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Melissa F.
Chadron, Nebraska
Learn to play some of the most beautiful classical pieces with a professional instructor.
My Teaching Philosophy for Piano * For the very young beginner (4-8), we will refer to Dogs and Birds; a United Kingdom children music study book filled with alpha notes and stories. * We will continue your journey through beginner to advanced Pauline Hall’s Piano Time and sight-reading exercises while incorporating other method and performance books. * You will learn all major and minor scales. * Have fun playing songs. * Learn to sightread. * Ear-training development. * Learn about technique and proper poster. * Enjoy learning songs in classical style. * Learn solfeggi. * For intermediate to advanced learners you will study the Hanon Virtuoso piano method.
About Melissa F.

Hi. My name is Melissa Fankhauser. I am a music instructor and director who began playing clarinet as a child. I have over ten years experience teaching guitar, piano and group classes to students of all ages. Students that have studied with me have achieved high scores at judging panels, written their own melodies, learned to improvise, and gained confidence performing some of their favorite pieces while excelling in their academic studies. I am a former student of Cornish College of the Arts where my focus was classical guitar, voice, piano composition, songwriting, piano jazz improv and performance. I graduated from Trinity Lutheran College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music and Worship degree with an emphasis in sacred and choral music. When I am not teaching music I spend time working on completing art for my guitar book, study, practice and perform music pieces in the local community and online. Services that have been provided as follows: * Instructed private students in quality guitar, voice, piano and music theory performance and instruction. * Facilitated successful recitals two-three times a year that prepared students to gain confidence and skill in their performance ability and community outreach. * Respected the confidence and privacy of all students and maintained a clean and professional environment conducive for learning. * A folder containing music studies is created for students to access at their convenience while they are taking lessons from me. * Assignments and instruction are organized and given on a weekly basis. * Earned over thirty-four hours Musikgarten music and movement teaching certification. * Received positive reviews and feedback from families and students. * Curriculum designed to individualize music lessons based on levels and growth. * Trained vocalists as young as four years old. One of her former high school vocal students was given the highest commendation from a judging panel.

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Teaching since 2013

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Bachelor of Arts in Music and Worship

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Melissa F.
Chadron, Nebraska
Learn to play some of the most beautiful classical pieces with a professional instructor.
My Teaching Philosophy for Piano * For the very young beginner (4-8), we will refer to Dogs and Birds; a United Kingdom children music study book filled with alpha notes and stories. * We will continue your journey through beginner to advanced Pauline Hall’s Piano Time and sight-reading exercises while incorporating other method and performance books. * You will learn all major and minor scales. * Have fun playing songs. * Learn to sightread. * Ear-training development. * Learn about technique and proper poster. * Enjoy learning songs in classical style. * Learn solfeggi. * For intermediate to advanced learners you will study the Hanon Virtuoso piano method.
About Melissa F.

Hi. My name is Melissa Fankhauser. I am a music instructor and director who began playing clarinet as a child. I have over ten years experience teaching guitar, piano and group classes to students of all ages. Students that have studied with me have achieved high scores at judging panels, written their own melodies, learned to improvise, and gained confidence performing some of their favorite pieces while excelling in their academic studies. I am a former student of Cornish College of the Arts where my focus was classical guitar, voice, piano composition, songwriting, piano jazz improv and performance. I graduated from Trinity Lutheran College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music and Worship degree with an emphasis in sacred and choral music. When I am not teaching music I spend time working on completing art for my guitar book, study, practice and perform music pieces in the local community and online. Services that have been provided as follows: * Instructed private students in quality guitar, voice, piano and music theory performance and instruction. * Facilitated successful recitals two-three times a year that prepared students to gain confidence and skill in their performance ability and community outreach. * Respected the confidence and privacy of all students and maintained a clean and professional environment conducive for learning. * A folder containing music studies is created for students to access at their convenience while they are taking lessons from me. * Assignments and instruction are organized and given on a weekly basis. * Earned over thirty-four hours Musikgarten music and movement teaching certification. * Received positive reviews and feedback from families and students. * Curriculum designed to individualize music lessons based on levels and growth. * Trained vocalists as young as four years old. One of her former high school vocal students was given the highest commendation from a judging panel.

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2013

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Music and Worship

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 5+

Speaks

Speaks English

Speaks

Has background check

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Very patient with our daughter

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Melissa is very patient with me and I enjoy taking lessons with her.

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My daughter loves her lessons with Melissa

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Instructor details
Classical Piano
Student's Home
Student's Home
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
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W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$27
45 minutes
$39
60 minutes
$52
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30