Melissa creates Boom Cards!
These are interactive flash cards that help to support students' learning.
They are easy to use on your computer, iPad or tablet, iPhone or mobile device.
Some activities are also available as printable PDF's.
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"The important thing is to not stop questioning."
- Albert Einstein
My musical journey began at home with my family. My parents are both professional actors and musicians, and as such, I grew up in a household that nurtured creativity. Our home was full of listening, singing, and playing opportunities of many different types of music, including the music they themselves had created. This environment laid the foundation for my love of music and piqued my curiosity about creativity and self-expression through this art form.
I began my musical education with piano lessons at the age of seven and continued into my teens until I completed my Grade 8 Piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music. This gave me a foundation and fostered a love of classical piano repertoire and composers such as Bach, Chopin, Mozart, and Satie.
As a teen I became really interested in Jazz while listening to anything in my parents' collection such as Mike Murley, Doug Riley, John Scofield, Weather Report, Miles Davis, and many more. I had the opportunity to play the saxophone in my school band and I was in love with the instrument. This led me to pursue the saxophone in a post-secondary setting at York University and then Humber College. I had the privilege of studying with some of the best saxophone players on the Canadian and international scenes such as, Kirk MacDonald, Pat LaBarbera, Mark Promane, Andy Ballantyne, and Don Palmer.
I was also lucky to be able to study with trumpeter, composer, and arranger, John MacLeod. His teachings were essential to my skills as an arranger and composer for small and large ensembles and to be able to write and arrange any pop, jazz, or classical music into any level my students need.
In 2017, I enrolled in a certificate in Early Childhood Music Education through the Royal Conservatory of Music and Ryerson University. With this education, I can teach group music classes to young children and apply the philosophies and methodologies of Jacques Dalroze, Zoltan Kodály, and Carl Orff to my own private lesson teaching.
My compassion combined with my musical skills and experiences makes me a teacher who is committed to holistic teaching and finding out what music means to you.
Royal Conservatory of Music & Ryerson University
2017 – Present
Enrolled in Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education
Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC
Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies
(Articulated through Humber College)
Humber College, Toronto, ON
Diploma in Jazz Studies (Honours)
York University, Toronto, ON
2002 – 2004
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Spec. Hons. Music
Music is in all of us from the time we hear our mother's heartbeat in the womb. Our first instrument is our body combined with our senses of sight, touch, and sound.
We learn music like we learn a language: by listening, imitating, and eventually finding our own voice.
Too often, students are expected to learn to play an instrument and read music before they have fully nurtured this connection.
The transition from ear/body/voice into reading and writing is a delicate process that requires awareness and sensitivity.
I am passionately dedicated to fostering a holistic connection to music for all of my students so they may discover and express their own inner voice.