Bio & Resumé

Biography


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 500 shows in the past six or so 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 RIVER FARM COOPERATIVE SCHOOL, 2021

  • Upon request from the Head of School, developed custom curriculum that infused nature as a muse and as an instrument.
  • Designed classes around the production of a short album of songs by and for the students called “Let’s Go Outside.” You can check it out by clicking here.
  • Guided a multi-week collaborative songwriting project that included lyrics and singing from a dozen individual students.
  • Conducted field recordings and studio-style recordings outdoors and in the classroom.

Music Instructor for Belle Meade Montessori School, 2016-2018 and 2020-2021

  • Developed Montessori-style curriculum centered upon the realities of building a music career.
  • Directed a student pop/rock band.
  • Prepared three (or more) musical programs per year.
  • Directed 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 FOR HEARTHSTONE SCHOOL, 2017-2018

  • 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.

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.

FINE ARTS INSTRUCTOR FOR ST. LUKE’S SCHOOL, 2011-2014

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.
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Maddi with students and co-teacher Kimber Herron during band class at Belle Meade Montessori School in Sperryville, VA. September 2017.