Cathy started Kindermusik of Cleveland in 1996 and has been recognized as a top 1% Kindermusik Program worldwide every year since 2000. Cathy and her husband, Kevin, opened Thrive Arts January 2017 and are thrilled to bring all their Kindermusik classes into one beautiful location. She loves that Kindermusik reaches every child’s learning style and she sees the tremendous impact that a continuing musical education can have on a child’s development.
She is also passionate about helping parents make parenting easier and more meaningful.
Licensed Kindermusik Educator, Simply Music Piano Instructor
Dorina's love of music stems from her years of comprehensive musical study in European culture where music education is a proud tradition. From this upbringing we have a warm and welcoming music enthusiast and a strong believer in music education for children. Dorina is passionate about helping children discover their own strengths and talents, which she nurtures with Kindermusik’s unique, developmentally appropriate educational method and Simply Music’s innovative and progressive piano instruction.
Licensed Kindermusik Educator
Sarah was surrounded by music as a child. Her grandma taught Sarah to play the piano, and her school days were filled with choir, musical theater, and the band's percussion section. Naturally inquisitive and imaginative, Sarah loved exploring new instruments and trying new things. Sarah is passionate about gently guiding children and families along their own paths in her Kindermusik classes, and she loves seeing those family relationships deepen through their shared love of music.
Certified Leap ‘N Learn Instructor
Miss Justina loves connecting with children and people through the arts. She is a graduate from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. While at CSU, she took as many dance classes as she could in creative movement, ballet, and modern dance. Justina grew up with a love of singing and was a member of the Singing Angels, while also dancing at her neighborhood studio. She spent 2 years at Inlet Dance in their trainee and apprenticeship program refining her craft. When asked about Thrive, Justina says, “The warm and welcoming atmosphere at Thrive pulled me in. I was hooked immediately!”. She wholeheartedly believes that learning through the arts allows children to explore more of who they already are and who they want to become.
Certified Leap ‘N Learn Instructor, Tap
Dani is the child whisperer, effortlessly connecting with children at eye level with genuine interest in what they're thinking about and what's going on with them. She loves immersing her students in the Leap 'n Learn pre-ballet curriculum and is enthusiastic about teaching the rhythms and movements of tap dancing. Dani holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology and theater with a concentration in dance, and Master of Fine Arts degree in contemporary dance from Case Western Reserve University.
Bobby is all about creative freedom and expression through dance, and loves that Hip Hop is boundless. He has twenty years of dance experience performing, competing and writing choreography. And he has earned a stellar reputation as a Hip Hop teacher. Bobby interned in Hollywood, California with Capitol Films and Sennett Entertainment. Bobby holds a Multidisciplinary Fine Arts Degree from Lake Erie College, having specialized in Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts.
Art Beginnings and Art Discovery
Ellen has taught art to children from preschool through high school in a variety of settings. She enjoys working with toddlers and preschoolers because of their innate fascination with the world around them, spontaneity, and eagerness to explore and learn new skills. She relishes opportunities to be innovative and differentiate projects to meet the specific levels and learning styles of her students. Ellen earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Photographic Communications from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1997 and a Master of Fine Arts in Art Education from Case Western Reserve University in 2004.
Art Discovery and Art Evolution
Angela came to Thrive Arts with broad experience and study in the arts and art education. Her gentle, encouraging demeanor invites students to confidently try new things and create their own art. Before coming to Thrive, Angela owned and led Arts & Crafts stores in Dresden Germany where she sold art materials, hosted art shows, created her own artwork and taught art to children and adults. Angela and her husband moved to the United States in 2014 to be closer to their daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren.
Piano and Voice
Doreen has been teaching piano for over 30 years. Her goal is to know her students well, reveal what motivates them, and teach them how to practice so that they can create beautiful music and enjoy playing the piano. She teaches beginners through advanced students with a standard classical piano repertoire, and enhances the student's experience by tuning in to what they enjoy, and mixing in music theory, composition and improvisation. Doreen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory and Composition from State University of New York, Fredonia, and she did post graduate work in Elementary Education at Adelphi University.
Piano and Voice
Kay has been teaching private voice and piano lessons since 2008 to students of all ages and levels. She makes lessons fun and engaging, exposing students to a variety of genres including classical, pop, jazz, and musical theater. She tailors lessons to each student’s interests and helps them discover music they appreciate and enjoy. Kay believes that music is for everyone and that anyone can benefit from and enjoy musical study. Kay earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance (magna cum laude) from Wittenberg University (Springfield) and went on to graduate studies in Early Music Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at Indiana University.
A core tenet of Jinyang’s teaching philosophy is to establish strong musical fundamentals through individual musical exploration. Through the study of classic and contemporary literature, students will reinforce good performance and practice habits while playing music that interests them. Jinyang believes that every student has musical potential and that it is her responsibility to dig into that potential in order to plant a seed of musical love into each student’s heart. Jinyang earned two master degrees from Northern Illinois University: one in piano performance and one in collaborative piano. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in Shenyang, China.
Joshua was drawn to teaching at Thrive because he values the community that is building here and he loves the creative ways we reach and engage our students. He is very active in the Cleveland arts community as a teacher, conductor, and performer. Joshua earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and his Master of Music degree in piano performance from CIM, studying under Antonio Pompa-Baldi. He and his wife just welcomed a beautiful baby girl and can’t wait to have her experience Kindermusik at Thrive.
Madelaine Matej MacQueen
Piano and Voice
Madelaine is a critically acclaimed vocalist and she loves teaching students of any age at Thrive. She enjoys the engaging spirit of the arts community here, and while she's busy pursuing her Ph.D. she is energized by her enthusiastic voice students.
Madelaine graduated from University of the Pacific in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance (summa cum laude). She studied with tenor Daniel Ebbers and was designated a Powell Scholar in Pacific’s most distinctive academic program. In 2015, she was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the national honor society for musical achievement and academic scholarship.
Piano, Violin (Suzuki and Traditional)
Sylvia loves teaching children how to enjoy learning their instrument - rewarding their effort and their successes. She enriches her life by traveling the globe with her violin, engaging with audiences worldwide. Much of her travel is devoted to taking her teaching and performing skills to Puerto Rico, Chile and Zimbabwe (so far), to help other teachers grow and flourish. This giving spirit is present in each class, too. Her teaching approach is kind, instructive, inspiring, and student-centered. Sylvia graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with both a Bachelor’s in Violin Performance and a Master’s degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. She performs regularly throughout the Cleveland area with the Akron Symphony, Citymusic Cleveland, and in chamber and solo appearances in various settings from concert halls to hospitals.
James Matej MacQueen
Violin (Suzuki, Traditional and Scottish Fiddle)
James shares his joy for music by teaching lessons that are fun, exciting, and intellectually stimulating. He helps students learn musical self-expression through technical mastery of the instrument. In addition to mastery of the violin, students will become familiar with music theory and music history through the repertoire they work on. James earned a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from University of Denver, and a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance and composition from University of the Pacific. He is a registered violin teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. In addition to his passion for teaching, James performs music from the classical and Scottish genres locally and nationally.
Cello (Suzuki and Traditional)
Ellie’s passion is to teach children to think big, to be good global citizens, and to pursue excellence in all facets of life. Weaving this worldview into learning the cello means that Ellie teaches with a light heart, gentle guidance, a clear view of expectations, and a deep respect for each student’s unique on-switch. True to her generous philosophy of giving back, Ellie founded the Cleveland Music Exchange, helping music teachers in Zimbabwe in their work. Ellie also performs with chamber and orchestral ensembles such as Opus 216, Cleveland Opera Theatre, and the Young Artist Debut Orchestra. She especially loves performing at house concerts - bringing chamber music to intimate audiences. Ellie graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with both a Master’s degree in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy.
With over 30 years experience, Tom teaches students of all ages, from beginners to aspiring professionals. Tom helps students get the best progress from their practice time and foster a love for the process of learning to play the guitar. Tom is thrilled to join the Thrive Team because he loves how Thrive focuses on the process of learning to meet each child where he or she is developmentally. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Flute and Recorder
Jacqueline Wood teaches flute and recorder and is an active performer in the Cleveland area. She received her bachelors degree in Music Education from Baldwin-Wallace University in 2014 and Masters in Flute Performance from Cleveland State University in 2016. Jackie enjoys working with flute students young and old, and of all abilities and skill levels. Her philosophy of education is that all students who want to learn should have music as a part of their life, and that all students have the potential to find joy and fulfillment through music.
Marilyn is the mother of 2 boys, who learned to play violin in the Suzuki Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Both boys played in the Solon Schools Orchestras. Marilyn is also involved with the Solon Schools Music Program. She is a teaching assistant for 5th grade strings. It is not unusual for her to tune 100 or so stringed instruments throughout the day! Now she enjoys answering your questions and looks forward to helping you through your magical journey at Thrive Arts Center.