CHILDREN'S MUSIC PLAYSHOP

Staff

  • Martha Glaze Zook
    Arthur Judson Distinguished Faculty Chair
    Martha has been teaching Early Childhood Music and Movement at Settlement Music School since 1988.  She received a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College and a Diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music.  After a career playing French horn, including 10 years with the Philadelphia Orchestra, she returned to music education and received graduate teaching certification in the Orff-Schulwerk teaching. She has taken master classes in arts integration, Orff-Schulwerk composition and curriculum development. Ms. Glaze Zook developed the music curriculum for the Kaleidoscope Preschool Arts Enrichment program and led curriculum writing for Children's Music Workshop at SMS.  She advocates for early childhood music education and presents at national conferences for early childhood and music educators.  She  offers teacher training and professional development for local chapters of music educators.  She contributes articles to music education journals and has collaborated on teaching projects in Peru. In 2008 she was named to the Settlement 100 list of distinguished faculty and alumni Honorees.
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Regular

  • Maria Ceferatti
  • Lourdes Cossich
    Lourdes Cossich holds a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Voice Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. Ms. Cossich trained with Rita Shane and Kathryn Cowdrick and has performed in the United States, Spain, Guatemala, and France. Her repertoire includes Despina (Cosi fan Tutte), Romilda (Xerxes), Mrs. Fiorentino (Street Scene), Sister Antoine (Dialogues of the Carmelites). She has participated as a young artist at the Academie de Villecroze (France) and Fundacion Eutherpe (Spain), where she worked closely with mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza. In the Spring of 2014 she participated in an apprenticeship with Joyce DiDonato. Her music education credentials include working Dr. Richard Grunow, Dr. Christopher Azzara, Dr. Ann Marie Stanley in Music Learning Theory. During her time at Eastman Ms. Cossich worked closely with Dr. Donna Brink Fox, a world renowned Early Childhood Music specialist, and taught Early Childhood Classes at the Eastman Community Music School.
  • Krysta Fogel
  • Robert Gold
  • Karen Mercer
    Karen has been a member of the Settlement faculty since 2006. She received her B.S. in music education from Immaculata University, where she studied voice with Eunice Alberts, Dolores Ferraro, and Mara Sindoni. She received an early childhood music certificate from the Kodaly Center of America and has completed level 1 of Orff certification at Villanova University. In addition to teaching Children’s Music Playshop and Children’s Music Workshop classes, she serves as assistant choir director for the Gleeksman-Kohn Children’s Choir, rehearsing the choirs at the Camden and Kardon-Northeast Branches, and leads offsite programming for Settlement at Urban Promise in Camden. She also directs the Angelic Choir at Guardian Angels Regional School in Paulsboro, New Jersey, serves as director of music at First Presbyterian Church in Haddon Heights, NJ, and maintains a private studio in Sewell, NJ.
     
  • Tricia Paffen Knopka
    Tricia was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, and has been performing since she was 7 years old competing in various vocal competitions around the city. While in high school Tricia loved theater and dreamed of performing on Broadway. However, she decided that having a college education was more important. Tricia graduated from Temple University Ester Boyer School of Music and Dance, perusing a Music Education degree with a vocal concentration. She has given private music instruction in voice, guitar and piano to students ranging in age from 5 to 30. She also performs as a singer in two cover bands and writes and performs her own original music as well. Tricia has always wanted to be a teacher, and she feels that music should present in everyone's life from the beginning.
  • Suzanne Sweeney
    Suzanne Sweeney started her musical career actively playing piano in her community and taking classical lessons and jazz classes at the HARTT School of Music.  Following her undergraduate degree in music education and graduate degree in music performance, Suzanne Sweeney played locally and taught for several years in the West Philadelphia area, with experience leading professional development in the Philadelphia School District and the University of Pennsylvania.  She was nominated twice and awarded the Lindback Teaching Award in 2014. She supports teaching her students perseverance, creativity, and expression through music.
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CHILDREN'S MUSIC WORKSHOP

Staff

  • Martha Glaze Zook
    Arthur Judson Distinguished Faculty Chair
    Martha has been teaching Early Childhood Music and Movement at Settlement Music School since 1988.  She received a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College and a Diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music.  After a career playing French horn, including 10 years with the Philadelphia Orchestra, she returned to music education and received graduate teaching certification in the Orff-Schulwerk teaching. She has taken master classes in arts integration, Orff-Schulwerk composition and curriculum development. Ms. Glaze Zook developed the music curriculum for the Kaleidoscope Preschool Arts Enrichment program and led curriculum writing for Children's Music Workshop at SMS.  She advocates for early childhood music education and presents at national conferences for early childhood and music educators.  She  offers teacher training and professional development for local chapters of music educators.  She contributes articles to music education journals and has collaborated on teaching projects in Peru. In 2008 she was named to the Settlement 100 list of distinguished faculty and alumni Honorees.
    Read Martha's #facultyfriday profile

