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Melissa T In HomeHome
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Instruments: Piano, Violin, Mandolin
Styles: Classical, Pop, Blues, Folk, Country, Spirituals

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Melissa T In Home
Instruments: Piano, Violin, Mandolin
Styles: Classical, Pop, Blues, Folk, Country, Spirituals

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Bachelor's of Music in Violin Performance with a Minor in Communications and the Entertainment Industry, University of Southern California

Overview:

Melissa is an active violinist in New York City. With great finesse and versatility, she has performed everywhere from the Boston Symphony Hall with Savion Glover to Lincoln Center to one of the last remaining juke joints in Mississippi. Recent performances have taken Melissa throughout the U.S. accompanying violinist, fiddler, and composer Mark O'Connor on piano, and abroad to Japan, Mexico, Jamaica, and the U.K.

Melissa is a dedicated teacher, is certified in both the O'Connor and Suzuki Methods, and is on the faculty at the Third Street Music School Settlement in Manhattan and the Mark O'Connor/Berklee College of Music Summer String Program in Boston.When not rehearsing, performing, recording, or teaching, Melissa can often be found fiddling away at a bluegrass jam session.  She resides in Manhattan, where she happily feeds her addictions to coffee and yoga.

EXPERIENCE

Melissa has  maintained a full private teaching studio since 1999.  She is currently on faculty at the Third Street Music School Settlement in NYC.  She has been on the faculty of The European School of Music in Los Angeles, and acted as an visiting teaching artist in the LA Unified School District through a program funded by the Young Musicians' Foundation in Los Angeles.

Melissa is also a member of the New York based Artemis Chamber Ensemble, plays regularly with numerous orchestras in the tri-state area, and has collaborated with the Flexible Orchestra for several commissioned world premieres.  Melissa also makes frequent appearances with a multitude of pop, rock, and folk artists, including Young the Giant, The Album Leaf, Wakey! Wakey!, and Vienna Teng. She can also be heard in the recordings of artists Elizabeth and the Catapult, Ari Hest, The Spring Standards, Alex Wong, and Alex Berger, among many others.

METHODS USED

Melissa is certified in both the O'Connor Violin Method and the Suzuki Method.

LESSON STYLE

Melissa approaches music-making as a joyful and expressive experience, as well as a collaborative one.  She shares that approach with her students through well-rounded lesson plans addressing ear training, theory and harmony, phrasing, and an understanding of stylistic differences among genres.

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