Linda Megale Thornton, Teaching Director

photo Linda Megale Thornton

Linda brought Music Together® to Westchester County in 1993, and has been bringing the "Joy of Family Music" to families in Purchase and Croton-on-Hudson ever since. Mrs. Thornton is a certified Music Together Teacher as well as an inaugural member of the Director's Leadership Group, and has represented Music Together at the North American NAEYC Conference. She is a member of ECMMA.

On staff at the Purchase Children's Center for 13 years as Pre-School Music Specialist and Nursery School Teacher, she now devotes all of her energy to Music Together. After graduating from Bennett College with an A.S. in Child Development, Linda studied voice, dance and musical theater in NYC at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) and the International School of Dance at Carnegie Hall.

She has sung professionally on stage, in church choirs and clubs, and is listed in Who's Who in Theater for her performance in an Off-Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Anyone Can Whistle."

Mrs. Thornton combines her love of children, her knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice, and her life-long passion for music to teach a class that is educationally sound and enjoyed by all.

Linda lives in Garrison, NY with her handsome cat, Harry. She is on the Board of Directors at Tompkins Corners Cultural Center in Putnam Valley, on the Programming Committee, and also serves as Volunteer and Reception Coordinator. Linda loves to cook and bake for family and friends and enjoys singing with the Dream Choir of the Hudson Valley.

Please see "Quotes" to read what our families have to say!

     
photo Judy Kropf

Judy Kropf has been involved with Jewish education since her teens, when she tutored b'nei mitzvah and taught Israeli folk dancing.  She attended Hebrew University in Jerusalem and taught high school English there, then later taught Hebrew and folk dancing at synagogues in the Washington, D.C., area and Beacon, NY.  Judy joined the staff at Temple Israel of Northern Westchester in 2016, teaching Judaica and Hebrew to both upper and lower schools. She is a Qushiyot Israel Education Fellow, Rosh Hodesh (Moving Traditions) facilitator for teen girls, a Sign2Me teacher, and has taught hundreds of people how to hula hoop and folk dance.  

 

Judy participated in Music Together classes with her daughters, Sophie and Dalia, when they were little.  Now she is a registered Music Together teacher and looks forward to facilitating the new Sing Shalom class at Temple Israel in September.  Judy lives in Garrison with her husband Noel and daughters, with whom she enjoys dancing and singing in many different musical genres and attending dance and music festivals and camps.