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Melanie Stokes
Music Teacher, Professional
Location: Hickory, NC
Speaks: English
Instructs: Violin
Education: Melanie studied Music Performance at SUNY Empire State College, Albany, NY. In addition, she studied privately with the late Rueben Bennett of Boston, MA. Melanie has attended and participated in many violin workshops throughout the Northeast.
Performance Experience: Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, Newburgh, NY, 2nd Violinist Cortland Chamber Orchestra, Cortland Manor, NY, 1st Violinist Dutchess Community College Orchestra, Poughkeepise, NY Soloist and Principal 1st Violin Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra, Hyde Park, NY, 2nd Violinist SUNY Orange Community College Orchestra, 1st Violinist Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, 1st Violinist Baroque String Quartet, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2nd violinist Lake Norman Orchestra, Mooresville, NC Principal 1st Violinist
Teaching Experience: Private instruction from my studio from 2016 to 2020.
Teaching Philosophy: I love working with beginning students using a variety of teaching methods, including the Shirley Givens method, Adventures in Violinland for beginning students, which incorporates ear training and note reading in a fun environment which children really enjoy! For older students and adults, my preferred method is the Essential Elements books, also incorporating scale studies and pitch training.

Get to know Melanie

Melanie Stokes started playing the violin at age 8. She studied with many violin teachers, including Reuben Bennett of Boston, MA, who was a member of the famous Boston Pops orchestra under the baton of Arthur Fiedler.   

Melanie has played in many orchestras and quartets in the Northeast, and has performed as a soloist and as part of a duet called “Delightful Duo” for weddings and parties in the Poughkeepsie, NY area.  Orchestras include the Mid Hudson Community Orchestra, The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, SUNY Orange Community Orchestra, the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra, and the Cortlandt Chamber Orchestra, who’s annual New Year’s Day performances over the past 20 years model the famous Vienna Philharmonic performances of

Andre Rieu.    Melanie is currently a member of the Lake Norman Orchestra as a first violinist and a member of the board of directors as Treasurer.


Melanie has taught young children and beginning students of all ages throughout the years, and embraces the opportunity to instill her passion and love of playing. Drawing from her own experiences over the years, there is no greater joy that can be felt than by expressing the beauty classical music.


Melanie teaches at:
1620 8th Street Dr SE
Hickory, NC 28602
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