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Their client base is largely refer- rals, their classes are always full, and they have a waiting list. They’ve added birthday parties to their roster as well. “We focus on teaching rhythm and tonal development, as well as social interaction, fine mo- tor skills, impulse control, and listening skills,” Sartor said. A typical class runs for 10 weeks and costs $95, with a $35 regis- tration fee. Sartor notes that most of her parents work fulltime, so class time together is precious. “We invested in three times the instruments so everyone can participate,” she said. “We instruct parents in new ways to relate to their children, too,” said Compton, a mother of five. “We don’t force kids to do something, they learn courtesy toward one another and the im- portance of taking turns.” They’re as nurturing to their students as they are with their own children. “I am more sen- sitive to kids who are shy or reserved, I don’t make them take an instrument but encourage them to maybe try it next time if they linger after class and show interest,” Compton said. “We want it to be a positive experience,” Sartor added. They serve children with spe- cial needs, too. They’ve taught a nonverbal autistic child and a boy with cochlear implants, with impressive results. Students will graduate from Sartor’s class and move on to Compton’s classes. “Some were taking my class in utero along- side their older sibling, and now they’re four years old, learning in Mom’s class,” Sartor said. Compton, a graduate of Berea College with a degree in music education, designed her own curriculum before training in Musikgarten. When Ella was a A family enjoying their time together in Sartor’s music class. Mick McNeely Managing Partner 310 Geri Lane Richmond, KY 40475 859.626.8638 Office 859.626.0133 Fax Home • Auto • Commercial • Life One of Sartor’s students uses egg-shaped maracas as her mother cheers her on. baby, Compton went to Sartor’s classes with her for fun and to learn how she taught class so she could substitute if Sartor needed to tend to Ella. ThE nExT GEnERATIOn They’re raising a generation of new music lovers, too. As Sar- tor’s children aged, they started taking their grandmother’s class. Ella sings, has read mu- sic since she was 5, plays the violin and pianoand writes her own songs. Brother Isaac, 10, is a percussionist. “He has an incredible music memory and enjoys performing,” Sartor said. Her youngest, Alister, 5, is very musical, Compton notes. “He has his favorite movie musicals, and hums while he colors.” All have assisted Sartor in her music classes. Compton had 22 private stu- dents before her husband retired in 2013. “I’ve backed off now and have 10 private students and three classes of seven kids each.” She offers a 12-week semester. The women spend a lot of time planning their classes, ensuring they know all their students’ names ahead of time. If they get some time together, Compton likes to play the piano and let Sartor sing Broadway show- tunes. Sartor’s classes are entirely a labor of love. She works full time at EKU as the program coordinator for two master’s degree programs and a doctor- ate, planning her classes when she isn’t working or raising her young family. “This is my fun side job,” Sartor said. For more information, visit or @ mylittlemelodystudio on Face- book. READY TO BUY? GIVE US A TRY! NAR - Certified for SENIORS KAE (Payne) SCHENNBERG PRINCIPAL BROKER 859-806-3845 SCHENNBERG REALTY, LLC , 211 GERI LANE RICHMOND, KY 40475 EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY E-Mail: A P R I L- M AY 2 0 1 9 Madison Magazine 9