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.

photo Jana Kahn, Director

Jana Kahn was born and raised in Canada and grew up with European parents who loved to sing and play music.  Singing in the choir and participating in theater arts throughout her school years, Jana is excited about the opportunity to share her love of music with Music Together® families.  Jana plays the guitar and has enjoyed participating in Music Together classes with her two daughters for several years.

     
photo Emily Browder Melville

B.A., Reed College. M.M. with Honors, Longy School of Music. Certificate in Voice Movement Therapy, VMT Institute. Current coursework in Music Therapy at Anna Maria College. Recitals at the Music at the Cloud Series, UMass Dartmouth Chamber Series, and Paine Hall at Harvard University. Former member and soloist with the Cantata Singers. Soloist and ensemble appearance with Boston Vocal Artists and New England Voices. Performances with soprano duo Ensemble O at the Harare International Festival for the Arts in Zimbabwe and in the Boston Early Music Festival. Faculty: Tunefoolery, an ensemble of musicians with mental illness, and Mystic Valley Music Together, the Medford-based center of the nation-wide family music program. Member of NSM’s Vocal Ensemble in Residence, E.S.P.

     
photo Karen Peterson

Karen loves working with children. She received her master's degree in Elementary Education from Lesley University and taught both first and second grade in the Marshfield school system.  As a mother, Karen brought her two girls to Music Together classes all the time. This inspired her to become a Music Together teacher where she shared her joy of singing and movement with families in a safe, fun musical community where all could thrive. Karen was hired as a Music Together teacher at the South Shore Conservatory in 2015.

     
photo Christina McSharry

Born and raised in Medford, MA, Cristina McSharry began singing and dancing at age three. She regularly participated in dance classes and competitions, as well as school and community musical theater productions through the age of 20 until she discovered her passion for early childhood education. Now she uses music and movement to enrich the children who attend her family childcare while finishing up her degree in Early Childhood Studies at Lesley University. Music Together® is the best of both worlds for Cristina, and she couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the SSC and all of the Music Together families.  She started teaching at South Shore Conservatory in 2016.

     
photo Cynthia Toffoloni

Cynthia Toffoloni is a retired Special Education teacher after 38 years in the field. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Bridgewater State University and a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Fitchburg State University. Cynthia has worked with students of all ages and abilities. Throughout her career she has used music as a tool for teaching language acquisition, basic concepts and developing music appreciation in her students. She has an extensive background in choral singing. Her fondest memory as a child is singing with her family every night after dinner as her mother played the piano. She loves sharing her lifelong passion for music with her Music Together classes.

     
photo Tracy Durso

Tracy Durso grew up singing and dancing in ballet and jazz classes, community musicals, and her school choir. A graduate of the Dance Masters of America Teacher Training Program, Tracy taught creative movement, ballet and jazz to children of all ages at a performing arts school for 15 years where she also took 2 years of piano lessons with Ida Zelman who now teaches at SSC as well. She also began teaching movement to toddlers through her Dance Along program in 2014.  Having participated in Music Together classes with all 3 of her children for 8 years, she is thrilled to be able to lead the classes now and share her love of movement and music with others.  Tracy began teaching Music Together at SSC in 2017.