Margaret Matthes, M.M.Ed., owner of Margaret’s Music Studio, has been teaching Kindermusik since 1993.
Margaret is a classically-trained soprano, having performed professionally in New York and Michigan as a soloist and chorister. She has devoted her teaching career to enriching the lives of families in her community through active participation in music. She has found the Kindermusik curriculum to provide the perfect music-making experience for young families.
Margaret received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from University of Tennessee in Knoxville and Westminster Choir College in Princeton.
Music has been an integral part of Melissa Beyer’s life for many years. She studied piano for 12 years and then furthered her studies during her college years. As a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, with a major in Arts Administration and minors in Music and Marketing, Melissa furthered her career in Arts Administration with Michigan Opera Theatre and continues to be a piano accompanist for many community organizations. Melissa has been married to her husband Joe for more than 20 years and enjoys raising her two sons, Alex, 18 and Andrew, 17. She truly values the benefits of early music education in the development of children. Melissa has been a Kindermusik educator for over 10 years. In addition, she has been the Kindergarten/First Grade teacher of the Kensington Church K-Rock music program for the past 9 years. Melissa offers private piano instruction for over 20 students at her home studio in Troy. Being able to help the children find their musical talents that God gave them is truly a blessing that she treasures each year!
Judy Phillips, M.Mus., has taught elementary and middle school music for 40 years. Her parents raised her to love classical music, and they encouraged her to sing in choirs and join the school band in 4th grade. She has a BMus from Western Michigan University and a Master’s degree in Church Music from Concordia University in Wisconsin.
Judy discovered Kindermusik with her little grandson, and is thrilled to share it now as an educator. Kindermusik’s focus on the whole child and on process over performance is exactly what she chose for her own family.
Judy keeps busy with many other musical activities. She sings and plays handbells at church and in a local community handbell choir. She also directs Bellisima!, a local handbell group. Judy is a published handbell composer/arranger with more than 30 pieces in print. Additionally, Judy plays her oboe and English Horn with the Orchard Lake Philharmonic.
One special non-music activity is Judy’s volunteer work as a seamstress for NICU Helping Hands, base in Fort Worth. They use donated wedding dresses to create tiny burial gowns for babies who don’t come home from the hospital. The gowns are provided free of charge to families and to hospitals all over the country. To Judy it is an honor to use her sewing skills for such a special task.
Judy has been married to Larry for 43 years. (They met in college band.) She is mom to 4, grandma to 2, and pet-mom to 2 dogs and 2 cats. Her children are spread across the country, but luckily the grand babies and their parents are in Canton.