Who we are

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A Sound Start, Early Childhood Music School, opened its doors in 2006 in Jersey City with Andi Gunden. Since that day, we have been sharing music with NJ families. Claudia Orci joined the team in 2011, and in 2017, became owner/director of A Sound Start. ​​

We are passionate about music and love to see how little ones and their caregivers discover their passion for music. We enjoy to see our students grow in music and social skills from when they first come to class when infants and stay until they are ready for school!


Meet Claudia Orcí


Head of A Sound Start, Early Childhood Music School, and in charge of the Music Department at St. Teresa of Avila Preschool & Kindergarten, in Summit, NJ.


After attending college, Claudia joined the corporate world for many years. Later in life, she came to the realization that music has always been a very important part of her life, and getting the chance to share music is what makes her heart truly happy! She comes from a very musical family, so you could say music runs through her veins.

After moving to Jersey City, and with a strong passion for music & early childhood education, Claudia became a Licensed Kindermusik Educator. Today, in collaboration with top-notch business partners and her team of educators, contribute to bringing music to the community and instill the love of music in children & adults!


In 2013 Claudia created Canta Conmigo (“Sing with Me”) Spanish Music class, as a way for her kids and students to benefit from learning Spanish in a fun and practical way. As a Spanish-speaker, and mom, she knows the importance of establishing routines at early stages, so what better way to do it, than singing in Spanish! 


Studied guitar since childhood and has always enjoyed being part of a choir -currently member of The Masterwork Chorus in Chatham, NJ. - she gets to sing at Carnegie Hall and other venues! Claudia enjoys spending time with her husband and kids. The family loves to play with their cute chocolate labrador, Tasha, who brings so much happiness & fun times!

Our team

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Marite Nicolau

Marite has lived in Brooklyn, Mexico City and now Jersey City for the past 8 years. Music is her passion and with her background in yoga, she has been able to adapt her music classes with movement in a playful and energetic manner. Marite teaches music & yoga to kids at schools in NYC and Jersey City. Every class is filled with fun activities, musical concepts, catchy songs and lots of movement for students to develop their full potential.

Marite believes that fun and creative environment is key in creating a successful immersion experience. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading a good book and meeting new friends. Marite is very excited to be part of A Sound Start's team to spread her love of music, yoga, and Spanish!