Teacher Bios

Melissa

Ladybug Music Director & Teacher

At an early age, Melissa showed a passion for music and theater. She loved performing in various community theater productions; the first role she remembers was being Peter Rabbit at age 3. This passion transpired into her studying piano, voice, and theater at Clarke University where she received her BA in Music & Theatre. She continued to perform in various productions until she obtained her Master’s degree in Education. She spent 5 wonderful years as an English Language Arts high school teacher.

Of all her roles, her favorite has been the role of Mom to her daughter, Keira, and son, Greyson. As a mom, she loves spending time with her kids and engaging them with parent-child classes. Melissa stumbled upon Ladybug Music (in California) and fell in love with the unique music and downloaded it immediately. After weeks of playing the songs and dancing with her daughter, she wished this class from California was in Minnesota. So… long story short, she contacted Patricia and after about a year of communication, brought this class to Minnesota! This is Ladybug Music MN 5th year of being in business. We are elated to be able to help children and their parents have fun together as they discover the joy of music.

Julie

Ladybug Music Teacher

Julie grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico in a very musical family.  She began playing the violin at 7 and spent her summers at Hummingbird Music camp learning to sing and play new instruments.  She went on to receive a BA in Sociology from the University of San Francisco.  Her love of children led her to a career working with families. She has been a professional nanny for the last 15 years and has worked with many families. Throughout her years as a nanny, Julie used her musical talents to engage and educate the children she worked with. She enjoyed taking the kids to various parent/caregiver-child classes, plays, and concerts. Currently, Julie is in graduate school and working towards her MA in Education. She is one busy mama 🙂

Julie’s most important and rewarding job has been being a mom to her 5-year-old daughter, Santana. She was hoping to find a career where she could work with music and music, so she is elated to have the opportunity to show her musical talents at Ladybug Music.  Hopefully, one day she’ll bring her violin in! We are so thankful she has joined our team. She has a lovely singing voice and has a fabulous personality

Kellie

Ladybug Music Teacher

Kellie grew up in Bloomington, IL and was heavily involved in her music and theatre community from a young age. She would participate in multiple musicals/shows a year and knew that she always wanted it to be a part of her life. She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Western Illinois University in Fall 2016. She used her degree touring with various children’s theatres around the country and other regional theatre productions. She now performs around the Twin Cities and surrounding areas as theatrical opportunities appear. She has also recently found a love of modeling and film/tv work and has been able to have opportunities to explore those passions as well.

Kellie does not have kids of her own, but she has been working with children since high school and absolutely adores them! She has been a camp counselor, babysitter, children’s theatre instructor, and daycare teacher just to name a few experiences. In her free time, Kellie loves to partake in outdoor activities with her husband, Garrett and beagle puppy, Sadie Mae. She is ecstatic to be joining the Ladybug Music MN team and can’t wait to meet you all!