"Our eight-year-old son has been taking flute lessons with Melissa since October 2015. Melissa is passionate about music, which is evident in her energetic teaching techniques. Her caring demeanor and patience with her students encourages them to do their best during their lessons. We were so happy to find her. She is the perfect instructor for our son!"
-Clary, music parent
"Melissa Vining is a terrific flute teacher. Having come to her as an adult with basic level playing skills, she was able to cater her teaching to me as an individual, and helped me reach the next level with my playing. Working with her was a pleasure, and she was always able to challenge me with new exercises and pieces that pushed me to become a more well-rounded player. From posture, tone, and technique to performance and even flute maintenance, every aspect of being a flute player was covered in our time together, and Melissa definitely knows her stuff. I would recommend her to any student looking for a kind and motivated teacher to learn from."
-Caden, adult student
“It is an honor and a pleasure to study flute with Melissa. I am a professional pianist and piano teacher and flute has been my second instrument since childhood. I am now 63 years old and, until starting with Melissa about a year and a half ago, I had not had formal instruction since college. Melissa immediately diagnosed my strengths and built on them, while gently encouraging me to work on tone-building and foundational technical issues created by years of playing with poor habits. The results were immediate and amazing. People began to notice that my tone, positioning and ease of playing were all much better! Melissa challenged me to really listen to every note I played and to be aware of how everything felt. She asks very open questions and is extremely thoughtful in guiding my progress. Also, she provides non-threatening and supportive sharing and performance opportunities that have been fun for me as an older student. I love my lessons with Melissa. She is brilliant, deep, organized and generous in all aspects of her teaching! And, her own flute playing is stupendous!”
-Alison, adult student
"Melissa never ceased to amaze me with the interest she showed in my child. Melissa took the time on several occasions to attend my daughter's concerts. She also recommended music pieces that she thought my daughter would enjoy playing. It is evident that Melissa has a love for music, and is ever so willing to share that love with her students. Melissa is a very confident individual. She is patient, kind, and never criticizes. She was able to motivate my daughter in ways I hadn't previously seen. My daughter has thoroughly enjoyed the instruction she has been given by such a talented young woman."
-Tori, music parent
"Melissa is organized and is always prepared for every lesson. She is perceptive and patient and is easily able to gauge a student’s confidence level and encourage growth in the student’s ability. From the very first lesson my daughter felt comfortable in her presence and was unafraid to express if she was struggling with some part of the instruction. I found Melissa to be a wonderful teacher due to her patient demeanor and obvious love of music. Her enjoyment of the teaching process is apparent, and my daughter enjoyed every lesson."
-Pam, music parent
"I have had the privilege of having Melissa Vining as my son’s flute teacher. He is a beginner flute player, and Melissa is always patient with him. At the very first class, she taught him how to take care of his flute and assemble it properly. My son’s flute playing has greatly improved since he began taking lessons with Melissa. I’m proud of his progress, and he enjoys every moment with Melissa. Melissa is more than a great flute teacher. As her neighbor, I have seen many examples of her kindness and have also been impressed by her diligence and work ethic. Melissa has outstanding organizational skills. She was able to successfully inspire my son’s interest in flute and helped him learn how to practice effectively. Melissa displays the qualities of an excellent teacher. I wholeheartedly recommend her for music instruction."
-Joanna, music parent
"Melissa is a dedicated music teacher who relates well to pupils. She sets clear goals for the students and motivates them to practice and improve. Our daughter has had several music instructors in the past, and Melissa is the only one that has been able to spark her interest in the flute. She makes lessons fun and challenging at the same time."
-Liz M., music parent
"I had the great pleasure of serving as Melissa's flute instructor as she transitioned from high school to college. In every lesson, conversation, and endeavor, Melissa always brought a clear focus, a professional drive, and an open attitude. She is a highly skilled flutist and a wonderful, kind, and well-rounded person. I witnessed Melissa's passion for music play out in many different ways over the years: as performer, composer, student, and manager. I have absolutely no doubt that Melissa is as fine a teacher as she is musician and human being. I highly recommend Melissa Vining as an instructor."
-Erica, professional flutist & teacher
"Melissa helped me reconnect with a dormant internal love for creating music that I never knew I had."
-Prisca, adult student
"Our daughter loves Melissa’s music lessons! As a parent, I am most impressed with Melissa’s perfect balance of fun and structure in teaching music. She is highly organized and has a well thought-out plan for each lesson, but also makes sure students are having fun with workbook activities and games to supplement their learning. We also love the holistic approach of Mind Body Music Academy, which goes beyond traditional music lessons to reinforce basic concepts of healthy living and mind/body wellness. Between the weekly lessons and additional opportunities, like the JP Porchfest concert, working with Melissa has been a lovely experience for our whole family."
-Liz B., music parent