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Dr. Melissa Martiros

Melissa Martiros currently holds the position of Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Music at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, TN where she is also serves as the Director of the CWN Community Arts Academy, a pre-college program she founded in 2015. Prior to her appointment at Martin Methodist College, she served on the faculties of Silver Lake College, the University of Wisconsin Fond du Lac, Bluffton University, the Lindeblad School of Music, and as a teaching assistant at Bowling Green State University and Interlochen Arts Camp.

A strong advocate for inclusion in the arts and a firm believer that all children should have access to a quality music education, she has devoted much of her career to developing programs for underserved youth and children with developmental delays.  An active clinician, her recent engagements have included workshops at the International Society of Music Education World Conference (ISMEA), the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP), the Canadian Federation of Music Educators Biennial Convention (CFMTA), the College Music Society National Conference (CMS), the Music Teachers  National Association National Conference (MTNA), the Australasian Pedagogy Conference (AAPC), and the Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education. A portion of her doctoral dissertation entitled The Perceptions of Piano Teachers Regarding the Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in the Piano Studio was recently published in the widely read Music Teacher’s National Association E-Journal. 

Melissa is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D) program in Higher Education Leadership and Policy at Vanderbilt University.  She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) in Piano Performance and Pedagogy and a Master of Science degree (MS) in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin Madison, a Master of Music (MM) degree in Piano Performance from Bowling Green State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Piano Performance from Westfield State University, where she was the recipient of the Presidential Merit Scholarship and Excellence in Music Performance Award.

About OpporTUNEity

A program of the CWN Community Arts Academy at Martin Methodist College, OpporTUNEity is a co-curricular service learning project that provides underserved youth in South Central Tennessee with music lessons and mentoring from undergraduate students in a supervised, one-on-one setting. The program was founded by Melissa Martiros in 2014 and has been awarded the Boys & Girls Club Tennessee Area Council Award for Program Impact Excellence in the Arts and the Engagement Project of the Year Award at Martin Methodist College.

OpporTUNEity bridges the gap between K-12 and Higher Education by using college resources to bring musical opportunities to underserved youth in our community while simultaneously providing engaging and enriching teaching and learning experiences to our undergraduate students. As we do this, we strengthen our local community, bridge class and racial gaps in our region, and enhance the quality of students we recruit to our undergraduate music program.

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In addition, The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy will include workshop offerings on teaching students with special needs. The next conference is scheduled for July 26-29, 2017 in Lombard, IL (a suburb of Chicago). Information is available at