Meet Our Instructors

FINAL Kacey Baugh-Lee-3Kacey Baugh-Lee is the owner of The Maple Leaf Music Company (Carthage Studio).  She is a 2003 Graduate of Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO.  There she earned her B.S. Degree in Commercial Music.  Her primary area of study was voice.  Her secondaries were guitar & piano.  During her time at SBU she was able to travel and study abroad twice in England.  Once in Leicester at Leicester University and the other in Oxford at Oxford University.

She  teaches voice, guitar, piano, mandolin, ukulele, and theory.  You can also enjoy one of her songwriting and artist development classes that are offered in the spring and fall.

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Megan Shumaker (Carthage, MO Studio)

In 2018, Megan Shumaker received an Associates of Arts degree in Professional Music at Southwestern Community College and finished with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Worship Ministries at Spurgeon College in 2021. While Megan attended Southwestern, she studied vocal jazz, jazz piano, and classical piano. It wasn’t until she studied music under Dr. Matthew Swain at Spurgeon, that she understood the importance of local churches acquiring musician-theologians. With the education she received, Megan has been able to apply her knowledge of music in the local church here in Carthage, MO at Open Door Baptist Church.

Megan also loves to perform with her husband, singing their original pieces. One day she would love to record their music and sing on many different stages. Besides playing music, she enjoys drinking coffee, listening to her jazz records, fishing with her husband, and thrifting. Megan is delighted to teach both piano and voice to new students of all ages. 

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Cole McKinney (Carthage, MO Studio)

Hi there. My name is Cole McKinney and music comes first in my life. When I was younger, I
always found myself sitting at a piano or with a trombone and trying to pick out songs by ear,
whether it be Maple Leaf Rag or even video game songs, but I never fully understood how to
read music. Well, that didn’t happen until I got to college and THAT just goes to show it’s never
too late. While attending Tarleton State University I found myself immersed in music to the
point where I started singing in a choir and I had NEVER sung a note in my life until then. God
definitely had a part in this because he opened doors on my musical journey that I never saw
coming. I was blessed to be able to sing Handel’s Messiah with the Fort Worth Symphony for
two years along with singing a Mongolian solo at Carnegie Hall in New York.
After I graduated, I went into factory work to pay them bills… but in the long run it wasn’t worth
it because the love for music started to pick at me. God then provided me a job as a music
teacher in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and I found myself teaching ages 4 to 68! I taught
Trombone, Singing, piano and eventually I started to teach acting. That’s right, along with a
music career I was fortunate to be able to Act in shows/musicals in the metroplex whether it be
in a church or theatre!
Now here I am in Carthage Missouri and I am literally LIVING THE DREAM of teaching here
at Maple Leaf Music Company! Now that’s enough about me, I hope to get to hear a little more
about you!

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Jonathan Stickler (Nashville, TN Studio)

Jonathan Kyle Stickler is a singer, songwriter, and violist/fiddle player who fell in love with music at a young age. He grew up in Northwest Missouri, and began performing at the age of 4 alongside his brother allowing him to travel around the country experiencing different types of music. It was along this journey that he met and was taught by owner of The Maple Leaf Music Company, Kacey Baugh-Lee.

After High school he was drawn to NASHVILLE, TN for college. He pursued life in Music City and used the funds saved from his youthful musical endeavors to complete a degree in Music Business at Middle Tennessee State University. While in college he competed in various competitions including being a finalist and 2 time quarter finalist at the Immerse Christian Music conference in the “Songwriter” category and worked with prominent vocal coaches such as Brett Manning and Kim Franca. He also learned, however, that he had a bigger passion for helping other people reach their music goals than for being a creator or artist himself. That said he is excited to help you along your journey anyway he can.

Message us or call/text the number below if you’re interested in lessons in Nashville, TN!!!! We are booking for June, now!!!!

See his music video for his song, Playing with Matches here:

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