Associate Staff

  • AnnaLisa Mariani
    AnnaLisa Mariani has been serving on the faculty of Settlement Music School since 2008. She holds a Bachelor degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College of Rider University (1996) as well as Orff-Shulwerk Certification from Villanova and University of the Arts (2010). Previously, she served on the staff of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, PA and Malmark, Inc. in Plumsteadville, PA. She is a member of the Abington Symphony Orchestra. Her interests include musical theater and costume design, and in her spare time, she is a competitive figure skater. 
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Regular

  • Lourdes Cossich
    Lourdes Cossich holds a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Voice Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. Ms. Cossich trained with Rita Shane and Kathryn Cowdrick and has performed in the United States, Spain, Guatemala, and France. Her repertoire includes Despina (Cosi fan Tutte), Romilda (Xerxes), Mrs. Fiorentino (Street Scene), Sister Antoine (Dialogues of the Carmelites). She has participated as a young artist at the Academie de Villecroze (France) and Fundacion Eutherpe (Spain), where she worked closely with mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza. In the Spring of 2014 she participated in an apprenticeship with Joyce DiDonato. Her music education credentials include working Dr. Richard Grunow, Dr. Christopher Azzara, Dr. Ann Marie Stanley in Music Learning Theory. During her time at Eastman Ms. Cossich worked closely with Dr. Donna Brink Fox, a world renowned Early Childhood Music specialist, and taught Early Childhood Classes at the Eastman Community Music School.
  • Krysta Fogel
  • Robert Gold
    Bob Gold grew up in an art-filled musical family, taking piano lessons at the Germantown branch of Settlement Music School with Irene Beck and violin lessons in his public school. As a science major at the University of Delaware, Bob re-connected with his passion for music, taking piano literature classes with pianist Michael Steinberg and discovering the beauty of jazz and improvised music. Upon graduation Bob concentrated on self teaching and forming a trio that performed, among other places, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia for many years. More recently, Bob has concentrated on solo piano, and in expanding his skills as both a private and classroom teacher. He has a Masters degree in Music Education from the University of the Arts and an Orff Schulwerk Certification from U. of Arts/Villanova University.
  • Karen Mercer
  • Tricia Paffen Knopka
    Tricia was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, and has been performing since she was 7 years old competing in various vocal competitions around the city. While in high school Tricia loved theater and dreamed of performing on Broadway. However, she decided that having a college education was more important. Tricia graduated from Temple University Ester Boyer School of Music and Dance, perusing a Music Education degree with a vocal concentration. She has given private music instruction in voice, guitar and piano to students ranging in age from 5 to 30. She also performs as a singer in two cover bands and writes and performs her own original music as well. Tricia has always wanted to be a teacher, and she feels that music should present in everyone's life from the beginning.
  • Suzanne Sweeney
    Suzanne Sweeney started her musical career actively playing piano in her community and taking classical lessons and jazz classes at the HARTT School of Music.  Following her undergraduate degree in music education and graduate degree in music performance, Suzanne Sweeney played locally and taught for several years in the West Philadelphia area, with experience leading professional development in the Philadelphia School District and the University of Pennsylvania.  She was nominated twice and awarded the Lindback Teaching Award in 2014. She supports teaching her students perseverance, creativity, and expression through music.
    Read Suzanne's #facultyfriday profile

