Parent Testimonies

About Our Educators

Listen to Parents talk about the Childbloom Guitar Program:

”The one thing I’ve told …several friends…just how amazed they’ll be at how much they learn so quick and that the kids love it just as much as we love.”



”What attracted me to the Program was that it said it catered directly to children.”

”The group lesson and the idea that the parent is the…. guide…dynamite!”




”What we liked instantly was when she came home that first night she could play something.”

””..He can grow up with this program. I like the idea to think that when he’s getting into adolesence this is something positive that he will have.”




”Your kids drag out the guitar when grandparents come over…they’re really proud of that you know… ”

”The fact that they could play a song so quickly.. ”


This was an encore piece at the GFA festival performance – a favorite of all who learn it.

Click here to see a video of Childbloom students playing Gypsy Teens


Mort Melman is the Director of Middlebury Academy of Guitar In Connecticut teaching The Childbloom Guitar Program. He has taught guitar for over 17 years, including 10 years at St. Louis Community College on the Meramec campus.  He has performed in many ensembles throughout his life ranging Blues, to Beatles, to Bach including duets with vocalists and strings. His many students have excelled in their skill and love for music by performing in recitals and have even gone on to study guitar at the University level. Mort is also a Martial Arts Instructor, teaching the peaceful art, Ki Aikido and holds the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt. He and his wife live in Naugatuck Connecticut. You can ask him about his parrots, if you have the time.


My teaching is focused on helping students develop a ”can do” attitude. Young students develop skills when children are motivated, and then nothing can stop them from excelling. I have over 17 years experience with teaching the techniques of guitar playing to young people helping them express  themselves musically. I agree with The Childbloom founder Kevin Taylor, when he says ”I understand the influence parents have in their child’s motivation and I work with parents to the ends they desire. What is important in my classes is learning, not teaching. I am as proud of my students who play at church, for their grandparents or at home for their pets, as I am of the kids who play on the concert stage.” It is a great pleasure an honor for me to bring the world of music into the lives of these young people.







The Childbloom Monthly Newsletter and teacher training.

”Practice Counseling” is serious business. This is an important topic in every Childbloom teacher’s training and is robustly discussed at teacher workshops. We want to help your child get through the ups and downs of motivation and to build a lifelong love for music and learning. Important in that effort is the the Childbloom Monthly Newsletter that addresses the typical challenges you will experience regarding motivation and practice. Parents overwhelmingly agree that the newsletter is an important tool in helping them support their musical child.