Ms. Melissa Zindel

Piano Teacher

Melissa Zindel

SAA Member


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Melissa Zindel is a collaborative pianist, music coach, and registered Suzuki piano teacher. She is currently on staff at the Western Springs School of Talent Education, the Naperville Suzuki School, and the Oak Park String Academy.

Melissa began her piano studies with the Suzuki method at age 4, and later earned her bachelor of music degree in keyboard performance at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where she studied with Linda Perry. She completed her master of music degree in accompanying and chamber music at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston with Timothy Hester, where she held full assistantships. She has performed internationally with the Chicago Consort and Allegro!!! music ensembles, and as a recitalist with many artists, including Julie Albers, Katharine Gowers, Helen Kim and Allegra Wermuth. Melissa has also worked as a vocal coach and accompanist at Elmhurst College, Georgia College and State University, University of Central Arkansas, Wildwood Opera, and Opera in the Ozarks.

Melissa is deeply committed to Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy, and has studied Suzuki pedagogy with Yasuko Joichi, Fay Adams, Nightingale Chen, Caroline Fraser and Ed Kreitman. As faculty, she has also coached and performed with students at many Suzuki programs, including the Preludio Violin Program at Ithaca College, SIUE Suzuki, University of Houston Suzuki, Greenbriar Suzuki, the Colorado Suzuki Institute, the American Suzuki Institute, Temple Dinsley Summer School, and the Suzuki Association of the Americas conferences.

Melissa currently teaches piano through her own studios in Chicago and Western Springs.