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KALEIDOSCOPE PRE-K

Head Teachers

  • Mary Louise Curtis Branch:
    • Jean Rauch (PS 1)
      Jean Rauch is a Head Teach for the Kaleidoscope Pre-school Arts Enrichment Program. She has worked for Settlement Music School for 17 years. Jean has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Chestnut Hill College and is currently working on her Master’s Degree with a dual certification in Pre-K-Early Elementary and Pre-K-8 Special Education. Jean loves working with children and enjoys the feeling one gets when the children enter the classroom with a big smile on their faces. She also enjoys spending time with her own children and going to the beach.
    • Carissa DiGiacomo (PS 2)
    • Scott Slezak (PS 3)
      Scott Slezak graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. After starting his art career in Pittsburgh, he moved to Philadelphia, where he began to apprentice as a furniture finisher and began writing and performing original music. When Scott's daughter was born, he left work to be a full-time, stay-at-home dad. Scott began babysitting for other families and was a play-group supervisor for the South Eastern Pennsylvania Mental Health Association.  Scott's daughter was enrolled in the Kaleidoscope program at Settlement Music School, and he was so impressed with the program he began to volunteer in the classrooms two days a week, and wanted more. He went back to school to study Early Childhood Education and became a substitute art and classroom teacher, and was then brought on as a full-time Kaleidoscope teacher after several years. Scott is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education at Chestnut Hill College.
    • Danielle Slip (PS 4)
    • Dana Jackson (PS 2)
      Philadelphia native Dana D. Jackson began her career in early childhood education in 1994 through volunteering at the Parent Infant Center. This experience led her to take classes at Community College of Philadelphia, where she obtained an Associates degree in Elementary Education. After graduating from CCP, she attended Saint Joseph’s University where she received my bachelor’s degree join Elementary education in 2000. She taught for five years at Educare Learning Center, then taught Kindergarten in the Philadelphia School District starting in 2004. Her love for the Early Childhood field led her to Settlement Music School, where her goal as a lead pre-school teacher is to provide a safe, healthy, fun, and inviting environment in which every child is able to experience new things through play build healthy relationships, and feel proud of who they are.
  • Germantown Branch:
    • Nia Arrington (PS 6)
    • April Moore (PS 7)

      April Moore is a highly qualified teacher, graduating from Chestnut Hill College with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Pre-K to 4th grade. April was boring in Niagara Falls, NY and moved to Philadelphia when she was four years old. She’s is a mother of four: 3 songs, Joseph 23, Joshua 22, Jonah 20 and one daughter Kaya who is 9 years old. Her favorite color is pink.

Artist Teachers

  • Mary Louise Curtis Branch
    • Sue Liedke - Art
      Sue Liedke received a double BA in Studio Art and Communication from Houghton College in New York State. After working at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and in a variety of childcare positions, she completed an M.Ed. in Art Education from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. She has taught art to many age levels and in many settings, including summer high school courses, museum education, and now, pre-Kindergartners at the Germantown branch of Settlement Music School's Kaleidoscope program. During her time at Settlement, she secured a grant providing for integration of technology into the Art Studio, allowing students to experiment with digital film-making and other collaborative art projects. She strives to incorporate contemporary artists and methodology into her art lessons.
      Read Sue's #facultyfriday profile
    • Kaye Fernandez- Dance
      Kaye has been teaching Ballet since 1995 at SMS. She received a Bachelor of Classical Dance from the National School of Ballet in Peru. She danced for five years in Ballet de Camara and seven years at Ballet Municipal in Lima. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science and majored in Social Work Universidad Mayor de San Marcos. She moved to the United States in 1987 to attend the University of the Arts and the Pennsylvania Ballet. In 1988 she won first place at the Spotlight National Dance Competition and also danced for five years with the Mercury Dance Company in Philadelphia. In 1996, Kaye continued her education at Cabrini College and started teaching Creative Movement in the Kaleidoscope program. She offers teacher training and professional development workshops and collaborates with the Hispanic community. Kaye is the 2012 recipient of the Sol Schoenbach Award for Outstanding Service at Settlement Music School. 
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    • Martha Glaze Zook
      Arthur Judson Distinguished Faculty Chair
      Martha has been teaching Early Childhood Music and Movement at Settlement Music School since 1988.  She received a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College and a Diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music.  After a career playing French horn, including 10 years with the Philadelphia Orchestra, she returned to music education and received graduate teaching certification in the Orff-Schulwerk teaching. She has taken master classes in arts integration, Orff-Schulwerk composition and curriculum development. Ms. Glaze Zook developed the music curriculum for the Kaleidoscope Preschool Arts Enrichment program and led curriculum writing for Children's Music Workshop at SMS.  She advocates for early childhood music education and presents at national conferences for early childhood and music educators.  She  offers teacher training and professional development for local chapters of music educators.  She contributes articles to music education journals and has collaborated on teaching projects in Peru. In 2008 she was named to the Settlement 100 list of distinguished faculty and alumni Honorees.
      Read Martha's #facultyfriday profile
  • Germantown
    • Colleen Pickup - Art
    • Blythe Smith - Dance
    • AnnaLisa Mariani - Music

Assistant Teachers

  • Mary Louise Curtis Branch
    • Pamela Johnson (PS 1)
      Pamela Johnson attended Saint Maria Goretti High School where she graduated with a diploma in business. Later, she attended the Thompson Institute and received a certificate in medical office management. Pamela has worked in the banking field, in hospitals, and later, as a substitute teacher for Settlement. She found it rewarding to work with children and decided to pursue a certificate/diploma as a Child Development Associate. Pamela is now an Assistant Teacher at Settlement Music School.
    • Latrisha Grant (PS 2)

      Latrisha is currently an Assistant Teacher at Settlement Music School. She has worked as an Early Childhood Educator for the last 10 years. Her specialty is with children ages three to five years old. She started her career in Early Childhood Education after graduating from Kingsborough Community College where she earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. Previously, she worked for the military where she continued to gain knowledge and experience in Early Childhood Education. Latrisha also owned and facilitated a daycare for five years. She currently attends the Community College of Philadelphia where she continues to pursue a meaningful education. Latrisha lives in Philadelphia with her young family.

