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Melody has studied piano since she was eight. In 2017 she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ithaca College with a B.M. in piano performance. She had the opportunity to study with three private piano professors during her time there: Dr. Jennifer Hayghe, Dr. Gregory DeTurck, and Dr. Vadim Serebryany.


Melody ran her own private studio before going to college. During college she had the chance to teach through the TIPS program at Ithaca College and receive feedback from experienced professors: Dr. Deborah Martin and Dr. Laura Amoriello. She also worked as the keyboard tutor for two years. Melody also has some experience teaching in group settings.


Melody loves people, kids, teaching, and music! She enjoys the beauty of the gift of music and wants to help others appreciate it too. She strives for excellence and invests much energy into her teaching.


Melody Zimmerman is an outstanding piano teacher. She began teaching my daughter, Sarah, when she was 8 years old, and after 4 years of lessons, I am extremely pleased with how well Sarah both plays the piano and loves making music. Melody makes learning piano fun and interesting for children, gives gentle correction and encouragement, and develops a sense of accomplishment. Her teaching style is the perfect balance of friendly and fun, yet very professional. She sets high expectations and inspires her students through her own love of music. I would highly recommend Melody to any student fortunate enough to work with her.
Julie J, mother of 1 student
Melody was a great teacher. She was willing to help me when I was struggling with a piece, and she always made lessons fun. Melody expected me to practice persistently and have my pieces memorized and up to tempo before performances. It was a bitter sweet moment when I left Melody to go to her teacher, Andrea Merrill.
Jason Z, student
Melody has been a wonderful piano teacher for our son over the last two years. She’s talented, dedicated and enthusiastic. We feel that our son is receiving a strong musical foundation thanks to Melody.
Andrea L, mother of 1 student

Recent Blog Posts

  • Holistic Education

Music is Part of a Holistic Education

July 25, 2017|0 Comments

I thought I’d begin a series exploring the key elements of my teaching philosophy and why I chose to include them.

1. Learning to play a musical instrument is a valuable component of a holistic education.

There are plenty of studies out there evaluating the question of whether music makes you “smarter.” Some claim it does. Others refute the idea that listening to Mozart will make you more intelligent. There is reason to believe that studying a musical instrument has a positive impact on your brain . . . whether that means it makes you “smarter,” who knows! Studies aside, what are […]

  • On the Spot: Czerny and the Role of Improvisation in Classical Piano Education

On the Spot: Czerny and the Role of Improvisation in Classical Piano Education

May 20, 2015|0 Comments

Thank you so much for your patience as I finished up a busy semester! As my first post back, I thought I’d share one of the things I was up to while I was gone. Below you’ll find my music history research paper. It’s kind of long for a blog post, so I’ve included an abstract too. Enjoy!

Throughout his career as a piano instructor, Carl Czerny emphasized teaching improvisation, an art that may have contributed to the harmonic understanding, technical development, and musical memory of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century pianists. Improvising publicly was common practice during Czerny’s life. His treatise on […]

  • Notes or Music

Notes or Music?

March 22, 2015|0 Comments

Since I’m super busy and I was unable over break to write enough blog posts for the entire semester, I’ve decided to take the opportunity to post something different today. Someone shared this video with me as a good reminder that every single note we play should have character. It’s also really funny. Enjoy!

View on Youtube at this link.

So let’s not just play notes, let’s make music. Please share your responses in the comments section!

Photo Credits: “Finger face with a question” by Tsahi Levent-Levi. CC BY 2.0 Text added to original.| Derivative of “Music sculpture” by Ruth Ellison. CC BY-NC-ND […]