Junior Instructor (Recorder)
Melissa Ree holds a Bachelor of Vocal Music Education degree from Arkansas Tech University, and an English as a Second Language license endorsement from Henderson State University. While at ATU, she was selected to perform as a member of the Southwest American Choral Directors Collegiate Honor Choir.
Ree has been a music educator in her home state of Arkansas for the past 10 years teaching elementary music, choir, and ukulele. Her choirs have consistently received Superior Division I ratings in Choral Performance and Sight Reading. During her time with the Greenwood School District, Melissa served as a committee member on the Fine Arts Council of Educators and started the class ukulele program. Ree strives to ignite the passion of music within all of her students.
Junior Instructor (Clarinet, Saxophone)
Mady Turman is a graduate of the Greenwood High School in 2009. During her public school education, she participated in band since 2000, held a JH Drum Major position, and a HS Drum Major position, as well as section leader responsibilities. She began her Instrumental Music Education studies at the Arkansas Tech University in August of 2009, and graduated with her Bachelor’s in Music Education in December of 2013. During her studies, she participated in the Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, various Woodwind and Clarinet Ensembles, as well as joined the Service Sorority, Tau Beta Sigma. She held numerous leadership roles, including Section Leader in both the Marching Band and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Drum Major of the Marching Band of Distinction in 2012, sequentially held the Vice President and President positions of the Tau Beta Sigma Beta Nu chapter, as well as Assisting Clinician at the All-State Music Conference in Hot Springs, Arkansas in February 2010. Her primary instrument is clarinet.
After her collegiate studies, Mady has been given the opportunity to clinic at the ATU Clarinet Day twice, in 2014 and 2020. She has also taught private lessons off and on since 2015, including the schools Cabot Freshmen Academy and Little Rock Christian Academy. She held a K-12 Music position in Hartford, Arkansas, for the 2014-2015 school year. In 2016, she attended classes at the Arkansas Tech University, and participated in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Clarinet ensembles. Since 2018, she has been residing in the Greenwood, Arkansas area, and has been a Band Adjunct for various schools in the area, including Trinity JH, Greenwood Schools, Fort Smith Schools, Waldron schools, and Hackett Schools. Her main adjunct duties include private and group clarinet lessons during band classes-teaching band repertoire and helping with All-Region and All-State prep, assisting with beginning clarinet groups, and Marching Band prep.
Mady married James Turman, of Greenwood, in 2013. They welcomed their first son, Ian, in 2018, and are welcoming their second son, Milo, in September of 2020.