Melissa Rusu

Melissa R.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Hello and welcome! I am a classically trained pianist with 20+ years of private lesson teaching under my belt. As a mom of three, I understand the learning needs of children and develop lesson plans that reflect optimal learning for their style. My teaching philosophy focuses on developing the whole musical individual, forming relationships, and earning trust--that's when real learning can occur. I am a firm believer in fun and try to incorporate games and other fun learning activities into lessons. Please reach out and let's make some music!

About Melissa R.

I have a B.A. in Music with an emphasis in piano. My performing experience includes musical theater direction (community, high school, and middle school), opera, and choral. I most recently worked as an Assistant Music Director for a local church before relocating to Texas. I feel my diverse background in performing/music directing has equipped me with the skills to be a creative piano teacher. As mentioned before, I strive to really get to know my students as people, then tailor their musical education with that knowledge in mind.

I feel that music is a strong tool that helps to bring people together. In order to facilitate that, having a strong teacher-student bond is essential. I am also a firm believer that music should be accessible to all and every effort should be made to assist the student in achieving their goals-- whether that is playing for enjoyment only, or aspiring to participate in music festivals. Whatever the student's goals may be, proper technique and theory will still be taught in order to provide a firm musical foundation.

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Amy
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Our family can't say enough about Melissa! WONDERFUL! She is a gift to piano students. My son has taken lessons with her for almost a decade now, and has truly developed as a musician due to her teaching skills. She works with students (at their level) to develop their confidence and joy in music. Not only is she a top-rate teacher and musician, she is an absolute delight to work with! She blends music professionalism with care and flexibility for students, which is a rare blend. Melissa has our highest recommendation!

Posted Apr 29, 2021
Steve
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As a retired senior who likes music, I knew nothing at all about it, I was referred to Melissa when I suddenly wanted to know more. Much to my surprise, after 1 and 1/2 years I'm actually playing the piano...and it sounds pretty good. I highly recommend Melissa. She's patient, kind, affirming, and knows just when to push me to try more without undermining my self confidence. And she makes it fun!

Posted Apr 18, 2021
Margaret
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Melissa is a wonderful tutor! I am an older student and really appreciate her skill and patience in helping me as I relearn how to play the piano. I highly recommend Melissa as a piano teacher/tutor to young and old alike!

Posted Apr 15, 2021

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Experience

Director
Sep 2002 - Present

Piano Studio

Private piano studio

Assistant Music Director
Feb 2012 - Jan 2021

St. Joseph Catholic Church

Directed Praise Team Responsible for providing music at two weekly Masses, funerals, and weddings, as well as Masses for Holy Days.

Music Director
Aug 2013 - Dec 2020

Sts. Joseph and John Parochial School

Directed school Mass choir Provided music for weekly school Masses

Music Director
Aug 2004 - May 2019

Newman Campus Ministries

Directed choir Provided weekly Mass during the college school year.

Education

B.A. Music
Aug 1996 - Aug 2002

Baldwin Wallace University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association
Jun 2019
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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