Melissa Fankhauser
Chadron, NE
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Melissa Fankhauser

Melissa F.

Chadron, NE
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My Teaching Philosophy for Piano

* For the very young beginner (4-8), we will refer to Dogs and Birds; a United Kingdom children music study book filled with alpha notes and stories.
* We will continue your journey through beginner to advanced piano method books and printed music material for your piano studies.
* You will learn all major and minor scales.
* Have fun playing songs.
* Learn to sightread.
* Ear-training development.
* Learn about technique and proper poster.
* Enjoy learning songs in classical style.
* Learn solfeggi.
* For intermediate to advanced learners you will study the Hanon Virtuoso piano method.

About Melissa F.

Melissa studied music composition, classical and jazz piano, guitar and voice at Cornish College of the Arts. She graduated with a Bachelors of Music and Worship from Trinity Lutheran and is certified in music and movement instruction. She prepares students to be an accompanist, music teacher, professional performer, worship artist, singer-songwriter and to perform at open mics. She helps prepare students for auditions, judging panels and recitals.

Her teaching begins with an in-depth classical study to all of her students in order to build a strong musical foundation. Her students learn to sight read, play classical, worship, jazz and many other styles they are open to or suggest. She also instills, teaches and offers a love for improvisation to any student open to exploring the freedom of creating melodies.


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27 Reviews
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Very patient with our daughter

Posted Feb 5, 2021
John F.
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Melissa is very patient with me and I enjoy taking lessons with her.

Posted Mar 2, 2020
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My daughter loves her lessons with Melissa

Posted Jul 11, 2019
Debbie M.
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Posted Jan 16, 2019
Sonya T.
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Excellent piano teacher!

Posted Oct 10, 2018
Dayna T.
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Teacher was so nice. My kids love her and want to see her again!

Posted Sep 26, 2018
Sydney G.
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Melissa is a very helpful and knowledgeable instructor and helps you grasp necessary concepts before moving on-has a great teaching pace and is great at breaking things down and explaining them.

Posted Jun 27, 2018
Mike D.
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Very supportive and encouragement

Posted Mar 29, 2018
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I feel Melissa does great with little kids my 5 year old granddaughter loves going waits all week. thank you Melissa.

Posted Mar 22, 2018
Pamela C.
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We love Melissa so much! Hate to leave her, but am moving. You're so lucky to have her instruct your child. She instills a love of learning in a positive, encouraging, and non-stressful way.

Posted Mar 9, 2018
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A very knowledgeable and fun teacher.

Posted Nov 15, 2017
Candice V.
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Very nice and gentle teacher. My daughter loves her

Posted Aug 10, 2017
Jessica H.
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She has been the best teacher for my son. We have been with her for 3 years and she has help him rocket to the top very quickly.she is patient and creats a wonderful environment for learning!!! Excellent excellent excellent!!!!

Posted Jul 10, 2017
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I absolutely adore Melissa, she has taught me so much in a short period of time and her style is a perfect fit for me. Highly recommend!

Posted Apr 26, 2017
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Melissa was great at explaining the details and had me playing my first song at my first lesson!

Posted Mar 13, 2017
Pamela C.
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Perfect for my dtr!

Posted Mar 10, 2017
Alyssa M.
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Melissa did a great job with my ten year old daughter. She is knowledgeable, kind, and patient. We look forward to future lessons with her.

Posted Nov 6, 2015
Tanice M.
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Thank you for your continued amazing work!

Posted Sep 30, 2014
Jake R.
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I am a guitar player making the transition to piano. In just the three short months I have been taking lessons from Melissa, she has improved my ability to sight read, deepened my knowledge of music theory, helped me learn over 20 songs on piano. I have have many music teachers over the last two decades and Melissa is, by far, the most knowledgeable, patient, and encouraging.

Posted Jul 30, 2014
Tanice M.

Fantastic teacher and role model

Melissa has done a fantastic job working with my 9 year old daughter on both Piano and Guitar lessons. Melissa is patient and consistent with her teaching methods and that resonates extremely well with my daughter. My daughter has learned a TON is a very short time frame. I look forward to continued lessons.

Posted Jan 14, 2014
David T.

Makes learning fun!

Melissa’s enthusiasm and fun attitude, coupled with deep knowledge and professionalism makes lessons enjoyable and rewarding. The half-hour goes far too quickly!
I strongly recommend Melissa for your guitar instruction needs.

Posted Jan 2, 2014
Anthony M.

Great Teacher - Very Knowledgable - Warm Environment

I contacted Melissa for Vocal & Choreography lessons. She was very knowledgable, thorough, and gentle during instruction. She really knows how to bring out the best in me -- I didn't think I could do it! We went over voice, diction, and scales as well as the music from the play I was in. I know I wouldn't have been able to perform on stage without her help. Thanks so much!

Posted Nov 9, 2013
Krystal G.

