photo Melissa Monforti

Melissa has been musical since she was a child, singing and dancing with her parents, aunts and uncles.  After attending with her infant son, Melissa began teaching Music Together in 2005.  A few years later, she started teaching beginner guitar to adults and founded Forte Music Education.  As her son grew up, she became interested in how older kids learn music and, together with Jo Daley, developed Big Kids Music Tour.  In the years since, she has launched music education programs at numerous preschools and elementary schools, trained half a dozen teachers, and added intermediate and advanced guitar along with children’s guitar lessons too.  Families and students will tell you - Melissa has made music education her life!  Melissa says, “The day I realized that I traded my laptop and briefcase for a guitar and egg shakers, I knew I had found my real passion.  I strive to make every music class experience something that touches the music spirit of everyone in the room.  That’s my way of making the world a better place."one song at a time.”

photo Bill McRae

Bill is the founder of On Stage Music Academy. Originally from music rich Louisiana, he became a Film & TV composer and music business executive after studying at UC Boulder and USC. He followed that act as a classroom teacher in both regular and music education. Bill plays keys, guitars, bass, and is a singer/songwriter. OSM Academy is where his passion for music meets his love of teaching.

photo Amelia Roberts