Melanie developed her love of teaching violin through students as young as age 3 to teaching university students and everyone in-between. As a registered Suzuki teacher she focuses on good tone, technique, note/ sight reading, and breaks skills down to present them as games so kids as young as age three can learn. Her students enjoy having fun in group classes and many performing opportunities. Melanie began her Suzuki violin certification with Suzuki Teacher Trainer Denise Willey and spent years observing in her studio which highly influenced her current teaching style with young children.
Melanie began her violin studies with Jan Coleman when she was eight, and continued with late Kent Coleman. At age 10 she received a full scholarship to the Seattle Conservatory of Music which led to her first public performance on the radio station Classical KING FM. From a young age Melanie was an annual competitor in the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival (Garnishing Seals of Outstanding Achievement), MTNA Competition, Simon Fiset Violin Competition, and was a finalist in the Renton Young Artist Showcase.
Melanie graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance. She studied under the direction of soloist Monte Belknap, and focused her studies on studio teaching. She was privileged to teach collegiately at BYU as a violin instructor for two years. At BYU Melanie performed with the BYU Chamber Orchestra, BYU Philharmonic, in many operas, and various chamber ensembles. Currently she performs with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Maple Valley, Melanie and her husband Colin lives in Snoqualmie, WA and have violin studios in both Snoqualmie and Maple Valley.