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Dr. Melissa Slawsky, Music E-Learning Specialist & Online Business Development Strategist

Groveland, FL 34736 (map)

Lessons Offered

Music, Music Theory, Piano

Where are Lessons Offered

Online via Webcam

About Me

Dr. Melissa Slawsky has over 20  years of teaching experience in the private, classroom, and higher educational settings. She uses the most innovative, fun, and engaging methods and materials to get students playing the music they love (from Tchaikovsky to Taylor Swift) in a matter of weeks, not years.

My Musical Education Background

Ph.D. Music Education- University of South Florida (Aug. '11)
M.M. Piano Pedagogy- University of South Florida (Dec. '06)
B.M. Piano- Florida Southern College (Dec. '02)

National Certified Teacher of Music- MTNA Professional Certification in Piano, Group Piano Teaching, and Recreational Music Making

Dr. Slawsky has served as an instructor of piano, music theory, and music appreciation on the faculties at a variety of colleges and universities including Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Hillsborough Community College, St. Petersburg College, University of Tampa, and International Academy of Design and Technology. During her doctoral studies, she engaged in a  post-graduate fellowship in piano pedagogy at The New School for Music Study, the laboratory setting for the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy. She has enjoyed teaching students of all ages as a private teacher throughout Florida and Southern New Jersey.

In 2016, Dr. Slawsky is making the transition to e-learning and online learning platforms. She will be serving as an Adjunct Virtual Instructor of Music for the Lake County Virtual School in addition to serving as an E-learning and Online Business Development Strategist.

Genres and Subjects Taught

Lessons are customized to meet the needs and goals of each student. A variety of methods and materials are utilized to get the student playing the music they love:

Piano Lessons: Early-Intermediate through advanced, college preparation, and ensemble coaching (Classical, New Age, Pop)

Music theory/aural skills lessons/tutoring: Intro through collegiate level, exam and audition preparation

Career development and arts entrepreneurship strategy sessions and planning

E-learning, curriculum design, and online business development solutions

Lesson Rates

Please inquire

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

Early-Intermediate through advanced, college preparation, and ensemble coaching

My Certifications and Awards

MTNA Professional Certification in Piano (2009); Group Piano Teaching (2015), and Recreational Music Making (2015)
Florida Department of Education Professional Certification in Music (K-12)

Ph.D. Music Education- Univ. of South Florida (Aug. 2011)
M.A. Library & Information Science- University of South
Florida (Dec. 2011)
M.M. Piano Pedagogy- University of South Florida (Dec.
B.M. Piano- Florida Southern College (Dec. 2002)

Publications & Presentations:
Slawsky, M. (2011). Transitioning from student to teacher
in the master-apprentice model of piano pedagogy: An
exploratory study of challenges, solutions/resources,
reflections, and suggestions for the future [Doctoral
dissertation, University of South Florida, 2011].

Slawsky, M. (2011). Learning to teach: The facilitative role
of pedagogical coursework in piano teacher
preparation. Proceedings of the National Conference
for Keyboard Pedagogy, Lombard: Chicago.

Slawsky, M. (2011 in press). Sight-reading and
memorization at the piano: An inverse relationship?
Research Perspectives in Music Education, __ (__), __.

Slawsky, M. (2011). “Learning to Teach: The Facilitative
Role of Piano Pedagogy Coursework in Piano-Teacher
Preparation” Paper presented at the 2011 National
Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy, Lombard, Ill., July
28, 2011

Slawsky, M. (2011). “The Applied Music Instructor’s
Transition into the Teaching Role” Session presented at
the Florida Music Educator’s Association Clinic-
Conference, Tampa, FL, Jan. 14, 2011

Slawsky, M. (2010). “Transitioning from Student to
Teacher: Master-Apprentice Model of Piano Pedagogy.”
Session presented at the GP3 Group Piano & Piano
Pedagogy Conference, Austin, TX, Aug. 6, 2010

Professional Activities:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2016- Adjudicator- The National Piano Guild; Tift Music Club
2013-2015 Adjudicator- Tampa Bay Federation of Piano
2012- Adjudicator- South Jersey Federation of Music
2012- Adjudicator- Piano Teachers Forum, N. Jersey
2012- Adjudicator- S. Jersey MTA Spring Piano Festival
2011- Adjudicator- S. Jersey MTA Fall Piano Festival

Recent Scholarships & Awards:

The National Piano Foundation RMM scholarship to attend MTNA 2015 in Las Vegas

The Francis Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy Best Poster, Professional Division (2013)
National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy Scholarship
for Students and Young Professionals (2011)

Post-Graduate Fellowship in Piano Pedagogy, The New
School for Music Study (The Laboratory setting of the
Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy),
Kingston, NJ (2010)

Doctoral Fellowship in Music Education, University of South
Florida (2007)

Professional Affiliations:
-Center for Music Education Research (CMER), University of South Florida
-Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Professional Certification in Piano Pedagogy
-National Association for Music Education (MENC)
-College Music Society (CMS)
-National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
-Society for Electroacoustic Music (SEAMUS)

My Musical Influences

I have always been inspired by the heroic story of Beethoven, as the ultimate story of triumph over tragedy. My "Classical" influences include the creative interpretations of Glenn Gould, Alfred Cortot, Anne Queffélec, and Martha Argerich on the works of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel, Sibelius, etc.

Chamber music, orchestral works, and my experiences playing the violin throughout high school and college have influenced my work at the piano. I enjoy 'orchestrating' and 'voicing' my pieces, thinking of my two hands as a symphony of 10-fingers. (especially in Baroque music where my left-hand is a cello and right-hand is a violin, etc.)

Popular and world music also factors into my musical stylings. I enjoy playing good piano transcriptions and arrangements of film scores and pop music from Eminem to Lady Gaga.

I also have a special affinity for tango music, especially the works of Astor Piazzolla.

Service Area

Student Reviews

Williamstown, NJ

Melissa is an excellent teacher! My kids love learning piano with her and are always looking forward to their lessons. She is friendly and very patient with children. My children previously studied at a music store nearby. I chose Melissa because her rates are the same and she uses a grand piano instead of the keyboards used at the music store. (H. Rauscher, Williamstown, NJ)

Tampa, FL

I am a current adult student of Melissa's. She has been excellent for the entire year I've studied with her. She is always willing to let me go at my own pace. I've learned an incredible amount of literature over this time. You have to be willing to work for anything you want to do, even if it is recreational. I'm very happy with my lessons. Her prices are more than fair for her knowledge and experience. (J. Miller, Tampa, FL)

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