FootNotes Studio


Piano Lessons/Classes
Guitar Lessons
Vocal Training Sessions

We are proud to be able to serve you and your family. Below our top notch instructors would like to share what makes us who we are! With our background, experiences, and love for what we do, we will bring you the best we have to offer :)

Melissa DiGrazio (Owner, piano and vocal) - Throughout her childhood, Miss Melissa 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, May 1999 with a B.A. in Music. She has been working "for" children for the past 20 years with roles of piano and vocal instructor, 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 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 and friends.


Frederick Carl DeTroia "Carl" has played guitar for 30 years.  He studied Music at Northern Virginia Community College and at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA, and has performed in various bands throughout  the years. Carl says some of the highlights of his musical career were attending classes taught by Scott Henderson (Chic Corea/Tribal Tech), Mike Stern, and Terry Bozzio-- as well as being able to open up for one of his musical heroes: Mike Keneally (of Frank Zappa/ Steve Vai and Joe Satraini fame).  "Mike even let me play through his amp. So cool, and such a nice guy."  Carl specializes in creative rock and blues guitar, yet is also well versed in most styles of music. Carl has taught scores of students over the past 20 years-- and truly enjoys sharing his passion for music.  When teaching, Carl makes it a priority to focus on each student's individual musical goals and on introducing the fundamentals of music. Carl also loves encouraging students to create their own music by introducing composition and songwriting.  He feels very fortunate to have played with-- and taught-- so many fine people over the past several decades.  Carl taught in Northern VA before moving in 2015 to Lake Monticello-- and is thoroughly enjoying teaching guitar at Angell's.