Melissa's Music Studio

 Melissa's Music Studio

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Studio Teachers

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. 

Wilhelmina Grow

Strings Instructor
Wilhelmina Grow earned a dual Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance and music education from the University of Iowa. During her time in school she was an active solo performer and chamber music participant in the String Quartet Residency Program, working with renowned ensembles from around the globe, including the grammy winning Pacifica Quartet. Born to American and German parents, Wilhelmina has spent many years living and traveling throughout Europe, particularly German speaking countries and has spent the past two summers studying at the Carl Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria at the esteemed Mozarteum. Her unique bi-lingual fluency (written and spoken) in German and English affords Wilhelmina invaluable musical insight into the minds and hearts of beloved Baroque, Classical and Romantic masters such as Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms. Wilhelmina was a sought after consultant for graduate students and faculty during her time at Iowa for her unparalleled translation acumen. Playing regularly with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and as half of a string duo, Wilhelmina is a sought after orchestral and chamber musician in the eastern Iowa region. Wilhelmina currently works for the Iowa City Community School District as a general music teacher at Van Allen and Penn Elementary Schools. Wilhelmina believes in a holistic approach to teaching through the fostering of trust between teacher and pupil and love for the pursuit of music making.     


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.