Melissa Phillips, B.M.Ed.
Coordinator of Keyboard Studies/Adjunct Faculty of Piano/Collaborative Pianist
B.M.Ed. with piano emphasis – Wartburg College
Having grown up in the community of Forest City, Melissa Phillips considers it a great joy to be back in the area and now serving as the Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Waldorf University. In this role, she leads the keyboard department in advising, teaching group piano classes as well as one-on-one private lessons and works in collaboration with colleagues to recruit prospective students and to develop and revise present curriculum. Since starting in 2010, Melissa also accompanies vocal lessons, recitals, musicals and Musical Theater Showcase performances. She currently is the accompanist for the Waldorf Choir and Schola Cantorum.
Melissa attended Bethel University and Wartburg College where she completed her Bachelors of Music Education degree with a piano emphasis. After graduating from Wartburg in 1991, Melissa began teaching for Children’s Yamaha Music School in the Twin Cities as both a private and group teacher. In addition, she taught for Yamaha Corporation of America as a seminar instructor, teaching new teachers the Yamaha curriculum and techniques. Also, she contributed articles for 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.
From 2005-2010, Melissa served First Baptist Church in Worthington, Minn. as their Worship Director. She organized, planned and led worship each Sunday. In addition to working with several different worship teams, she planned and directed the church choir for special events.
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.