About Us

Our Mission

music and the brain

Exhaustive research reveals that music education has beneficial neurological effects.  In addition to teaching music, our goal is to improve cognitive and emotional development by increasing neuroplasticity. It's not enough that our students master music, they also engage their senses, psychomotor skills, emotional intelligence, and intellect.

Our Team

Valerie Kasmir, M. Ed.,  Master Teacher

Master Teacher, Valerie Kasmir, founded Lessons On The Lake Music Arts Academy in 2000. Her mission is to enrich lives through the majestic effects of music. She holds a BA in Music Education and a Masters degree in Education. 

She has been teaching, performing, recording, and writing over 25 years. Her public school teaching experience  includes three different school systems. Music is her passion, which exudes through her teaching.

Jeremy White, Lessons On The Lake After School Director

Jeremy White, M. Ed.,  Afterschool Director

I have been working with children for almost 15 years.  I am a graduate of Elon University class of 2008.  I received my undergraduate bachelor's degree in Communications and Journalism.  After graduating in 2008 I worked at a daycare.  In February 2009 I moved to Japan where I taught English to adults and children for the next five years.  I moved back to North Carolina in April 2014 and started my Master’s program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in late May.  I received my Master's in Elementary Education in 2017.  I have since taught Kindergarten for the last three years in Charlotte NC.

Victor Payton, Guitar Teacher

Victor has been performing over 20 years. He's studied music over 15 years before joining the Lessons On The Lake Music Arts Academy Staff. He can also teach bass, drums, piano.  Genres include pop, contemporary Christian, and jazz.


Patty Wasylna, Piano Teacher

Patty's been teaching beginner through advanced piano students since 1992. She believes strongly in teaching a comprehensive method of technique, theory, and skill with a strong emphasis on early note recognition and reading.  She also believes music should be fun and rewarding and strive to create a balance of perfection, diligence, and fun.  She teaches young children through adults and thoroughly enjoys the relationships that develop and the reward of seeing students advance and grow to love playing the piano. Teaching piano is not just a job for me it is a passion that I love and never grow tired of.


Anne Neely, Violin and Viola Teacher

Native of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Anne has been playing the violin since age 10. While in high school  she performed at Carnegie Hall and was awarded the Carnegie Medal.

Anne attended Edinboro University and has a degree in Music Education. While in college she was the Concert Mistress for the University's Symphony.

Family brought her to North Carolina in 1997.

Continuing her love of music, Anne has taught in private schools and is the Concert Mistress for the Lake Norman Orchestra. She also founded a string quartet, The 4 Bows. This group traveled to Washington DC and played twice at the White House. The quartet also performs at weddings, local and private events.

Anne has also traveled to Austria with the Lake Norman Orchestra, performing in Salzburg and Vienna.  Anne continues to teach private violin and piano lessons. 


Madeline Crow, Drum and Vocal Teacher

Madeline Crow is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. She graduated in 2018 with a bachelor's of science in Music Technology from UNC Asheville, where she studied everything from music theory to modular synthesizers. Madeline has been playing the piano since preschool and has picked up singing and drumming along the way. She is excited to share her knowledge and love of music with others! 

128 Overhill Dr, Suite # 103, Mooresville, NC, 28117

(704) 799-0504

Mon-Friday* 10am - 7:30pm

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