Let me introduce myself.
My name is Melissa. I have been playing music since I was about 5-years-old when I started taking group piano lessons. From there I went on to private piano lessons and then to my dream instrument, the flute. I had a less than ideal high school band experience with a rather inadequate band director (until he was finally booted out after my junior year). This experience, along with others, motivated me to study music education in college. I received excellent instruction in classes and had a fantastic student teaching experience at a high school in the South Salt Lake Valley, Utah area. I then went on to teach one year at a charter school. When I started training and preparing for my second year of teaching I decided that I would much rather be at home with my young children, so I quit teaching at the school and became a stay at home mom.
I decided to start this blog for a few reasons. One, it’s something to keep me busy(er) (because two little boys don’t keep me busy enough), two, to keep me involved in music education and help my colleagues, and three, because after seeing so many young flute players struggling because of poor hand position and incorrect fingerings (among other things) I realized that there are a lot of things that can go overlooked in the school music classroom, or that just get forgotten by teachers who have a lot on their minds. I hope that I can provide reminders, creative lessons, and expert advice to stretched-thin teachers and tips for parents to support what their kids are learning in the classroom and *hopefully* in private or group lessons. I promise not to bombard this blog with personal opinions and to provide fact-based information from experts (not just little ole me).
Please look through the pages here and take a look at the concerts and private teachers. If you have any questions, please use the contact form to ask and I will do my best to get you an answer. If you are a private teacher and would like to be added to my list the contact page will tell you what to do. If you are part of a performing group and would like to add your concert schedule to my list you’ll find information on how to do that on the contact page as well.
I hope that this can be a good place for parents, teachers, and students to go for help with music education questions.