Melissa McCann

Melissa M.

Brooklyn, NY
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Melissa delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
August 2008

San Francisco Bay Area native, Dr. Melissa McCann has been teaching voice and piano since 2010. Not only an avid teacher, Dr. McCann has performed in music festivals all over the world including The American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Accademia Europa dell’Opera in Lucca, Italy, Angel Vocal Art in Los Angeles, CA, Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia, PA, and Highlands Opera Studio in Haliburton, Ontario. Melissa has also performed with companies including Opera San Jose, The Napa Valley Music Association, The San Francisco Youth Chamber Orchestra, Opera on the Spot, and The Solano Chamber Society.
Melissa earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance, Pedagogy, and Literature from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA with Kevin McMillan. During her time in Harrisonburg, Melissa founded Harrisonburg Opera Theatre and was the church choir director at Sunnyside Retirement Community Meredith Chapel.
Dr. McCann completed her Post-Graduate Artist Diploma in Voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of acclaimed opera singer, Deborah Voigt. While in San Francisco, Melissa interned in the Education Department of San Francisco Opera and taught Kindergarten and First grade music with the San Francisco Conservatory in the Schools mentor-ship program. She also received a full scholarship to attend the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism.

Melissa earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of California, Irvine at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts where she sang the National Anthem for President Barack Obama at the school’s 50thAnniversary Celebration. At UC Irvine, Dr. McCann received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Euridice in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, and as the Soprano in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater.

Melissa specializes in the Alfred Series for piano and My First Piano Adventure for young students. This approach focuses on ear training and reading music. Custom exercises and choice of material is based on the student's level and field of study. Lessons are scheduled at the student's convenience as per availability. Frequency and length of lessons is based on the students needs.

Young voice students are taught general concepts, music theory, and ear training. After the voice is more mature, advanced and serious vocal study can be pursued. Melissa's students receive a well-rounded training in the style of their choice: Classical, Popular, Musical Theatre, and Jazz.
Melissa emphasizes on solid technique, posture, breathing, and control, in addition to music fundamentals.

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Voice/Piano Instructor
Dec 2014 - Present
Melody Music Studios

Jan 2017 - Jun 2017
San Francisco Opera

Choir Director
Aug 2016 - Jun 2017
Sunnyside Retirement Community Meredith Chapel

Conservatory in the Schools Mentor
Aug 2016 - Jun 2017
San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Jul 2014 - Jul 2014
Russian Opera Workshop

Voice and Piano instructor
Nov 2012 - Jun 2014
California Music Studios

Private Voice and Piano Instructor, Group piano instructor, Choir Director
Feb 2013 - Jan 2014
Orange County School of Music

I taught beginning and elementary group piano classes, voice classes, choir, and private piano and voice lessons.

Zion Music Academy
Aug 2011 - May 2012
Private Voice instructor

Jun 2011 - Jul 2011
University of Miami Summer Music Festival

Jun 2010 - Jul 2010
Oberlin in Italy Summer Music Festival

Jun 2009 - Jul 2009
Academia di Lingua

Italian immersion program


Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Pedagogy, Performance, and Literature
Aug 2014 - May 2018
James Madison University
Post Graduate Artist Diploma
Aug 2016 - Jun 2017
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Master of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance
Sep 2012 - Jun 2014
University of California, Irvine
Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance
Aug 2008 - May 2012
University of the Pacific


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Doctorate of Musical Arts
Jul 2018
James Madison Univeristy

Vocal Performance, Pedagogy, and Literature

Piano Teachers Federation
Sep 2012
Piano Teachers Federation


Redlands Bowl Winner
Jul 2014
Redlands Bowl
NATS-LA Young Artsit
May 2014
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Honors Music Recital
May 2014
University of California, Irvine
Excellence in Performance
Aug 2008
University of the Pacific
Advocate of the Arts
Jun 2008
Fairfield, CA


Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
Jan 2009

Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by Melissa M.

La maja y el Ruisenor by Granados from Goyescas
University of California, Irvine

Photo by Melissa M.

Photo by Melissa M.

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Photo by Melissa M.
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4 Reviews

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Miranda G. Jul 2, 2015
Singing · In home

Really helpful and nice!

Jennifer Jun 29, 2015
Music Performance · In studio

We just wanted to thank you so much for all your help over the last few months in preparing Sara for her recitals. Her talent show at school was last night and she did fabulously and projected for all to hear and she couldn’t have done it without your teaching!

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Nikki Jun 29, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

Melissa was my first voice teacher, and I was so fortunate to have her. She was very patient with me because I was very shy and self conscious when it came to vocal lessons. She help me find my voice, and started crafting it using many different tools to help me understand the different elements that allows one to register sound. She is a joy to learn from, and I recommend any beginner to learn from her.

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Scott Elrod Jun 29, 2015
Singing · In studio

Melissa is an amazing person and a wonderful teacher. I felt comfortable with her within the first 2 minutes, and accomplished more in our first session than I had in years on my own. She is awesome and I recommend her wholeheartedly to anyone who values teaching ability equally with personality! I will be a student until I can't sing anymore.

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