Melissa is a DMA candidate in Piano Pedagogy & Performance at the University of Michigan. As a Graduate Student Instructor, she has taught undergraduate group piano classes, undergraduate and graduate applied piano, Time for Me (group piano for adult beginners), and pre-college students as part of the Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program (PPLP). Every year under her tutelage, her students were recognized for their achievements in Royal Conservatory of Music with Gold Medals and Certificates of Excellence.
She currently runs a private studio in Ypsilanti, MI. Many of her students have won awards and scholarships in local competitions and summer programs (e.g., Rosalie Edwards Youth Music Competition, Dexter Community Orchestra Youth Music Competition, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.) Additionally, she has taught at local schools and programs including Community Music School of Ann Arbor, School of Rock Farmington, and Young People’s Theater.
Melissa is Vice-President of the U-M MTNA Collegiate Chapter. She is an active member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), College Music Society (CMS), International Society for Music Education (ISME), and has presented her pedagogical and performance research at local, national, and international conferences.
Additionally, Melissa is a member of the Nominating Committee of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance , and has traveled around the country to teach music as a volunteer at rock band summer camps like Girls Rock! Chicago , Girls Rock! NC, and Girls Rock Iowa City .
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