Owner/Director - Ballantyne & Indian Land Studios
Connie was born in Wilmington, Delaware, and earned her Bachelors degree in
Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She
spent most of her career working for a national bank in a variety of capacities such
as customer service, quality assurance, sales/marketing and relationship
Connie was enrolled in keyboard lessons at a very young age, played flute in her junior high school band, began playing the
guitar while in college, and has performed as a vocalist, keyboard, guitar and bass player in several bands throughout the years. "I believe that learning how to rehearse and perform in front of a live audience is essential to every student's musical - and personal - development!" Connie is also the director of Chick Singer Night Charlotte - an organization which was established to provide female singers with an opportunity to showcase their talent by fronting a professional house band and performing at popular local venues such as Amos' Southend and Visulite Theater.
Connie's passion for providing quality, affordable, and, most important, FUN music instruction to the families of Charlotte and Indian Land, SC, is what lead her to a career at Ballantyne School of Music in early 2013. She has three sons who have spent years in and out of music lessons and recognizes that it's important to every parent to keep their child interested and engaged in their music lessons. Her focus is to always see things from the students' and parents' perspectives, provide virtual and hybrid lesson options during these critical times, and continue to add value to all of their music programs.
Whether you are interested in learning how to play a new instrument or perfecting your skills on one that you currently play, we have the perfect instructor and curriculum for you! Our talented instructors are dedicated to helping every music student meet their musical goals - whether it's learning to play simple melodies as a fun hobby, developing a high-level understanding of music theory, preparing for a college music department audition, or performing in a professional band. We teach all styles and genres of music and help students to achieve that "lightbulb moment" that they all wish for!
Here at Ballantyne School of Music, we are continuously looking for ways to keep your family members engaged in their music lessons. Instruction should be not only educational... but FUN! We offer skill-building camps and clinics to enhance your learning experience. Ask about our special discounts for YMCA members, goBallantyne Deals, homeschool, military/former military and senior citizens!
We offer private, one-on-one music lessons for students ages 6 and older. Virtual lessons are now available for students who prefer a distance-learning option.
To reserve a time slot with one of our talented instructors, please complete the form on the Contact Us page of our website or call us at 980-819-6998 (Ballantyne location) or 803-396-3855 (Indian Land location)!
We offer 30- and 60-minute lessons, although 30-minute lessons once a week are recommended for beginners. Please review Ballantyne School of Music policies at the time of enrollment for monthly tuition calculation. Automatic draft is made on the first day of the month - debit or credit card only. (A 30-day written notice is required to discontinue lessons and monthly tuition draft.)
We offer a 10% discount on private lessons to siblings, YMCA members and military/former military families, as well as for multiple or extended sessions. We also offer a 15% discount to goBallantyne Deals cardholders, students 65 and older and to homeschool families. (Discounts cannot be combined and are not offered on Jam Session, Clinics or Camps.)
Administrative Assistant - Ballantyne & Indian Land Studios
Melanie was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and moved to the Carolinas in 2017.
She was enrolled in piano lessons at the age of 13 for about three years and still has a strong
passion and love for music!
Melanie is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. She has worked at Ballantyne
School of Music since the summer of 2019 and has been a true asset to our music family. Melanie is one of the kindest, most laid-back and friendliest people we've every met. She remembers everyone's name when they walk in the door and always engages with parents and students like members of our family. She is able to handle schedule and Zoom changes while juggling phone calls and walk-in questions without ever getting stressed or cranky. She is truly grace under pressure!