Raised and educated in both China and the United States, Melanie Kang has had lifelong appreciation for the interdisciplinary relationship between music, visual art, and movement. She received a BFA in Music Education from the Xi'an Conservatory of Music in 1996, and she received a MM from the School of Music, University of Utah in 2003. Melanie’s entire career has been dedicated to music education for young children. In addition to teaching private lessons, she has taught in both private and public schools in Xi’an, China; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Cupertino, California. Currently, she is teaching general elementary music in the Palo Alto School District in Palo Alto, California.
Over the years Melanie has explored many ways to make connections with her music students; she has become engaged deeply in the music education systems of Orff, Kodály, and Dalcroze. Through her explorations of the different approaches, she has gained a much deeper understanding of children and the relationship between movement and music learning. Today, she is recognized as an Orff clinician and Kodály music educator, with Dalcroze eurythmics also being an important element of her music teaching.
She has presented at many national music educational conferences and local Orff music educator’s associations, such as AOSA (American Orff Schulwerk Association) national conferences in Denver Conference (2013), AOSA Fort Worth Conference (2017), and AOSA Salt Lake City Conference (2019). She presented at the CMEA Bay Area Section Conference in San Jose State University in January 2019, and was invited by NCAOSA to teach workshops for the local Orff teachers in 2014 and 2019. Melanie was also invited to be an Orff Schulwerk Trainer to instruct teachers in China (in the years of 2010, 2012, 2016, 2017, and 2019).