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Dr. Melinda Westphalen received her Bachelor or Music degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, where she studied with Professor Robert Lawrence. She went on to receive both her Master of Arts and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa, where she studied with Professor Rene Lecuona. Professor Westphalen currently serves as Lecturer in Music on the Grinnell College Music Faculty; she teaches piano and keyboard harmony lab, and serves as the department accompanist and student recital coordinator. Professor Westphalen has previously taught at the Conservatory of Piano in Worthington, Ohio, and has been a Visiting Artist at Cornell College, and Music Critic for the Dorian Piano Festival at Luther College. She is a member of Music Teachers National Association and Iowa Music Teachers Association where she is currently serving as District Auditions Chair.