Our Team

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Dr. KIM, piano, violin, coaching

Dr. Kim serves as a faculty of Music Coaching at Midwest University. She got her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Coaching from Midwest University after having gotten her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Piano Performance from Baekseok University in South Korea.

She works as an instructor of Christian Music Education at Theological Institute in Pakistan and as a researcher at the International Institute of STEAM Education Therapy.

In addition, she is a member of the ‘Main Street Orchestra’ as a violinist in Suwannee.

She moved to Georgia from Northern Virginia last summer. In VA she worked not only as a piano teacher, but also as a director for Korean Kids’ Song Academy in Washington D.C. area for 7 years and as a conductor for the Youth Orchestra.

She has been teaching students for 25 years. Currently, she has students of all ages, from very young learners to 70 years old. So, she has the ability and experience to teach students with love regardless of their age or level.

Her educational philosophy is that teachers are not just instructors, but also helpers. Therefore, teachers and parents should understand and encourage students instead of pushing them. This is how all students can enjoy music.

Ms. OLGA, piano

Belorussian concert pianist, Olga, studied piano at the Belorussian Music Conservatory and the Academy of Music in Minsk, Belarus. She worked as an accompanist at Augusta State University and taught piano to the ASU Conservatory Program students from 2002 to 2007. Since then, she has worked as an accompanist at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, in addition to working as a piano instructor in the metro Atlanta area. Olga has had numerous students placing in local and national competitions. 
Olga is excited to join Melomania team as a piano instructor, specializing in preparation for auditions, competitions, and the ABRSM exam. 

To book a trial lesson with Olga, please contact Melomania office Or click here to book online:

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Mr. DAVID, guitar, ukulele, violin, piano, recording and sound engineering

David is Adjunct Faculty of Audio Production Engineering at Pellissippi State

Community College. He is a classically trained musician and audio engineer with a B.Mu. in

Music Technology (Recording/Production) from Georgia State University School of Music and Certificate in Guitar from Berklee College of Music. His primary teachers include Seva David Louis Ball and Dr. Robert Scott Thompson.

Highlighted technician encounters during his career include artists from the Atlanta

Symphony/Chorus, Katie Noel, Carmen Bradford, Russ, T-Pain, Hawthorne Heights, and more.

As a performing guitarist, he has toured the nation and was selected for the 2013 classical guitar master class with Maestro Pepe Romero from the Royal Guitar Family. He’s had former music students accepted into college music programs and currently maintains a full-time instrument teaching studio.

His current research interests include intersections between equal temperament music theory and analog/digital signal transducer technologies. Prior to his appointment at Pellissippi, David served as an audio software instructional staff in the Instructional Design department at Georgia State University and audio-visual technician in the School of Music. He’s taught applied music at private schools, various music academies, and is a recipient of the Bill Lowery Endowed Music Industry Scholarship.

To book a trial lesson with David, please contact Melomania office Or click here to book an in-person lesson online:

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Dr. LEE, voice, classical, musical theater, K-pop, guitar, bass guitar, drums, piano

Dr. Lee obtained his master's degree (Master of Music) from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University having received a prestigious academic scholarship for his entire course of studies. He later graduated as Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.

His opera appearances include Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and Lord Enrico Ashton in Lucia di Lammermoor. He has also been a chorus member at Washington National Opera since 2014, and has appeared in many of Washington National Opera productions including Carmen, Tosca, Faust, etc.

Other credits include L’Aumonier in Dialogue of the Carmelites at the Peabody Opera

Theater, and Tamino in The Magic Flute at the George Mason University Opera Company.

He won the grand prize at the 2nd Washington Arirang Festival Competition in 2016, and he

received George Woodhead Prize in Voice in 2015. Even though his main concentration is classical singing (opera and musical theater), Dr. Lee also teaches and is proficient at guitar, bass guitar, piano, and other genres and styles of singing. 

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Ms Cat, voice, guitar, piano, songwriting

Ms Cat is a local performing and recording artist as well as songwriter who has been playing hundreds of shows across the south for over a decade. Her blend of soul with pop and rock influence is unique from many other artists, as well as her vocal capabilities allowing her to stand out from the rest. Her haunting, entrancing lyrics captivate audiences all over Atlanta, and as of recently her talent has allowed her to perform in many festivals such as Opelika Songwriters Festival, 30a Songwriters Festival, and Wire and Wood Festival. She recently completed her college degree, a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Songwriting as of May 2022, and continues to hone in on her craft as she performs and writes and records new music for her fans across the globe. Her greatest success was in 2018 when one of her premier singles titled “Gold” was featured and went viral on a Spotify playlist, ranking her over 1.5 million spins on the popular streaming platform. One of her core passions is teaching and artist development, so that she can teach others how to do what she does and show them why she loves the art of music so dearly.”

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Ms. LUCY, Visual Arts

My name is Lucy and I love all things art! I graduated from the University of North Georgia Summer of 2022 with my Bachelor's degree in Studio Art. I enjoy many different mediums, including acrylic painting, charcoal drawing, mixed media and digital design. I take inspiration from my surroundings and what brings me joy. I have found that through creating art, a lot of my anxieties and worries are alleviated. Art has been an outlet for expressing my feelings and emotions which started my interest in art as therapy. I strive to be able to share this tool with people of all ages. 

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Ms. Wendy, Visual Arts

My name is Wendy and I graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University this past spring with a BA in Art, with a double concentration in Studio Art and Art History. I’ve worked with different media including acrylics, printmaking, charcoal, mixed media, graphite, and ceramics/sculpture. During my time in college, I volunteered with students ranging from K-12 and thoroughly enjoyed working with the kids and watching them grow and learn. Much of my artistic influence comes from my culture and life experience and I would like to help people explore their own styles. I have found art to be a great outlet for expressing oneself and wish to share this with students of all ages. 

