Michele holds a Bachelor of Music degree in classical voice performance with a minor in classical piano from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where she studied classical vocal performance and vocal pedagogy with Florence Berggren, formerly of the Julliard School, and vocal coaching with Martin Rich of the Metropolitan Opera, in addition to studying piano with Master Philadelphia area instructors, George Sementovsky and Alexander Fiorillo. Michele was an accomplished vocalist and accompanist for several years in the Philadelphia area, singing with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Haddonfield Symphony, and as a paid soloist for several prominent Philadelphia churches. Michele also has Private, Montessori and Public School experience, an extensive creative and performing arts background with over 25 years of teaching and performing experience. Michele wrote her first song at 14, which inspired and engaged her into writing stories, songs and books for children. She holds an elementary teaching certification with extended studies in psychology, and was involved with interactive children’s theater, television and film for several years as an actress, teacher and musical director, eventually attaining her Screen Actors Guild status. Michele’s passion for education, her love of children, and dedication to help others make her a natural fit and valued asset to the Drum & Strum family.