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Melissa Falb

Director of Group Instruction, Piano, Beginner, Jazz

Melissa Falb has been a member of the MacPhail piano faculty since 1998. In addition to teaching both private and group lessons, she is also the Director of Group Instruction.

She enjoys working with students of all ages and levels but she particularly enjoys introducing young beginners to the piano and getting them excited and motivated to continue. Melissa’s teaching approach blends a fun and relaxed atmosphere with creative exploration and 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 and Melissa invites students to suggest pieces they would like to play. Lesson activities include playing assigned pieces (either written or by ear), technical drills and warm-ups, reading and rhythm exercises, composing, ear-training 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 presented at the National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy and the Music Teachers National Association Conference as well as published articles in national piano teaching journals. Melissa currently serves on the board for the Minnesota Youth Symphonies.

Favorite non-musical hobby: In her free time she enjoys exploring state and national parks, gardening and baking pies.

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