Music Together® Sing Shalom
New Jewish Early Enrichment Music Classes for Families with Young Children
Welcome to Music Together® Sing Shalom, the new Jewish music class for families with young children (birth-age 5)!
The weekly parent-child music classes combine everything you love about the internationally recognized Music Together early childhood music education program with a carefully selected collection of familiar (and not-so familiar) Jewish songs from throughout the world. Music Together Sing Shalom classes introduce Jewish themes, holidays, and celebrate community through song, supporting parents and caregivers in introducing their children to a diverse, culturally rich Jewish heritage.
Each week, a community of families comes together to sing, dance, and play in a class led by a trained Music Together teacher with a Jewish background. This pilot program uses the Music Together song collections that families know and love, along with songs from the new supplemental play list of Jewish music. Families in Sing Shalom classes receive the Music Together song collection materials (book, CD, download code) and song pages and links to the new supplemental Jewish music where possible.
Families will learn lots of ways to interact musically with their child, while supporting their development, strengthening family relationships, and helping them connect with the Jewish music tradition. Music Together Sing Shalom teachers offer parents, grandparents, and caregivers, a unique window into Jewish culture, introducing Hebrew words through the universal language of music.
Music Together Sing Shalom classes are offered in partnership with local Music Together centers and are an exclusive offering of Music Together in collaboration with The Jewish Education Project. Funding for this pilot initiative is provided by UJA-Federation of New York. Check often to see if a class is coming to a community near you!
Music Together is an internationally recognized music education brand brought to local neighborhoods through licensed centers. We are grateful for their continued effort in bringing the new Music Together Sing Shalom classes to families.
- Not Just Art (Long Island, NY)
- While They're Little (Long Island, NY)
- Lyrical Children (Long Island, NY)
- Truckee Tahoe Music Together (Reno, NV)
- Music Together of Bay Ridge (Brooklyn, NY)
- East Bay Music Together (Lafayette, CA)
- Music Together with Merrily (Farmington Hills, MI)
- Merry Musicians (Mount Arlington, NJ)
- Eastside Westside Music Together (NYC)
- Music Together in the City (NYC)
- Starlight Starbright Music (Westchester, NY)
Music Together Sing Shalom class take place at Jewish and other community-based venues where families go for enrichment classes like art, open play, dance, music, and cultural programming:
- Marion Aaron Gural JCC, Cedarhurst, NY
- Aleph Academy, Reno, NV
- Temple Adath Shalom, Morris Plains, NJ
- Temple Judea, Manhasset, NY
- Chance to Dance, East Setauket, NY
- Temple Beth El, Great Neck, NY
- Madison Jewish Center, Brooklyn, NY
- Marine Park, Brooklyn, NY
- Temple Isaiah, Lafayette, CA
- Hillel Day School, Detroit, Farmington Hills, MI
Current Sing Shalom Teachers
Judy Hausman Leff is the Director/Owner of While They're Little and has offered and taught the Music Together program since 2003 after taking classes with her first two children. She loved the program so much, she felt compelled to share it with every child she met and, so, While They’re Little was born. In April 2005, she was awarded Music Together Certification Level 1 from the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ, having demonstrated outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy and parent education, and in August 2010, she was awarded Music Together Certification Level 2 for demonstrating mastery of those areas. Judy is self taught on the ukulele, guitar, autoharp and other instruments (that she won’t play in public).
Judy is proud of the consulting work she has done with The Jewish Education Project on the Music Together Sing Shalom pilot, particularly the research involved to find the additional songs. Judy continues to support the initiative by providing teachers with ongoing professional development around the new curriculum with Music Together's Director of Educational Services, Deanna deCampos. Music has always played an integral role in her life, as has Jewish Community. Judy is very excited to combine the two and can’t wait to share this program with your family. Judy will be piloting classes in Rockville Centre and Port Washington, through her own Music Together center, While They're Little.
Emma Alabaster is a vocalist, bassist and composer. A Brooklyn native, she studied jazz at Bard College and has ten years of teaching and performance experience throughout New York City. She currently leads her own band and plays as a sidewoman for multiple projects. When she isn’t teaching Music Together, Emma works as a teaching artist for the Brooklyn Arts Council and Lincoln Center. She plays guitar in class. (My notes: Emma grew up in Brooklyn. Raised with a strong cultural Jewish background. Attended a secular Yiddish school and camps over the summer. Her father is a musician. She’s the Music and Arts teacher for the Workman’s Circle in NYC. She knows more Yiddish than Hebrew. She’s also part of Economic Justice organizations and is an activist in some Jewish spaces. She’s been teaching for Michael Henry for a couple of years no. She has a loose connection to East Midwood Jewish Center because of her work there for Purim and other once-a-year events.
