"The important thing is to not stop questioning."
- Albert Einstein
My musical journey began at home with my family. I grew up in a household in which creativity was encouraged. My earliest musical experiences that I can remember involve singing nursery rhymes and playing musical games with my parents. My mother and father are both Canadian Actors and musicians in their own right. Singing, acting out characters in stories and playing instruments were all normal and fun activities. My parents enrolled me in private piano lessons at the age of 7 which I continued through to high school.
In Grade 8 music class I was able to try out the saxophone for the first time and I was hooked. I continued playing through high school in concert bands and jazz bands, in the pit band for musicals, small ensembles like a saxophone quartet, and more. I listened to jazz as much as I could and eventually pursued my BMus on alto saxophone.
These early experiences were the foundation upon which I was able to seek out higher forms of education, such as:
Grade 8 Piano Certificate and Grade 2 Rudiments through the Royal Conservatory of Music
Post-secondary studies in Jazz on Alto saxophone including York University and Humber College, where I completed my BMus.
ECME Certificate through the Royal Conservatory of Music in association with Ryerson University.
Music is in all of us from the time we hear our mother's heartbeat in the womb. Our first instrument is our body in tandem 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 a level of awareness and sensitivity.
I am passionately dedicated to fostering a holistic connection to music and when it is time, guiding them through the transition to music literacy.
One-on-one instruction in my home studio or in your own home.
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 Early Childhood Methods of Zoltan Kodaly 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 not only gives me the opportunity to study the three major Early Childhood Music philosophies of Jacques Dalcroze, Zoltan Kodaly, and Carl Orff but also provides child psychology courses at Ryerson.
I am excited to apply this new education to my own private lessons and to group classes for young children.