Fiddle and Violin Lessons

Melissa believes in enriching people's lives through music. Learning music improves brain development through childhood and supports cognitive health later in life - and it is fun! Melissa has a lot of experience showing classical violinists how to sound like a fiddler. She teaches many different styles of music and enjoys working with students of all ages and skill levels.


Melissa encourages her students to play with others. She offers private lessons, group lessons, workshops, jams, and large ensemble opportunities. Melissa currently teaches at her studio in Scarborough, Maine, and also offers Zoom lessons.

Student Quotes


"Melissa is incredibly talented and gifted working with all ages. I always felt encouraged. She makes it easy, and most importantly, she makes it fun! Melissa is caring, enthusiastic, and delightful to be around."

–A. Espy


Melissa’s guidance, expertise and insightful lessons equipped me with the skills I needed to succeed as a professional musician. Her teaching has enabled me to achieve my goals in the music industry as a touring performer and recording artist. Melissa’s impact on my musical journey is immeasurable, and I owe much of my success to her mentorship.

-S. Logan


"Melissa has a gift for teaching and playing music. She is patient, knowledgeable, encouraging and kind."

–S. Mallett


"Melissa put everything she had into being my teacher. She encouraged me to play from the heart and gave me countless opportunities to grow as a musician. Melissa carries a vast knowledge of music and is easy to learn from. She can meet you wherever you are and teach in a way that makes sense to you. She lights a spark in her students that never leaves. I was lucky enough to be one of them."

–F. Woodruff

The "Wernick Method" has been very successful teaching all skill levels of

acoustic musicians about bluegrass jamming!