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Melia & Justin Sneden Colwell


The Sneden Colwells met in 2012 when Justin was assigned to be Melia’s accompanist for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21. They loved making music together and, well, the rest is history! Throughout their time together at Indiana Wesleyan University, they accompanied each other and performed duets for master class and recital performances. They even performed at their own wedding in 2015!

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In 2016, they moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where Justin earned his master's degree in Piano Performance and Melia worked as a Manager of Education at a children’s museum. During evening walks in the park, their dream of Yellow Door Music Studio took shape. They envisioned a home studio space for eager and dedicated piano students and their families, a place where music was celebrated and nurtured, a studio where students were viewed holistically and hopefully. Eager to return to Melia’s home of West Michigan to put that dream into action, they founded Yellow Door Music Studio in the fall of 2019.

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Melia and Justin bring their complementary skill sets together to offer piano instruction to students of all ages and ability levels. Melia specializes in preschool through middle school beginners. She is also developing preschool group music classes. Justin specializes in intermediate and advanced students, as well as adult beginners. He is also developing group piano courses for adult beginners and pre-collegiate students.


Justin and Melia are excited to welcome you to their

home for music makers!

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