Kathy Manese (AKA "Miss Kathy") is fun-loving & talented kids' musician & party entertainer. "Miss Kathy" & her husband, "Mr. Jerry" have entertained over 10,000 children in & around Central and Northern NJ with their popular kids' music show since 2003!
In addition to being a children's party entertainer Kathy Manese is a professionally trained vocalist & pianist who enjoys all styles of music. She has studied voice & piano for over a decade with a Juliard School of Music graduate.
Kathy features guitar music at children's parties (since the guitar is one of the children's favorite instruments!). She enjoys sharing music with the children as her own love of music started when she was a young girl.
Kathy has the pleasure of working with her husband, Jerry, at every child's party. He not only sets up & manages their professional Bose® L1 Model II sound system, but also helps with passing out & gathering the many children's musical instruments that they bring to children's birthday parties & special events in Central & Northern NJ.
In addition he is there to bring out special surprises during the music show (the bubble machine, Carribbean Steel Drum & their huge bag of instruments -- & he is a really great guy & very patient with all of the children).
Since he is there to support Kathy during the show she is able to spend extra time with the children before & after the show & keep her focus on just giving them the best children's music show possible!
Kathy has a diverse musical background. She was the lead singer for the Sam Ash Big Band & has enjoyed singing jazz, pop, rhythm & blues, folk, musical theater (Broadway tunes), classical music/opera & sacred music. She has performed on TV & in Greenwich Village at clubs such as "The Bitter End" & "The China Club" as well as other venues in New Jersey, New York City, and Pennsylvania. She is an experienced church cantor & has had the pleasure of singing classical music at wedding ceremonies & receptions.
Kathy is also a former children's music teacher who had specialized in early childhood music classes for infants, toddlers & elementary school aged children. She had over 350 children & their families in her children's music classes in Hillsborough & Flemington, NJ. She believes in a playful, hands on approach to music & encourages even young babies to strum the guitar when performing at children's birthday parties.
"Miss Kathy's" music show is especially popular for first birthday parties as it can be difficult to find appropriate entertainment for children as young as one and for the big mix of ages of the children who usually attend first birthday parties. "Miss Kathy" is is quite comfortable engaging children of varying ages all at once from her experience not only as a children's entertainer, but from her background as a children's music teacher.
"Miss Kathy's" children's music show is also popular for toddler parties thru fifth birthday parties. The kids have a blast singing, dancing & playing children's musical instruments. The "older" children can be quite a lot of fun with all of their creativity and energy & "Miss Kathy" enjoys encouraging them to express themselves through song & dance.
"Miss Kathy is also experienced performing for and engaging children with special needs She has worked with children with special needs such as Autism and Cerebral Palsy. She delights in sharing the joy of music with these children and their families and friends.
"Miss Kathy" from Music To My Ears is known to be one of the very best kids' musicians in & around Central & Northern New Jersey!
Call 908-874-5300 to check "Miss Kathy's availability & rates and to book children's entertainment for your next birthday party or special event.
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