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Meet the Teacher


Miss Melissa Ayotte has been a popular Early Childhood Music and piano teacher in Marin County for over 20 years.  She currently lives on Hamilton in Novato with her husband and two children.  Melissa began studying piano with Antonia Cippolina in  Mill Valley in the early 1970's at the age of 5.  She studied privately for over 12 years and continued her music education at College of Marin with Paul Smith.   Melissa has played and performed professionally at local restaurants, theater companies and churches, and plays regularly (along with her flautist son) at Our Lady of Loretto church in Novato.

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Miss Melissa will be teaching the following classes this Fall


Music Circle for ages 0 to 4 years

Miss Melissa offers Musikgarten classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers on Monday and Thursday mornings at Miwok Park in Novato.   For parents, the Musikgarten program allows participation in a fun, energetic environment while instilling a love and understanding of music in their child that also teaches life lessons including how to listen, get along with others, and perform well in school.  Click here for details about Music Circle

Small Group Piano for ages 5 and up

In person Piano Classes are on hold until 2022.  Please join our email list (button below) to learn about the studio re-opening next year.   Click here for details about piano classes for new beginners

Please also consider these fantastic affordable online offerings from our affiliate partner Busy Kids do Piano.

Peter & the Wolf Online Music Camp
A FREE, fun and engaging 3-day camp with Miss Carly

Busy Preschoolers Do Piano
Online interactive piano lessons for preschoolers with Miss Carly

Busy Kids Do Piano
Online interactive video piano lessons for elementary age children with Miss Carly

Busy Kids do Music History
An all inclusive music appreciation course designed for home learning.