Teachers
photo Miss Mary, Founder & Creative Director

LoveBug & Me Founder & Creative Director, Mary Arden Gorman (aka Miss Mary), is loved all over Los Angeles and beyond for her sweet voice, creative classes, and the heart she brings to every little lovebug. With guitar in hand, she has toured the country, released albums, and has written music for Film & TV, all while exploring a variety of musical styles & world rhythms. It is her passion to introduce little ones to the magic of music, along with their parents. She lives in Los Angeles with her bass player husband and very musical 9 year old son... and new lovebug, Sahara Sky.

MISS MARY VIDEO

 

"If you have a kid and you are interested in a music class, the only class you should consider is LoveBug! Mary is the best at what she does. She's creative beyond words, she loves what she does and she's so sweet with the kids. She brings neat instruments and is absolutely delightful. It's worth a drive for you and your little one." - Rebecca G. (5 Star Yelp Review)

     
photo Miss Alana

Alana Gentry also known as Alana Banana, was born and raised in Los Angeles and grew up singing, dancing and acting. She's been writing, recording and performing music for over 20 years and her love of working with kids inspired her to co-create and produce The Alana Banana Show which you can find on Youtube or her Alana Banana App! She looks forward to meeting new families and sharing music with all the lovebugs!

MISS ALANA BANANA VIDEO

 

"We absolutely LOVE LoveBug & Me Music classes. My son started LoveBug classes when he was 11 months, and my daughter has been going since birth. My son is now 3 and can't go to classes due to pre-school, but my daughter is 18 months and really loves the classes. She loves us playing the Lovebug songs at home and in the car, and will always dance and sing along. Miss Alana is a great teacher - she is really engaging, a great singer and makes all the kids feel special. Would definitely recommend LoveBug & Me as a great baby and toddler class, and a good place to meet other local parents too! Reasonably priced, great customer service, very flexible make up policy, and the sessions all have awesome themes. Plus all instruments are cleaned every lesson so you don't have to worry about cleanliness". - Helen H. (5 Star Yelp Review)

     
photo Mr Bradley

Bradley Sharper (aka Mr Brad) is a singer, songwriter and actor, originally from Southern Maryland.  He has a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and has worked extensively with The Santa Monica Playhouse, performing in countless family musicals and children’s shows.  You may run into him around town performing his indie pop music under the name “sharper’s florist”.  He is extremely excited to be working with LoveBug & Me, helping to create long lasting memory for parents and their little lovebugs. 

MR BRADLEY VIDEO

     
photo Miss Anna

Anna Dawahare is a performer, comedian, and pun-enthusiast from the San Gabriel Valley. Growing up in a very musical household, she learned how to sing, play the piano, and strum her current instrument of choice- the ukulele! She received her BA in Drama from the University of California, Irvine and graduated from Second City's Conservatory program. When she's not teaching your lovebugs, she performs and travels regularly with American Immersion Theater. She is also a writer and performer with the Second City Sketch Team, Picture Day. Anna wishes she didn't have to write this in third person, but understands the importance of objectivity.

     
photo Mr. Max

Max Bergmanis has maintained a life-long passion for music, from his start in Honolulu, Hawaii through his college years at the USC Thornton School of Music and now to LoveBug & Me! He grew up taking piano/vocal lessons, as well as studying the art of music composition. However, it wasn’t until he discovered rock ‘n roll that his musical love affair really kicked into gear. These days, you can find Max teaching piano in Los Angeles or tickling the ivories at some of city’s most well-known venues. He also works with non-profit music organization, Harmony Project, to bring music to low-income Los Angeles areas. He looks forward to embarking on a magical music journey with each of his LoveBug families! 

 

MR MAX VIDEO

 

"My son is 18 months, and has been attending the Atwater location for LoveBug Music with the wonderful teacher Mr. Max! It is truly the highlight of our week to come to class, where they make us feel so welcome, and sign along to all original songs and dance around! He is always so happy to see everyone and Mr. Max is great and makes everyone feel so special. LoveBug is definitely amazing for babies and toddlers!! I am so grateful this kind of music introduction for kids exist!" - Gloria H. (5 Star Yelp Review)

     
photo Miss Deborah

Miss Deborah has been fortunate to be a performing actress/singer/dancer at numerous theaters for most of her life.  Some favorite experiences include her post-graduate studies at LAMDA (The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art), working professionally for seven years at Arizona’s famous Gaslight Theatre, teaching yoga to adults and children, touring children's schools with a Shakespeare company, creating and producing her own all-woman show. You can even catch her on stage this Summer as Mary Poppins at the Glendale Centre Theatre. You can buy tickets HERE. 

