Born and raised on a farm near Forest City, Melissa attended Bethel College in St. Paul, Minn. and Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.
Melissa’s focus on piano brought forth many competitions, recitals, playing for special events such as weddings and funerals, and much accompanying, including being a principle accompanist in both the Bethel and Wartburg choirs. After graduating from Wartburg in 1991, Melissa began teaching for Children’s Yamaha Music School as both a private and group teacher. In addition to teaching at this Twin Cities music school, she also taught for Yamaha Corporation of America as a seminar instructor, teaching new teachers the Yamaha curriculum and techniques. Also, she contributed her written work to the Yamaha publications providing teaching helps and insights for all Yamaha teachers throughout the United States. Melissa remains connected with Yamaha Corporation by serving as a Yamaha Music Education Specialist in which she observes and evaluates new Yamaha teachers.
Since 2010, Melissa has been an Adjunct Professor of Piano at Waldorf University. In this role, Melissa teaches piano classes, one-on-one piano lessons and accompanies vocal lessons, recitals, musicals and the choral ensembles.
Melissa also maintains her own piano studio, teaching young children through teens. She involves her students in her studio recitals as well as the local piano festival and the district piano competition.
Melissa is a member of the Music Teachers National Association as well as the Iowa Music Teachers Association. She is currently serving as the coordinator for the local piano festival, held at Waldorf University in January of each year.
Melissa can be located in room 22 of the Odvin Hagen Music Building.