I graduated from the Arizona State University School of Music with a degree in Music Therapy in 2010. I have been playing the piano for 25 years and I have been teaching for 10 years. My performances have included solos, duets, quartets, and accompanying small and large ensembles. Although I specialize in teaching young children, my studio accepts individuals of all ages and levels. I focus on making my lessons fun and interactive. Because I have a background in Music Therapy, I am able to assess, adapt, and make each lesson tailored to the individual and their learning style. I use a wide variety of percussion instruments as well as boards, charts, and keyboards to implement what is being taught. I am a member of the Desert Valley Music Teachers National Association and my students participate in recitals, performing at the mall, a piano ensemble and Achievement Day. Lessons are once a week and payment is due at the first lesson of each month. I love to teach, and I am currently accepting students.
After weeks & weeks of looking for a piano teacher, I thankfully ran into Melissa, a very patient teacher who is super nice. I needed someone who could be outside the box when teaching me, since I am (an adult) self taught. I can play, but was not really able to read music & had no clue how to read rhythms (I play mainly by ear & improv). She was able to adapt to my needs. In just under a couple of months I am already so much better at sight reading & able to understand timing alot better! She’s also great about not boxing me in or closing off my improv abilities. Melissa helps me to grow in my creativity. I continue to play what I like while still being disciplined to learn music theory & stick to reading a song of my choice AS WRITTEN- lol (which is not easy for me to do). She is super talented, sings like an angel by the way & lessons are a lot of fun! I have been very pleased. She has armed me with some great tools & able to know where to fill in the gaps where I was lacking (so that light goes on). I would highly recommend her as I believe she will adapt to any students needs.
Melissa is a great instructor. She has patience and explains everything well. I enjoy my weekly lessons and would recommend her to anyone!
Melissa is cheerful and energetic. She is capable and passionate about teaching and inspires my boys to learn. Thank you Melissa!
Melissa is a very accomplished piano teacher. She cares about her students and helps them succeed. Each lesson is tailored to help her students reach their potential and be challenged. Melissa is also a great teacher for the beginning student and helps them develop a love for playing the piano.
I like to see where they are right now. If they have had piano lessons before, I like them to bring their music and play their reproitore for me. Then I start where they are at, fill in the holes if they have them, and go from there! I love working with new students of all ages. It is so exciting!
I have a bachelors degree in Music Therapy from Arizona State University. My instrument at ASU was piano. I have played the piano since I was 5, and I feel like it is a big part of who I am.
$20 for a 30min lesson
$30 for a 45min lesson
$40 for a 60min lesson
Teaching just comes naturally to me. I have always loved playing. In High School during lunch I used to sneak away and find a piano to play. I have accompanied soloists for different events and choirs of all shapes and sizes. Playing the piano brings people together, brings conversation, and others around you form a desire to want to learn. I love teaching, I love seeing my students learn and grow.
I have worked with all types of students. My youngest student was 5 years old, my oldest 85. I have also taught individuals with special needs, and welcome them! I have taught adults, home school kids, everyone! By having a background in music therapy, I really tailor my teaching style to work best for each individual student and their strengths and weakness.
Just this past weekend I had a student play in a composition festival. It was a really big deal. She composed this beautiful, complex piece. I helped her along with it and helped her write a professional, printed manuscript. She turned it in to be judged, and came out with top marks in every category, along with it being one of the judge's most favorite pieces! She then got to perform her composition in front of an audience and recieved a trophy. I am so proud of her!