Melissa Martiros currently serves as Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Music at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, TN. She is the Founding Director of the CWN Community Arts Academy and OpporTUNEity, a nationally recognized program for underserved youth in South Central Tennessee. Prior to her appointment at Martin Methodist, 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, Melissa 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. She is a coauthor for Inclusive Piano Teaching, a blog sponsored by the Francis Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, and is co-chair of the committee on special needs for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. She is published in the Piano Pedagogy Forum, American Music Teacher, and the widely read MTNA E-Journal.
Melissa recently began coursework for the Doctor of Education degree (EdD) in Higher Education Leadership and Policy at Vanderbilt University where she has been awarded the Deans Tuition Scholarship for achievement. 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. Her principle teachers include Martha Fischer, Cathy Kautsky, Dr. Robert Satterlee, Galina Gertzenson, and Dr. Christina Long. She studied Piano Pedagogy with Dr. Jessica Johnson and her work in Special Education was done under the direction of Dr. Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell.