"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 as well as my teaching style.
I am a compassionate and empathetic person who believes in teaching the whole child. My curriculum is developed for each individual student to reflect their musical needs, interests and goals. This approach to teaching helps children to understand more about themselves and in turn, inspires them to understand what they love about music.
My curriculum includes a variety of methodologies to help myself as a teacher to connect with the child and to help the child experience multiple approaches and perspectives. Some of these methodologies* are that of Zoltán Kodály, Émile Jacques-Dalcroze and Carl Orff. (*more information on these approaches are found in my ECME section)
I have 12 years of teaching experience coupled with my years of experience as a musician. As a performer, arranger and teacher, I can provide insight into many sides of the art form and hopefully can provide insight into what music means to your child.
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.
*Due to COVID-19, as of March 2020, I am currently offering online lessons only.
Lessons in the Comfort of
Your Own Home*
Summer Music Recital
Become Musically Literate
Lessons in Melissa's Home Studio*
Early Childhood Music Education
Music in the Early Years
"Often a single experience will open the young soul to music for a whole lifetime." - Zoltan Kodaly
As a teacher, I am always searching for new innovative ideas and creative teaching methods. A few years ago I became aware of the music education methodology of Zoltán Kodály and was inspired to learn more.
In 2017 I was accepted and enrolled in the ECME Certificate Program with the Royal Conservatory of Music in association with Ryerson University.
This program gives me the opportunity to study the three major Early Childhood Music philosophies of Émile-Jacques Dalcroze, Zoltán Kodály, and Carl Orff, 2 child psychology courses at Ryerson University, and the opportunity to learn from some of the finest music educators at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
I am excited to apply this new education to my own private lessons and to group classes for young children.
To parents who want to learn more about these methodologies, please click on the links below: