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 Jennie Mulqueen

Jennie's Bio

     
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 Katy Boc

A native of Massachusetts, Katy began her musical studies with violin and viola at age 9. She holds a B.M in Viola Performance from the University of Texas at Austin and has performed in both professional symphony and opera orchestras, and as a chamber musician. Katy is a Suzuki certified violin/viola teacher and has taught private lessons, group classes, chamber music, and music theory to children and young adults in both the U.T String Project and at South Shore Conservatory. She has began attending Music Together classes with her own children in 2002 and recently completed the Music Together training. Committed to helping families discover the joy of making music together, she is thrilled to be joining Music Together at South Shore Conservatory!

     
photo Adrienne Perfetuo

Adrienne Perfetuo, B.A. in Dance and Performance Studies from Roger Williams University . Adrienne came to South Shore Conservatory to teach creative movement and drama in the kindergarten and preschool programs, and joined the Music Together teaching team in Fall 2007. She has been studying dance since 1987, from Ballet to Jazz, Tap to Hip Hop, although her main focus is Modern and Creative dance. She is also an accomplished figure skater. Teaching and choreography are huge passions for Adrienne, but her first love is teaching children. "Working with children is so fulfilling and rewarding, there isn't anything I would rather do!"

     
photo Su D'Ambrosio

Assunta "Su" D'Ambrosio holds an MM from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a BA in Music from Smith College, and Orff certification from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. At South Shore Conservatory she is the preschool and kindergarten classroom music specialist, as well as teacher for Drum! Sing! Dance!, Instrument Sampler and Recorder Time! She taught general and instrumental music in public schools for 17 years, most recently as an instrumental music specialist for Norwell Public Schools. Before taking the position as early childhood department chair, Su also taught preschool and kindergarten music at Kids Port Learning Center in Plymouth, where she lives with her husband, Bob, and her two daughters, Maria and Rosa. In 2007 Su became manager of the Conservatory's Home School Arts Institute.

     
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 Emily Arsenault

Emily Arsenault is a graduate of Boston College, where she received a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a minor in Film Studies. At BC, she had the opportunity to explore many creative interests, receiving training in acting, playwriting, stage movement, and theatre for children. She was also a four-year member of the University Chorale, completing performance tours of Spain, Ireland, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Italy, including a performance at St. Peter’s Basilica. Emily is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in Community Arts and Education at Lesley University, specializing in Integrated Arts.

Having spent many years at the Conservatory as a student of drama, flute, bassoon, and voice, Emily returned in 2003 to work each August as a camp counselor and drama coach in Summer Theatre Workshop. In 2008, she also began working as an assistant in the kindergarten, and in 2009, took on the role of Drama Department Chair. She is delighted to have the opportunity to be part of SSC’s Music Together family!

     
  Meg Durkin

     
photo Arielle Richter

Originally from Greenwich, CT, Arielle Schachat graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BA in Music (voice), BS in Education and a minor in Psychology.  While at UConn, she was the music director of the UConn Chordials, an all female a cappella group and soprano section leader for the UConn Concert Choir and the Vernon Chorale.  Arielle combined her love of music and psychology when she sang for a music therapy program at Midstate Medical Center in Meriden, CT.  She knew she wanted to be an early childhood music educator after teaching music and movement to 3-7 year olds at the First Congregational Church of Coventry, CT. Since then, Arielle has held positions as an elementary general music teacher in Middletown, CT and Scituate, MA.  She started with South Shore Conservatory in 2010.

     
photo Jackie Debas

With a B.A. in Early Childhood and an AMI diploma from Ohio's Xavier University, Jackie has nurtured joyful interactions with young children for 20 plus years at the Old Colony Montessori School in Hingham. When her natural passion for language and song led Jackie to a Music Together teacher training last spring, she immediately knew Music Together is a perfect fit with her Montessorian commitment to exploration and independence and couldn't wait to dive into teaching.  Having raised two amazing children into young adults, Jackie and her husband Bruno continue to enjoy life on the South Shore, and we are so excited that she found South Shore Conservatory! 

     
photo Krista Lester

Krista Lester holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Boston University, where she trained as a lyric soprano.  Although she loves classical music, she found it did not completely satisfy her need for a creative outlet, so she turned to honing her skills in a second passion: writing.  She went on to complete a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Harvard University and now spends much of her time combining both of these interests in her practice as a singer/songwriter.  She has extensive experience as a chorister and soloist, plays piano and flute, and enjoys experimenting with electronic music in her home studio.  Krista wants to be a source of fun and inspiration for those who choose music as a means for personal enrichment, and she is thrilled to share her creative spirit with others by teaching Music Together® for the South Shore Conservatory.

     
  Ed Sorrentino

     
  Lauren Whittaker

     
  George Little

     
  Karen Peterson

     
  Christina McSharry
     
  Cynthia Toffoloni