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Ms Thalea, violin, viola, cello, double bass, beginner piano;
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Ms Thalea is a scholarly musician specializing in both double bass performance and applied ethnomusicology. From her experiences traveling the world as the child of military parents, Ms Thalea has been immersed in multicultural settings from an early age. Throughout her primary and secondary education, Ms Thalea developed a proficiency in classical double bass and deep interest in East Asian music cultural practices.

At the university level, Ms Thalea has pursued an educational path that has reflected her interest in a participatory and scholarly pursuit of music. From Western Michigan University, Ms Thalea earned a Bachelor of Arts in International and Global Studies (with a geographic focus on China), a Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance, and a Master of Arts in music.

Ms Thalea is currently a doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago.

To book a private session with Ms Thalea or to enquire about our group Chinese language courses please call us at 6789822542 or email us at info@melomaniastudio.com.

Ms LENA, voice, piano, Russian school, acting for singers

My name is Lena and I am the owner of Melomania. My formal creative journey began at the age of 6. I was lucky to have been accepted to an unusual secondary school in Russia. Why was it unusual?  Because arts were integrated into the school’s curriculum from grade 1 to grade 11. Along with the regular math, literature, language arts, etc. we had art, choreography, music, and theater as obligatory subjects, not just short-term electives, all through the 11 years of studies. Pretty unusual even nowadays, when arts are often neglected in school programs.

At that time, I also attended music school 5 times a week, studying all aspects of music (literature, theory, chorus, solfege), as well as my primary instrument - piano. I still remember the incomparable feeling of elation when performing at school concerts or taking part in competitions. Music and art education gave all of us that sense of being special, a sense of belongingness to an elite club, and it made our lives so much fuller.

I am mentioning all this, because my ultimate dream is to open a school with a similar program here in the United States. It’s a pity that by cutting out art subjects, school officials often forget that arts develop creativity, critical thinking, social skills, teach discipline; and multiple studies have shown that learning an instrument develops parts of the brain that are normally not engaged in any other type of learning, hence performance in other subjects and areas of life improves. That’s why I started the journey towards my dream by forming Melomania, the safe and nurturing creativity zone for all ages.

Early music education gave me a solid background to continue my studies at institutions of higher education both in Russia and in the United States. In Russia I studied in the vocal studio of Raisa Yermolayeva and later in the studio of Valentina Anokhina at the Samara Academy of Arts and Culture.  Family matters brought me to the United States, and to continue my studies I entered Georgia State University (the studio of fabulous Magdalena Moulson), which I graduated from with a degree in vocal performance Summa Cum Laude.

I have attended numerous professional development programs and master-classes in Germany, Austria, Italy, and Spain, having worked with some of the most prominent operatic figures in the world, such as Montserrat Caballé, Christa Ludwig, Olga Mykitenko, Janet Williams, Mary Mills, Graciela Araya, Thomas Moser, Karan Armstrong, Edda Moser, Nora Amsellem. I find it important to mention all my even short-term teachers even though for the majority those names don’t mean anything, because I took something that spoke true to me from each and every one of them. I possess an abundance of tools that define me as an artist and a teacher that I am today, and for that I feel grateful to all those teachers.

Throughout my musical education and career, I have been a member of numerous choruses, often performing as a soloist, and touring around Europe with the Russian choral ensemble Vivat. I have also performed different operatic roles in concert on several European stages, and I have been a winner at competitions.

For the past 5 years I have been actively teaching voice and piano in the Atlanta area, having achieved great results through careful selection of approaches in each individual case.

I also hold a degree in Linguistics and Pedagogy from Samara State University in Russia. Studying pedagogy at a professional level gave me a deeper insight into the pedagogy of teaching music and helped me develop my own methods of teaching.  After completing my studies there, I worked as a professor of Linguistics at International Market Institute in Samara, at the same time studying classical singing for my second degree.

One of my interests has always been theater. During my first year at Samara State University I won a rigorous competition and got a scholarship to study at one of the best teacher’s colleges in the Midwest, University of Northern Iowa, where I studied Creative Drama. My inspiration was the work of the theater professor there Gretta Berghammer, who to date is one of the activists that brings theater education to children with autism. If you are interested in her work, you can further Google her 😊 I later wrote a thesis on Creative Drama and its implementation in the classroom for my pedagogy degree. Needless to say, I have successfully used elements of drama in my teaching career.

While studying at SSU, I was a member of a drama troupe (straight theater) led by a dramatic actor, and I performed in plays and sketches produced by the troupe. After moving to Atlanta, I’ve done a lot of work as an extra in movies and TV shows, I wanted to observe the process of movie production from the inside. I played a zombie on The Walking Dead, appeared in Disney movies, Tyler Perry shows, The Hunger Games with Jennifer Lawrence, Flight with Denzel Washington, The Watch with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn among numerous others, and I was even featured as a back vocalist in the Korean comedy drama called Papa.

I am excited to share all this experience with the Forsyth county community, and help our future generation develop their creativity skills, as well as maybe help some adults rediscover and reignite their love for music and arts. Remember, it’s never too early or too late to learn.

To book a trial voice or piano lesson with Lena or to inquire about our group class programs for acting or Russian school, please contact Melomania office. You can also click here to book a trial voice or piano lesson:

Malika, Visual Arts

My name is Malika and I have a passion for creating art. I’ve always enjoyed exploring different drawing mediums such as colored pencil, graphite and markers, by far though my favorite is graphite because of its focus on value. I greatly enjoy teaching others how to improve their work as well as helping them build their fundamental artistic abilities.

This year at Melomania I'm teaching Intro to Drawing and Mixed Media classes to younger beginners.