Melissa Fankhauser

Melissa F.

Everett, WA
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About

Melissa delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 4+, males 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
April 2013

I have a passionate love for music and I honor the process in how the student learns by individualizing their lessons. I teach an in-depth classical study of scales and chord changes to all of my students in order to build a strong musical foundation. My students learn to play classical, worship, pop, jazz and many other styles they are open to or suggest. I also instill, teach and offer a love for improvisation to any student open to exploring the freedom of playing outside the lines.

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. Some of my students take lessons along with their parents. This creates opportunities for duets and so much more. 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 becomes part of your 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, open mics, 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 before jazz.
* 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:

I teach piano and guitar.
I cover the Everett/Snohomish area.
Has choreographed a musical and loves to dance.
Works with special needs students.
Has studied with many professional musicians and professors.
Local Singer/Songwriter.

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 her students in Cotton Patch Gospel. You may have also seen her as an accompanist and actor in It's A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play, at Warm Beach Camp's dinner theater, 2014. She's played music for residents at a retirement home, is getting ready to record her first full album and teaches music to children at Northshore Christian Academy.

I look forward to serving you as your music instructor!

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Experience

Private Music Instructor
Aug 2015 - Present
Northshore Christian Academy

I teach voice, piano and guitar.

Private Music Instructor
Jun 2015 - Present
All Ages Music

I teach piano, voice and guitar lessons to students of all ages.

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.

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Montessori Music Teacher
Jan 2013 - May 2015
Private Montessori

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.

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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.

Guitarist
Aug 2014 - Aug 2014
Red Curtain Foundation

I had the honor and privilege to sit in the orchestra pit as a guitarist for Cotton Patch Gospel the musical.

Actor,Singer
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.

Internship
Apr 2011 - Jun 2011
5th Avenue Theater

This was a wonderful experience. I love this theater and its company.

Education

Music Publishing and Sync Licensing
Nov 2016 - Present
Six Figure Songwriting
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

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Early Childhood Music Education
Aug 2013
Musikgarten

Awards

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

Photos & Videos

One of my favorite forms of expression with music is improvisation. Barry Harris says semitones in music are like the twelve disciples.-
As Tung is learning to build a foundation in music, I'm learning how the Vietnamese write out their chord changes.

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After four years working with Noah, last night was an evening of tears and keep in touches. He will continue guitar study in Stanwood.

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Me with one of my younger piano students in 2015.

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Music Recital in Snohomish, 2016.

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All girls vocal class, 2017.

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Her first piano recital, 2016.

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2017 Music Recital

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It's A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play in Stanwood, WA-2014. I played the role of leading lady and piano accompanist.
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17 Reviews

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Amber Nov 15, 2017
Piano · In home

A very knowledgeable and fun teacher.

Candice V. Aug 10, 2017
Classical Piano · In studio

Very nice and gentle teacher. My daughter loves her

Jessica H. Jul 10, 2017
Guitar · In home

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!!!!

Dannielle Apr 26, 2017
Guitar · In home

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!

Dannielle Mar 13, 2017
Guitar · In home

Melissa was great at explaining the details and had me playing my first song at my first lesson!

Pamela C. Mar 10, 2017
Piano · In home

Perfect for my dtr!

Alyssa M. Nov 6, 2015
Piano · In studio

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.

Tanice M. Sep 30, 2014
Piano · In home

Thank you for your continued amazing work!

Jake R. Jul 30, 2014
Piano · In studio

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.

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Tanice M. Jan 14, 2014
Piano ·

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.

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David T. Jan 2, 2014
Guitar ·

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.

Anthony M. Nov 9, 2013
Guitar ·

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!

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Krystal G. Nov 9, 2013
Music Theory ·

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!

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Karen J. Nov 6, 2013
Piano ·

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!

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J W. Nov 5, 2013
Music Theory ·

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.

Kathleen H. Sep 20, 2013
Piano ·

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!

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John F. Sep 13, 2013
Piano ·

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!

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