Melissa's Music Studio

 Melissa's Music Studio

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Studio Teachers

Sophie Taft
 Strings Instructor

Sophie Taft has been teaching music since 2004. She currently teaches general music in the Iowa City Community School District and performs with Chamber Singers of Iowa City, Iowa City Community Orchestra and her rock band, Casual Disasters. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Northwestern University and Master of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music, as well as Orff-Schulwerk certification from DePaul University. Sophie has studied and performed in all kinds of genres; from studying music, dance, and palm wine guitar at the University of Ghana, playing violin and trombone in a ska band and viola in a Cuban band. 

Hsin-Hui Liu

Piano Instructor 

Hsin-Hui Liu is an active solo and collaborative pianist, winning piano concerto competitions while studying at Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Florida where she received a full scholarship and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree. She went on to earn her Master's of Music from the University of British Columbia School of Music in Canada. In 2018, Hsin-Hui received gold medals at the Montecito International Music Festival. She is a Doctoral of Musical Arts candidate and Teaching Assistant at the University of Iowa. A native of Taiwan, Liu started her musical training at the age of five. Five years later, she moved to Chengdu, China, to receive further training in piano with Professor Daxin Zheng at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music. 

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