Melissa_5-207x322[1]THE BASICS:
$25 per 30 minute lesson | $35 per 45 minute lesson | $50 per 60 minute lesson

All lessons are held once a week at:
First String Violin Shop
3107 Brown Rd
Overland, MO 63114

You may contact me at
or 314-972-3200
to inquire about or schedule lessons.


I have varied musical interests and experiences and am happy to tailor your instruction to include your musical tastes in our basic studies. In addition to classical, I have studied and/or performed old-time and bluegrass fiddling, folk, blues, rock,  and some jazz. Learning to play an instrument can be challenging and sometimes frustrating. Therefore,I aspire to keep my students in touch with what brought them to the instrument in the first place through studying the music they love.

Technique is the foundation of my teaching of any style of music. I use traditional, classical methods and literature with elements of the Suzuki method and of Paul Rolland’s action method. (Please note: although I use Suzuki literature and some aspects of the the method, I am not a certified Suzuki teacher.) All students will have technical studies regardless of their musical style preferences.

Playing-related injuries are all too common among professional musicians, amateurs and students. The groundwork for these problems may be laid in the first stages of study. Prevention of these problems is of the utmost importance to me as a player and a teacher. Therefore, I strive to impart a healthy, whole-body approach to learning the instrument. Good posture through correct spinal alignment and stretching are an important part of my approach.

My students have ranged in age from six to 86!   I welcome students of all ages and abilities. Students will have the opportunity to perform in Academy recitals.
Melissa Horine   Violin/Fiddle
The majority of my performance experience and formal training are in the classical realm. However, I have also studied old-time fiddling with NEA honoree Bob Holt of Ava, Missouri. In addition to playing the violin I also sing, play guitar, and write songs.  I have performed with numerous rock, country, folk, blues, and pop bands. I am currently a member of a top 40 country cover band, The Rough Ryders and I am a violinist and a founding member of the Dragon Duo. We perform a wide variety of musical styles for weddings and other special events.

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Master of Music in Violin Pedagogy,
Missouri State University

Bachelor of Music in Violin
Performance, Missouri State University

Teachers include: Susan Doering, David Hays, and fiddler Bob Holt

Violin Instructor, First String Violin Academy(2005-present)
Adjunct faculty, Community Music School of Webster University(2005-present)
Chamber music coach, Missouri State University Summer String Fling (2002-2006)
Elementary strings, Rockwood School District (2006)
Beginning Orchestra, Springfield(MO) Public Schools(2003)
Private studio teacher since 1999

Current member: the Dragon Duo, The Rough Ryders
Former member: St. Louis Philharmonic, Alton Symphony, Gateway Festival Orchestra, Springfield(MO)
Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Regional Opera Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Ozarks, Fort
Smith Symphony, and Missouri State University Symphony (concertmaster 2002-2003)

Performed with: Mannheim Steamroller, The Trans Siberian Orchestra, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
Extensive freelance and studio work

American String Teachers’ Association
Musicians’ Association of St. Louis,
Local 2-197 AFM
Honor societies: Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi