Columbia College Chicago

Meet the Faculty

Melissa Padgett

Introduced to the Suzuki Method as an adult, I was very impressed by the joyful nature in which Suzuki students performed music. Probably the most important aspect about music that I would like to share with my students and their parents, is that above all the high standards and hard work it takes to produce a polished performance, music is fun! It is a beautiful way that we can create a meaningful experience with others while expressing feelings and emotions that are beyond words.
My favorite part about teaching is that "aha-moment"- when the student starts to smile and look at you during the lesson after the concept went "click."

Growing up in a family with two parents who are opera singers, music has been part of my life since before I can remember. However, my earliest memory with the violin is distinctly in my memory. I had been listening to the Mozart violin concertos for over a year during playtime, and finally when I was 8, we went to an open house at our local music conservatory in Cottbus, Germany. I tried the violin, and I knew right away it was the instrument for me.

I recently graduated from DePaul University with my Master of Music and am an active performer in churches and regional orchestras in the Chicago area. I am also on staff at the DePaul School of Music as Head Librarian of Ensembles.