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Melissa Gallant

About the artist

Melissa is a classically trained harpist based in Indianapolis. She earned a B.A. in Music from Indiana University and Master’s of Music in Harp Performance from Butler University. A musician for more than 30 years, she has worked as a teaching artist for Arts for Learning for 17 years. “I play on a full-size concert harp and perform solo, chamber and orchestral music in venues as small as a client’s living room to as large as a concert hall stage,” Melissa explains. “School classrooms and auditoriums fit right in the middle of those extremes. In those educational settings, I use the harp to enchant students with my instrument’s beautiful sounds and melodies and teach concepts in music, language arts and science.” Melissa was the first harpist to receive a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, as well as the first harpist to perform on the Palladium Stage at the Carmel Center of Performing Art. She serves as principal harpist with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra and the Indiana Wind Symphony. “Listening to the harp enriches students by bringing a sound they may have heard on a movie or video game right to their classroom. And it enhances their education by using visual, aural and kinesthetic experiences to learn concepts in music, science and language arts.” To learn more about Melissa, visit her website. 


Harp Music & Stories


Students are introduced to the concert harp and will explore the connections between language and music. Students will learn to identify and respond to contrasting sounds, and will understand that musical concepts bring stories to life by communicating feelings and emotions.

*Version available for infants and toddlers

This program meets standards in Flexible Themes Language Arts Listening & Speaking
  • Grades: Pre-K
  • Length: 90 min
  • Audience Limit: 20

90 minute Workshop: $207

Harp Sounds – Music and Stories


Students will enjoy discovering the many sounds the concert harp makes while learning how the music we hear is like the stories we read.

This program meets standards in Language Arts Life Skills Listening & Speaking
  • Grades: K-23-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30
Single: $142 Multiple: $106

Harp Sounds – Music & Stories


Language arts concepts will come alive as students learn that music is like a story we read. Students will see how sound patterns can be transformed into music, as the artist directs students to listen for specific sounds.

This program meets standards in Communication Language Arts Life Skills Listening & Speaking
  • Grades: Pre-KK-23-56-8
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 150
Single: $286 Double: $494

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