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The Melodee Music lesson studio is closed until further notice for in-person lessons. In the meantime, please contact our teachers below for information on remote lessons.

Meet The Teachers:

Leonard Stevens:

Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar 
Leonard offers in person lessons at Melodee Music on select days. 

A professional guitarist for over twenty years and a graduate of the prestigious Musician's Institutes (G.I.T.) He has worked with some of the top names in the industry, as well as produced several artists. He has taught beginning to advanced guitar and bass. His background ranges from concert halls to piano lounges, R&B Funk groups to Heavy Metal bands, and Jazz trios to Big Bands. Including extensive record, television and film projects.

Patricia Mathews:

Piano, Voice

Patricia holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina of Greensboro. She has studied piano with Robert Darnell, Inga Morgan, and Ron Morebello of the Kensington Piano Trio. She has taught age groups from kindergarten to college and beyond. Her experience as a choral conductor and musical director for musical theater productions spans both coasts. She loves teaching and continues to be grateful for each new experience.

Mike Bailey:

Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele

Michael Bailey is an accomplished guitarist. He has been playing for over thirty years. After being self-taught for four years, Michael studied Jazz and Classical privately for two years. He then attended Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts. Upon completing his studies at Berklee in 1990, Michael became a very successful guitar instructor. His instructional experience includes 24 years of private, group, and band instruction.

Rocky Cancelose: 

Drums, Keyboard Percussion

Rocky began playing the drums at an early age. After playing in Elementary Middle and High School Bands he then went on to study with Clyde Connors from the U.S. Navy Jazz Band The Commodores. Rocky attended the Drummers Collective in New York and had the opportunity to study under Jim Chapin, Michael Lauren, Bobby Sanabria, Duduka Da Fonseca, and Kenwood Denard. He has over forty years of experience in percussion and has been teaching drums since 1995.

Lauren Haren:

Violin, Viola

Lauren Haren is a classically trained violinist and violist. She has studied with Alan Bodman and Cory Smith at the University of Akron where she earned her BM in violin performance in 2011 and MM in viola performance in 2013.

Lauren has been teaching private violin and viola lessons for a number of years to students of all ages. She has also taught high school students at Firestone High School in Akron, Ohio.

Alex Isom:


With Alex's mother a piano teacher, Alex has been playing piano since he was 4 years old. Alex attended the University of Virginia at Wise with a Minor in Music and a focus on Music Theory. Alex has a strong adaptability with children with special needs including physical and mental disabilities. A personal belief of Alex's is that there is no disability that truly makes you disabled. Alex has studied with Andy Nguyen who was educated at Gnessin School of Music in Moscow.

Vince Suraci

Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar

Vince has been a guitar instructor at Melodee Music since 2006. He has forty years of playing, and twenty years of teaching experience. A 1994 graduate of the Musicians Institute's Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), Vince previously studied music theory, piano, classical guitar theory, and practice at the Northern Virginia Community College. Vince offers guitar instruction to all ages and levels.
T.M. Hanna
T. M. Hanna :

Mandolin, Ukulele, Banjo, Mountain Dulcimer, Harmonica and pennywhistle
T.M. has been helping players get started on folk instruments for over 40 years. Over the years he has performed in various local venues on several instruments in a variety of bands, as well as, solo.

Jamieson Tobey:

Drums, Keyboard Percussion

Jamieson has been playing drums professionally and teaching on and off for the past 20+ years. He grew up in Reston and went to Herndon High School where he played in concert band, marching band, and jazz band. He went to the University of Miami on a jazz drumming scholarship but left after one year to play in a variety of bands back in northern VA. He has taught students of all ages and abilities. He has performed in venues ranging from the Kennedy Center to Blues Alley to dive bars and everything in between.