Madison Magazine April-May 2019 - Page 8

Profile Beat Own A of their Mother and daughter duo share love of music with local children Story & Photos by Shannon Holbrook Laura Compton and daughter Elizabeth Sartor enjoy some rare time alone together at Compton’s piano. E lizabeth Sartor sits cross-legged on a small mat, smiling and rhythmi- cally patting her knees as she sings about clocks, with a dozen children and their parents sitting in a large circle with her, tapping along. She scans the vibrant playroom to ensure everyone can follow along. Her tiny twin, 8-year-old daughter Ella, sits quietly beside her, matching her mother’s rhythm and ready to assist when needed. Giggles erupt throughout the music class, as parents thrust their babies into the air, marking the chime of a clock. The adults smile as they tickle and cuddle their little ones, enjoying the moment. Sartor laughs along and begins tapping the rhythm of the next song in her lesson plan. MuSICAL GEnES Elizabeth and Ella Sartor’s love of music comes easily, naturally and honestly for them. Sartor grew up learning from her musical mother and Ella’s grandmother, Laura Compton, of Berea, who has taught private music classes in her home for more than 30 years and served as a choir direc- tor, pianist and organist. Sartor is skilled in 8 Madison Magazine A P R I L- M AY 2 0 1 9 voice, guitar, piano and mountain dulcimer, and has performed for 25 years. Sartor and Compton are lookalikes who have performed together and bonded over music through the years. They seamlessly share their stories, often finishing the other’s sentences. Their closeness is im- mediately evident. They say their family has always been musical. Compton’s husband, a physician, discovered his operatic voice and they performed at a medical conference in Lexington. “We were like the von Trapps, with matching outfits and everything,” said Sartor. Compton also started a folk circle band, the Possum Ridge Pickers. They performed at Renfro Valley for fun, and included a banjo, two violinists, and Sartor on guitar. STREnGThEnInG RELATIOnShIPS Sartor decided she wanted to teach music over six years ago. Today, she of- fers 30-minute music classes for infants to three-year-olds every Sunday afternoon through her business, My Little Melody Musikgarten, at LaFontaine Early Learning The mother-daughter duo are close and bond through their love of music. Center in Richmond. Compton teaches pre- school ages and older at her Berea home. Sartor and Compton focus their classes on music literacy and building the caregiv- er/child relationship. They were trained by Musikgarten in 2012. “We’re certified with them, but we’re loosely following the cur- riculum,” said Sartor. This allows for more flexibility as they teach a range of ages, from infant to school age children. “It’s really about the relationship you can build between you and your child with music,” Sartor said. Compton agrees. “You learn to enjoy your relationship even more through music,” she said. The mother-daughter team often teaches parallel classes and share instruments. Sar- tor manages the website and social media.