Lisa (Vander Pluym) Casciola is from Saint Louis, Missouri. She grew up in Sunset Hills. Many years ago she went to Cor Jesu Academy and enjoyed being a part of the productions at CJ and local boys schools! Her favorite role was Catherine in Pippin. During High School Lisa worked in Miss Kitty's Saloon Show at Six Flags Over Mid-America. Lisa took voice lessons from Gary Sims at Webster University and piano lessons for over 15 years. Lisa also took dance lessons at Charmette!
Lisa attended the University of Dayton as a Music Therapy Major. Music and helping others have always been a passion for Lisa. Music Therapy was a perfect fit. (A music therapist uses music to achieve non-musical goals in the areas of communication, social skills, gross motor, fine motor, leisure time skills and many more areas.) At The University of Dayton, Lisa earned her Bachelors of Music, with an emphasis in voice, and a degree in Music Therapy. Her internship was at The Judevine Center for Autism. Upon completion of her internship Lisa has been a contracting with Midwest Music Therapy Services. Lisa worked with the Special School District of Saint Louis County for 12 years and currently contracts with the Department of Mental Health.
Lisa is currently a board certified member of the American Music Therapy Association and The Certification Board for Music Therapists. She is also the owner of Kids Sing Studio, LLC (www.KidsSingStudio.com) and a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing.) At present Kids Sing Studio has over 60 private students. Student success stories range from Broadway, National Tours, America’s Got Talent, Muny Kids, Muny Teens, Team Stages, and many more. Lisa's students have had some AMAZING success stories BUT Lisa's main goal is to see music make a difference in kids lives. Lisa believes music can help kids to improve their self-esteem, step out of the box, learn discipline, be accountable for their own actions and simply provide a positive leisure time activity. Lisa works very hard at being fun, fresh, and motivating but also hold students accountable for their own practice and improvement. Lisa works hard with her students to have successful auditions and to "make it" into anything they try out for. She makes a personal connection with each student and tries to make the experience enjoyable and rewarding. Music has the ability to change lives and make life better for so many. Lisa is thrilled to teach classes at Charmette!