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 and string lab. She performs as part of the Westminster Faculty Piano Trio and with the Greenville Symphony. 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 (ASTA) national conferences and for branches of NAfME, the national association for music education. In addition, excerpts from her recent presentation on the needs of the first-year string teacher were collected and published in Strings. 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. She is a sanctioned Scottish F.I.R.E. competition judge, is the founder and director of the Strathgheny School of Scottish Fiddling, teaches Scottish fiddling internationally to many students over the internet, and maintains a private violin and fiddle studio.