Dan Li developed his passion for music early in his childhood where music constantly filled his household. Dan began piano lessons at a young age, and later discovered his true love, the guitar at age 14. Dan graduated from the guitar program at Los Angeles Music Academy in 2004. Dan has gained experience in the music industry over the course of the last 18 years, including live concert performances for Asian artists, and performances on network television shows. He has composed song arrangements and albums for Christian worship ministries since 2001. Dan toured as a guitarist in the States and in countries in Asia. Dan loves to share his passion for music by playing his guitar, but he also loves to share his passion by teaching and inspiring others to do the same.
Melissa Osborne is an active piano instructor and accompanist located in Central Florida. She has managed a private studio over decades, teaching students from a variety of ages, skill levels, and musical interests. As accompanist and collaborator, Melissa has the privilege of working with a variety of soloists, university/college students and ensembles, and K-12 students.
Mrs. Osborne holds a strong conviction that to be an effective teacher, one must be a perpetual student. Thus, she finds varying ways to challenge herself as a pedagogue and musician. This was most recently expressed in her studying and performing in Piedmont, Italy at the InterHarmony Music Festival in July 2021. After a hiatus of formal training, Melissa wanted to return to school to refine her pedagogical and piano skills. Thus, in August 2018, Melissa began graduate studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF) to pursue a degree in Piano Performance. Shortly thereafter, Melissa was awarded a two-year graduate teaching assistant position for class piano under the direction of Robin Jensen. In the final year of this position, Melissa taught five sections of nearly seventy-five students per semester in a hybrid online and face-to-face format. At UCF she was able to study solo and instrumental collaborative piano with Dr. Yun-Ling Hsu, former student of artists André Laplante and Earl Wild. Melissa was privileged to assist Dr. Hsu in teaching solo and collaborative piano, as well as basic music theory classes at the UCF All-Steinway Piano Camp held in June 2019. Mrs. Osborne graduated summa cum laude in May 2021 and was inducted into two honor societies.
Melissa completed her bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance (Pedagogy Emphasis) from West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where she was awarded the Miriam Gottlieb Piano Scholarship and membership to the music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda. A few years prior, as an impending high school sophomore, Melissa was awarded a scholarship to attend the Pennsylvania Governor’s School of the Arts to study piano. This highly competitive state-funded program was pivotal in her determination to pursue a career in studying piano.
In the community, Melissa served as the accompanist of the Maitland Symphony Orchestra (Fall 2015-2018,) and sub for the Baroque Chamber Orchestra, both under the umbrella organization PAM, the Performing Arts of Maitland. In addition, for over two decades, Melissa enjoyed being a part of the worship band at her local church, playing the keyboard and occasionally administrating and composing special music.
Originally from Blue Springs, MO, Krystal has studied and performed around the world since she was in grade school. She holds a BFA in Acting along with Vocal Performance from the University of Utah; she also studied Music Education and Vocal Performance at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University in upstate New York. Amidst her studies in New York, Krystal was a member of the University Singers and the Hendricks Chapel Choir, with whom she toured and performed in both the US and South America. While a student in Utah, she also served as a co-founder and music director for Infrared A Cappella, a coed vocal ensemble made up of University students. She also competed as a soloist for the Utah college division of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), where she placed in the top 3 in multiple years. Upon graduation, Krystal began working as a singer and performer for Universal Studios Japan, where she remained for two years. During this time, she began teaching and took on a number of students along with her performance work. Once she returned to the US, she moved to Orlando to continue working as a singer and actor for Universal Studios as well as Entertainment Central Group. She is excited to continue teaching here in Orlando with Musical Minds Conservatory!
Lexy Parsons is a classically trained violinist with a Bachelor’s degree in music performance and an eclectic music background. Originally from Mount Airy, Maryland, she received her classical foundation under the tutelage of Charlotte Shifferin, a graduate of Peabody Conservatory. After several years of traditional classical technique, Lexy began focusing on Celtic and fiddle music with coaching from Berklee College of Music graduate, Alexander Mitchell, while still supplementing her classical training and repertoire with Donatus Hayes.
In 2007, Lexy was accepted to Stetson University as a scholarship student of Dr. Routa Kroumovitch-Gomez, where she continued serious classical training for violin performance. While attending Stetson, she performed in the University’s Symphony, Chamber and Opera Theatre Orchestras. In 2008 Lexy had the honor of performing with the orchestra at La Mortella in Ischia, Italy as part of the Festival of Youth Orchestras in memory of Sir William Walton. In 2009 Lexy began volunteering as a conductor and assistant for the Stetson Youth String Orchestra and enjoyed herself so much she began teaching privately as well, tailoring her lessons to fit each individual student while still providing a strong technical foundation.
Since graduating in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Music degree in music performance, Lexy has apprenticed as a luthier and spent 7 years working at and managing Atlantic Strings Violin Shop. She also actively performs with local groups Violectric and Fretless Rock, is a part of the non-profit Violectric Education Program, and has enthusiastically maintained her private lesson studio.
Gary earned his Associate’s Degree at Pensacola State College before earning his Bachelor of Arts in Music at the University of Central Florida. He has continued his education there as a graduate student and teaching associate, specializing in music research and piano instruction. His interests in musicology have resulted in studies including the development of keyboard mechanisms in Medieval and Renaissance-era Europe and critical reactions to the early operas of Richard Strauss.
Additional teaching has included a four-month period instructing English in China as part of the International Language Program in 2014. The experience found Gary teaching lessons through the use of piano and guitar performance, instructing on a variety of English-language poems and songs.
