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 Missy Smith

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 Maria López Chacín

A native Spanish speaker, born in Venezuela to a talented musical family, music and singing have been her greatest passion.  Maria has taken the stage several times in different countries alongside her mother, Maria Teresa Chacin--Venezuela's famous folk singer, and a Latin Grammy winner.  She was also part of a group that specialized in singing to children at major events in her country.  All her elementary through high school years were dedicated to music.  Maria majored in International Studies from Central University in Venezuela, working in embassies earlier in her career and later in Financial Institutions leveraging her relationship skills.

Maria has recorded several songs, including one in “Cantacuentos” which won the Latin Grammy in the category of “Best Children’s Music Album”.  She plays the Venezuelan Cuatro, a four-stringed instrument, similar to the ukulele.  She enjoys working with kids, as she was also a camp counselor in the US and in her native country.  She loves photography and is a full- time PTA Mom of two kids, who also have taken the stage with her. Miami Kids Music is thrilled to welcome, Maria to our MKM family!

     
photo Amanda Munice

Amanda Munice brings a wealth of knowledge to the Rhythm Kids program, with a background including more than 12 years as a certified elementary school teacher and over 25 years of musical theater experience. 

Amanda grew up in Ocean Township, NJ and is very excited to be bringing Rhythm Kids to the families of Miami Kids Music! She is a graduate of the Performing Arts Program at Red Bank Regional High School, where she was a vocal music and drama major. Amanda continued her education at Wagner College as a student in their prestigious musical theater program. Upon her graduation, she received a B.A in Theater/Speech and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. Before finding Music Together, Amanda spent eight years as the director of a successful children's theater program, offering after school classes and a summer day camp. She returned to the Music Together headquarters to receive her Certification Level 1 for Music Together teaching mastery with Lili Levinowitz, PhD, Director of Research and Co-Author of the Music Together program in September 2014, and again in August of 2018 to receive her Certification Level 2 training.  While she has played many roles on stage throughout her musical theater career, her favorite roles of all time are "mommy" to Music Together student Mariella and "wife" to Justin! We are thrilled to welcome Amanda into the MKM Family!

     
photo Rhea Olivia McGinty

Rhea, a graduate of Berklee College of Music, is a professional singer and has been teaching music since 2012. She is a background vocalist for Pharrell Williams and her vocals are featured on the "HAPPY" song. Rhea's love of teaching and creating music inspired her to write and produce the Oohwah Kids album with her husband. Rhea likes nothing more than singing and making musical memories with her daughter Arrow Belle. Shehas seen first hand how muscal experiences and the language of music are beneficial to early childhood development. We BEYOND thrilled to welcome "Miss Rhea" HOME to the MKM family!