Lily's lifelong love of music was fostered by a childhood rich in diverse musical experiences. When Lily was young, her mother was a singer-songwriter and music therapist. Her father, recently retired, ran performing arts centers around the country and always emphasized the importance of bringing the arts to young people. Her parents' passion for the arts and education instilled the same in her at a young age. Lily has a degree in English Literature and has taken both undergraduate and graduate coursework in education. In her professional life, she has worked with children of all ages in a variety of settings. She recently relocated to New Jersey and works in Jewish education. Her love of music and education came together in a new way when she started teaching Music Together classes. She strongly believes that we should be a community of music-makers, and she is thrilled that Music Together provides children and families with the opportunity to experience the benefits of making music with one another. Lily is also the new Assistant Education Director and Rabinic Intern at Congregation Shomrei Emunah.
Ben Kramarz is a Berkeley, California based music educator, Jewish community organizer, reseacher, and writer. He is the author of A Guide to Songleading and Communal Singing. Ben specializes in the facilitation of communal singing experiences for all ages and is especially passionate about helping communities to build sustainable musical cultures. Ben holds a BA in Religious Studies and an MA in Folklore from the University of California, Berkeley.
Brooke has been making music all her life: singing, playing and dancing in her childhood home; singing and playing guitar in musical duos and solo performances; and exploring movement, song, and instrument play whenever possible. She has been a Music Together® mom since 2008 and a Music Together teacher and director since 2012. In addition to
her teaching work, Brooke plays in the Gypsy-Rock band, Calling Ophelia.
Merrily is in her 13 year of teaching and directing Music Together With Merrily in Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham. She is a certified Music Together teacher and a certified early childhood educator. Growing up, Merrily was involved in local community theater, studied choral music throughout her schooling, and spent two summers at Interlochen Center for the Arts. After teaching in a first grade classroom for four years, and upon the arrival of her first of two children, Merrily pursued her career as a Music Together Center Director and teacher. Merrily is thrilled to bring her love of music and young children, as well as the amazing musical experiences Music Together has to offer to the Jewish community.
Music Together Teachers Available to Teach Sing Shalom
Solomon Hoffman is a Jewish educator, composer, orchestrator and arranger currently residing in New York City. He teaches at the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore, working in the Nursery School (Gan Shalom), Synagogue School, and Teen Program. He is also their artist-in-residence, running a monthly musical service and composing new prayer settings for services. His arrangements for musical theatre and cabaret have been featured at 54 Below, Ars Nova, Broadway Advocacy Coalition, Dixon Place, FringeNYC, Juilliard Drama, (le) poisson rouge, Lincoln Center and SubCulture. He is the founder of The Songwriter’s Orchestra, an innovative 12-piece chamber orchestra that has accompanied award winning songwriters and Broadway performers. Solomon graduated from Columbia University, where he composed the Varsity Show twice. He is on the volunteer leadership team of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, and enjoys working on projects that fuse the arts and activism.
Solomon is very excited to be teaching Music Together for the first time with the new Sing Shalom curriculum! Solomon will be piloting classes on the UES, through Eastside Westside Music.
Cantor Amanda Kleinman is thrilled to be teaching Sing Shalom, a brand new Music Together class that incorporates Jewish songs alongside your Music Together favorites! A native of Dallas, Texas, Amanda has been a lifelong singer, earning a bachelor's degree in music and history from Middlebury College, and a Master of Sacred Music degree and cantorial ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music. As Assistant Cantor of Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, Amanda works to instill a love of music and Judaism in adults and children of all ages. She especially loves serving as the clergy liaison to WRT's Early Childhood Center, where she leads Tot Shabbat and creates innovative musical programming for the community's youngest learners. In 2012, she recorded a CD of children's music, entitled Shalom Yeladim.
Amanda is so excited to be among the first teachers piloting the newest Music Together experience. Amanda is leading two classes this semester in Scarsdale through Starlight Starbright Music.
Stacie Levy is an opera singer, pianist and songwriter. Being a part of a musical family, she developed a passion for music at a very early age. She graduated with a BA in Music/Vocal Performance from Hartwick College in 2004 and since then she has sung internationally, as well as at multiple musical venues all over NYC and Long Island. She also plays multiple instruments: ukulele, piano, and guitar. Currently, Stacie works as a music teacher for Music Together. She also teaches privately and is the owner/founder of her music studio: Stacie Blair Studio (StacieBlairStudios.com) where she teaches children as young as 4, and specializes in private voice and piano instruction. (She also teaches adults too.)
Stacie is really excited to be working with The Jewish Education Project and can't wait to meet her fellow educators. She currently lives in Astoria, NY. Stacie is leading her second Sing Shalom class on the UES through Eastside Westside Music and Music Together in the City.
becoming a music together sing shalom teacher
In 2017 & 2018 The Jewish Education Project invited Jewish music educators and family engagement specialists to attend one of Music Together's 3-day Teacher Training Workshops held regionally. Through this special grant opportunity, 20 educators in the NY Metro area have taken the training to learn the Music Together music education philosophy and become licensed to teach the class. Educators who are offered Sing Shalom teaching opportuntities in their community are then provided with additional training and resources by The Jewish Education Project called the Sing Shalom Concierge Training. Click here to learn more about the Sing Shalom Concierge Training.
Experienced Music Together educators with a Jewish background interested in teaching Sing Shalom classes should contact Shariee Calderone at firstname.lastname@example.org.