Melissa Padgett

Melissa Padgett


Age range:

3 to 18

Musical styles:


Teaching philosophy/style:

My main approach through the Suzuki philosophy is that through thoughtful instruction and careful nurturing, every child can learn anything. I am interested in fostering the Suzuki triangle, particularly the relationship between parent and child.

Parent policy:

Parents are expected to attend every lesson and take notes. They should expect to be the home instructor/practice partner until the child is mature enough to take notes and practice on their own.

Materials needed:

violin and bow, shoulder pad or sponge, rosin, Suzuki Book 1 and CD (or appropriate book level), notebook


Melissa Padgett is a dedicated teacher and passionate performer. She was born into a musical family, reading music by age two, and at six years old singing with the Children’s Opera Choir at the State Opera Theater in Cottbus Germany, where she spent most of her childhood. At age eight her parents enrolled her in the local conservatory where she picked up the violin. She earned her Bachelor of Music at Western Michigan University with Renata Knific, where she was honored as the Esther and Julius Stulberg Scholar, and completed her Master’s of Music with highest honors from DePaul with Dr. Olga Kaler. Melissa’s Suzuki teachers include Sharon Miller, Rebecca Sandrok, and Kathy Wood. She is on faculty at the Sherwood Community Music School and the David Adler Music and Arts Center.

Melissa has participated in music festivals in Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, and the U.S. Recently, she performed the Brahms violin concerto with the Gaylord Community Orchestra in Gaylord, MI, and performed a joint recital with her husband at The Next Picture Show Art Gallery in Dixon, IL. Melissa plays on a Paul Bailly violin generously on loan from the Virtu Foundation.