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Melissa Frabotta

  • Degrees and StudiesB.M. (Studio Composition), The Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase; Masters In Music and Teaching, CUNY Lehman College; New York State Teaching Certification
  • Music Conservatory of WestchesterFaculty since 2018
Born in: Westchester, New York

Performances and Distinctions: Melissa Frabotta, stage name "Mosa," is a professional, independent singer-songwriter who comes to the Conservatory with expansive recording and performance experience in New York City and major cities around the United States and Canada. Her most recent album titled “Who We Are” was self-released in October 2018 online and on vinyl. She has performed her original music at Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, Mercury Lounge, and other notable New York City music venues, and has toured for performances in such major cities as Nashville, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, DC, and Montreal, QC. Frabotta’s recording experience spans from solo recordings and producing, to vocal session work for various songwriters around the New York Metropolitan area. ASCAP songwriter affiliate.

Statement of Teaching Philosophy: "Music should always be inclusive, not exclusive. We're all human, and therefore all are naturally capable of creating, interpreting, and performing music to some extent. I like to encourage students to always remember that, in order for them to always maintain the natural connection and curiosity towards exploring music. Especially with songwriting, it's so important not to think self critically, or judge your creations as they're being written. It's a constant growth process, and students should feel free and open enough to explore, create, and speak through music without expectations or limitations thrown upon them. I also think musicians should really try and master their craft, whatever that may be. Study hard in a fun positive way, go towards what satisfies you, and become great at it. Lastly, music shouldn't involve ego! We aren't above any material, and it's important to dive deep into learning and to activate the mind, body, and soul through learning and playing music."