Hello and welcome to your studio!
I teach from the comfort of my home studio in the Everett/Snohomish area. My teaching style is developed specifically for each student, to give you the most out of your lesson without overwhelming you. I will help you learn to play the songs you love! My love for music is deep and I enjoy sharing what I know with my fellow students. I have seen the impact music has on families; it unites them like a beautiful song waiting to be played. Many of my students compliment my patience and say they have learned so much in so little time. Life with music is a journey but not only that it is a lifestyle. Being a good, dedicated student will bring so many wonderful moments and rewards as you take the journey with your instrument of choice. I have students entering talent shows, performing at assemblies, choir, musical theatre and locally for the elderly during Christmas.
About your lessons:
I host the following recitals: a Christmas and Spring recital.
Teaching Philosophy for Piano
* For the very young beginner (4-8), we will refer to Dogs and Birds, which is a wonderful book series developed in the United Kingdom that includes colorful illustrations making learning music enjoyable for the young musician.
* We will journey through Faber books and loose music material for your music studies.
* You will learn all major and minor scales.
* Other books like Bastien and Alfred will be included.
* Have fun playing songs.
* Learn to sightread.
* Ear-training development.
* Learn about technique and proper poster.
* Enjoy learning songs in classical style. Even the best jazz musicians recommend training classically
* Learn solfege.
* For older learners you will refer to Faber studies, loose materials and Hanon drills.
Teaching Philosophy for Guitar
* The younger beginner will start with Alfred's kids guitar course.
* Learn how to read tablature and music.
* William Leavitt's Berkley guitar study.
* Learn how to play scales in the first position on your guitar.
* Build rhythm studies and cadences.
* Develop ear training and dexterity.
* Sightread chords and melodies.
* Play duets.
* Have fun playing songs.
About your instructor:
Melissa attended Cornish College of the Arts from 2005-2007 to earn her music composition degree. She later transferred to Trinity Lutheran College earning her Bachelor of Music degree in Music and Worship. She has been playing music since she was five years old. Melissa has been in touring bands in California, choir throughout college, community bands, open mics, gigs, musical theatre and theatre since 2005. She interned at the 5th Avenue Theatre in downtown Seattle. She was recently seen performing guitar, along with one of my students, in Cotton Patch Gospel. You will also see me as an accompanist and actor in this years It's A Wonderful Life, Live Radio Play, at Warm Beach Camp's dinner theater, 2014. She plays music for residents at a retirement home, is getting ready to record her first full album and teaches music to children in Montessori schools.
I look forward to serving you as your music instructor!
I teach voice, piano and guitar.
The Musikgarten classes offered at this studio are designed to nurture the childâs 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.
I teach childhood music education. There are weekly assignments for families and as the children grow with the program, their homework becomes more individualized. They learn piano pedagogy and solfeggio as they enter Cycle of Seasons and Pre-piano classes.
I teach 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.
I played music transitions and accompanied singers for the recent play I was seen in this winter season in Stanwood, WA.
I had the honor and privilege to sit in the orchestra pit as a guitarist for Cotton Patch Gospel the musical.
I performed in an original musical called Grace on Deck for the winter season at the Lights of Christmas.
This was a wonderful experience. I love this theater and its company.