Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu

Assistant Professor of Music

Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu is an assistant professor of music at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA where she directs the symphony orchestra, teaches the string pedagogy sequence as well as private violin and viola lessons, and supervises the weekly string master class. She received her Ph.D. in music education with an emphasis in string pedagogy from The Ohio State University. She also holds an M.A. in music education from The Ohio State University and a B.S. in music education from Duquesne University. Prior to coming to Westminster, Dr. Crawford Perttu taught in the public schools of Calvert County, Maryland, and Fairfax County, Virginia.

Dr. Crawford Perttu is a frequent invited clinician for the American String Teachers Association national conferences and for branches of MENC, the national association for music education. In addition, excerpts from her recent presentation on the needs of the first-year string teacher were recently collected to be published in Strings, one of the premiere magazines for professional string players. Also, as a U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion, Dr. Crawford Perttu has established herself as a leading solo performer, adjudicator, and clinician and has performed recitals throughout the United States.  Dr. Crawford Perttu joined the Westminster faculty in the fall of 2009 and performs as a chamber musician with other Westminster faculty.

Academic Background:
BS, Duquesne University
MA, The Ohio State Univerity
Ph.D., The Ohio State University


Contact Information

Campus Address:
Department of Music, New Wilmington, PA 16172

Room 22, Patterson Hall, Westminster College



email: perttumh@westminster.edu