Our Teachers

Our 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 are registered Music Together® teachers, having successfully completed the Music Together® teacher training, 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 (Co-Director)

Dave is originally from Charlottesville, who returned here to raise a family after living and performing for several years in South America and the San Francisco Bay Area, where he first began teaching the Music Together program. "Music has always been a transformative experience for me and has led me through many life changes. When Estela and I began to talk about having children, Music Together presented itself and has been a wonderful introduction into parenthood for us. To be able to share music with other families as our own family grows 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 and Mexico. He also plays in local groups such as The Olivarez Trio and Lua Project, and is a Performance Art Member of McGuffey Arts Center.  Dave has been awarded Certification Level I from Music Together Worldwide, for demonstrated achievement in musicianship, movement, parent education, and teaching the Music Together program.

     
photo Estela Knott (Co-Director)

Estela 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 young adult, she studied various forms of music including classical, modern and regional folk music, and dance. As an adult Estela has studied, recorded, and taught various styles of music from her travels in Mexico, Peru, other parts of Latin America, and the United States. 

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 the Lua Project, her cultural arts based non-profit project and band, 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. 

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 Family Music®-making, as part of their everyday life.  Come join us for a class!

     
photo Lydia Witman

Having grown up in a family of musicians and music lovers, as well as teachers, Lydia is thrilled to bring her experience to other families, as a teacher for Blue Ridge Music Together. She firmly believes there's no such thing as too young—or too old—to begin learning the joy of music, dance, and rhythm. Lydia and her daughter Sylvie enjoy participating in Blue Ridge Music Together classes, being outdoors as much as possible, and going on long walks with their two dogs Juniper and Lily. Lydia is a former librarian and professional musician who sings and plays guitar, ukulele, and piano.