Meet our team
In 2011 Melody Magic opened it’s own studio to continue to offer the best to Richmond families — a clean, bright environment perfect for allowing children to learn and have fun. And for those little ones learning to walk? No worries! We added rubberized padding under our carpet to keep you as safe as possible!
Since 2015 we have been awarded the honor of “Kindermusik® Top Program,” meaning we are in the top 5% of Kindermusik® programs world-wide! The best of the best. Families that enroll with us can be assured they are making the best choice for their child and will be taught by highly trained teachers who will guide them along the way.
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WE TEACH WHAT WE BELIEVE
Every moment, every class, and every activity is designed with our beliefs at heart. While music is such a powerful tool to help children grow, develop, and learn valuable life skills (and we could go on and on about the benefits of music), our studio environment and relationships with your children center around who they are right now. We want for them what you want for them. It’s about much more than music or learning. It’s about helping them thrive for the rest of their lives.
Classes offer delightful activities that stimulate creativity, exploration, imagination, and learning through play. There are no rules, and every response or idea is accepted and honored, which in turn plays into a child’s confidence.
Parents can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing their child is growing in confidence with each activity, and that they are being taught by highly-trained educators who are passionate about music education. And with a positive connection with their teachers, children feel safe and loved, and thus willing to take chances and try new things.
Melody Magic is a family-focused environment where each child and family is respected, appreciated, and valued, and where life-long friendships begin. The connections are endless — between parents and children, family to family, and teachers to students.
Melody Magic provides engaging education and materials that inspire families to tap into the power of music throughout the week (not just in class!), allowing the children to develop skills for life.
The biggest of all. We praise. We high-five. We hug. And we smile. Because we truly care about our music family. We strive to encourage a love for learning and exploring. A love for friends, teachers, and families. And a love for all things musical.
When you join a class or lessons at Melody Magic, you will see all these core values in action. In every class. With every child. If you haven’t tried a class yet, consider yourself invited. We can’t wait to LOVE your child!
Ms. Katherine, Owner and Licensed Kindermusik® Educator, Piano Instructor
Ms. Katherine has spent many years as an educator and musician. She grew up studying piano, voice, and violin, and performed in numerous local symphonies and musical productions. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she has a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in music. Katherine taught in the public schools for five years, providing her students with a compassionate teacher who always conveyed her love of music and children. She brings these two loves together again in her Kindermusik® classes and piano lessons. She has been a licensed Kindermusik® Educator since 2003, helping children of all ages grow and learn through music. She is also the proud mother of 4 young children whom she adores!
Katherine believes that, through music, children can develop the creative side, helping out-of-the-box thinking and willingness to try new things. She focuses on building confidence and inspiration in classes, as well as connection with others. Her goals are to help “tiny humans” become outstanding adults!
Ms. Faith, Licensed Kindermuisk® Educator, Group Piano Instructor, Private Lesson Instructor
Ms. Faith has lived in the Richmond area since 1996. A former middle/high school English/Drama teacher with over five years of classroom experience, she is now a homeschool mom of two, and teaches private piano lessons in the Lakeside area. Faith loves to sing, and has sung with choirs and church worship teams since middle school. She graduated from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA with a degree in Drama. Since then, she has consistently taught in children’s ministries, and has shared her enthusiasm for drama and music with others by developing skits and directing full-length productions in school and at churches. Teaching piano is an ongoing passion for Faith, who studied piano formally as an adult. Piano can be studied both on and off the bench, and Ms. Faith utilizes games and activities for a fun-filled lesson. She believes that studying piano gives children a solid musical foundation for pursuing any other instrument, and that early piano study provides children the opportunity to cultivate a life-long love of music. She especially enjoys the joy and excitement that preschoolers bring to a music lesson.
Mr. Dustin, Ukulele Group Instructor, Private Lesson Instructor
Mr. Dustin has lived in the Richmond area his entire life. Dustin is currently completing his bachelor of guitar degree at VCU. In addition to serving as concertmaster of the VCU guitar ensemble, Dustin has privately taught guitar, bass, and ukulele for 2 years on his own before joining the Melody Magic team. Dustin has been playing music since the age of 12.
Dustin brings a compassion first approach to teaching. Dustin sees each student as a unique individual with their own approach to learning and works to inspire each child’s confidence and passion. Dustin caters to all styles of learning and has taught students of all ages and abilities.
Ms. Sue, Licensed Kindermusik® Educator, Private Lesson Instructor, Group Class Educator
Ms. Sue is a music educator and certified K-12 instrumental/general music teacher. She taught general music in elementary schools in Massachusetts for 3 years until she moved to Texas. Ms. Sue has a bachelors degree in music education, with a minor in secondary education. She attended the University of New Hampshire and Bridgewater State University as principal violist each semester. While working on her degree at BSU, Sue performed with the African Drumming ensemble for 5 years, where she discovered her love for the drums.
Ms. Sue uses several approaches to teaching music because she believes each brain is different. During her lessons she likes to incorporate singing, math, history, and humor to help fulfill the learning environment. Self awareness is strongly taught, as students need to be able to judge their playing while away from the class. This is encouraged through positive reinforcements, questions, and evaluations.
She has always loved music, whether it be singing, drumming or playing viola along with her father every night at sunset. Her passion for music blossomed in high school, where she was exposed to all types of music and learned about different genres in depth. Sue’s favorite music is the blues, but listens to a lot of folk and modern hits as well. In her spare time, Sue enjoys gardening, yoga, walks, and playing with her two dogs: Squishy & Beta.
Mr. Jeffery, Private Lesson Instructor, Ukulele Group Instructor
Mr. Jeffrey was born and raised in the Richmond area. He is currently the Music Teacher at Gayton Elementary School. Ian has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Virginia Commonwealth University with his primary instrument being the tuba and his secondary being percussion. Ian began his musical career in 2005 playing the saxophone. From a young age he knew that he wanted to be a music educator, which lead to his goal of learning as many instruments as possible. Ian specializes in the bass guitar, guitar, ukulele, brass, woodwinds, and percussion.
Ian is actively involved in the marching arts, currently instructing and writing drill for the Deep Run High School Marching Band. Ian also has a career in Drum Corps and WGI having performed and taught with various groups around the country such as The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, and the George Mason Indoor Drumline.
Ian has a passion for teaching music at a young age and brings energy to all his lessons. He believes that learning music instills a foundation of creativity and confidence. His goal is to help students find a love and appreciate for music that can last a lifetime.
Outside of music Ian enjoys hiking, camping, exercising, snowboarding, playing videogames, disc golf, and spending time with friends.