Liz has had the pleasure to work with children of all ages and loves being able to combine her two passions, music and children by teaching Music Together. She strives to support the musical journey of all children and their families!

photo Rana Rines

Originally from the Bay Area, Rana began her creative career in junior high with The Belasco Theatre Company, where she performed in several musicals each year, and met some of the people who would become most influential in her life. She went on to graduate with honors from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts (CAP 21 & Stonestreet Film & Television studios), where she earned a BFA in Acting.

For the past ten years, in tandem with pursuing a creative career, Rana has been teaching voice, acting, movement and music, directing both youth productions and adult theatre, and coaching singers and actors privately in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Rana feels that teaching Music Together has made her a better parent, and having a child has made her a better teacher. She believes that introducing young children to music is of the utmost importance - to the future of the planet, and to each individual's well-being. 

photo Sandy Wilson

Sandra Dianne (Sandy) is a New York based actor. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Music Theater from Westminster Choir College, as well as an MFA in Acting from the Actor's Studio Drama School. Sandy has also had the privilege of singing at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center here in New York, and at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia with the Westminster Symphonic Choir. In addition to being a Music Together teacher, she also teaches preballet at Ballet Academy East on the Upper East side. Sandy is very excited to make music with the families of Eastside Westside Music Together! www.sandradiannewilson.com

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