Teacher Bios


Patricia Margarita Maertens

Ladybug Music Artist & Creator

Patricia Margarita Maertens is a professional musician, a prolific songwriter and an experienced producer. Inspired by  her love for music and 12 years of teaching young children and families she created the Ladybug Music program and cds. Her childhood in the culturally mixed neighborhoods of South L.A. and Portuguese Bend, as well as traveling with her mother (from El Salvador) and father (from Germany) around the world, has significantly influenced her creativity and teaching. Her musical interests range from Billie Holiday, to the Clash, to Rickie Lee Jones, to Irish street chants. Maertens says her goal is to “inspire families to experience the great joy of exploring and discovering new music” and for children to have the “ability to keep a beat and match a pitch.”


Beth Tait

Ladybug Music Teacher

Originally from Fairfax, Virginia, she grew up singing and acting in local productions. Beth attended Ithaca College School of Music in New York, and graduated with a degree in voice performance. She lived and worked as an actor in New York City for four years. With New York City as her home base, she has traveled all over the country singing and acting in musicals including West Side Story, Titanic, The Sound of Music, Evita, and dozens more. Most notably Beth played Evelyn Nesbit in the National Tour of the Broadway musical, RAGTIME. Beth met her husband on the road in RAGTIME, and the two moved to Los Angeles in 2006. Since then she has performed the role of MOM to Tyler and Audrey, and luckily found Ladybug Music four years ago when Tyler was a baby and has been a huge Ladybug Music fan ever since.


Yayra Sanchez

Ladybug Music Teacher

Yayra is a Puerto Rican soprano who earned a B.A. in Literature and Languages in her hometown before moving to Boston, Mass. where she earned a B.A. and a M.M. in Vocal Performance at The Boston Conservatory. She is an active performer of operas and recitals and, a member of ensembles like the Nova Vocal Ensemble. She has performed roles in traditional operas like Handel’s “Admeto, re di Tessaglia” and Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas”, as well as in new operas like “The (unfinished) Ballad ofAdam and Elena Emery” by Jacob Richman, among others. Yayra loves singing solo recitals and is an advocate for new music, for which she has premiered many contemporary works. After eight years in Boston, Yayra and her husband have recently relocated to Los Angeles and she’s been fortunate enough to find a place in the Ladybug Music family. She is very excited to help children discover the power and
magic of music.


Anne Carpenter

Ladybug Music Teacher

Anne is so excited to be back teaching at Ladybug Music after taking a break to have some little Ladybugs of her own! Originally from Cape Cod, MA (go Patriots!), Anne graduated from Northwestern University’s theatre and musical theatre programs then spent four years in New York City before moving to Los Angeles in 2004. When not at home with her two daughters, Anne is a working voiceover artist, actress and singer with national commercials, network television shows and feature films on her resume. Anne’s love of every kind of music has made Ladybug feel like a home away from home. Anne’s exposure to music at a very young age shaped her into the person she is today and she is thrilled to see Ladybug Music provide that same creative spark for so many little ones.


Kristy Hanson

Ladybug Music Teacher

Born in Cleveland and raised in Miami, Kristy is a singer-songwriter and guitarist. She attended the University of Michigan and received degrees in English Literature and Vocal Performance. Kristy was a classically trained soprano but began to write and sing her own songs as a teenager. She started playing with bands in college, alongside her now-husband, a bassist (and computer programmer). They still play, write and record songs together. Kristy has toured colleges and clubs around the country and recently won a contest to write West Hollywood’s theme song. She also has taught and tutored students of all ages in subjects ranging from creative writing to SAT prep, and has led songwriting workshops for kids with the great organization 826LA. She’s thrilled to be a part of the Ladybug Music team and have the chance to share the delight of music discovery with children!

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Molly McCormick

Ladybug Music Teacher

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Molly grew up with a passion for music and theater.  She started singing when her older sister got a karaoke machine for her 7th birthday and she has been playing the guitar since she was 11.  Molly’s passion led her to the windy city of Chicago where she graduated from Columbia College with a B.A. in Musical Theater Performance.  While at Columbia, Molly was a teacher’s assistant in the Music Department and she performed in several productions, including Chicago and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  Most recently, Molly relocated to Los Angeles where she is overjoyed to be surrounded by palm trees and warm weather.  She is a part of the band The Fruit Flies, a quirky indie-folk duo, in which she plays the role of fellow Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist.  Molly is extremely excited to be a member of the Ladybug Music team and cannot wait to share her adoration for music and learning with children.

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Alisha Fraher

Ladybug Music Teacher

Alisha is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has been a
fixture on the Los Angeles indie music scene for many years, playing
such venues as the Troubadour, The Roxy, The Satellite, and The Echo,
as well as going on multiple national tours with many LA-based
artists. She first began performing in an all-girl band as a guitar
player and backup vocalist; soon after, she formed her solo project,
which eventually became the band La La La Birdtime. Alisha hired
Bradley Dujmovic, the male voice/ multi-instrumentalist/ engineer and
co-producer of Ladybug music to engineer her record. This is how she
was first introduced to and fell in love with Ladybug music. Alisha
continues to write and perform with La La La Birdtime while doing
singing and voiceover work for feature films, short films, documentaries and commercials. Alisha is the newest Ladybug instructor and is very excited to bring the joy of music exploration to the hearts of many families.


Clare Stevenson

Ladybug Music Teacher & Director (Sydney, Australia)

Clare grew up in Australia in a very musical household, playing the piano and violin from age 6 and singing in a band with her brothers in high school. She went on to get a Bachelor of Creative Arts with a Theatre major and eventually travelled to Europe where she continued performing with various theatre groups, and then on to New York to study theatre at The Neighborhood Playhouse. Clare met her husband in New York, and stayed there for a total of 8 years, performing in theatre, film, and doing commercials and voice-overs. They eventually moved to Los Angeles and started a family, and discovered Ladybug Music when she brought her son to class and thought, “hey – I wanna do THAT!” She then had a second little one, and while making music a big part of her new family’s life, was so happy to have the opportunity to bring music into the lives of other little ones as well.

Now, after teaching numerous sessions with Ladybug Music in Los Angeles she and her family have made the move back to Australia and she is thrilled to be bringing Ladybug and it’s fabulous music to Aussie children!


Melissa Gulden

Ladybug Music Teacher & Director (Minneapolis, MN))

At an early age, Melissa showed a passion for music and theater. She loved performing in various community theater productions; the first role she remembers was being Peter Rabbit at age 3.  She entered the stage, hopped around the bunny trail, and left the stage. That five minutes of “stage-time” peaked her interest in theater and she participated in almost every production. This passion transpired into her studying piano, voice, and theater at Clarke University where she received her BA. She continued to perform in various productions until she began studying for her Master’s degree in Education.

Of all her roles, her favorite has been the role of Mom to her daughter, Keira, and son, Greyson. As a mom, she loves spending time with her kids and engaging them with parent-child classes.  Melissa stumbled upon Ladybug Music and fell in love with the unique music and downloaded it immediately. After weeks of playing the songs and dancing with her daughter, she wished this class from California was in Minneapolis. So… long story short, she contacted Patricia and after about a year of communicating, we are bringing this class to Minnesota! She is elated to be able to help children and their parents have fun together as they discover the joy of music.