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Marvelous Music Staff

Music Together® Specialists

Melissa Ludwa, Lead Music Specialist

Melissa Ludwa, Lead Music Specialist

Melissa Ludwa holds a Master of Education in School Counseling and is an Early Childhood Music Specialist. She completed her Certification Level II training in 2018 with the founders of Music Together and loves using her knowledge and passion to create opportunities for making music with infants through five year olds (and their important adults!) in the greater Kalamazoo area.

Melissa’s solo and ensemble work has ranged from jazz to folk, classic choral masterworks to small chamber ensembles in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. However varied her professional singing experiences, it’s evident she truly enjoys making music that engages the child in all of us. Melissa’s earliest musical memory is of her mom singing “Kookaburra” as a lullaby, so perhaps most importantly, she still sings lullabies nearly every evening to her own boys.

Taylor Fox, Music Specialist

Taylor Fox, Music Specialist

Taylor Fox is a board-certified music therapist with a master’s degree in Music Therapy from Western Michigan University and Bachelor’s degree in Music and Psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University. She has a passion for working with individuals of all abilities and identities to support them in their goals with music. During her time as a performer, she has sung in various places in the US and Europe. Besides teaching Music Together, Taylor also works as a music therapist for Edge Water Music Therapy.

Annie Dastoli, Music Specialist

Annie Dastoli, Music Specialist

Annie is a registered Music Together teacher. She has loved music her entire life and has been immersed in different opportunities from a young age. Her love of music and singing led her to Western Michigan University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in music. After a decade of working in the retail world, she was ready to make a change and focus more on work with music. Music Together is the perfect outlet, it combines two of the things she loves most, music and teaching children! Annie lives in Portage with her husband and two children.

Cindy Cross, Assistant Director of Education, Music Specialist

Cindy Cross, Assistant Director of Education, Music Specialist

Cindy Cross is a Board-Certified Music Therapist with a bachelor’s degree (1990) and a master’s degree (2014) from Western Michigan University. Her early career included Music Therapy work in Adult Psychiatric Care, Long-Term Care, and Special Education.

Cindy began the transition to orchestral work in 2016 by managing Marvelous Music for the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, a program that provides quality music education for up to 600 preschool families each year. The symphony world was a perfect fit for her energy and skills, and she currently works as the Assistant Director of Education for the KSO, creating and promoting education and wellness programs in Kalamazoo, MI, and the surrounding area