a message from the founder

Growing up as a young musician, I found myself frustrated and confused by lessons. When I played, my teachers would say things like, "make a beautiful sound" ...without actually teaching me what that meant or how to do that.

So... I would pick up my flute, and I would try again. With the same outcome. I didn't have a clear understanding of those abstract concepts, and I didn't know what to change... so I ended up repeating the same mistakes over and over.

On top of that, when it came to practice, my teachers would say, "You should practice for an hour a day." So, I did. But during that hour, I would play my assignments on repeat without much thought or intention. 


Sometimes I got lucky and something improved... but more often than not, I didn't make the progress that I hoped to.

I always knew this way of teaching wasn't the right way. It wasn't effective for me, and it's not effective for other students, either. So when I became a music teacher myself, I knew I had to do something different.


I founded Mind Body Music Academy on a fully integrated mind-body approach to music learning.


  • Instead of abstract concepts, we give clear, straightforward guidance that includes specific instruction on how to use your body to get the outcome you want.

  • Instead of sending you home to practice without a goal, we empower you with effective practice strategies and send you home with a customized practice plan so that you can get the most out of your practice time.

To date, my flute lesson program is the only one I know of that teaches specific mind-body skills and challenges students to reflect on their mental and physical observations (in addition to their musical ones!).

That's why our students develop the physical skills necessary to be really successful flute players.

That's why our students develop the mental skills necessary for making fast progress.

And, in the end, that's why our students say that playing the flute feels easy and fun.

I'm proud to have created the only comprehensive learning program that views music education through the lens of "mind, body, music," and I hope to share it with you.

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Melissa Vining

Founder and Director

Mind Body Music Academy



While our students range in age and musical experience, they do have something in common. All of our students are self-motivated, excited about learning, and not afraid to take on a challenge. When they make a commitment to learning and improving, they experience success.

Our program is perfect for you if...

*You're self-motivated and not afraid to take on a challenge

*You're open-minded and excited to learn in a new way

*You're ready to commit to regular lessons and daily practice

Our program may not be right for you if...

*You don't like to be challenged or to explore new ways of thinking

*You're just looking for a few sporadic lessons

*You're unable to commit to regular lessons and daily practice

Still unsure if our program is right for you? Contact us to schedule a free consultation! We are happy to answer all of your questions and help you decide if our program is a good fit for you.


What our clients are saying...

"Melissa is an excellent flute teacher. I was a beginner when I first started lessons, and she helped me find the perfect flute. She taught me how to form a great embouchure and how to play high notes. After just a few months, I could play the song that I always wanted to play!"


"My daughter appreciates that Melissa is patient and not 'strict.' She makes flute lessons fun! Since she began lessons with Melissa, my daughter's skills have improved, and I can hear her making progress every day."


Take the next step.

Do you have more questions? Are you ready to schedule a free consultation? Contact us to get started today.