Meet Maddi Mae


A mountain woman from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Maddi Mae now lives quietly in the hills. She has navigated a challenging life with a guitar in her hands and songs in her mouth.

A music educator of 10 years, Maddi is dedicated to helping others self-empower through the study and appreciation of music. A guitarist and songwriter from age five, she’s got a couple decades of hard-won experience to share with her students. Read her full teaching resumé below.

As a musician, Maddi has played over 400 shows in the past five years – solo and as a member of psychedelic and folk rock bands. Her latest release, a six-song record called Quiet Corners has garnered 75k streams on Spotify in just three months. Her original music is a hearty blend of old and new. A sprinkling of folky Americana and off-beat psychedelia. Hints of folk and traditional ballads. Heaps of classic country and indie pop.

4-year-old Maddi with her first (tiny) guitar
Photo by Gina Nilce, at Songbyrd Music House in DC

Teaching ResumÉ

Maddi Mae has been teaching private in-home lessons since leaving Drum & Strum in October of 2018.

Music Instructor for Belle Meade Montessori School, 2016-2018 and 2020-Present

  • Developed (and continues to develop) curriculum centered upon the realities of building a music career.
  • Directs a student pop/rock band.
  • Prepares three (or more) musical programs per year.
  • Is directing the 2021 spring musical production of Mary Poppins. Helped produce ​music​ ​for​ previous​ ​spring​ ​theatrical​ ​productions​: Footloose, 2017. Skitstory of the World, 2018.

Music Instructor At Drum & Strum Music Center, 2015-2018

Maddi instructed guitar, voice, songwriting, and performance at Drum & Strum Music Center.

  • Welcome​d ​and​ ​instructed​ ​students​ ​of​ ​all​ ​ages – ​children​ and​ ​adults.
  • Specialize​d ​in​ ​the​ ​instruction​ ​and​ ​mentorship​ ​of​ ​singer-songwriters.
  • Organize​d ​extra-curricular​ ​opportunities​ ​such​ ​as​ annual student recitals, ​the Girls​ ​Rock​ ​Slumber​ ​Party,​ ​the Summer Library​ ​Tour,​ and ​the Drum​ ​&​ ​Strum​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Music​ ​Showcase.


  • Developed a rigorous middle school music curriculum comprised of the following: music theory and notation, composition, independent instrumental study, ear-training and listening, repertoire expansion and music appreciation, and performance.
  • Composed and performed original music for Hearthstone’s original play A Flood of Kindness, adapted from the book of the same title and written in collaboration with the author De’Ante Webster and illustrator Laurie Marshall.


As Fine Arts Instructor of St. Luke’s School, Maddison was responsible​ ​for​ ​all​ ​of​ ​the​ ​music,​ ​drama,​ ​and art classes​ ​for​ ​students preschool​ ​through tenth​ ​grade.

  • Organized​ ​a​ ​mobile​ ​art​ ​program​ ​for​ ​the​ ​preschool​ ​division​ ​known​ ​as​ ​​Art​ ​Cart.
  • Organized​ ​fall,​ ​winter,​ ​and​ ​spring​ ​program​ ​performances.
  • Directed​ ​the​ ​annual​ ​theatrical​ ​productions. Assistant Director of Seussical, 2012. Director of Into the Woods, 2013. Director of Rinse the Blood Off My Toga, 2014.
  • Directed​ ​handbell​ ​choirs​ ​for​ ​the​ ​middle​ ​and​ ​high​ ​school​ ​students.
  • Developed and implemented​ ​a​ ​guitar​ ​program​ ​for​ ​elementary​ ​students.
  • Managed​ ​the​ ​library​ ​during​ the 2013-2014 school year,​ ​including​ ​the​ ​fall​ ​and​ ​spring​ ​Scholastic Book​ ​Fairs.
Maddi with students and co-teacher Kimber Herron during band class at Belle Meade Montessori School in Sperryville, VA. September 2017.