Melissa Ferrick is a folk-rock singer and songwriter from Massachusetts. She began taking classical violin lessons at the age of 5, and then moved on to the piano. In elementary and junior high school, she learned the trumpet and bass. Altogether, she received twelve years of formal music training, including two years each at the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music. Ferrick taught herself to play the acoustic guitar at Berklee, and dropped out after two years to pursue her music career.