OUR TEACHERS

Music Together® and Yoga

photo Director/Music Together teacher Catherine Rubin

Catherine Rubin has been singing professionally for over 25 years. She studied classical and jazz voice at Ithaca College in NY. Upon graduation she began a career as a singer/songwriter of adult contemporary music and in the mid-nineties, released her first album. Since then, Catherine has put out 3 more original albums and has had several songs featured in independent films. Over the past several years, she has been studying vocal improvisation with Jazz legend Bobby McFerrin and Rhiannon of McFerrin's band "Voicestra". Her interest in the healing properties of music led her to study Music Therapy at Montclair State University. She started teaching the early childhood music program "Music Together" after taking her son, Max to the classes and falling in love with the program. Catherine is celebrating her 14th year of teaching Music Together.

     
photo Music Together teacher Samantha Goldsack

Samantha has been singing and enjoying music her whole life. She began acting and studying voice at a very young age. Samantha graduated from Northeastern University where she studied education and was active in the arts. She has been an elementary school teacher for the past nine years. Samantha has taken some time off from teaching to raise her two children, Colin, and Charlotte. When Samantha began taking her children to Music Together classes she rediscovered her love of music and was inspired to become a Music Together teacher. She is very excited to share her love of music with children and their families.

     
photo Music Together Teacher Florence Labaze

Florence Labaze has enjoyed and performed music all of her life. From participating in traveling children’s choirs in elementary school, participating in NYSSMA all-county and all-area concerts after having achieved a perfect score of 5 of 5 during NYSSMA auditions in secondary school, singing in school and community music theatre productions, and studying Operatic Performance during her years in the M/TS Honors Program at RCC, Florence has always sought out opportunities to study music and sing in groups. When Florence transferred to Yale University, she trained and performed nationally and internationally with the Yale Glee Club and maintains close ties to the organization as an Ambassador of Song as part of the Yale Alumni Chorus. Within the community, family and friends have always associated her with singing and music education and regularly ask for her help when learning songs, arranging group and solo vocal performances and developing the love of music in children and themselves. Currently, Florence is working on a number of children’s books and short story collections while living in Monsey, NY with her husband and two children ages 8 and 22 months. When she attended a Music Together program this fall with her 2-year old, she fell in love with the program and immediately researched how to teach classes as well. After having completed the training a few weeks later, Florence is so excited to teach Music Together to you and your family!

     
photo Sara Weiss, RYT200

Sara Weiss Zimmerman is a 200 hour certified teacher from Yoga Haven in Tuckahoe, NY. She views yoga as a means to explore body movement, build confidence, and cultivate a quiet mind. Focusing on the grace in every pose, her prenatal classes use breath work and movement to prepare women for the journey of pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood. She encourages her students to listen to their bodies, have fun with the postures, and open their minds and bodies through an invigorating and soothing practice. Sara teaches at Birchwood Center and lives in Nyack, NY with her husband and 19-month-old daughter.

     
photo Judy Levin, RCYT, RYT500

Judy's yoga journey began as a physical workout but she was caught by surprise by how peaceful and calm she felt afterwards.. "Curiosity kept me coming back and before I knew it I was hooked", says Judy. "Deep in my heart I knew that this was the beginning of a beautiful journey and would be my life-long path. Each and every day I am filled with gratitude to find this world of kindness and compassion, of non-judgement, of peace and quietude." Judy's professional career includes- 200 hour certification –OM Yoga under the guidance of Cyndi Lee, 200 hour certification- Yoga Synthesis under the guidance of Raji Thron, Teen certification – Yoga Minded under the guidance of Cristy Brock, Basic/Advanced Children’s certification- Naturally Yoga under the guidance of Sheryl Edsall, Restorative Yoga certification- Om Yoga under the guidance of Cyndi Lee, Anusara certification I- Shree Yoga under the guidance of Chaya Spencer. In her personal practice she continues to learn and be inspired by her mentors, teachers and students and thrives to create a warm peaceful environment for all that share this journey. Her classes are creative, fun and flowing with an emphasis on alignment. "I like to turn our world up-side down and right side up. Come play with me, I look forward to meeting you." Namaste, Judy Levin

     
photo Catherine Moon Rubin, RPYT, RYT200

After spending the past decade teaching early childhood music and doing yoga, Catherine Moon brings her love of music and yoga together in unique classes for mommies and their little ones. Catherine's background is in Integral Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa, and Iyengar, and she combines her favorite elements of all these styles. Her Prenatal Yoga classes tend to be slower-paced with an emphasis on stretching, breathing techniques, and meditative practices. Her Mommy and Me Postnatal Yoga classes add musical play to the yoga experience, and cater to mothers with infants up to 1 year old. Catherine completed her 200 hour Yoga Certification through Paula Heitzner at the New Age Center in Nyack. She completed her Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga training through Debra Geymayr at Prenatal Plus Yoga in Miami Florida. Both programs are recognized by Yoga Alliance, making Catherine an RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) and an RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher).