Melanie is a West Hartford-based musician, educator, and composer who believes in the power of the arts to uplift, transform, and connect.
As an educator, Melanie Guerin is adept at working with learners of all ages. She was a Connecticut public school teacher for eleven years, including seven years at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2012 . Praised as an innovator and creator in the classroom, Melanie combines a keen understanding of the teaching and learning process with a tireless commitment to the growth and success of every individual. She has presented at local, state, and national music education conferences. In 2018 she will present her session "Teaching Empathy through Music" at the National Association for Music Education national conference in Dallas, TX.
As a music director and pianist, Melanie has worked with community and professional theater companies throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts, including the Young People's Center for Creative Arts, New Paradigm Theater, Ivoryton Playhouse, and Playhouse on Park. She has composed a number of works for vocal and instrumental ensembles, including several children's songs and two original musicals. (View a list of her compositions here.)
Melanie holds a Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance and music education, as well as a Master of Music Education degree, both from The Hartt School.
She is currently a faculty member at The Hartt School, where she teaches courses in Conducting and Musicianship for Musical Theater and serves as vocal coach, music director, and accompanist in the theater division.
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