Melissa Falkner received her Bachelor of Music degree (Piano Performance) from the University of Kansas and her Master of Music degree (Piano Performance and Pedagogy) from Northwestern University. After graduation, she was a member of the faculty of Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. She has worked with such artists as Claude Frank, Richard Goode, John Perry and Vladimir Mischuk.
In 1993, Melissa was invited to attend and perform at the St. Petersburg (Russia) International Piano Seminar. After moving to New Hampshire in 1994, she was a member of the faculty of the Manchester Community Music School where she remained an active performer as well as a teacher. In addition to her solo work, Melissa was a member of the Manchester Chamber Players and New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra. While residing in New England, she continued her studies with Ludmilla Lifson at the Longy School of Music. In 1996 Melissa relocated to Phoenix where she became a faculty member of Grand Canyon University. She returned to Kansas City with her family in 1998. She joined the faculty of Legacy in 2002 as an accompanist and instructor. Melissa was most recently the Administrative Director of the Music Department at Legacy School of the Arts as well as an Artistic Director (piano). Currently, she teaches independently out of her home.
A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (MTNA), Melissa is a member of MTNA, KMTA, KCMTA and Federated Music Teachers of Kansas City. She is also a certified Musikgarten instructor.