We’re proud to be the top spot for kids’ music classes in central Virginia.
Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, the seeds of BRMT were planted around 20 years ago, after we (Estela and Dave) met and decided to travel and play music throughout the Western Hemisphere. It was a journey that took us the better part of two years, as we traveled all over the United States, and through much of Latin America, particularly Mexico, Peru, and Brazil. We were deeply inspired by the way music seemed such a spontaneous and natural part of community and family life, with people singing and playing in the streets, markets, and on buses. We observed folks dancing and singing together joyfully, so comfortable in their bodies that it seemed as natural to them as having a conversation about their day. When we returned to the United States, we settled down in Berkeley, California, where one of Dave’s adult guitar students recruited him to teach Music Together®.
We were very impressed with the way in which Music Together classes not only encouraged parents to nurture their child’s natural love of music in a community setting but how it instilled in parents and caregivers that they were the best modelers of musical behavior for their child, no matter what their own abilities. After a while, we began to get the itch to start our own family. We went on one long, last journey to South America to finish some musical projects with friends in Peru, and to prepare for the next leg of our journey, into parenthood. Since both of us have family in Virginia, we decided to return home to Charlottesville, and open up our own Music Together center.
In the Spring of 2008, a couple of months after the birth of our eldest daughter, Luna, we opened Blue Ridge Music Together. We are very blessed to have been so warmly embraced by families in the Charlottesville area. Their enthusiasm and generosity of spirit has helped us to grow rapidly, making it possible for us to develop an expanding, creative community that will allow our daughters and many other children to grow up in an environment where they can experience the same kind of spontaneous joy in musical expression that so inspired us in our travels. It is our vision to help make our little slice of paradise here in Central Virginia a thriving place for music, culture, and dance. We welcome you to share this journey with us!