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Teachers

Meet our team!


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Caitlin Whitehouse

Owner and Artistic Director, Teaches Violin and Piano

Caitlin grew up in Sarasota, Florida where she was a member of the Sarasota Youth Orchestra for ten years. Caitlin attended the University of North Texas and received her Bachelor in violin performance, with a minor in music theory. She has performed in many orchestras and chamber ensembles, highlights including the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra and Barrage. Caitlin has performed all over the United States as well as in England, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and China.

Caitlin has been teaching for over ten years and has taught in many private music academies, as well as public and private schools. She has received training as a Suzuki violin teacher, and infuses those principals into her teaching. It has been a dream come true for Caitlin to be able to own her own music academy and to be able to work with such wonderful and dedicated students and teachers.

Aside from music, Caitlin enjoys gardening, lifting weights, and dabbling in interior design. She loves her dogs Elliott and Penny, and her fiance Chris. The Anderson Arts Center is her favorite place in the whole world, so it is only fitting that she and Chris will marry there in November of 2019.

 
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Mike Cannon

Studio Manager, Teaches Guitar and Ukulele

Mike Cannon is a guitarist who has been playing and writing music since before he can remember. He enjoys many musical styles including pop, country, bluegrass and Americana.

Mike graduated from Clemson University with a BSEE in computer engineering and then worked as the Design Engineering Manager for NCR Corporation for 32 years. When Mike retired from NCR in 2013, he opened his own music recording studio on his lakeside property in Townville, SC, where he lives and write music with his wife Rosalinda.

Mike enjoys teaching and his goal is to help beginning musicians get started and develop their skills on guitar.

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Olivia Done

Teaches Violin

Olivia Done is originally from Milton, Massachusetts. She moved to Anderson, SC to pursue a degree in Music Education at Anderson University. She is currently teaching 5th grade strings in Anderson District 5. She travels to all the district’s elementary schools where she teaches children how to play stringed instruments.

Olivia loves playing the violin, bird watching and italian food.

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Hannah Byrne

Teaches Piano

Hello, my name is Hannah Byrne. I grew up in Pottsville, Pennsylvania and relocated with my family to Mooresville, North Carolina in 2015. I am student at Anderson University pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance with a concentration in Piano Pedagogy (graduating 2021) under the tutelage of Dr. Howard Kim. I have taken private lessons since the age of seven, with past teachers including Debra Perkins and Cynthia Lawing. I have had seven years of accompanying experience, including choirs, string ensembles, jazz bands, orchestras and solo instrumentalists and vocalists. Some of my most notable accomplishments include the First Runner-Up Pianist Qualification in the Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in 2016, the Anderson University Music Honors Recital in 2017, and collaboration in the orchestra pit for Anderson University’s production of the musical Sister Act in 2018. I am excited to be featured as a soloist with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra in February of 2019.

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Jeannie Leyden-Edwards

Teaches Cello

Jeannie Leyden-Edwards spent 6 years studying with Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel at the University of Puget Sound. Currently, she teaches cello at Truett McConnell University in Cleveland, Georgia. She also plays with the Toccoa Symphony and both manages and plays with the Sedici String Quartet. In years previous, she has played with the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, Athens Symphony, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Federal Way Philharmonic, Tacoma Ballet.

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Rebecca Smith

Teaches Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele

Rebecca grew up on the banks of the Ohio River in the bluegrass state of Kentucky, singing homemade songs with her family. She started formally playing piano at age 6 and phased into guitar at 12, and continued to add more and more strings! She now teaches guitar, banjo, and ukulele, privately and in groups.

She has been teaching little hands to play since becoming a mother to a budding musician, 8 years ago, and absolutely loves to watch a child fall in love with music.
Her passion is writing, recording, and performing folk music for children and families that focuses on positive messages about love and nature! Check out her album, Melody Garden, on any streaming platform!

Rebecca loves to gather children to cultivate musical appreciation from a very young age, and created unique interactive music classes at the South Carolina Botanical Garden where families come together to sing and dance under the trees! She is excited to offer Melody Garden programs every First Friday of the month. Hundreds of children have attended her interactive concerts in the upstate and she loves to share her love of music with the community!

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Matthew Speer

Teaches Violin, Viola, Cello

Matthew Speer is a native of Anderson, SC. He is a proud graduate of Westside High School, and Anderson district 5 schools.
Matthew began piano music lessons at the age of five and switched to violin eight years old. He had such a love for music that he decided to pursue a degree in music education at the University of South Carolina. After Matthew finished his Bachelor Degree in 2000, he received a Masters degree in Christian Ministry at Anderson University in 2014.
Matthew has been teaching in public education for nineteen years and this coming fall he will be starting an orchestra and teaching chorus at Starr-Iva Middle school.
Matthew has been married to his lovely wife for twenty years and has three wonderful children.

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Mary Beth Stephens

Mary Beth is a senior at Anderson University where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education with a concentration in Instrumental Music. She has been playing the viola for 12 years, and has also had piano experience since the age of eight. Mary Beth has studied viola with Janice Hutton, Joanna Mulfinger, and Leslie Warlick, and studied piano with Vivian Epperson. At AU, she is involved in the String Ensemble, String Quartet, and Concert Choir. She is also a member of GAMAC's Anderson Symphony Orchestra. Mary Beth has played in the orchestra pit of two musicals at AU, "Big Fish" and "She Loves Me" She is currently president of the university's chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Mary Beth will graduate in May 2020, and after graduation plans to teach middle school/elementary school strings or elementary general music.

Mary Beth has lived in Powdersville, South Carolina her whole life, and still lives there when she is not at school. She hopes to stay in the Upstate upon graduation. Apart from music, Mary Beth loves Broadway musicals, reading Jane Austen, spending time with family and friends, and drinking tea or sipping coffee. She attends Mt. Airy Baptist Church, where she is actively involved in the worship band and children's ministry. Mary Beth is thrilled to begin teaching at Sounds of Carolina and can't wait to share her love of music!

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Melonie Martin

Melonie grew up in Arkansas in a musical family. Her dad had everyone singing and playing in a family band by the time each could walk and talk. She received her BFA in art from the University of Memphis.
She met her husband who is also a musician in Memphis, where their 4 children were born and raised. They are all practicing musicians and or music teachers, as well. Melonie moved to Easley, South Carolina in 2018.
Melonie has 20+ years experience teaching private violin lessons as well as leading mixed instrumental and voice ensembles. This fall, Melonie will become the music and Suzuki strings teacher at the Montessori School of Anderson.
Melonie’s hobbies are playing in the church orchestra, cooking and gardening.

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Weston Sitton, piano

Weston Sitton is a native of San Diego, California, but is currently studying music at Anderson University. He has been playing piano since he was seven and enjoys classical, jazz, and contemporary pop styles. In his free time he enjoys playing beach volleyball.