Melissa DiGrazio (Owner, Kindermusik®, piano, and dance) - Miss Melissa
started dancing at the age of 5 and continued her training studying ballet, tap, and jazz at Kathleen Academy of Dance in
Hillsborough, N.J. There she was trained to teach the 3-6 year old program as well as tap and jazz classes for children and
adults. Other dance training includes classes at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and workshops throughout NJ, VA, and NY. Throughout
her childhood, she had particpiated in school choirs, dance performances, and musicals. Miss Melissa graduated from Piscataway
High School in 1993 with honors and was part of the award winning Concert Choir as well as lead roles of Peggy Sawyer in "42nd
Street" and Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz." In July 1998 she received her Kindermusik certification and began
teaching the following fall. She graduated Cum Laude from Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J.in May 1999 with a B.A. in Music.
She has been working "for" children for the past 20 years with roles of camp counselor and director, after-school
teacher, dance teacher, pre-school music teacher, and substitute. She is a member of the Charlottesville Music Teachers Association
and the Blue Ridge Partnership for Kindermusik Educators and is currently the music teacher at Millstone of Ivy Preschool
and The Light Academy. She continues her dance training with classes including BalletTone and Hawaiian Hula. She continues
her Kindermusik education yearly at the Kindermusik International Conventions which are held throughout the US each fall.
. She is highly involved with "Camp Happy Times", a one-week summer camp for children with cancer, and has been
a counselor there since 1998. Miss Melissa and her daughter Meredith live in Lake Monticello. In her spare time (yeah right!) she spends loving the outdoors, especially the beach, and relaxing with family