Melissa Tucker

Melissa TuckerPiano, Group Keyboard

For over twenty years, Melissa Tucker has been bringing her love of music, and her skills as a Dalcroze teacher, to students of all ages. As a teacher, in group or private lessons, she emphasizes the importance of rhythmic skills, musical phrasing, fluency in note-reading, improvisation, and active listening through group activities and ensemble playing. Music is an art of communication and self-expression which is joyful, yet requires discipline and a love of learning. Melissa believes that everyone has innate musicality which blossoms when encouraged and nurtured. She believes in the integral relationship of music and movement, and the power of improvisation, as a means to embodied musicianship and creative expression. Ms. Tucker earned her Dalcroze Certificate and License from Longy School of Music. She is an Oberlin graduate and a pianist who studied with Lydia Frumkin at Oberlin Conservatory and Natasha Chances at Bates College. Improvisation studies with Lisa Parker, Anne Farber, and Charlie Banacos. Currently, Melissa is serving on the faculty of Longy School of Music of Bard College where she teaches piano, and ensemble, improvisation to conservatory students. She is also bringing music and movement to senior citizens at the Aviv Center for Living. She has taught in the Preparatory Division at New England Conservatory, Boston Symphony Outreach Program and Winchester Community Music School, among others. Melissa believes in the power of music to transform lives through beauty, harmony, focus, and connection.