Meet Maddi

Sound House is owned and operated by Maddi Mae Martin, a professional songwriter, musician, vocalist, and performer who has been coaching musicians for over ten years. Learn more about her below.

Maddi Mae, the Professional Musician

A musician and songwriter since age five, Maddi has been active in the music business for twenty-five years. She studied guitar privately with studio musician Eric Hedrick for eight years before launching into an independent journey of learning by doing. She has since performed about 550 shows both solo and as a member of psychedelic and folk rock bands.

On September 2, 2020, she released a six-song record called Quiet Corners that has now amassed over 90k streams in 70+ countries on Spotify. The success of this record is due in part to “Here Right Now,” a song which the distribution company accidentally released three weeks early. The excitement of an early release worked in Maddi Mae’s favor, and “Here Right Now” ended up with over 10k streams in the first week alone.

Listen to “Here Right Now” by Maddi Mae.

Maddi Mae released two more singles off of the record – “OK Highway” and “Sorry ‘Bout Your Boyfriend” – before releasing the full album in early September. By this time, her songs had been added to over 600 playlists including Listen Local DC’s seasonal playlist, The New Guard, The Ditty Dozen / New Americana, The Needle / USA – Emerging, and Spotify’s curated Discover Weekly playlist.

She recorded Quiet Corners at Lore Audio Provisions in Flagstaff, AZ. Kyle Miller, the lead singer of successful folk rock band Tow’rs, invited Maddi out to his studio to record after she opened for his band in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. After recording “Here Right Now” and “Little House” in July 2019, Maddi flew back out in October to finish recording the album. She sings and plays all parts on the album with the exception of the drums, which were performed by Ben Lippard.

Here’s what music bloggers have to say about Maddi Mae’s Quiet Corners:

“. . . delectable drawn-out crooning notes, a powerful breathiness, and a crushingly emotional vibrato. Maddi Mae’s subtle country twang adds an extra hint of personable intimacy.”
“Sounds like something you could have heard late one night in the early 60s bringing down the lights in a honky tonk . . . This is what should be on country music radio, but we’re happy to claim it over here in the indie Americana world.”
“The artist opens her heart, and you can hear the disarming vulnerability in these vocal mantras . . . You can’t help but fall in love.”

Maddi, the Music Coach

When she was only nineteen years old, Maddi started teaching music in private schools. Read through her full teaching resume to learn more about the varied experiences that have shaped and sharpened her as a gifted music coach.

Owner and Operated of Sound House, 2021-Present

  • After 10 years of teaching and directing arts programs as an independent contractor for private schools and studios, Maddi opened her own brick-and-mortar studio at 107 East Main Street in Remington, VA.
  • She offers a space that is comfortable, clean, functional, and safe for students of all ages and identities – serving people from Culpeper and Fauquier Counties in-person and serving people from anywhere in the world via virtual sessions.
  • She customizes flexible curriculum for each individual or group, rigorously tracking all lessons and sessions via shared Google documents and folders.
  • Maddi fluently reads and writes both notation and tablature. She arranges and composes sheet music as needed.
  • Understanding the importance of community and real life experience, Maddi organizes extracurricular educational opportunities including:
    1. Making an independent magazine (see The Sound House ‘Zine, Issue No. 1)
    2. Photographing a live concert
    3. Getting a behind-the-scenes look at local multi-bill venue shows from the perspectives of the performers and the sound engineer
    4. Peer networking gatherings
    5. Band organization and practices
    6. Recitals, showcases, and open mics
    7. Arranging and tracking demos of original music

Resident Musician at River Farm Cooperative School, 2021-Present

  • Upon request from the Head of School, Maddi has developed custom curriculum that infuses nature as a muse and as an instrument.
  • She designs classes around producing albums of songs written and performed by and for the students. Their Fall 2021 album is called “Let’s Go Outside.” You can check it out by clicking here. Their Spring 2022 album is called “Chirpy Frog Nights.” You can check it out by clicking here.
  • To create these albums, Maddi guides multi-week collaborative songwriting projects that include lyrics and singing from a dozen individual students.
  • Together, Maddi and her students conduct field recordings outdoors and studio-style in the classroom.

Freelance Music Coach Offering In-Home Lessons, 2018-2020

  • Drove home-to-home teaching private music lessons to students of all ages in Culpeper, Fauquier, and Clarke Counties.

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

  • Teaching at Belle Meade required Maddi to delve into Montessori-style curriculum centered upon the realities of building a music career.
  • She helped her students form an indie rock cover band each year, guiding them through the process of choosing and learning songs, branding and promoting themselves, and performing at least three concerts per school year.
  • She directed the 2021 spring musical production of Mary Poppins and helped produce ​music​ ​for​ previous​ ​spring​ ​theatrical​ ​productions​: Footloose, 2017. Skitstory of the World, 2018.
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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.

Music Instructor for Hearthstone School, 2017-2018

  • At this alternative Waldorf school, Maddi 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.
  • She also 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.

  • Maddi welcome​d ​and​ ​instructed​ ​students​ ​of​ ​all​ ​ages – ​children​ and​ ​adults.
  • She specialize​d ​in​ ​the​ ​instruction​ ​and​ ​mentorship​ ​of​ ​singer-songwriters.
  • Maddi went above and beyond the expectations of Drum & Strum teachers by organizing ​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, Maddi was responsible​ ​for​ ​all​ ​of​ ​the​ ​music,​ ​drama,​ ​and art classes​ ​for​ ​students enrolled in preschool​ ​through tenth​ ​grade. While there, she:

  • Organized​ ​a​ ​mobile​ ​art​ ​program​ ​for​ ​the​ ​preschool​ ​division​ ​known​ ​as​ ​​Art​ ​Cart.
  • Organized​ ​fall,​ ​winter,​ ​and​ ​spring​ ​program​ ​performances.
  • Directed​ ​annual​ ​theatrical​ ​productions:
    • Seussical, 2012 (assistant director)
    • Into the Woods, 2013
    • 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.