Melissa's Music Studio

 Melissa's Music Studio

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Music Lessons

Lessons are held weekly or bi-weekly for either a half hour or hour long session 

and are tailored to each student.  Every student needs to bring a binder to

   lessons to hold assignment sheets, practice records and goal-setting charts. 


Brass Lessons

Materials will cover warm-up exercises; scales; etude books such as Arban's Complete Method, Clarke's Technical Studies, Schlossberg's Daily Drills, Brandt's 34 Studies, Bitsch's Vingt Etudes, Charlier's 36 Etudes Transcendantes, Bai Lin's Lip Flexibilities, J.S. Bach's Cello Suites Transcribed and Edited for Solo Trumpet and Carmine Caruso's Calisthenics for Wind Studies; and 

solos for solo festivals and recitals. 

Woodwind Lessons

Materials will cover warm-up exercises; scales; etude books specific 

to the instrument; and solos for solo festivals and recitals. 

Piano Lessons

The curriculum for piano lessons combines practicing out of the Bastien series; which includes a technic, piano and performance book. The Schumann series is also used. Students work on a solo each semester. Music theory is also taught through scale, arpeggio and chord practice. 

Voice Lessons

Everyone has the natural ability to sing; every person and every voice type represents a unique instrument. A variety of methods are used and tailored to each individual student. 

Percussion Lessons

Warm-up exercises, rudiments, scales, and basic beats and fills are covered. 
Beginning books include the Alfred's Beginning Snare Drum and Drumset books. 
Additional etudes and solo pieces are added for reading and technique. 

Recitals are held two times a year.  

The Halloween Recital is held at the Iowa City Public Library during the month of October.

The Christmas Recital is held at a local church during the month of December.  

The Spring Recital is held at the Iowa City Public Library during the month of May.  

Recital videos can be found on Melissa's YouTube Channel


Questions or comments for Melissa?  Send her a message. 





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Iowa City, Iowa 52240