I specialize in the Alfred Series for piano and My First Piano Adventure for young piano students. This approach focuses on ear training and reading music. Custom exercises and choice of material is based on the student's level and field of study. Lessons are scheduled at the student's convenience as per availability. Frequency and length of lessons is based on the students needs.
Young voice students are taught general concepts, music theory, and ear training. After the voice is more mature, advanced and serious vocal study can be pursued. Melissa's students receive a well-rounded training in the style of their choice: Classical, Popular, Musical Theatre, and Jazz.
I emphasize solid technique, posture, breathing, and control, in addition to music fundamentals.
I am a professional opera singer with a doctorate in music. I have taught hundreds of students voice and piano lessons over the past 10 years. I have sung with many orchestras and opera companies in the US and abroad.
If cancellations are necessary, please notify me within 24 hours, or the full price of the lesson will be charged.
James Madison University, Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal
Performance, Pedagogy and Literature
Aug 2014 – May 2018, Harrisonburg, VA
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Post Graduate Artist
Diploma in Vocal Performance
Aug 2015 – May 2016, San Francisco, CA
Studio teacher Deborah Voigt
University of California, Irvine, Claire Trevor School of the
Arts, Master of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance
Sep 2012 – Jun 2014, Irvine, CA
University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, Bachelor of
Music in Vocal Performance
Aug 2008 – May 2012, Stockton, CA
Secondary Instrument Piano
Music Teacher, San Francisco Conservatory in the Schools
Sep 2016 – Jun 2017, San Francisco, CA
Taught three sections of kindergarten and first grade students at Starr King Elementary
Most ethnically and socio-economically diverse public school in San Francisco
Created weekly lessons plans
Adapted lessons for special needs students and English language learners
Created musical games that teach basic concepts including rhythm and solfege
Prepared students for end-of-term concerts
Choir Director, Sunnyside Retirement Community
Sep 2015 – Jun 2016, Harrisonburg, VA
Conducted choir and organist at Meredith Chapel in weekly rehearsals and worship services
Chose musical selections for each service
Planned and performed in special concerts with other musicians
Children’s Chorus Director, Orange County Music School
Nov 2013 – Jun 2014, Tustin, CA
Conducted, accompanied, and led weekly rehearsals for children ages 4-12
Planned a spring concert
Taught music fundamentals, vocal technique, sight singing through games, activities & songs
Recruited children via phone, email, and social media
Communicated and organized with parents
VOICE AND PIANO INSTRUCTOR
Private Studio Instructor
Aug 2010 – Present
Taught students ages 4 to adult classical voice, pop voice, and beginning piano
Recruited students through various platforms including social media
Created professional website with the ability for students to book lessons online
Taught students in studio, in home, and online
Organized student recitals
Shenandoah Valley Academy
Sep 2017 – Present, New Market, VA
Taught private voice lessons to high school students
Guest conducted the 30-member SATB high school choir and taught basic vocal technique
Melody Music Studios
Aug 2014 – Present, Harrisonburg, VA
Taught private voice and piano lessons to students of all ages
Orange County School of Music
Jan 2013 – Jan 2014, Tustin, CA
Taught private voice lessons for ages 5-10
Taught elementary class piano for 10 students
California Music Studios
Nov 2012 – Jun 2014, Orange County, CA
Taught in-home private voice and piano lessons to students of all ages
Organized and prepared 20 students for a recital
Zion Music Academy
Aug 2011 – Jun 2012, Stockton, CA
Taught private voice lessons to middle school and high school students
Dr. McCann is not only an incredibly knowledgeable individual but is also an excellent educator. She knows how to approach problems from different angles to achieve the best results from her students. I work with her on a regular basis and can say that she always provides quality suggestions and tools to improve technique and interpretation. I highly recommend her for both piano and vocal training.
Melissa was my first voice teacher, and I was so fortunate to have her. She was very patient with me because I was very shy and self conscious when it came to vocal lessons. She help me find my voice, and started crafting it using many different tools to help me understand the different elements that allows one to register sound. She is a joy to learn from, and I recommend any beginner to learn from her.
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