Malissa t piano

Location: Manhattan, NYC


  • DA in piano from Ball State University
  • MM in piano performance and pedagogy from Ohio University
  • BM from The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam


  • Malissa has spent many years teaching students of all ages and has devoted her studies to music education.  She has experience teaching students piano of all ages and levels.


A native of Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Malissa T. is a dedicated music educator and pianist with a wealth of experiences that contribute to her unique professional perspective. While always courteous and congenial, Malissa does not hesitate to ask questions or express opinions. This upfront approach, along with her warm personality, enthusiastic team player approach, and richly varied skills and experience have endeared her to students and colleagues alike. Malissa’s presence enhances and richly contributes to any community of musicians and scholars with whom she works.

Dr. T. earned her DA in piano from Ball State University (2021) with emphasis in chamber music/accompanying and music education, studying with Dr. Ray Kilburn. She has a MM in piano performance and pedagogy from Ohio University (2016), where she studied with Dr. Christopher Fisher. She received her BM from The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam (2013) and is a certified K-12 public school music teacher in the state of New York.

As a teacher, Dr. T. brings a richly varied background to the table, teaching a wide range of ages and levels for well over a decade. Concurrently with her doctoral studies, she proved herself an invested teacher, maintaining a private studio of 15-20 students and teaching general music, choir, and band at St. Mary school in Muncie, Indiana. Her teaching internship at Ball State took the form of working at Indiana Wesleyan University, where she assisted professor Phoenix Park- Kim with class piano, applied piano, and piano pedagogy coursework. Additional pedagogical training includes an undergraduate concentration in pedagogy, numerous pedagogy seminars at the MM level, and her doctoral dissertation took the form of a case study in piano studio teaching. Most importantly, Malissa loves teaching and is constantly striving to give students the best she has to offer.

Equally comfortable in Baroque through new music, Malissa’s musical curiosity leads her to choose composers and programs that are often stylistically diverse. For example, her lecture recital focused on extended piano techniques. She exudes a love of music that is contagious to those around her, and in turn this makes her popular as a collaborator. Most recently, she played for approximately 20 violinists for the Indiana Federation of Music Clubs. Malissa has continued to present and perform in a large number of regional and national level juried conferences including NCKP and MTNA. In spring 2022, Malissa gave a joint presentation at the MTNA National Conference. She adjudicated in the 2019-2020 National Federation Music Club Junior Festival, where she has been employed as treasurer for the junior festival since 2020. She also served as administrative assistant at the North American preliminary round of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition from 2017-2019. She is currently the assistant director of the Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition, where she assists in organizing the annual competition for young artists.


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