Our Teachers

Deborah Pratt

“Miss Deb” teaches Kindermusik, piano, choir, voice, and beginning guitar.

“Miss Deb”

“I look forward to sharing music with you and  your family and enjoying all the special moments that accompany  making music together.  

From the beginning of my career, teaching music has been a joy to me personally.  But it also has become an expression of my deep desire to make a difference in the lives of children and families. 

From sharing in the precious musical moments families experience in Kindermusik with infants and young children and  seeing my school-age students learning to read and understand music and learning to play an instrument, I have come to know how much music profoundly and positively impacts the lives of all who participate actively in it, from the youngest to the oldest.”  Active music making is a wonderful and rewarding activity that brings so much meaning and joy to life!  

“Miss Deb” earned a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of Iowa and received an Oregon Teaching Certificate with endorsements in Music K-12 and Elementary Education K-8.  She is a licensed Kindermusik educator and certified in Level 1 of Orff-Schulwerk.  In addition to teaching at Music4Kids, Deb is a substitute teacher for all subjects K-12 in the Grants Pass and Three Rivers school districts.  Deb, her husband Jim have three daughters and seven grandchildren and a very friendly black lab named Kobe.  They enjoy gardening, landscaping, walking with Kobe, visiting the Oregon coast, and connecting with family and friends.


Joleen Melendez

Joleen teaches Prenatal Yoga, Baby and Me Yoga, and is training to become a Kindermusik and piano teacher

“I was dragged to my first yoga class at age 17 while living as an exchange student in Brazil

Joleen

…being a “serious athlete,” I was completely skeptical about this yoga-stretching-mumbo-jumbo, but during that first class I felt such love, acceptance, and enthusiasm from the teachers and other practitioners that I was intrigued.

Years later while in college I found a studio and dove into a regular practice.  It became clear to me that this way of moving and breathing was the perfect compliment to my athletic and somewhat stressful lifestyle. Yoga became my body’s therapy, and I realized years later that it was my mind’s therapy as well.  I deepened my knowledge & understanding of yoga (and the human body in general) and began teaching under the guidance of Linda and Ronald Sambursky, founders of the Yoga Body Shop, a Baron Baptiste-inspired hot yoga studio in Binghamton, NY.  Several years ago I completed a yoga teacher training program and earned a teaching certificate in Power Yoga.

With a focus on alignment and moving the body with the breath, my classes are designed to safely connect you with your body, cultivate your power, and ease away tension.  Typically I tell my students that they can expect to break a sweat but leave with a smile.”     …read more about Joleen on her blog

Joleen Melendez holds a B.A. in Cultural Studies, a B.S. in Nursing, and a teaching certificate in Power Yoga.  As a musician, she has eight years of training in piano.  She loves attending conferences and workshops, practicing with new teachers, and continuing her education in Yoga, Women’s Health Nursing and Music Education.  In addition to teaching yoga, Joleen has experience  as a Labor & Delivery Nurse in a local hospital, as well as working alongside midwives in Southern Oregon.  Joleen lives in Grants Pass with her loving husband, 2 children, and a fluffy orange cat.  They love being outside, growing & eating yummy food, and connecting with their community in loving, supportive, and educational ways.

 

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Listen to Miss Deb’s interview with Jeanette Stark on KLDR’s Community Spotlight

What Parents Are Saying. . .

What my child and I enjoy most about Kindermusik is the routine, at home materials, provided CD, website, the music, and Miss Deb! We enjoy how Miss Deb interacts with her students.

— Erin Kell (Kindermusik Level 2 class)

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Office Hours:

Monday 10 am – 1 pm

Studio Hours:

Monday 1 – 5 pm
Tuesday 10 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday 1 – 5 pm

Additional times by appointment

 

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