Studio Founder, Owner, and Piano Faculty
A National Certified Teacher of Piano, Rebecca C. Bellelo holds a Ph.D. in music from LSU, and a Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from LSU. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Delta State University. As a private piano teacher for the past ten years to pre-college level students, her students have been honored for their performances by winning numerous awards in local and state festivals, such as the district and state MTNA competition, Bach & Sonatina festival competition at LSU, and BRMTA Tournament.
Rebecca founded Piano Pathways in 2011 with the goal to offer the Baton Rouge community a piano-centered music studio, where any student with any desire to play piano could be accepted and learn to play the instrument. Rebecca serves as a teacher trainer/mentor to new Recreational Music Making (RMM) teachers awarded the National Piano Foundation RMM Teaching Fellowship. She has served as an active adjudicator, clinician, and presenter at several state and national conferences, including Music Teachers National Association Conferences, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, National Association for Music Education conference, Louisiana Music Teachers Association state conferences, and Louisiana Music Educators Association conferences. Rebecca remains current in the technological advancements in the pedagogy field and uses these tools to provide an invaluable opportunity for students in the classroom. Rebecca’s passionate desire to teach and enrich students through music is apparent in her teaching philosophy that every person is musical. Every lesson consists of opportunities to expand the student’s understandings of music, integrating in every lesson performance, reading, technique, and musicianship. She incorporates a wide variety of activities that foster a healthy learning environment while allowing the student to grow as a well-rounded individual.
Having relocated to Baton Rouge from Utah, Melanie Mallard comes from a musical family and has played the piano for as long as she can remember. Melanie loves making music with her six siblings, who all play a variety of instruments. She began her professional studies with Marlene Bachelder and later earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Brigham Young University, where she studied with Dr. Scott Holden. Since graduating in 2010, she has focused on teaching as an active member of MTNA and NFMC.
She currently serves as the Assistant Music Chair in her church, where she performs, accompanies, directs the choir, and arranges music for services and activities. Melanie’s goal as a teacher is to help each student learn to love making music at any level. She believes that learning to make beautiful music is similar to learning another language: it can be challenging, but it can also be fun, rewarding, and allow us to connect with others in meaningful ways.
A native of South Texas, Joshua Medrano holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Missouri State University and a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Texas State University-San Marcos. Uniquely, Josh did not start formal piano instruction at a young age, but began his studies at seventeen years old. With dedication, top-tier teachers, and undeniable persistence, Josh is now beginning his journey through the Doctor of Musical Arts degree on full scholarship at Louisiana State University under the tutelage of Professor Gregory Sioles.
Josh has performed and studied abroad with renowned teachers, such as Yong-Hi Moon and Julian Martin at the Valencia International Piano Academy in Valencia, Spain. He has also performed as guest artist at the Texas State International Piano Festival in San Marcos, TX. He held teaching assistantships at Missouri State University in dance accompanying, and also taught class piano and applied lessons. Josh is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon and Pi Kappa Lambda-Honors Music Society. Josh’s former piano students have benefited from the opportunity of public performance and also competing in local and regional music competitions. As a teacher and active member of MTNA, Josh believes in being adaptable during each lesson in order to better connect with the student. This makes for a positive and engaging musical experience that will lead to having a broad appreciation for music. Josh also strives for each student to play music colorfully and seek out their inner artist in order to achieve one’s full musical potential.
Angela Cheng is a native of Baton Rouge and began taking piano lessons at age 4. Growing up she participated and won numerous district and state piano competitions. She began studying with Michael Gurt at the age of 14 at Louisiana State University where she was eventually awarded a full music scholarship. She went on to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Pedagogy and Piano Performance in 2001. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Nutritional Sciences in 2004. Aside from her music degrees, Angela is also a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and also recently received her paralegal certification from the University of Georgia.
Angela is an experienced performer and accompanist. She began playing for churches when she was 12 years old and later went on to serve as the full-time pianist for Grace Baptist Church for 11 years. She has also performed in many recitals and played in various local restaurants for 10 years. Angela has accompanied several church choirs as well as a multiple number of solo vocalists and instrumentalists. Aside from the piano, she also has experience in playing the violin, organ, and the drums. Angela began teaching at the LSU Music Academy as part of her college curriculum and eventually opened up her own studio teaching group and private piano lessons in Baton Rouge. She has worked with students of all ages and backgrounds and thrives on creating lesson plans that are tailored to each individual’s specific needs and goals. Angela would like to continue sharing her knowledge and passion of music with every one of her students while helping them develop their own musical potential.
Larry Fonclaud, a native from France, studied the piano in his home country with various European teachers and specialists such as Gisèle Obéric (France/Algeria), Herre Hiemstra (Germany), Tomasz Szczepanski (Poland). Larry is National Certified Teacher in France and a Louisiana certified teacher at Westdale Middle School in Baton Rouge. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Lorraine in Nancy (east of France) and has taught in middle schools, high schools, and colleges in France, South America, the Caribbean, and the U.S. for the past 25 years. From 2003 to 2010, Larry successfully prepared most of his students to various piano competitions such as Le Grand Concours International de Piano (the Grand International Piano Competition) by Svletana Eganian and Les Clés d’Or (The Golden Clefs Piano competition) by Gérard Gahnassia.
Some of his students are currently studying or teaching the piano in different music schools or conservatories in France.
Larry is especially fond of the romantic repertoire and appeared in several public concerts where he performed pieces by Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky.
Everything about Piano Pathways is special, but the teachers are the heart of the place. They set the tone, and the tone is one of fun. They are genuinely interested in my children and customize the lessons to their strengths and preferences.