Parent Testimonies

About Our Educators

Listen to Parents talk about the Childbloom Guitar Program:

”The one thing I’ve told …several friends…just how amazed they’ll be at how much they learn so quick and that the kids love it just as much as we love.”

 

”What attracted me to the Program was that it said it catered directly to children.”

”The group lesson and the idea that the parent is the…. guide…dynamite!”

 

 

”What we liked instantly was when she came home that first night she could play something.”

””..He can grow up with this program. I like the idea to think that when he’s getting into adolesence this is something positive that he will have.”

 

 

”Your kids drag out the guitar when grandparents come over…they’re really proud of that you know… ”

”The fact that they could play a song so quickly.. ”

 

This was an encore piece at the GFA festival performance – a favorite of all who learn it.

Click here to see a video of Childbloom students playing Gypsy Teens

CHRIS PELESHENKO

Chris is the Director of the Childbloom Guitar Program of St. Charles County. He started teaching with the Childbloom Company in 2003 with the St. Louis Childbloom Program. He is a multi-time award winning teacher, who in 2009 opened his own program in the area in which he lives and grew up. Chris went to UMSL to receive a degree in education. At the end of his classwork he found that he was more suited for education in the private sector as opposed to public education. Chris studied classical guitar under the tutelage of Kirk Hanser, and spent his late high school and college years playing in a successful Christian rock band. Currently he lives in Wentzville, MO with his wife and two boys.

 CHRIS’ TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

”My teaching starts at the very moment I meet a student. I have the ability to make an immediate connection with a child and bring music down to their level. This stems from my very vivid memories of the universal things that made me happy as a child. I take the time to learn how each child learns and to develop a student/teacher relationship based on who they are as well as what I have to teach them. My most important goal is to the show each student that they are the one’s who are creating their own successes. I am just the guide on the path to that success. In the past 15 years I have held a retention rate of almost 90% or higher, because of my ability to inspire children to learn to set and achieve their musical goals.”

 

CAROL EDER

Carol Photo

 

Carol is Classical and Jazz guitarist/music educator. Her love for guitar began in childhood and has led her to a teaching and performance career.  As a teen she studied Classical Guitar with Alan Rosenkoetter and performed in master classes with Michael Lorimer.  Later as an adult Carol studied Jazz Guitar with Corey Christiansen and Chip Katz. She performed with the Mid America Guitar Festival in 1993 and St. Louis Community Music School Classical Guitar Orchestra through 1998.  Her jazz guitar performances and recordings include shows with The Midwest Jazztette, vocalists, Mae Wheeler, Ali Hager, Flutist Erika May and Guitarist Chip Katz.  She performs throughout the greater St. Louis area as a soloist and with Jazz Combos.

She is an instructor at St. Louis Academy for Guitar (since 2008) home of the St. Louis Childbloom® Guitar Program.  In 2016 she joined the Childbloom Program of St. Charles County.  Since 2009 she has been a faculty member of the Mid America Guitar Camp.  Prior to her present teaching positions, she was a guitar instructor St.  Louis Community Colleges and Fazio’s Music.

 

ALYSSA CATLIN 

Alyssa and guitar

 

Alyssa is the first graduate of the Childbloom Program that has returned to be an instructor for the past 10 years she has been teaching with the St. Louis Childbloom Program. She was the 2009 Childbloom Instructor of the Year. Mrs. Catlin has a degree from Webster University in Musical Performance. She is also the conductor of the youth guitar ensemble Viva Musica.

 

DAVID HAGAN:

David returned to teaching Childbloom in January of 2020. He previously taught with our program in its infancy, before graduating from Webster University. After graduation David taught at the Grand Center Arts Academy.

 

 

 

 




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The Childbloom Monthly Newsletter and teacher training.

”Practice Counseling” is serious business. This is an important topic in every Childbloom teacher’s training and is robustly discussed at teacher workshops. We want to help your child get through the ups and downs of motivation and to build a lifelong love for music and learning. Important in that effort is the the Childbloom Monthly Newsletter that addresses the typical challenges you will experience regarding motivation and practice. Parents overwhelmingly agree that the newsletter is an important tool in helping them support their musical child.