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:
Dr. KIM, piano, accompanying for singers and other instruments, coaching
Dr. Kim received a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano pedagogy at the University of South Carolina, and a Master’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Baylor University and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in Music of Arts. Dr. Kim is a distinguished soloist, collaborator, and pedagogue recognized for his practical methods and teaching approaches in the best practices through “Lecture Recitals,” “Research Project Awards,” “Excellent Performance Grants,” and “Graduate School Music Talent Scholarships.” He has given numerous concerts and recitals with various vocal and instrumental soloists, as well as chamber ensembles throughout the States, including performing at Baylor University, Faulkner University, Oklahoma State University, Samford University, and the University of South Carolina. He has been an adjudicator for piano competitions and festivals. Moreover, he dedicated himself to piano performance and piano pedagogy with a variety of applications and insight gained through his wide range of
performance and teaching experience. Especially, working as a researcher and presenter in the field of piano pedagogy, Dr. Kim also specializes in teaching piano students with autism that aims at creating valuable and devoted opportunities to communicate with them in student-centered education. He published an article, “Sensory-Friendly Recitals for Music Students with Autism” in American Music Teacher (June/July 2021) and attended the 2022 MTNA Virtual Conference as a session presenter. His research in piano pedagogy has
been featured at MTNA national conferences, Piano Pedagogy Symposium, TMTA, and SCMTA state conferences since 2014. Dr. Kim is a highly motivated professional with 20+ years of experience to teach the piano to all age groups and at all skill levels. He is good at
preparation for piano local/state/national piano competitions, and ABRSM/RCM (Royal Conservatory of Music) exams, and his students were winners at the state and national piano competitions Dr. Kim has taught chamber/choral ensembles and has accompanied a choir, praise team, and worships. Additionally, his recent solo and ensemble performances are spotlighted in the African-American Montgomery Music Society. As adjunct piano faculty, he taught piano pedagogy classes for undergraduate and graduate students at Samford University.
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:
Mr. JOHN, guitar, bass guitar, beginner drums, songwriting, recording and sound engineering
Mr John has been playing guitar for 45 years and has taught guitar for 27 years. He was inspired to play guitar when he first saw KISS on television, and at that moment he knew
that's what he wanted to do in his life. Mr John studied guitar throughout his school years, and after high school he attended The University Of Central Florida from 1991 to 1994 where he continued to study music.
After college Mr John had an opportunity to pursue his music career in Los Angeles where he did session work and scored for music commercials and small film projects. He later moved to Las Vegas and continued to do session work and recording in numerous studios.
In 1996 Mr John moved back to Florida where he started teaching guitar full time. While teaching guitar John got an endorsement with JB Player Guitars and Cool Pick Guitar Picks, and he began doing Guitar Clinics and shows for these companies. When Mr John wasn't teaching or doing clinics he did session work for Omega 4 Recording Studios and Celestial Sounds Studios and Old Dog Records. In 2010 Mr John moved to North Carolina where he started teaching guitar at Lake Norman Performing Arts. While teaching there he began working with other musicians and bands doing small tours and recording gigs.
Mr John has performed and recorded with numerous bands over the years including The Smokey Jackson Band, Deadfall, Tall Fat And Skinny, The Dream Lake Project, and The Jeff Todd Band, John has played The Pops Ferguson Blues Festival in Lenoir North Carolina, Pontotoc Music Show in Pontotoc, Mississippi, and has played shows in Memphis, Nashville, Charlotte,and his home town of Orlando. Mr John has also written music that he has recorded as a solo artist on Soundcloud.
Mr John teaches all ages from beginner to advanced students on guitar. Being a patient teacher, he works really well with young students. He teaches Rock, Metal, Country, Blues, Blue Grass, Jazz and fingerpicking. Mr John's lessons include teaching tablature, scales, modes, phrasing, hand and finger dexterity, rhythm, chord progressions, and improvisation.
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.
Ms Court, visual arts: drawing, painting, digital art, animation
Court Turk is a graduate from University of South Florida in Fine arts. She loves making art with whatever she can get her hands on. Painting, illustration, and pottery are some she does for fun! In college she studied animation and loves painting landscapes. Court hopes to share her passion for art and help students explore and learn about any mediums that interest them.
