Meet Our Teachers

Studio3 Music School

Kathy Estes, Music Director

Strings & Piano Teacher


Kathy Estes received her BME from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville Florida after studying at the University of Illinois in Champaign. She has taught public and private students in violin, viola and piano for 35 years and played her violin and viola in several symphonies, quartets, pops orchestras, jazz trio, and Christian rock groups, etc.

Kathy plays locally as a Violist in the Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, a Jazz trio, the New Life Worship Team, and directs the Celtic Christmas Concert.

As the Studio3 Music Director, Kathy works with the teaching team in the development of the curriculum, events, and special performances, and oversees the structure of the school.

She is dedicated to the development of each young musician. Kathy says, "Put an instrument in the hands of a child and change a life.''


Andy & Cindy Wallen

Guitar & Violin Teachers


Andy and Cindy Wallen are a wonderful addition to our staff. They are co-worship directors at The Gathering Church in Moravian Falls.

Andy was raised in West Virginia and received a BA in music Education from West Liberty University. He studied classical guitar performance and composition at Shennandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, VA. We are excited about this very experienced guitar teacher and educator joining us at Studio3.

Andy met Cindy while she was serving as the Concert Mistress in the Shenandoah Symphony. She received a performance scholarship to Indiana State University and played with the Terre Haute Symphony and many chamber and church groups. Cindy, a seasoned and creative violinist, has brought her enthusiasm to our school. We have received a double blessing with the Wallens!


Rachel Palmer

Violin Teacher


Rachel Palmer exemplifies one of the values we hold at Studio3 which is mentoring young musicians as they become proficient in their instrument.

Rachel Palmer is our first student teacher and has studied under Kathy Estes for seven years.

She plays first stand in the Western Piedmont Youth Symphony, the Celtic Christmas Concert and several community performances all year long.

Rachel is a talented young teacher and we are glad to have her!


Melody M. Beaty

Chorus, Piano & Flute Teacher


Melody Morrison Beaty earned a BS in Instrumental Music Education and a Masters of Music in voice. In the course of her career, she has sung leading roles with Opera companies from NY to Florida.

Melody has a private studio in Statesville (voice, piano, flute) and conducts five choirs at the First Presbyterian Church.

She has worked extensively with children, understanding the unique needs of their growing voices, training them in technique, artistry, and performance, all with spirited fun!


Sam Childs

Mandolin Teacher


Sam Childs is an accomplished musician and we are very happy to have him. He plays the guitar, mandolin, violin and banjo!

Sam has a Bachelors degree in education/math and a MDiv. degree. He and his wife have shared music ministries in several churches over the years.

Sam has played in many musical groups and taught stringed instruments for twenty years.

He enjoys seeing others learn and use their musical gifts. Sam says music is a gift from God.

Our Teaching Staff

''We are proud of our very professional and experienced teaching staff. Each one comes to Studio3 with the highest recommendations. Studio3 follows the general guidelines of the Safe Sanctuary Policies that apply to our teaching format.''