Melanie holds a Bachelor of Music degree with distinction in vocal performance from the University of Alberta. She has experience and training in a variety of musical styles, including classical, jazz, rock, pop, and musical theatre, and she plays piano at a grade 8 level. While pursuing her music degree, her areas of interest included drama, dance, piano technique, ear training, and performance as a soprano soloist and choir member. Melanie’s love of drama, dance, and voice developed in her a passion for musical theatre. Melanie introduced and developed the musical theatre programs at the academy, which include musical theatre group classes and the summer musical theatre group intensive.
Melanie toured across North America with a group of musicians, performing in various venues using music and drama. She collaborated on two recordings with the band and she later recorded an album of original music.
Melanie has been a music director in various churches, she has taught music in elementary schools, and in 2019 she was given a role of Behaviour Interventionist with the OSNS Autism Intervention Program.
Melanie has experienced the unique ability that the performing arts have to motivate and inspire. Her experiences lead her to expand her studies, and in 2019 she began graduate studies in counselling through Athabasca University.
Melanie has been teaching private voice lessons for 15 years and group musical theatre classes for 8 years. She is passionate about inspiring and leading her students to develop in their musicality, singing abilities, and confidence. Melanie teaches all ages and levels of ability.