Deborah lives in Los Angeles with her producer husband and two young daughters, and is very grateful for the opportunity to teach for LoveBug and Me.

MISS DEBORAH VIDEO

 

"We have been taking this class for a year now and absolutely love it!!! This is by far my most favorite class we've taken. MIiss Deborah is a beautiful soul. She has the most amazing voice and loves teaching music to these babies! She is so engaged with the songs and babies which makes this class so enjoyable. I highly recommend this class for infants and toddlers. My daughter loves this class and wiggles along to the songs... Not only is the class fun but educational as well. It's never too early to start babies in music. The only complaint I would have is that we wished the class was longer. We can't get enough"! - Neely G. (5 Star Yelp Review)

     
photo Mr Mel

Melvin Biteng came to the US all the way from the Philippines in 2011 for college at AMDA in both LA and NY. He got his BFA in Performing Arts Musical Theatre in 2014 and has been performing all over LA since then. You can find him singing on theatre stages or in cafés all around town. He also does poetry, dance and videography in his spare time. He is excited to be teaching kids the joy and importance of music and looks forward to creating many wonderful memories with our LoveBug families!

 

MR MEL VIDEO

 

"It's wonderful to be part of the Lovebug family. My son loves it so much! At home, he'll pretend to be Mr. Mel, and he'll talk to other kids and play on his guitar while singing all of the songs."

- Liz B. (5 Star Yelp Review)

     
photo Miss Lexi

Miss Lexi is originally from Florida and is a graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy where she studied Musical Theatre, Voice & Dance. She has portrayed Belle onstage in "Beauty and the Beast" among other live, film and TV performances. She has a sweet voice to match her personality and is a natural princess. Our little lovebugs love her!

 MISS LEXI VIDEO 

 

"I wish I would have discovered this place a lot sooner! I signed up my 18 month old son for two summer sessions with Ms.Lexi. At first my son was timid and stuck close to me while in class but slowly began to get comfortable (which is why I decided to do 2 sessions). The CD we received as part of the welcome package was the best while in the car I would see my son dancing, moving, wiggling in his car seat. !! My son absolutely loves the song. He loved the huge drum that was put out at the beginning of each session. I'm really glad that I signed him for this class because I learned that he does not like being late! Ms. Lexi is amazing with the kids she is very attentive and sings beautifully. My child not only had a good time he got better at putting his toys away (we sing the song that we learned in class when it's time to put things away) our morning rides consist of the morning song from the CD. What can I say this place is amazing I absolutely enjoyed what my son took with him during the 2 sessions he attended. We will definitely be returning!!! "- Sol C. (5 Star Yelp Review)

     
photo Miss Evea

Miss Evea has over 6 years of experience working closely with children and their families. Growing up in San Francisco with a blues musician for a father, there was hardly a moment in her childhood without a guitar playing in the background. She grew up doing every school play and musical she could get her hands on, and went on to receive her B.A. in Theatre Arts Performance and Dance from California State University Los Angeles. She is currently a nanny for a wonderful family of several years and is excited to be a Magical Musical Educator and educate your little lovebugs through the magical power of music!

     
photo Pattie Fitzgerald, Child Safety Educator

“An Ounce of Prevention” is an adults-only workshop, which runs at least 90 minutes and is a very interactive seminar focusing on:  the myth of stranger-danger & why it doesn’t work with children, understanding how  “tricky people” operate, recognizing red flag warning signs and grooming tricks, the Super 10 Safety Rules for children & adults, keeping kids safe around people you know, don’t know, or know a little bit, establishing healthy boundaries, and introducing the safety conversation in a non fearful manner with your kids.  We also discuss ways to instill the message of being the “boss of their bodies” so children are less vulnerable to the exploits or abuse of a tricky person. 

In addition, we review common sense solutions to things like playdates, sleepovers, after school activities, public restrooms, etc.