Music Teachers National Association

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

Texas Music Teachers Association

​​The mission of the Texas Music Teachers Association, an affiliate of Music Teachers National Association, is to advance the value of music study and music making in society and to support the professionalism of music teachers.

Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)

Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.


Best of 2015


Best Musical Director Sep 2011
High Energy Productions

Best Musical Director Sep 2004
High Energy Productions

Best Lead in a Musical Sep 2003
The Depot Theater

John Philip Sousa Award Apr 1999
Arthur School District

National Choral Award Apr 1999
Arthur School District

Smith Walbridge 1st Class Leadership Award Jun 1998

Smith Walbridge 1st Class Leadership Award Jun 1997

Founder's bio

Melissa Markle is an accomplished performer and musician who has been teaching private music lessons for 19 years. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music Education and Performance with specialty in voice and piano. She has studied with numerous well-known coaches and prides herself on staying updated on all the newest music education trends.  While Melissa loves teaching beginning level students, she also has a high success record with preparing students for college and professional auditions. As a mother, she understands the importance of early music education and providing a supportive atmosphere for students.

Learning to Play, Playing to learn

Melissa Markle

Why Private lessons?

Private lessons are just that, sessions where you and your teacher alone learn about and perform music. Private lessons are the first choice for most of our student  and are also the most beneficial. Why? You are the focus of a private lesson which makes it easy for us to prepare your lesson based on your skill, your goals, and your pace. We offer private lessons in thirty or forty-five minute sessions that meet once a week. If requested and based on the student's needs, lessons can be longer and/or more frequent.

Learn your instrument one step at a time

Markle Music Studio