Our Teachers

Our teachers are truly passionate about music and the development of children.

They create a fun, informal, social setting that spurs active engagement and supports each child's musical development.


photo Amanda Munice

Licensed Music Together® Center Director, Registered Music Together Teacher, Certification Level 1

Center Director Amanda Munice brings a wealth of knowledge to Music Together, with a background including more than 12 years as a certified elementary school teacher and over 20 years of musical theater experience. 

Amanda grew up in Ocean Township, NJ and is very excited to be bringing Music Together to her hometown and the surrounding Monmouth County area! She is a graduate of the Performing Arts Program at Red Bank Regional High School, where she was a vocal music and drama major. Amanda continued her education at Wagner College as a student in their prestigious musical theater program. Upon her graduation, she received a B.A in Theater/Speech and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. Before finding Music Together, Amanda spent eight years as the director of a successful children's theater program, offering after school classes and a summer day camp. Prior to opening Manda's Music Together (now Music Together Coastal Melodies), Amanda apprenticed with Sarah Orfe, Director of the Princeton Lab School. She returned to the Music Together headquarters to receive her Certification Level 1 for Music Together teaching mastery with Lili Levinowitz, PhD, Director of Research and Co-Author of the Music Together program in September 2014.  While she has played many roles on stage throughout her musical theater career, her favorite roles of all time are "mommy" to Music Together student Mariella and "wife" to Justin!  

photo Jney Uplinger

Registered Music Together Teacher 

J'ney has a varied background in music and theater which extends back to her childhood, when she began singing at age 7. Born in Brooklyn, NY, J'ney attended Cheney University in Pennsylvania and minored in music. She continued her musical training under the direction of Donald Read, Julliard professor and director of the United Nations Singers in New York City. Later, J'ney joined the Clydn Performance Theater Group in Pennsylvania. Since moving to New Jersey, J'ney has rekindled her passion for theater and music. Recent performances include "Ragtime" with Phoenix Productions (Red Bank), "Smokey Joe's Cafe" at the Monmouth University's Pollak Theater (Long Branch) and "Dreamgirls" at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center (Deal). Some of her favorite roles include Dynamites in "Hairspray", Nettie Fowler in "Carousel" and Maud Dunlap in "The Music Man." As an educator, J'ney has taught preschool and kindergarten, and she has over 18 years of experience as a Sunday school teacher. J'ney is married and a mother of four. She completed her Music Together teacher training during 2015 and is excited about this opportunity to bring together two things she loves: children and music! As a Music Together teacher, J'ney can share her passion for music with families. She feels that getting to experience music in different ways each day is a dream come true!

photo Jessica Vitalo

Registered Music Together Teacher 

We are so happy to have Jessica on our teaching staff!  Besides teaching Music Together, she has been running the Drama Program at Brick Memorial High School for five years, and worked as there choreographer for seven. She spent five years traveling across the country in an IMPROV Assembly Group, The Cameo Cast, doing assemblies for schools K-12. In her early years she wrote, directed, and mounted many shows for Six Flags Theme Parks™, earning her over a dozen IAPPA nominations for North American Entertainment. She attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and New School University, has performed all over the country, and is a Perry Award Winner for Best Actress in a Musical. Her expertise as a Musical Theatre director and choreographer, coupled with her training as a Music Together™ registered teacher makes her a versatile and valuable addition to our professional staff of seasoned teachers. Jessica lives in Belmar with her awesome husband and loves bringing music to one and all!

photo Bernadette LoPinto-Neil

Registered Music Together Teacher, Certification Level 2

Music Together Coastal Melodies is delighted to welcome Bernadette to our teaching team! As the former director of Not Just Music in Wall, Point Pleasant, Brick, and Toms River, she taught the licensed Music Together curriculum in both family and preschool class settings for over ten years. Growing up, she played a variety of acoustic instruments in her family's bluegrass band including guitar, dulcimer, and autoharp. Bernadette has an overdeveloped silly quotient for which a cure has not yet been developed.