The music education degree program at Nazareth College prepares future teachers through the direct experience of teaching and performing, as well as intensive academic study. Liberal arts courses enrich and deepen the learning experience. Students have the opportunity to participate in workshops and conferences, and to teach pre-college students in the Community Music Program and various extensive sites in Rochester.
The Music Department adheres to the philosophy that to teach well, you must also perform well. Students are required to achieve a high level of musical artistry on their primary instrument. Through this combination of musicianship, academics, and pedagogy, Nazareth students are well-prepared to educate and inspire the musicians of the future.
Education: Ph.D., University of Missouri; M.M., Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University; B.S., Quincy College
Teaching and Research Interests: Exploring the art and science of effective teaching, music literacy, music teaching methodologies, and gender and music.
Melissa has worked extensively with students with special needs in the music education and music therapy settings and is a sought-after clinician on this topic. She recently won an award for music educator of the year given by the Rochester Philharmonic.