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.
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.
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!
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.
Your Online Dance Party Crew will include: Missy Smith, Christy Espinel or Michelle Salom!