We were great peers in college

I had the privilege to work with Melissa when I was a student at Cornish College of the Arts. Melissa was always so dedicated and encouraging towards me and my musical goals. If I had a question she would be right there to help me solve it. Melissa's strongest suit in my opinion is her ability to compose music. She is extremely patient, passionate and detailed in her work. Thanks Melissa for everything!

Posted Nov 9, 2013
Karen J.

Highly recommend this music teacher

Our family has been working with Melissa through her Musikgarten Beginning Keyboard and Around the World Program and couldn't be happier. Melissa knows how to motivate children and keep them focused on the task at hand in an enjoyable way. She patiently corrects and guides as she teaches without oversimplifying or dumbing down the curriculum. Melissa sets high expectations and confidently encourages my child when he deems a particular task to difficult to attempt. She is a good communicator as well as flexible. She graciously accommodated the class schedule to the various participating children's school schedules. Melissa is a delight to work with and a joy to be around!

Posted Nov 6, 2013
J W.

We enjoy taking lessons from Melissa

My child has a lot of fun in the Musikgarten class that Melissa teaches. He has learned a lot and looks forward to going to class each week. Melissa is a great teacher and keeps the kids engaged.

Posted Nov 5, 2013
Kathleen H.

Excellent Teacher!

My daughter Meg has been taking lessons from Melissa for just about a year now. We have been extremely impressed with her professionalism, and the smooth transition we experienced when our former teacher moved from the area. She is kind, patient, and always has a smile on her face...a joy to be around! We would highly recommend Melissa, whether you are a beginner or an experienced musician!

Posted Sep 20, 2013
John F.

Great Piano Teacher!!

Just want to put in a few words to say how much we appreciate Melissa's great skill and teaching ability for our son. She helps him through his lessons and provides much encouragement. He is a shy boy, but she is able to move him forward in his skills and his ability to play in front of others. I highly recommend using Melissa for any and all teaching of music. Great teacher!

Posted Sep 13, 2013

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Feb 2020 - Jun 2021

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Private piano, guitar and vocal instruction.

Private Music Instructor
Aug 2015 - Oct 2019

Northshore Christian Academy

Private piano, voice, guitar, music and movement summer classes, all girls vocal class and boy and girls guitar class.

Private Music Instructor
Jun 2015 - Oct 2019

All Ages Music

Private piano, guitar and vocal music instructor. Taught summer vocal and music and movement classes.

Summer Music Camp
Jun 2018 - Aug 2018

Seasonal Hiring

I taught music and movement curriculum to children ages 5 and up in groups of about 10-12.

Early Childhood Music Classes
Jan 2013 - Aug 2015

Private Studio

The Musikgarten classes offered at this studio are designed to nurture the childs music aptitude by engaging children and their families in singing and movement activities which help attune the ear, refine the voice, and develop a rhythmic body through which music can be expressed. Additionally, instrumental activities are part of the program, ranging from playing simple rhythm instruments such as sticks and drums for babies and toddlers to playing keyboards for older children. This is the only program that offers curricula for newborns through group piano instruction. It is based on a keen understanding of how children learn, in both a general sense and, specifically, how they learn music. There are weekly assignments for families and as the children grow with the program. They learn piano pedagogy and solfeggio as they enter Cycle of Seasons and Pre-piano classes.

Montessori Music Teacher
Jan 2013 - May 2015

Private Montessori

I taught music to a group of young students from ages 3 to 5. They learn how to speak and tap rhythm, dance, participate in interactive storytelling, sing using only their voices and not Cd's, education about nature and seasons, use drums and jingles and ear-training (solfege). The program I utilize is ranked #1 for childhood music education. It is the only program that teaches piano pedagogy.

Piano Accompanist and Actor in It's A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play
Oct 2014 - Dec 2014

Warm Beach Camp-Lights of Christmas

I played music transitions and accompanied singers for the recent play I was seen in this winter season in Stanwood, WA.

Aug 2014 - Aug 2014

Red Curtain Foundation

Performer in orchestra pit as a guitarist for Cotton Patch Gospel the musical.

Oct 2013 - Dec 2013

Warm Beach Camp

I performed in an original musical called Grace on Deck for the winter season at the Lights of Christmas.

Apr 2011 - Jun 2011

5th Avenue Theater

Studied office procedures of a music theater.


Bachelor of Arts in Music and Worship
Sep 2007 - Jun 2011

Trinity Lutheran College

Music Composition
Sep 2005 - May 2007

Cornish College of the Arts



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Early Childhood Music Education
Aug 2013



Playfest Dramatic Award
Mar 2011

Trinity Lutheran College

Student Leadership Recognition Award
May 2009

Trinity Lutheran College

Ley Music, Carl Smick, Paul S. Hauge and Bruce P. Hauge, Vern Gambrell Scholarship
May 2009

Trinity Lutheran College

Anna Laura Ley Memorial Award
May 2008

Trinity Lutheran College

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