Melissa's teaching methods are designed specifically for your learning style and needs. She encourages her students to be the best they can be. Lessons are individualized to work toward your goals while continuing to strive to give you an excellent quality education.
Some of the qualifications Melissa prepares her students for are as follows: an accompanist, music teacher, professional performer, worship performer, singer-songwriter, theater and/or musical theater performer and open mics. Melissa helps prepare students for auditions, judging panels and recitals.
Melissa teaches 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, pop, 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 playing outside the lines.
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. Melissa has students entering talent shows, performing at assemblies, choir, open mics, musical theatre and locally for the elderly in senior homes.
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.
Melissa looks forward to serving you as your music instructor!
Teaches students Male: 5 and up; Female: 4 and up
Teaching since 2013
My daughter loves her lessons with Melissa
Excellent piano teacher!
Teacher was so nice. My kids love her and want to see her again!
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.
Very supportive and encouragement
I feel Melissa does great with little kids my 5 year old granddaughter loves going waits all week. thank you Melissa.
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.
A very knowledgeable and fun teacher.
Very nice and gentle teacher. My daughter loves her
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!!!!
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!
Melissa was great at explaining the details and had me playing my first song at my first lesson!
Perfect for my dtr!
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.
Thank you for your continued amazing work!
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.Show More
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.
Makes learning fun!
Melissaâs 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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
- 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 color and story.
* 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.
Northshore Christian Academy
I teach voice, piano and guitar.
All Ages Music
I teach piano, voice and guitar lessons to students of all ages.
I teach music and movement curriculum to children ages 5 and up in groups of about 10-12.
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.
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.
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.
Red Curtain Foundation
I had the honor and privilege to sit in the orchestra pit as a guitarist for Cotton Patch Gospel the musical.
Warm Beach Camp
I performed in an original musical called Grace on Deck for the winter season at the Lights of Christmas.
5th Avenue Theater
This was a wonderful experience. I love this theater and its company.
Six Figure Songwriting
Trinity Lutheran College
Cornish College of the Arts
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Trinity Lutheran College
Trinity Lutheran College
Trinity Lutheran College
Trinity Lutheran College
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