Director, Music Together®, Flute
Director and owner of Music Academy of the Rockies, Tamara Maddaford began her musical journey at age eight taking flute and piano lessons. She went on to receive her BM from San Jose State University and her MM from the University of Iowa both in Flute Performance.
While in undergraduate school, Tamara was introduced to the world of early childhood music and fell in love with teaching young children. She had taught on and off for years before her first child was born and she fell in love with teaching young children all over again. After teaching in Denver for three years, she decided to open her own center right where she lives, here in Castle Rock, opening Music Together of Castle Rock. Over the years, we expanded locations into Lone Tree and Highlands Ranch.
Her vision for music was always one that reached beyond early childhood music and she has found a way to expand that vision with the Music Academy of the Rockies. Focusing on group lessons for students of all ages, Tamara is excited to bring on talented teachers to teach group voice and guitar lessons for older students in addition to her Music Together offerings and her own private flute teaching.
Mrs. Maddaford is also principal flute of the Stratus Chamber Orchestra and has a private flute studio where students participate recitals, in the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, become members of youth orchestras and are leaders in their schools. Her students have won the Colorado Flute Association’s Student Honors Competition, been selected for the All-State Bands and Orchestras, and have gone on to major in music performance and education. She performed and toured with Areon Flutes and their recordings can be found on iTunes and Amazon Music.
Mr. Chandler is just joining Music Academy of the Rockies, although he’s been teaching Music Together groups for 18 months. He grew up in a musical family in Elizabeth, CO and has loved singing and dancing since he was a little boy. He likes to play guitar, ukulele piano and drums. Mr. Chandler joined Music Together originally as a parent—he and his son John enjoyed what we do so much that he signed up for our teacher training and soon came on board as a teacher! Mr. Chandler really believes in the power of music to connect us, to help us learn and grow, and to have a more full experience of the world.
Music Together® & Rhythm Kids®
Molly was raised in Northwest Ohio. As a kid, she was always drawn to music and singing, which delighted her musician father. He always encouraged her in music, but that it was never something to make a career out of. He told her she would want to have a stable career, but could always fun with music; little did he know she would find a way to magically do both!
At Eastern Michigan University, Molly majored in Social Work. It was there that she met her now husband. They decided to move Key West, Florida in 2010 and got married the next year. She found work as a nanny and in retail part time, but 2011 she saw an ad for an infant and toddlers music program that was looking for a teacher. She was intrigued, but hesitated because she didn't have a lot of formal music education. However, she went to a class as a visitor and was hooked!
She started teaching her first class in September 2011 and later completed her bachelors degree online. She recently moved to Colorado and joined Music Academy of the Rockies so that she can continue her passion for teaching music.
"I have loved every minute of teaching Music Together. I love the sense of community that is created within our classes. Of course I love getting to know all the sweet kiddos that walk through the door, but also getting to know the parents is important to me."
Clarinet & Saxophone
A native of Torrance, California, Kevin Sakai is a freelance clarinetist and teacher based in the Denver area.
Sakai has distinguished himself in the state of Colorado having performed with numerous orchestras including Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Longmont Symphony, Steamboat Symphony Orchestra, Centennial State Ballet Orchestra, Boulder Symphony, Arapahoe Philharmonic, and more.
In addition to orchestral playing, Sakai has performed in the orchestra pit of several musical productions playing on all consorts of clarinets and saxophones both in Los Angeles and Denver areas.
While Sakai is an active performer, he also maintains a private clarinet and saxophone studio in Denver, CO guiding musicians from beginning to advanced to achieve their full potential in performing and practicing.
Sakai is currently the clarinet and saxophone instructor at University Park Elementary, Slavens Elementary, Aurora Hills Middle School, Mrachek Middle School, and Douglas County High School.
Sakai holds degrees from the University of Denver and California State University, Long Beach studying with Dr. Jeremy Reynolds and Helen Goode-Castro respectively.