Miss Kelly Koch
Piano / MOM and Me / Band
Growing up in Ft. Walton Beach, Miss Kelly has always had a great love of music. After graduating from Choctaw High School, she traveled in "Up With People", singing and dancing in over 100 cities across the US, Mexico, and Europe. Her experience with Up With People culminated with a performance at the Halftime Show of Super Bowl XX in New Orleans. Miss Kelly then went on to study at Florida State University where she earned her BS degree in Communications. After a successful career in veterinary sales, she went back to school in 2009 to pursue a degree in music at Pensacola State College. Miss Kelly was fortunate to be able to study under Dr. Kadisha Onalbeyeva. As the daughter of a career kindergarten teacher, Miss Kelly also has a special interest in the impact of music on early childhood development. Since 2010, she has been teaching piano and MOM & Me classes to children and adults aged 3 months-70+ years.
As a recovering perfectionist, Miss Kelly gives extra attention to overcoming performance anxiety. One of her favorite things about teaching is watching a student overcome their fear of performing and experience the exhilaration of PLAYing music as a gift to their audience.
Miss Kelly is a hopeless Mets, NY Giants, and Florida State fan; if you stop by her studio at any point in the year, you can get an in-depth update on any of those teams. She often uses sports and team metaphors to teach musical concepts. Miss Kelly has a vivacious and encouraging spirit that makes learning music fun.