Falb, Melissa


Melissa Falb has been a member of the MacPhail piano faculty since 1998.  In addition to teaching many students and several classes, she is also the Director of Group Instruction.  She enjoys working with students of all ages and levels.

Melissa’s teaching approach blends a relaxed atmosphere with high expectations.  Students enjoy their lessons and the music that they play while having clear goals and a desire to reach their highest potential.  Students are encouraged to play a variety of styles including classical, musical theater, rock, jazz, and pop.  Lesson activities include playing repertoire, technical drills and warm-ups, reading and rhythm exercises, ear-training, composing and music-related games (for younger students.)  Students are invited to perform in both a fall and spring studio recital.

She received her Bachelor of Arts from Goshen College, Indiana, and her Master of Music from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in piano performance and pedagogy.  She has published two articles in Keyboard Companion, a journal for piano teachers, and has had a videotape of her teaching featured at the 1998 MTNA National Convention.  Melissa also serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Professional Piano Instructors a local professional development organization for piano teachers.