Meet Our Teachers

Studio3 Music School

Kathy Estes, Music Director

Cello, Violin, Viola & String Orchestra


Kathy Estes received her BME from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville Florida after studying at the University of Illinois in Champaign. She has taught public and private students in violin, viola and piano for 35 years and played her violin and viola in several symphonies, quartets, pops orchestras, jazz trio, and Christian rock groups, etc.

Kathy plays locally as a Violist in the Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, a Jazz trio, the New Life Worship Team, and directs the Celtic Christmas Concert.

As the Studio3 Music Director, Kathy works with the teaching team in the development of the curriculum, events, and special performances, and oversees the structure of the school.

She is dedicated to the development of each young musician. Kathy says, "Put an instrument in the hands of a child and change a life.''

Contact Information:

Phone: 828-381-0007


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Robert D'Andrade

Electric Bass Guitar & String Upright Bass


Robert D'Andrade, (better known as Dee) hails from New York State. He always knew he wanted to make a living as a musician. Studying at the State University of Brockport NY, Dee attained first chair in the music department's jazz band as a bassist.

In the 70's, Dee joined a touring show band that performed the music of Broadway musicals such as Hair and Jesus Christ Super Star.

For years, Dee studied with professionals, and played with several pop and jazz groups, both recording and performing. He has a wealth of experience playing old blues, jazz, funk, latin, reggae, and R and B with professional bands. As an employee of Vibe Records on Long Island, Dee taught professionally and recorded bass parts for the company.

Since moving to North Carolina in 1999, Dee has played bass in several Christian Music Ministries, the famous Celtic Christmas Concert, and is a founding member of the popular local band "American Holler" along side Danny Wicker, Studio3's newest guitar teacher.

We are proud to add such a quality musician like Dee to our faculty.

Contact Information:

Phone: 704-500-7669


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Danny Wicker

Folk Guitar


Danny Wicker began learning guitar at age 11 from his father and became the guitarist and lead singer for his family band, "The Wicker Pickers." For over fifty years, Danny has embraced and studied the rich folk music heritage of North Carolina.

A very accomplished popular guitarist, teacher, and entertainer in the region, and very proficient in flatpicking and fingerstyle, Danny has taught privately and conducted workshops on traditional NC guitar styles.

Danny has won numerous first place awards including The NC State Folk Festival Fair, NC Mountain State Fair Gospel Sing, Charlie Poole Music Festival, Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention. He has also served as a congregational song leader and Worship Band leader. Currently, Danny is the President of "Piedmont Folkways", a non profit in Statesville dedicated to the promotion and preservation of acoustic roots music.

Studio3 is very proud to welcome Danny Wicker to our teaching staff.

Contact Information:

Phone: 704-880-3405


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Rachel Palmer



Rachel Palmer, a Bethlehem NC native, has been playing the violin since she was 8 years old, first studying under Kathy Estes for several years. Currently, Rachel attends the Conservatory of Annie Moses in Nashville, TN where she is studying the violin with Juilliard-trained Annie Dupre, mandolin from Gretchen Wolaver from the Annie Moses Band, and performance coaching and stage etiquette from Robin Wolaver. She also studies opera with Juilliard alum Melissa Shippen Burrows. In high school, Rachel was Concertmaster for the Western Piedmont Youth Symphony. In 2018 Rachel traveled to Germany as the ambassador for Hickory, NC, and performed as a member of the Western Piedmont Youth Symphony Quartet at the Posterstein Castle and the Lindenau Museum during the Altenberg Music Festival in Altenberg, Germany.

Rachel has performed in many events in surrounding counties, notably the famous Celtic Christmas Concert, and many concerts in the Nashville area such as The Factory in Franklin, Mule House Theater in Columbia TN, Steinway Piano Gallery in Nashville, and the television show called The Annie Moses Show. Since 2018 Rachel had been an ambassador for Preforming Arts Live of the Iredell Artist Development Program. Rachel enjoys teaching at Studio3 and watching her students grow.

Contact Information:

Phone: 828-851-6261


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Melody M. Beaty

Beginning Children's Chorus, Elementary/ Middle school Chorus, and Youth Chorus Conductor, Voice Lessons, Piano & Flute


Melody Morrison Beaty earned a BS in Instrumental Music Education and a Masters of Music in voice. In the course of her career, she has sung leading roles with Opera companies from NY to Florida.

She has worked extensively with children, understanding the unique needs of their growing voices, training them in technique, artistry, and performance, all with spirited fun!

Contact Information:

Phone: 704-437-0448


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Jordan Dagenhart

Studio3 Chorale Conductor


Jordan Dagenhart brings to Studio3 his own special energy and love for music! Graduating from Alexander County High School with many musical accomplishments, he continued with a degree from West Lenoir Ministries Association, and earned his Bachelors of Music Education from Wingate University.

His teaching experience includes award winning contributions in choral achievement to the North Carolina Christian School Association. Jordan is an accomplished and sought after pianist and singer in the region.

He is now teaching in the public school system and is the Director of Music at Calvary Baptist Church. Studio3 is honored to have Jordan as the Chorale Conductor.

Contact Information:

Phone: 828-228-7706


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Janet Hayes

Piano & Improvisational Piano Class


Janet Hayes is an accomplished pianist. She has been teaching piano for over 40 years.

Janet has completed many courses of piano studies including playing church piano, studio piano, technique, runs and fill ins, composing, and transcribing music.

She is also a part of the southern gospel family group, The Hayes Family, from Boone, NC. She sings and plays the piano with them.

Janet is the director of music at Middle Fork Baptist Church in Blowing Rock, NC.

Contact Information:

Phone: 828-302-5706

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Livia Palmer

Guitar, Piano and Mandolin


Livia Palmer, a Bethlehem, NC native, began piano lessons with Kathy Estes when she was five years old and later added the mandolin and guitar to her musical studies. In 2018 she enrolled in the Conservatory of Annie Moses in Nashville TN to attend their pre-college program. There she studied classical and commercial piano with Camille DaSilva, Bill Alexson, and Bill Wolaver, mandolin with Gretchen Wolaver, voice with Juilliard alumni Melissa Burrows, guitar with James Dasilva, composition with award-winning songwriter Bill Wolaver and extensive studies in performance etiquette and drama with Robin Wolaver.

She currently is working on her degree in the study of music at the Conservatory of Annie Moses. Livia has been featured in many notable shows such as the Celtic Christmas Concert, the television series The Annie Moses Variety Show, Mule House Theater in Columbia, and the Steinway Piano Gallery in Nashville, TN where she had her debut performance of Rhapsody in Blue. Livia has also been an ambassador for Performing Arts Live of the Iredell Artist Development Program since 2018. Livia loves watching her students grow, not only in their skills but also in their love for music!

Contact Information:

Phone: 828-639-1259


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Our Teaching Staff

''We are proud of our very professional and experienced teaching staff. Each one comes to Studio3 with the highest recommendations. Studio3 follows the general guidelines of the Safe Sanctuary Policies that apply to our teaching format.''