Our Teaching Staff

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 Jelena Karanovic

Jelena Karanovic is Tam Tam’s director. She is a formally trained pianist, clarinetist, and singer. She also plays guitar, dances, and is passionate about music and children. After attending Music Together classes with her daughter Juniper for three years, Jelena excitedly took the plunge and became a Music Together teacher herself! Through her energetic and fun classes, Jelena engages with each child while supporting their musical development. She also has experience in teaching all ages and is thrilled to help build a live music-making community in Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy!

     
photo Jessie White

Jessie White, a seasoned teacher, has been teaching Music Together in Fort Greene for fifteen years! She is a professionally trained Music Together teacher, with a theater and dance background. Her creativity and adventurous spirit will keep you and your child engaged and on your toes all semester long! Check out Jessie’s CD and her band Tres Leches at www.tresleches.us. With her skilled music and dance background, and love for children, Jessie has a faithful following and her classes fill fast!

     
photo Bill Berg

Bill is a fabulous teacher who teaches all over NYC and is in high demand. His warm-hearted, fun-loving energy is infectious. Bill has been teaching Music Together classes since the summer of 2002, and has been fortunate to take his skills and joy of music-making to various parts of the country, teaching in and around New York City, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. The son of a music teacher, performer and jazz lover, Bill has long enjoyed a wide variety of musical influences and is an actor, performer and improviser in his own right. With no children of his own (yet), Bill likes to think of himself as a professional uncle, as he naturally gravitates to the freedom of play and silliness generally seen in young children. His classes are high-energy celebrations of music and movement where everyone’s bound to leave with a smile on their faces and a little more spring in their step!

     
photo Jeanine La Barbera

Jeanine is a singer, songwriter and actor who has performed in venues from “Star Search” to Lincoln Center. She began performing in musical theater at age 10, and studied voice and performance at Berklee College of Music. She is a bubbly and fun teacher who brings laughter, joy, and creativity to her classes.A natural with children in her youthful energetic spirit, Jeanine loves nurturing their individuality and expression through music, and has been teaching Music Together since 2002. Jeanine has an active career as a solo artist & her all-live original album “Jeanine Truly” is available on iTunes. She plays guitar in class. Check out Jeanine's music & perfomances at her website.

     
photo Eve Kummer-Landau

We are thrilled to have Eve join our staff! She recently graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Theater and Music. She has been teaching theater and songs to children in the Brooklyn Community for years with White Bird Productions Creative Theatrics summer camp, recently began teaching at Park Slope Jewish Center and now she is a registered, licensed Music Together teacher on staff with us! Eve is fun, silly, energetic, and engaging, with a beautiful voice and a great presence about her. She has always loved music, dance, and theater, and is a natural when it comes to leading a room of people in a creative, music making process. Hobbies include Swing and Blues dancing and needle felting. Please welcome Eve, and get ready to have some fun!

     
photo Arlee Leonard (sub)

Arlee is a certified Music Together teacher and professional Jazz Vocalist who loves to share her joyful spirit with children and their grown-ups! Trained as a Music Together teacher in the early 2000s, Arlee has taught Music Together classes for a number of centers in Brooklyn while pursuing her passion as a jazz singer. Arlee relishes the chance to make music with little ones and their big people, bringing families together in a ritual that reaches back to the roots of humankind. We are excited to have Arlee join our teaching staff!

     
  Michelle Zilles (sub)

Michelle has been teaching for 10 years, and is a highly creative, super fun teacher! We are thrilled to have her working for us as she is a person we look to for inspiration and creative ways to keep things fun and exciting all semester long. If you get her as a sub this semester, you will be in for a real treat!

     
  TBA (to be announced shortly)

 

About Us

Trusted. Proven. Educational. And of course, fun! Tam Tam is proud to offer Music Together, one of the world's leading music and movement programs for young children!

 

 
 
 
 

Classes

Our music and movement classes provide research-based activities that stimulate your child's growing mind and body. Find out more about our family-style classes for kids from birth through age 5... and the adults who love them!

 
 
 
 

Benefits

Psychologists, scientists, and experts in early childhood development have demonstrated that music does more than bring children joy; it helps their brain cells make the connections needed for every kind of intelligence.