Our Teachers

All of our teachers are passionate about music—and more importantly about supporting your child's musical journey.

During their classes, they create a fun, informal, musically rich social setting that supports the varied learning styles of both children and adults.

All of our teachers have successfully completed the live Music Together® Teacher Training, which is built on research in early childhood and music development. Many of our teachers have also completed the live Canta y Baila Conmigo® Teacher Training developed by Maddie Welch, creator of Canta y Baila Conmigo. We keep our skills fresh through workshops every semester and advanced trainings offered by Music Together Worldwide and Canta y Baila Conmigo LLC.

 

photo Melissa K. Smith (Missy)

Melissa K. Smith, has been singing and studying music, theater, and voice since the age of 9. A graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater Performance, "Missy" spent 4 years working and studying as an actress and singer in New York City, and then moved back to Florida and received Certification from Barry University in Early Childhood Education.

Since 2004, Miami Kids Music has proudly offered the Music Together program to over 4,000 families in the Miami area! In 2014, Missy introduced the wonderful Spanish language music program called Canta y Baila Conmigo to her families in Miami-Dade & Broward. Her families are now dancing, and singing, and making music in BOTH Spanish and English!

Missy is a Certified Level 2 Music Together Teacher.

I invite you to experience The Joy of Family Music® with my wonderful team of dedicated and experienced teachers!

 

     
photo Michelle Salom

Born and raised in Miami, Michelle has been performing since she was very young. In high school, she studied musical theater through PAVAC (now known as The New World School of the Arts). In the last twelve years, Michelle has been a member of a local band called “Apples & Oranges" performing around the Miami area, as well as acting in local commercials and movies.

When Michelle is not singing or acting, she works as an ACSM Health and Fitness Specialist and Personal Trainer. After having her children, she realized the need for moms to find time to work out. And so, she developed Fitness4Families a fitness program which provides classes catering to moms with their children. Ready to share her lifelong love of music, Michelle has become a licensed Music Together teacher and is excited to be teaching with Miami Kids Music!

     
photo Christy Espinel

Christy Espinel was born and raised in Miami in a Cuban family with many Musical Talents. She comes from a long line of singers and has been involved in vocal performance since the age of 5. Starting off in church choir and moving on to various choral societies, she also studied Music Theater at New World College.

Miss Christy has also taught children in school settings, working with the school program to create Music Theater plays and Christmas shows, along with K-8th grade Music History and Appreciation. This is where she found her true calling, Music and children, together!

Successfully completing her Music Together and Canta y Baila Conmigo trainings, she is both grateful and excited to be a part of the Miami Kids Music wonderful team of teachers. She hopes to enrich the lives of children with her fun and enthusiastic approach to early childhood music.

     
photo Adriana Chacon-Valencia

Adriana was born in Bogota, Colombia but from the time she was two years old until she was eight, she was raised in Trinidad & Tobago, Puerto Rico, and Ottawa, Canada, before returning to Colombia. Eventually, Adriana moved to Miami where she studied International Business at Barry University. After getting married, she obtained her MBA at FIU, in International Business, and then worked in international investments, mostly with the Caribbean and Brazil for 5 years.

Once she became a mom, Adriana decided to change gears and spend her time raising her two boys, Victor and Kevin. As a mom, she has been able to enjoy her main passions: family, music, languages, fitness, and nature. In 2011, she completed an advanced level Child Brain Development certification course from The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, PA. She became a certified prenatal and postnatal fitness instructor for Fit4Mom-Stroller Strides and taught at Evelyn Greer Park for two years. During that time, she was also inspired to share and "play" yoga with kids (including her two sons) after completing a Karma Kids Yoga Instructor training program.  In 2014, she created Yes! I Did It! LLC and has been teaching yoga and languages to kids through games and music. Adriana holds current CPR/AED and First Aid certificates.

Music Together came into Adriana's life five years ago, when she enrolled Victor for classes at the Pinecrest Community Center. When Kevin was born, he also attended classes. Adriana loved Music Together since the first session and still loves it now! She is excited for the opportunity to teach classes for Miami Kids Music and share her love of music. Her musicality has been influenced by Latin American, Caribbean, Brazilian, American and Middle Eastern music. She also enjoys classical music and jazz. As a child she learned to play the recorder flute and the flute, sang in her school's choir, and acquired basic knowledge of piano and violin. Adriana also enjoys dancing and has performed different types of dances including ballet, Colombian folklore dances, and salsa. After college, she performed at theaters and restaurants, such as Bongos Cuban Cafe Orlando, for two years with Ishta, a Middle Eastern dance troupe.

     
photo Jake Fletcher

As a life-long musician, Jake discovered his passion at the age of six, while dancing on a playschool table and singing for his neighbors at a block party in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Fast-forward about two decades and you'll find him performing on stages across the country, building a successful career, and doing what he loves.

