Our Teachers

 Let us introduce you to the Blue Ridge Music Together teaching staff:

All of the teachers at Blue Ridge Music Together are passionate about music—and more importantly about supporting your child's musical journey. During their classes, they create a fun, informal, and musically rich social setting that supports the varied learning styles of both children and adults. All of our teachers have successfully completed the Music Together® teacher training workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children® in Princeton, New Jersey and have parallel performing careers that encourage their continual development as artists and group music facilitators.
photo Dave B

Dave is a long time on and off Charlottesville resident, who has settled here to raise a family after living and performing for several years in South America and the San Francisco Bay Area, where he taught Music Together®. "Music has always been a transformative experience for me and has lead me through many life changes. When Estela and I began to talk about having a child, Music Together presented itself and has been a wonderful introduction into parenthood for us. To be able to share music with other families as we grow our own has been such a gift. With our two daughters, we have seen first hand the effects of modeling musical behavior and sharing creative growth with them." Dave is an accomplished bassist, guitarist and composer currently involved in musical projects with an expanding network of musicians in Virginia, California, and Peru. He also plays in local groups such as The Olivarez Trio, Beleza, Lua and is a Performance Art Member of McGuffey Arts Center.  Dave is a registered Music Together teacher.


photo Estela Knott/director

Estela Knott has been performing for over 33 years as a vocalist, songwriter, musician and dancer in the United States, Latin America and Europe. As a child and youth, she studied classical, modern and regional folk music and dance and as an adult has studied, recorded and taught various styles of music from her travels in Mexico, Peru, other parts of Latin America and the U.S..  For the past 19 years, Estela has enjoyed working with families and children of all ages in public schools, summer camps and community centers throughout Central Virginia, Berkeley, California and Latin America.  You can catch Estela performing throughout the year with her group, Lua, at local venues, private parties and special events through Luminaria Cville, her cultural arts based non-profit project, housed at the McGuffey Art Center in downtown Charlottesville.  She resides in Charlottesville, Virginia with her two daughters and husband David.   She is a member of McGuffey Arts Center and  is a Registered Music Together teacher. 

A note from Estela: 
Music is a gift that all of us can share.  Anything that I can do as a mother, teacher and community member to facilitate making music a form of public expression, I will!  Our mission is to introduce as many families as possible to the joy of making music a part of their everyday family experience.   Come join us for a class!