Melody Potratz

As the daughter of a piano teacher, Melody grew up in a musical home and began her music studies with piano lessons at age four. She joined a children's choir at her first opportunity in fourth grade and sang in public school choirs until she graduated from high school in 2009. She earned Bachelor of Music degrees in Piano Performance and Vocal Music Education from the University of Idaho where she was an active member of the collegiate chapters of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity and the American Choral Directors Association, serving as president of both chapters in her senior year. Melody is currently teaching middle school choir and piano in Post Falls, Idaho.

  • This Gets Easier, Right?: Teaching Choir in the Second Year

    This Gets Easier, Right?: Teaching Choir in the Second Year

    Post Falls choir teacher, Melody Potratz, shares her experiences as she tackles her second year of teaching choir.

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  • The Important Victories: Making Music and Enjoying It

    The Important Victories: Making Music and Enjoying It

    Surviving my first year of being a music teacher was quite the adventure! Here I share a letter I received from a parent after a spring choir concert and reflect on the lessons I've learned.

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  • How to Prank Your Choir

    How to Prank Your Choir

    I Am Cat Lady My sixth graders in third period have crowned me Cat Lady of River City. I don’t actually have any cats of my own and fought it at first, but seeing the evidence from their...

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  • Feeding the Soul During a Busy School Year

    Feeding the Soul During a Busy School Year

    This blog was written by guest blogger Melody Potratz, as part of our First Year Music Teacher Series. Ms. Potratz is in her first year of teaching middle school choir at River City Middle School...

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  • My First Holiday Concert: A Success!

    My First Holiday Concert: A Success!

    This blog was written by guest blogger Melody Potratz, as part of our First Year Teacher Series. Ms. Potratz is in her first year of teaching middle school choir at River City Middle School...

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  • Setting Up a Middle School Choir Classroom From Scratch

    Setting Up a Middle School Choir Classroom From Scratch

    We are pleased to introduce our new guest blogger, Melody Potratz, as part of our First Year Teacher Series. Ms. Potratz is in her first year of teaching middle school choir at River City Middle...

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