Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu is an associate 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, viola, and Scottish fiddling lessons, and directs Ceòl na Teud, Westminster’s Scottish string ensemble. She also performs with the Butler Symphony, the Warren Philharmonic, the Greenville Symphony, and as part of the Westminster Faculty Piano Trio. She is a frequently invited clinician for the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) national conferences and for branches of NAfME, the national association for music education. Crawford Perttu 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, Crawford Perttu taught in the public schools of Calvert County, Maryland, and Fairfax County, Virginia.
As a U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion, Crawford Perttu has established herself as a leading solo performer, adjudicator, and clinician. She has performed recitals throughout the United States including a recital for the Lord Lyon of Scotland and at many large Scottish cultural events. Her two solo recordings have been met with aclaim. She is a sanctioned Scottish F.I.R.E. competition judge who has been invited to judge many regional competitions as well as the U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Championship five times. She is the founder and director of the Strathgheny School of Scottish Fiddling at Westminster College, and teaches Scottish fiddling internationally to many students over the internet. She is also the author of "A Violinist's Guide to Scottish Fiddling," published by Mel Bay.