Jake is a graduate of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music as a Classical Voice Principle, where he studied Music Business and Entertainment Industries with double minors in Marketing and Electronic Media. He was also a recipient of the coveted Bertha Foster four-year music scholarship. Jake has performed as a lead role in Opera and Musical Theater productions, as well as many different types of ensembles, such as Choral, Jazz, Religious, and Contemporary. He has been teaching music in private schools and lessons since 2010. As a classically trained performing, recording, and touring musician the scope of his knowledge and experience is vast and innovative.

Since 2014, Jake has utilized his proficiency in Music Business to independently book eight National and Regional tours for his band, helping the group to sell over 10,000 albums and gaining them international attention and acclaim. He is also a multi-instrumentalist, proficient in Guitar, Bass Guitar, Beatbox, Piano, Synthesizers, Drum Set, Hand Percussion, and Music Production. Jake has had experience in teaching early childhood music education with multiple platforms throughout South Florida, including at School of Rock Miami, In Motion Miami Dance Academy, and Rock-Ucation. 

Miami Kids Music is thrilled to welcome Jake to our family!

     
photo Laurie Luczak
Laurie Luczak was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She grew up with a strong love of the arts that included dance, music and the visual arts. Her mother played the piano and passed this gift on to her and her siblings. 
Laurie also enjoyed playing clarinet and was awarded a seat in the area's all county band for consecutive years through middle school . 
 
In college Laurie decided to focus on her love of the visual arts. In 1993 she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from The State University of New York at Buffalo. She then went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts in Illustration from The School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1995. She remained in New York working as an editorial illustrator for just under 20 years. Her work has been published in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine and several other publications. While in New York she also worked for a world renowned picture framing company. Her most special projects included framing a self portrait by Rembrandt and working directly with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to frame her official Department of State portrait. 
 
After giving birth to her son Silas in 2013, Laurie decided that a slower pace was in order. Deciding to change her focus to motherhood she and her husband moved to Houston, Texas. There she was introduced to Music Together at Prelude Music Classes For Children. She started taking classes with Silas when he was 7 months old and continues to take classes with him today. She has enjoyed the gifts that Music Together has brought to motherhood in the incredible way it has shown her how to share music with Silas. She has cherished this special time with him and has had the privilege of witnessing his musical development grow and evolve. 
  
Music Together has also helped Laurie rediscover her own musicality. After a move to Miami in 2015 she decided to train and become a registered Music Together teacher. 
 
Laurie continues to enjoy music with her husband Mark and Silas by going to see as much live local music as possible. Whether it be classical, jazz or traditional Irish music they love sharing the gift of music together. 
Miami Kids Music is thrilled to have Laurie become a part our family!
     
photo Angelina Lee
Angelina is a native of New Jersey who moved with her husband and two young daughters to south Florida in 2016.  
 
Due to her love of music and singing, Angelina began singing in the church choir as a child.  She also thoroughly enjoyed acting in high school plays and singing in the musicals.
Additionally, Angelina was a member of the high school choir.
 
In college, she completed her thesis on an aspect of early childhood development and was a dancer in the first ever Rutgers University Chinese Dance Troupe. Angelina has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
 
Some hobbies and interests which keep Angelina entertained include arts and crafts, photography, marathon tv watching and Zumba.
 
She truly believes that music education is essential to the overall development of children.  When her older daughter turned one year old, she was enrolled in the Music Together program.  Angelina was so thrilled and impressed with this program that she continued it with her younger daughter.  Of course, now she has joined the Music Together family as a teacher.  Angelina is super excited to be a part of Miami Kids Music and to share the wonderful experience of Music Together with all its families.
     
photo Thais Kerestegian

Thais was born in Santiago, Chile and raised in Miami, FL.
Her music journey began when she started taking her now 6 year-old boy to Music Together classes in Louisville, KY. After moving back to South Florida and completing 4 years of Music Together, and a year of Canta y Baila Conmigo classes, Thais suddenly reaized "I should teach this!"
Once her son had started school full-time, Thais decided that SHE was not ready to leave these wonderful music programs. She successfully completed both the Music Together and Canta y Baila Conmigo trainings this year.
Music Together made my son the music lover that he is and I want to share this with other kids!

Miami Kids Music is so happy to welcome Thais to our wonderful team of talented teachers!

 
     
photo Jackie Freimor, Visiting Music Together Trainer
     
  Missy Smith & Laurie Luczak

This Summer class will be taught by Missy & Laurie