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 2

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 25 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 and again in August of 2018 to receive her Certification Level 2 training.  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 Emily Monus

Registered Music Together Teacher

Emily is delighted to be joining the Coastal Melodies Music Together Family!  She recently completed her teacher training under the instruction of Esther Winter & Deanna DeCampos and is proud to be a Registered Music Together Teacher.  Emily grew up singing in what MT considers a "musically rich environment" and credits that early work by her parents with her love of music and performance.  

Growing up in Central Pennsylvania, her musical history includes playing the cello in orchestras, percussion in concert bands, and singing in choruses and children's choirs all throughout her schooling.  She graduated from Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts (Pittsburgh, PA) with a B.A. in Musical Theatre, where she was a mainstay in their children's theatre programming, Playhouse Jr.  This experience provided a springboard to her first professional job as a company member with Surflight-To-Go's touring children's theatre company, offering her the opportunity to further nurture her love of children & arts education.

After a long 10 year hiatus from music & performance while working in a corporate job, she has now returned to her true love of music and children with Music Together!  Often described as a "cartoon character" when hanging out with little ones, she is thrilled to bring her brand of silly to Coastal Melodies classrooms and families of Monmouth County.

     
photo Alli Angelou

Registered Music Together Teacher

Bio Coming Soon! 

     
photo Vicki Williams

Registered Music Together Teacher

Music Together Coastal Melodies is so happy to welcome Vicki to our teaching team! Many of you may recognize Vicki since she has also been part of our musical community as a mom, attending classes with her husband and their son Owen. Check back for her full bio coming soon!

     
photo Jana Hair

Guest Teacher - Music Together BABIES Class

Coastal Melodies is thrilled to welcome Jana to our ONLINE musical community as a guest teacher. Our online class format allows teachers (and families!) from all around the world to join us for more music-making! 

Jana is the owner and director of Music Together Tri-Cities in Richland, Washington. With more than 10 years of experience teaching children music in professional, school and church settings, Jana is well-equipped with the tools and know-how to bring joy and enthusiasm to the Music Together® classroom. She completed the intensive Music Together Teacher Training Workshop in Seattle in the spring of 2016 and she started Music Together Tri-Cities that summer. Jana has a B.S. from Brigham Young University in Marriage, Family and Human Development, with an emphasis in child and adolescent development and behavior. 

Jana is also blessed to have an amazingly supportive husband and four wonderful, rambunctious, creative, tender-hearted children. In addition to sharing her passion for music, she enjoys reading (yay for book clubs!), being outdoors, and loves singing in the kitchen, shower, car, backyard...well, anywhere!