Gary has additionally collaborated in both ensemble and chamber events, taking him from Orlando, Florida to Acqui Terme, Italy where he served as a UCF student representative at the 2021 InterHarmony International Music Festival. Additional collaborations have included those with the UCF chamber orchestra and the UCF Knights Trumpet Ensemble. He has also accompanied both undergraduate and graduate students for composition recitals and performance competitions, participating as an accompanist in the 2021 UCF Concerto/Aria Competition. The experiences have fostered his passion for musical collaboration and teaching, allowing for communal expressions of artistry through an array of musical styles.
Jarell Beausivoir is an accomplished musician and composer that thoroughly enjoys teaching. Mr. B. is creative, excellent with children, and can play piano, violin, and trumpet. He has performed with the Orlando Philharmonic, as an all-state and all-county musician, and in solo and ensemble festivals. His education is from the University of Central Florida in piano performance as well as composition. In his latest programs he has performed Beethoven Sonatas and Chopin Etudes. Lessons with Mr. Beausivoir are energetic, focusing on musicianship and passion in playing and interpretation.
Max Griffin is a violinist and composer currently majoring in violin performance and engineering at Rollins College. He is co-concertmaster of the Rollins String and Symphony Orchestras, as well as occasionally performing with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. He is a two time Florida AllState Violinist and has also won first place at the Opus Florida Solo Violin competition, FSMTA Chamber Music Competition, and placed third at USC’s regional Chamber Day competition.
In addition to being an accomplished violinist, Max also has extensive experience teaching. He has been teaching private lessons for over 3 years, and regularly helps run sectionals and rehearsals for the LaVilla School of the Arts Summer Orchestra Camp in Jacksonville.
Cynthia has spent the last 17+ years training young and aspiring performers to discover and achieve their performing goals. She has experience as both a successful and professional director, performer, and writer, and a trained Juilliard Creative Classroom performing arts instructor. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Central Florida. She has been seen around Orlando in professional theatre productions at the Orlando Broadway Dinner Theatre, the Children’s Theatre of Florida, and the Florida Children’s Repertory Theatre. Cynthia has taught acting and voice to both children and adults at the University of Central Florida, The Children’s Theatre of Florida, the New York Film Academy at Disney/MGM Studios, and other Orlando studios. For eleven years she was the full-time Middle School Drama teacher at Windermere Preparatory School. She directed multiple productions including Dear Edwina, Starmites, Tom Sawyer, The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White, Peter Pan and Wendy, Shrek the Musical, Murder at the Banquet, Nobody to Murder, Lion King, Jr., A Broadway Musical Revue; The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe; High School Musical, Jr., 21 Guaranteed Ways to Get A Detention; Peter Pan, the Musical; Hoodie, Crumpled Classics, Passing Periods at Pomegranate Prep, The Little Mermaid, 13 the Musical, and others! Cynthia is proud to be featured as the online Theatre Arts instructor for World Upside Down’s Narnia Series. She has also established her own private professional studio providing acting, voice, piano, and speech training to performing artists of all ages and business professionals. Cynthia enjoys helping young performers blast through self-doubt and nerves and bring their best performance to every audition and performance, as well as close skills gaps and achieve success as a performer (before entering college). She loves to help performers build confidence and reach their performance goals and dreams!
Elise Levesque is an experienced piano teacher who has served beginner to advanced piano lessons in the Central Florida area since 2017. Elise fosters a warm, kind, and creative environment for students of all ages and backgrounds to learn piano! Elise has played piano for over twenty years, while continuing to fulfill her dreams to become a piano teacher. Elise still remembers her sweet piano teacher that left a musical mark on her life. Through the years, Elise has performed countless times at churches as a singer/songwriter in town. She studied piano and opera in college and has her Associates in Music from Valencia. Elise toured seven different countries in Europe with music and has since settled down in Orlando where she currently resides.
Ms. Maria Guerdi Quesada is originally from Valencia (Spain). She began her musical studies at the age of six at the Ateneo Instructivo Musical Giner of Llaurí (Valencia) learning clarinet and music fundamentals. At the age of eight, she entered the music conservatory José Iturbi of Valencia where she studied piano with Fernando Tortajada. She earned her Bachelor in Piano Pedagogy at the Higher Conservatory of Music Salvador Seguí of Castellón de la Plana (Spain) with the professor Dr. Antonio Soria. Since then, she has worked for more than ten years teaching Piano to students at different levels and ages at the Institut Musical Giner of the Societat Coral El Micalet in Valencia, Spain.
Guerdi Quesada has taken piano master classes with renowned pianists such as Ludmil Angelov, Paul Badura-Skoda, and Carles Marín among others. She has offered numerous piano recitals both as a soloist and as an accompanying pianist in different venues throughout the Valencian Community such as at the Vila-Real Auditorium, at the Ateneo Mercantil of Valencia, and at the Professional Conservatory Alto Palancia of Segorbe among others. In addition, her passion for music and her interest in Psychology led her to enroll in a Masters in Music Therapy, earning her a Masters’ Degree in Music Therapy from Vic University, Catalonia, in 2015.
Guerdi Quesada is very passionate about teaching piano. She bets on a teaching approach that is student-centered and firmly believes that her role as a piano teacher is to guide students through their learning process, collaborating, communicating, and interacting with them. She considers it essential to provide her students with meaningful and constructive feedback, fostering their independence as musicians and piano players, and assessing them in an authentic way that will allow them to grow in and through music.
Currently, she is enrolled in the Master of Music in Music Education program at the University of Florida and combines her Graduate Program with teaching private piano classes in the Orlando area and at the Musical Minds Conservatory of Windermere as well as playing the clarinet in the Central Florida Community Arts Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Justin Muchoney.