Mr Brandon, drums
A child of the late 70s Mr Brandon grew up through the 80s, a period dominated by hair metal and rock. As a result he gravitated toward such bands as Led Zeppelin, KISS, Metallica, etc. With a DJ father and through parental influence Brandon’s musical repertoire expanded to include early 50s rock and roll, Do-Wop, Country, Soul, and
After moving to Atlanta, Brandon graduated from Atlanta Institute of Music (AIM), began
teaching and playing locally and eventually even released a record with his own band
PAPERSTREET. From 2013-2017 he played with classic country/southern rock tribute band CONVOY, notably the first band to play the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, GA as well as honoring Burt Reynolds with East Bound and Down at the 40th Anniversary celebration of “Smokey and the Bandit” sponsored by the Atlanta Motor Speedway. In 2015 Brandon joined nationally touring Guns N Roses tribute band Appetite For Destruction, with experiences playing House of Blues venues from Texas to Ohio as well as the Gexa Pavilion in Dallas, Texas. During this time Brandon also joined up with The Nigel Dupree Band (son of Jackyl frontman Jesse James Dupree). From 2016 to 2018 Brandon backed up Collective Soul guitarist Joel Kosche with solo shows including a performance at Daryl’s House in Pawling, NY. Not being a one band person Brandon also backed Emanant Records artist Angie Lynn Carter, released two records, headlined various events and opened for artists such as Travis Tritt, Marty Stewart, and Jesse James Dupree. Most recently, July 2022, Brandon was called to be the sub-drummer for The Drifters.
After several years of performing, Brandon’s passions led him to expand his knowledge
and skill. Beginning to study with notable jazz player Daniel Glass led Brandon to explore
down a rabbit hole of educational avenues: deep diving into rudimental playing, being
accepted into the National Association of Rudimental Drummers and getting PAS certified in rudimental drumming. Brandon has taken his devotion for exceptional drumming even further seeking instruction from great teachers including Barry James, the last living student of the distinguished George Lawrence Stone.
Carrying on the legacy of Stone and the teachings of Billy Gladstone, additionally using
his knowledge of Moeller, Brandon is becoming an in-demand educator helping experienced and new drummers have a better understanding of movement, the use of rudiments, and how to incorporate all the great techniques together to be more relaxed and fluid in their own performing. In educating others, Brandon draws not only from personal playing but even takes aspects from other talents in breakdancing and tap to illustrate the influences even dance movement has on developing as a drummer.
Ms. Angelina, Visual Arts
My name is Angelina. I am a professional artist-designer. In 2019 I graduated from Grekov Odessa Art Institute with a degree in Artistic Design, and then in 2022 I graduated from Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Fine Arts with a degree in Graphic Design. Now I am in the process of obtaining a master’s degree in Innovative design. I specialize in different art media. My art skills include Painting, Sketching, Murals, Face Painting, Paper plastic, Digital Art (Raster/Vector).
My experience is based on “trying and experimenting in different directions”. I came to Atlanta a year ago with my family from Ukraine. For me, creativity is all my life, and I am happy to share my skills and knowledge with the outside world.
Ms Maran, voice, different genres, beginner piano
Ms Maran is a native of Armenia and a graduate of Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan
where she received her Master’s degree in Opera and Concert Singer/Teacher in the field of Vocal Arts and Classical Singing. She also graduated from K. Sarajyan music school
in Yerevan with a concentration in piano and violin.
Being a soloist in the Yerevan State Opera and Ballet Theater, she was a performer, and at the same time a vocal coach in various musical theaters. She has worked with diverse groups and individuals from elementary kids, college students to professional singers in a wide range of genres such as pop, jazz, soul, R&B, rock, musical, opera, academic, old, and contemporary.
Since 2005, Ms Maran has been running her private vocal studio, where she has gained enough knowledge and experience and has processed sustainable mechanisms of teaching voice, giving excellent results in the shortest amount of time. This has been repeatedly proven by her many successful students.
Having had 2 decades of pedagogical practice as a voice teacher and coach for all vocal genres, Ms Maran was recognized as one of the best vocal teachers in Armenian show business, for which she received a certified honorary title. She was a jury member for various singing competitions.
Ms Maran had the honor to be a vocal advisor for “The Voice of Armenia” from 2013 to 2015. She was invited to Armenian Public Television to participate as a lead singer with “Kamil Show” in the Armenian Entry of Eurovision, and later she was invited as the voice teacher and vocal coach of Armenia’s team for Eurovision 2020.
Ms Maran has continued to enrich her teaching experience by working remotely with students from all over the world. In 2021 she moved to California to work with her students in person and help them perform live in front of an audience, and later on relocated to Georgia, where she recently joined Melomania Team.
Ms Maran teaches both voice and piano at Melomania.
Her goal is to instill a sense of music appreciation, while at the same time teaching students about the technical aspect of singing: “If you can speak, I’ll teach you to sing, it’s a matter of technique!”
To book a private session with Ms Maran please call us at 6789822542 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms LENA, voice, piano, 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: