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.
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 K-12 and a Masters degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction. She has presented at various Music Workshops and States Conferences of topics including, "Music and The Brain," "Piano Parent Coaching," "Motivating Students to Practice: applying neurological tools and techniques to engage students." and "Vocal Coaching Techniques."
She has been teaching (Piano and Vocal), performing, recording, and writing for over 30 years. Her 14-year public school teaching experience includes three different school systems. Music is her passion, which exudes through her teaching.
Deanna Ewer has been teaching beginner through advanced piano for 25 years. She holds a bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music College at Queens College in NY. Deanna taught in the public school system where she developed a district-wide comprehensive curriculum for music students in grades 5-8. She loves watching the spark that music ignites in her students and the sense of accomplishment that goes along with it. Music has been her passion since her first piano lesson at age 6 and she strives to bring that passion and enthusiasm to every lesson. In her free time, Deanna enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
Troy Newell has been performing live for several years. He studied music for 8 years before joining the Lessons On The Lake Music Arts Academy Staff. He continues his music education and training with our Master Teacher, Valerie Kasmir.
Kyle Ketsdever has impeccable skills that allow him to teach with various types of guitars: Steel-string, Electric, Acoustic, and Nylon. Kyle has the experience and ability to teach in various genres as; Rock, Metal, Country, Jazz, and Bluegrass. He has professionally displayed his talent by playing with various Rock, Metal, Jazz, Bluegrass, and Country Bands. Kyle is Classically trained in Jazz Guitar. He is currently attending Mitchell Community College in Statesville, NC studying Music Education and Performance.
Jacque Junkins holds a degree in Art Education and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. She has been an art educator for 18 years, teaching students from pre-kindergarten to college level. Her personal philosophy is that a multi-cultural approach in the arts is paramount. Jacque’s methodologies include introducing music, dress, or customs related to the culture of the art being studied. Traveling abroad has played an important role in her teaching philosophy. She has developed many lesson plans from the various countries she has traveled. Jacque believes that when students study art history, they are able to make a direct correlation between culture and the artist’s identity.
Annie Neely is a 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.
Desiring to be near 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 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!