Mélina Dalaire holds a Bachelor of Music (1993), a Graduate Certificate in Piano Pedagogy Research (2007) and an MA (2020) from the University of Ottawa. She has been teaching piano privately for the past 36 years. Besides running a successful piano studio at the heart of the Nation’s Capital for the past 28 years, she has also directed children’s choirs, recorder ensembles and taught music in elementary and high schools. She is an adjunct professor for undergraduate music education courses and combined undergraduate and graduate courses in piano pedagogy at the University of Ottawa’s School of Music since 2013. Her classes focus on active methods, cognitive theories in music education, movement-based learning theories in music education and teaching piano to children. She is regularly invited as a clinician focusing on music and movement activities for all ages. Her philosophical ideals relating to music education lie in an “experience before theory” approach. She is presently working towards her Dalcroze Certification with Dalcroze Canada. Her research interests focus on movement-based learning and how musicianship skills are transferred to the instrument.