Our Jammin Baby Team:
Erica Berry, Director/ Registered Music Together® Teacher
Jammin Baby/Kids was developed out of a passion and love for music and children. Erica Berry, the founder of Jammin Baby, is an accomplished singer/songwriter and a mother of two young girls (Lena, 16 and Sophia,13). Her debut album, entitled "Life and Love" earned top ten rankings on the Rhythm and Blues charts in the United Kingdom in the mid-90's. Erica has studied voice and musical theatre at Howard University and at an early age was accepted to UC Berkeley's Young Musicians Program. Erica was most recently trained by Music Together co-founder, Dr. Lili Levinowitz, PhD. Erica also loves to dance and can be found teaching Zumba in the Briar Chapel Fitness Facility.
Erica is multi-talented in music, entertainment and business, having earned a B.A. in Political Science, with a music minor, from Howard University and a J.D. from Hastings College of the Law at the University of California. Erica formerly practiced Corporate Law for six (6) years in the New York Metropolitan area, but now has returned to her passion - Music, Music and more Music.
Having taken Music Together with her daughter, Lena, for 2 1/2 years, Erica decided after relocating to North Carolina, to start Music Together centers in Chapel Hill and Durham.
Meet Jazz Dad....Mr. Wes.
Wes is an at-home dad with his daughter Amelia, 5, and son Ellis, 3. Through this experience he has seen the power of play based learning where kids can experiment and be supported in a positive environment. He found this same approach with Music Together classes and hasn’t looked back. After four years as a parent in Jammin Baby classes, Wes has found that incorporating beats, notes, and rhymes into everyday life is not only fun but helps build pre-literacy skills and makes parenting easier. He is often called a “silly daddy” anyhow, so it all fits!
Wes was a singer at an early age in school and church. He played piano and brass instruments and excelled at musical theater. In college Wes was inspired to go out and see the world. He lived in Tanzania and Zimbabwe, and has travelled to places like Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and India where he worked hard at learning new languages. In his professional life Wes has worked with refugees and immigrants in the United States for over ten years. While living in Baltimore he learned to play guitar and helped lead hootenannies around town. It is an absolute joy for him to come full circle and combine his love for music, world cultures, and kids as a Music Together teacher.
Elizabeth Ylaya is originally from Orlando, Florida. She has been teaching Music Together and Music Together con Español since 2018. She is an accomplished Opera singer and soloist, having earned her B.M. in Vocal Performance from Stetson University and her M.M. at the University of Michigan School Music Theatre and Dance. Elizabeth is fluent in Spanish and has a black belt in Karate - we are thrilled to be part of a multi-state class to offer this program.