Who's Who at Joyful Music

At Joyful Music, we are passionate about music and the social and educational development of all children.

All teachers are registered through Music Together®, and work hard to create a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development. Read on to discover more about our teachers!

photo Karen Pokross

Karen has been involved in making music her whole life. Starting with piano lessons at age 5 and continuing on to New York's High School of Music and Art. Karen has a Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy and an Master's degree in Counselling Psychology. For eighteen years she was on the faculty of Northeastern University, offering courses in Therapeutic Music, Music for Health and Creative Expression for Children, along with maintaining a private Music Therapy practise. She is a registered Music Together teacher and a Registered Music Therapist with over 40 years experience creating music with children. She is the mother of 2 young adults.

Karen is looking forward to getting to know everyone and making music with you!

     
photo Lenka Zbruz

Lenka enjoys making music more than anything else. Since early childhood she's always been involved in one musical project or another - singing in choirs, playing the piano and the guitar and traveling Europe with her high school's production of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. Lenka discovered the Music Together program when she was a nanny in Hawaii. She became passionate about it and decided to turn her biggest hobby into a career. She was trained in 2007, relocated to Massachusetts and interned in Lexington. For 2 years that followed, she taught Music Together classes with her own son in her lap. Being able to model the class activities with her own child was a great experience. She has found that not only is she able to see the music through the eyes of the children thanks to this, but also can better relate to the grown ups in class who have their hands full. Lenka enjoys being able to teach on her own now that her son goes to preschool, but she still takes a Music Together class with him in her free time. Filip is 4 years old and fluent in three languages - Czech, English and the language of music. He is the living proof of how much a child who has been exposed to a rich musical environment on an ongoing basis will thrive in different areas of development. Lenka finished her Music Together Certification 1 training in August 2010.

     
photo Rosa Elena Rivera

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be teaching Music Together and to be meeting you and your children. Since my early childhood I have loved to sing, along with my very musical family. I have studied at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in the National School of Music. I came to New England in 2000 and graduated from New England Conservatory with a Masters in Vocal Performance as well as second Master in Vocal Pedagogy with a concentration in Music in Education. I also have Kodaly level II and Music Together training. As a teacher I have experience with large groups of children of different needs; having taught for 10 and half years in the Private and Public Sector. Teaching music to young children is my passion and I love to share my culture through music and song.

     
  MUSIC TOGETHER INSTRUCTORS

We use this designation for classes being co-taught (usually in the summer) or if a class does not yet have a specific teacher.

     
photo Anna Adler

A Musician and Professional Storyteller, Anna Adler designs classes for young children and families that are joyful and highly interactive. Raised in a family of musicians and storytellers, Anna received formal training in piano, voice, and trumpet.  Anna’s professional training includes a Master’s of Science in Education from Bank Street College and a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College.  A highly skilled educator for over 25 years, Anna recently joined the “Music Together" family!  In addition to leading music and storytelling classes, Anna consults with childcare organizations, schools, parenting groups, local colleges, and community nonprofits to provide customized early literacy professional development, coaching and training services. 

     
  Karen and Rosa Elena
     
photo Rhonda Matson

Rhonda found in Music Together® what she desired for many years, the opportunity to marry two great loves, working with children in early childhood, and doing it through music.  Rhonda has been involved in music her whole life, but had never quite witnessed children learning music in the non formal, participatory fashion that Music Together encourages.  She says, “Finding this program was kind of like finding home: it spoke to the child within, and immediately I felt thrilled to have the opportunity to share music in this way with our community.”

Rhonda has been formally trained in voice and has participated in many dramatic productions.  Rhonda has led various children’s programs and even entertained as a clown.  She has also worked in early childhood education as a preschool teacher.

In March 2006, Rhonda was awarded Music Together Certification Level I for outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy and parent education.  In the summer of 2005 she received her Certification I from the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, an international organization of professional music educators.  She is also a member of The Children's Music Network and has studied Dalcroze Eurythmics at the Longy School of Music.