Creative Music Art & Learning Center adjusts during anniversary celebration


Dominic Chung, left, and Scarlett Chung, right, have worked closely with Loretta Fox.

Jill Blue

Loretta Fox never expected a global pandemic to cut short her February celebration of 20 years as the founder and director of Creative Music Art & Learning Center at 1299 Bedford Drive in Melbourne.

But, with virtual lessons, she and her other instructors have never missed a beat.

Fox, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as a Ph.D., in education, directed musicals in college and was a church organist for 10 years.

After 30 years with the Wisconsin public school system, Fox retired and moved to Brevard County. She then taught kindergarten at Suntree United Methodist Church Preschool for four years. That was followed by six years as the music teacher.

Still wanting to teach music, Fox opened Creative Music & Art Center in February 2000. 

“It’s kind of evolved. My first thought, as a teacher, was that I would also tutor art and other subjects. But, the piano lessons sort of took over,’’ she said.

Fox added lessons in violin, voice, guitar and harp. The range begins at age 4 with the “Little Mozart” program and goes up to adults. Her most popular age group is from about third grade to eighth grade, and the most popular instrument is the piano.

Most of the 150 families involved in the center went to virtual lessons seamlessly and have thrived in the program ever since.

“Virtual lessons work out nice because it’s still one on one,’’ Fox said. “And, with the younger students, we have the parents on hand in case they need to take notes (from the teacher) on the music. Now, the students have requested to stay with virtual lessons over the summer.’’

As for the growth and success of the center, Fox deflects the praise onto her staff, many of whom have taught there for several years.

“It has advanced because of my wonderful teachers, who do such a good job they get students by word of mouth,” she said.

When the center does resume on-site classes, masks and social distancing will be required and parents will no longer be allowed to use the waiting room. They will have to remain in their cars.