Melanie teaches piano, voice, ukulele, and guitar at Sandy Springs Music. Melanie has 3 years of in-home teaching experience in the Northern Atlanta Fulton area. Melanie taught private music lessons at Holy Spirit Preparatory Catholic School. In addition, Melanie has prepared her students for National Federation Festival of Music, Georgia All-State Choir, recitals, showcases, musical theatre auditions, and talent shows.
A graduate of Georgia College and State University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy, Melanie has extensive experience working with diverse populations, including those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, depression, anxiety, autism, learning disorders, visual impairments, developmental disabilities and more. During her time at GCSU, Melanie received several awards and scholarships, including Outstanding Sophomore in Music Therapy and the Department of Music Therapy Technology Award. She was also a member of the Music Therapy Society, Salsa Club, Swing Club, Lifeline Voices and the Bridge Scholars Program.
Melanie teaches her students using various styles. She also brings additional instruments to the lessons (especially for those students interested in playing in a group setting) to teach students how to listen to others and play well with their peers. Melanie’s greatest passion is songwriting and composing with students. “I like to make lessons fun by implementing a little bit of whatever genre the student is interested in,” says Melanie. “It’s my mission to help students understand what we’re doing and how it relates to their overall goals as musicians (while having fun!).”
When she’s not teaching, Melanie enjoys hiking, magnet fishing, and going out to eat with her husband. She also enjoys sewing bowties for her adorable puppy, Kubo.