    • Felecia Williamson (PS 3)
      Felecia Williamson is an Assistant Teacher at Settlement Music School’s Kaleidoscope Pre-K program. She has a Child Development Associate accreditation. After having three children of her own she fell into the field of early childhood education by a fluke opportunity in 2003. She realized from day one that she wanted to do nothing else and began to take classes and trainings to obtain the knowledge and skills to become a better teacher and co-worker and to continue to improve as a person both in and outside the classroom. She loves working at Settlement Music School and the Kaleidoscope program because it has allowed her to come in contact with so many families from all walks of life. She has never worked along side people who were so compassionate and focused on their work.
    • Gail Robinson (PS 4)
    • Beth Batewell (PS 5)

      Beth came to Kaleidoscope many years ago as the PS4 Head Teacher but, after a few years, left the program due to a relocation across the country. Eight years as a stay-at-home mom, a move back home, and two kids later and Beth was ready to re-enter the workforce. Luckily, Kaleidoscope was in need of help and she gladly jumped at the opportunity to come back to this unique, exciting, and interesting program. Beth holds a BS in Early Childhood Education from Long Island University.

  • Germantown
    • Yvette Dorsey (PS 6) 
      Yvette Dorsey is a lead pre-kindergarten classroom teacher at Settlement Music School. She holds an associate degree in Early Childhood Education from the Community College of Philadelphia and has worked with children for over eight years. She is a firm believer that each child can learn and his/her own pace. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Additionally, she has gone through extensive training to become a certified treatment foster parent. She has cared for several families over the years and in the last two and a half years has been caring for four siblings. Mollett has one biological son Joseph and a husband Maurice.
    • Shontaya Greer (PS 7)
      Shontaya Greer is the Assistant Teacher for Pre-School classroom seven at the Kaleidoscope Pre School Arts Enrichment Program at Settlement Music School. She holds an associates degree in Early Childhood Education from the Community College of Philadelphia. She has been working at Settlement since September 2005. Greer has worked with children for over twelve years. She enjoys arts and crafts, shopping, and spending time with her son.

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KALEIDOSCOPE PLUS

 

  • Brian Bateman
    Brian Bateman is a multidisciplinary vocalist and entertainer. Brian graduated from the Boston Conservatory in 2012, Cum Laude, with a BFA in Musical Theater and an emphasis in Directing. Brian’s theater credits include performances in Boston, New York and Philadelphia. Brian also works as a recording artist and background vocalist, he has performed his own show aboard Holland America Line. As an educator, Brian has directed theater for the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation, the Boston Conservatory, Nazareth Academy Grade School and Settlement Music School’s Kaleidoscope + Arts After-School Program
  • Sue Liedke
    Sue Liedke received a double BA in Studio Art and Communication from Houghton College in New York State. After working at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and in a variety of childcare positions, she completed an M.Ed. in Art Education from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. She has taught art to many age levels and in many settings, including summer high school courses, museum education, and now, pre-Kindergartners at the Germantown branch of Settlement Music School's Kaleidoscope program. During her time at Settlement, she secured a grant providing for integration of technology into the Art Studio, allowing students to experiment with digital film-making and other collaborative art projects. She strives to incorporate contemporary artists and methodology into her art lessons.  

Read Sue's #facultyfriday profile

  • Scott Slezak
    Scott Slezak graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. After starting his art career in Pittsburgh, he moved to Philadelphia, where he began to apprentice as a furniture finisher and began writing and performing original music. When Scott's daughter was born, he left work to be a full-time, stay-at-home dad. Scott began babysitting for other families and was a play-group supervisor for the South Eastern Pennsylvania Mental Health Association.  Scott's daughter was enrolled in the Kaleidoscope program at Settlement Music School, and he was so impressed with the program he began to volunteer in the classrooms two days a week, and wanted more. He went back to school to study Early Childhood Education and became a substitute art and classroom teacher, and was then brought on as a full-time Kaleidoscope teacher after several years. Scott is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education at Chestnut Hill College.

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