Melissa is an Orlando native and graduated from the Orange County Public School system. Since joining the staff at a local Fine Arts Magnet public school in 2005, she has written a Music Theory and Composition curriculum, started Piano and Guitar programs, and expanded the Band program. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, where she earned two music scholarships and earned a Bachelor degree in Music Education. She also holds a Music K-12 Certification from the Florida Department of Education. Not only is Melissa a dedicated music educator, she also performs regularly with the Southern Winds and Orlando Concert Bands, in addition to other freelance venues. She is also an active member of the Florida Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and Florida Flute Association. Her students have gone on to study music in college and have been represented in All-State, All-County, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, Florida Young Artists Orchestra, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts, as well as earn Superior ratings at District and State Solo and Ensemble events.
*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that learning music is built upon a strong relationship between teacher and student. This relationship involves good communication, honesty, open mindedness, and most importantly the desire to LEARN and have FUN. I approach teaching music by knowing and understanding the student's musical goals, and teaching fundamentals, theory, and technique through the styles of music that the student wants to learn. For beginners, I tend to teach basic technique through simple songs to get the student playing music as quickly as possible.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I own a piano, flute. Flute students will provide their own instrument. Piano students will use piano in lessons but have their own instrument (piano or keyboard) at home to practice on.
*** Travel Equipment ***
My instrument. Piano students will need a piano or keyboard at home.
*** Specialties ***
I teach beginning, intermediate, and advance literature on the flute. For beginners, I typically support the student's band program (if enrolled) by utilizing their class method book (Alfred's Premier Piano Course method for beginning piano) and supplying additional materials, such as solos, duets, etc. For experienced students, I use a combination of etudes (Melodious and Progressive Studies - Cavally, 26 Selected Studies - Altes, etc.), Duets, and solos (leveled according to the FBA). I specialize in teaching all genres and styles of music.
Created and teach Music Theory and Composition classes. Teach Piano 1 and Piano 2 classes. Magnet program assistant director.
Instruct private lessons in flute and piano.
Students have auditioned and made various ensembles including: All-State Band, All-State Orchestra, All-County Band (Orange and Seminole), Florida Young Artist Orchestra, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra (principal), various college ensembles across the country.
Band director: taught all levels of band, started a guitar program, created and taught a music technology and music theory curriculum, created a Jazz band.
Certified with Florida DOE since 2004.
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.
The National Flute Association, founded in 1972, is the largest flute organization in the world. Approximately 5,000 members from more than 50 countries join together in person, online, at conventions, informally and in forums, through publications and classrooms, in performance, in friendship and collegiality. Guided by its goals to encourage a higher standard of artistic excellence for the flute, its performers, and its literature, members include leading soloists, orchestral players, jazz and world music performers, teachers, adult amateurs, and students of all ages.