EARLY CHILDHOOD MUSIC FACULTY

Joyce Alexander, Early Childhood Music and Music for Special Needs

Joyce Alexander, Early Childhood Music Faculty, Wharton Music Center, Berkeley Heights, NJ

Ms. Joyce Alexander is a Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC). She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy from Montclair State University and has also studied voice, theory, and performance at The New School in New York City.

Ms. Alexander received the Department of Music David Ott Scholarship and Outstanding Student Music Therapist Award while at Montclair State University. She has advanced teacher training in Kindermusik and Musikgarten. Ms. Alexander has served as music therapist in several settings including Bayonne Public Schools, Regional Day School (Morristown), American Day Treatment Center (Verona), Essex County Hospital (Cedar Grove), and S.A.G.E. (Berkeley Heights).

Emma Peterson

Emma Peterson holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with a Voice Concentration from the College of New Jersey. She is a teaching artist at the Paterson Music Project and has worked in the Basking Ridge Public Schools. She also spent a semester in the Disney College Program at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. As a performer, Emma has appeared with Trilogy Repertory Company in Basking Ridge (Children’s Participatory Theater, Mary Poppins, Midsummer Night’s Dream), Light Opera of New Jersey (The Gondoliers, HMS Pinafore), and at TCNJ (Pirates of Penzance, Orfeo and Euridice). As a choral singer, she has performed with the Freelance Ensemble of New Jersey Orchestra, in the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center with the TCNJ Chorale, at Carnegie Hall, and in the onstage choir for The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Paper Mill Playhouse with the Continuo Arts Foundation, where she is currently a member of their professional ensemble, Sonare. Ms. Peterson will be teaching Music for Toddlers and Cycle of Seasons classes on Sundays at Wharton.