Our journey to a nonprofit foundation dedicated to the transformative power of song began like all great journeys do, in our living room with a few tight-knit family members and friends.
How Molly’s Music Got Started
It was at an Orange County yoga intensive where Molly, an idealistic voice and piano teacher, met two people who would make Molly’s Music possible. The first person was Travis, an academic and martial arts buff who would eventually marry Molly and run the ‘business’ side of the school. Second, came Janelle, a singer-songwriter who would become the first teacher to work by Molly’s side. And so it all began.
They cobbled together the Molly’s Music brand and continued to do what they did best—teach what they loved. Soon the tiny team had more students than they had room in their schedules, and it was time to recruit more help. Molly’s mother, a music teacher herself, assistant-directed OC Glee; Eric, Travis’s surrogate brother, built them a website; and Gracie, Molly’s real-life sister, joined to take charge of outreach and marketing. Sarah, our beloved Studio Manager, and Anne, our Program Manager, were poached from our first few teachers, and they now routinely meet in Molly and Travis’s living room for business matters, and—ahem—free muffins.
Deciding how to hire new teachers was tougher. We had this homespun school, staffed by friends and family, so how could we keep the company feeling small and still hire complete strangers? It turns out, there really isn’t a formula for this. That’s why our teacher interviews cover a lot of ground. A degree in music, teaching accomplishments, and real-world experience all help shape a good candidate, but it’s off-paper that we decide who really fits in with our mission and personality. No matter how big the Molly’s Music family gets, that’s how it will always be.
About Our Founder Molly
Molly’s Music was founded by Molly Webb, a singer and pianist whose musical journey spans 2.5 decades, with stops along the way to sing for the pope, pass Certificate of Merit at the highest level, study with Gwen Verdon and Ben Vereen, and record an original album. Her experience was anything but linear, bouncing from classical to contemporary to theatrical spheres, on three corners of the United States, with uncountable mentors. It became her mission to provide students with the opportunity to get such a flexible education in one place. And so here we are.
Molly’s Music is part of a larger nonprofit called CultureHum Foundation. Proceeds from our services help fund thousands of dollars worth of scholarship music lessons each year, along with an in-school tutoring program called The Open Education Project that gives high school students second chances.
What Parents & Students are Saying
I am very happy I found a great school! All their teachers are very knowledgeable and experienced professional artists. Their management team is very professional, responsive and friendly. I never had a problem with scheduling or payments.
I LOVE this Academy there are no words to describe how much fun, encouragement and effort this school gives my daughter and the community.
Molly’s Music is amazing and their staff is very kind. I work with a vocal coach named Ben and he is brilliant!!! He has exceeded my expectations and has been able to elevate my singing to heights I didn’t know I was capable of.