Melissa's Music Studio

 Melissa's Music Studio

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Studio Teachers

Ginny Armstrong

Percussion & Piano Instructor
Ginny Armstrong possesses extensive experience in percussion performance and education including concert, ethnic, and marching percussion. She received a Bachelor’s of Music in Education and a Master’s of Music in Performance from West Virginia University, where she was a member and featured soloist in the internationally 

renowned Percussion ’90 under the direction of Phil Faini. As a freelance musician in Nashville, Armstrong founded and directed the Nashville Percussion Institute, an independent studio featured in Modern Drummer magazine. She also performed with the Deep Grooves Steel Band, led by steel drum performer and clinician Mat Britain. Armstrong completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Iowa where she performed and recorded with numerous  ensembles, including the prestigious Center for New Music. Ginny is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Iowa where instructs a course in percussion for music therapists and educators, and is Assistant Director of the Iowa Summer Music Camps. She also recently founded Pan-IC, a steel band course for adults in the community. Ginny performs with Ensemble: Périphérie; a contemporary-music ensemble that has toured the Midwest and performed at Carnegie Hall. She currently directs and performs with the Pandelirium Steel Band and has served as President of the Iowa Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. 

Annie Chapman Brewer

Brass & Strings Instructor
Annie Chapman Brewer is an active performer and educator. She graduated with a Master of Music degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, under the tutelage of Rick Seraphinoff. She performed in the Baroque and Concert Orchestras, as well as Natural Horn ensembles. She was featured as principal for the Latin concert by the local Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. Annie was a founding member of Quintessence: a woodwind quintet formed by students at Jacobs that were dedicated to community outreach and learning. While she focused on performance and arts administration in her graduate studies, Annie remains an educator at heart. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University, with a Teaching Certificate for the state of Michigan. Annie took lessons from Dr. Bruce Bonnell and performed Assistant Horn alongside him in the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. Annie has had the privilege of playing in masterclasses and coachings for Michelle Stebleton, Eric Terwilliger, Dale Clevenger, Jeff Nelsen, Robert Lindahl, Andrew Pelletier, James Campbell, and the Cleveland Orchestra Horn Section. Although her primary instrument is the horn, Annie is available to teach private lessons on beginning band and string instruments.

Rebecca Kushner

Flute & Piano Instructor
Rebecca Kushner was born in Iowa City, Iowa, but left for Germany as an exchange student when she was a teenager. She stayed there for the next 38 years studying classical music majoring in flute and minoring in piano at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg and completed degrees in performance and pedagogy. She continued her studies in Paris teaching flute at the Freiburg Hochschule. She worked professionally as an orchestra musician for seven years at the theater in Aachen and for twenty-five years in the Radio Orchestra in Kaiserslautern. When she returned to the United States, she was a regular substitute with the Virginia Symphony and taught piano at the Music Staff in Chesapeake, Virginia. Rebecca is fluent in several languages: English, German, French and Hebrew. She co-translated the volume method of "How to Play the Flute" by Roger Mather into German. She also earned her Master of Science in Jewish Education degree and practices as a congregational rabbi in Waterloo, Iowa. Rebecca currently performs with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Orchestra on flute. 


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