Melanie Chirignan

Melanie C.

Schenectady, NY
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching lessons for 12 years, to beginners to conservatory level students. I am a performing musician with a BA in music education and music performance, as well as a MA in Flute performance. I have successfully prepared students for NYSSMA as well as for college music auditions. I teach the foundations like great tone, breath support, articulation, rhythm, note reading, theory, and my favorite, musicality! I cater each lesson to each individual student's needs and goals, and above all, instill a life-long love of music.
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Melanie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

As a professional flutist, I've performed with orchestras, and do a lot of chamber music, including new music. I've performed with piano, guitar, harp for both Celtic and classical, cello, woodwind quintet, string quartet, choirs, jazz piano trio, and free improvisation with cello and bass. I graduated from SUNY Fredonia for music performance and music education, and got my Master's degree in flute performance from the Hartt School of music.

My philosophy of teaching: I teach music because it is unique and necessary. Students learn best in a relaxed, nurturing environment. I believe in order to successfully teach, I need to be encouraging, and truly care about the students. My goal is to always have the students improve. To do this, I think students need a well-balanced diet of tone (Moyse De la Senorite can be used), technique (scales for younger students, Maquarre Daily Exercises or Taffanel and Gaubert Daily Excercises for more advanced students), etudes (Melodious and Progressive Studies), and pieces (I consult the NYSSMA manual for appropriate pieces for the students level). Having taken Alexander Technique, I strongly emphasize posture so that students can use their bodies in the most efficient way. Individualized instruction allows for teachers to cater to the needs of the student, challenging the students without frustrating them. Everyone is unique and learns at different rates, so no two lessons will ever be the same. I teach students how to practice, so that they can progress outside of the 30 min. or hour long lesson. As for performance standards, I have used rubrics for tone, technique, articulation, phrasing, and breathing. Once strengths and weaknesses are assed, I create a plan to help the student improve, which is what students and teachers want to hear.

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Flute teacher
Oct 2017 - Present
School of Music

Flute and beginning piano teacher at a School of Music.

Flute teacher
Mar 2009 - Jun 2014
Music and Arts

Taught private flute students from ages 7-18.


MA Music Performance
Sep 2008 - May 2010
Hartt School of Music
BA Music Performance and BA Music Education
Sep 2001 - Dec 2005
SUNY Fredonia


Professional Proficiency


K-12 Music
Sep 2006
State of New York Education Department

Music Certification for public school teaching.


American Federation of Musicians
Jan 2018

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by Melanie C.

Photo by Melanie C.

Griffes Poem with the Chelsea Symphony in NYC.
Fish Tale by Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov.  Uses extended techniques of percussive sounds and singing and playing.
New music written by Masatora Goya.
Photo by Melanie C.

Alto flute performance of Piazzolla Tango Etude no. 4
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Villa Lobos.
Photo by Melanie C.


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