Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Music in Music Education, Slippery Rock University Masters of Education in Arts Integration, Lesley University Orff Schulwerk Certified Levels I, II, III World Music Drumming Levels I, II

Mrs. Melissa Lovewell

I am very excited to be joining the Bobcat team as the Music Teacher!  My family and I have recently moved to the Cave Creek area after living in Las Vegas for nearly 18 years.  I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA  where I obtained my Bachelors of Music Education from Slippery Rock University.  I moved to Las Vegas in 2004 where I obtained my Masters of Education in Arts Integration from Lesley University.  I have taught elementary music for 18 years, mostly in the Clark County School District of Las Vegas, NV, with a short 4 year stint in Georgetown, TX.  
I am passionate about the Orff Schulwerk approach to music education, where children are taught music through child's play and exploration. I am certified in Orff Schulwerk Levels I, II, III as well as World Music Drumming Levels I, II.  My personal musical background began with playing the trumpet in concert bands, wind ensembles, orchestras, and marching bands.  
My husband's work in construction has brought our family to the Phoenix area.  We have two lovely children ages 10 and 7, as well as two dogs.  We love to travel, 
hike, camp, and explore the outdoors!  I look forward to an exciting year of music making at Black Mountain Elementary!