Mrs. Melissa Robol
Melissa Sengstack Robol, NCTM, was selected the nationally certified Teacher of the Year for 2014-15 by her district, and then by the Ohio Music Teachers Association.
She studied under Harry McClure of American University and Clifford Herzer, a student of Rosina Lhevinne, but also studied Russian philosophy. She aided Russian refugees in resettlement, taught Russian, and visited Russia and Ukraine as a consultant in international education. But she always played piano for churches and schools, as an avocation. When her sons were full grown she opted to teach full time. First she completed all Suzuki piano literature training, and then taught it at Capital University.
Then she became nationally certified through the Music Teachers National Association. She served her local district of MTNA as chair of “Out and About,” providing public service performance opportunities to all district students. She developed the “Sound of Mind and Body” program where student performers rotated through the Riverside Hospital lobby, acute rehab ward and cancer care center, and the STARS program, Students and Teacher Supporting the Arts, which encouraged district students to attend professional concerts. She also cochaired “Pianorama,” a multi piano ensemble concert involving about 150 students on up to 18 pianos from beginning to advanced levels, from 2009—13.
Her students are encouraged to prepare annual National Piano Guild audtions to set musical goals for themselves. Melissa has a private studio in her home offering Suzuki and other methods. She has also been a volunteer piano teacher at the Ohio State School for the Blind. She is the Music Director at Redeemer Moravian Church, and the 8:00 a.m. pianist at Worthington Presbyterian. She has offered recreational music making group classes to military veterans in a program she developed called “Heroes in Harmony.”
In addition to private lessons, her students have at least 3 performance opportunites each month: group classes in the studio divided by proficiency level, a local hospital or rehab facility, and the Wesley Glen retirement community. There are two formal recitals as well each year.
Her studio contains a Brodmann grand, a customized Steinbuhler action for small hands, an upright, and a Series 625 Yamaha Disklavier used in group classes and (with headphones) by students awaiting their own private lesson.