Guitar, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory
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I am a professional performing Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter with 25+ years experience playing and teaching. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from Temple University and spent 6 years performing in NYC with various groups and ensembles. I have studied and teach Classical guitar, Theory from both a classical and Jazz view point, Composition/Arrangement, Counterpoint and performance techniques such as repertoire building and maintenance.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Banjo, Organ
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Voice, Guitar, Keyboard & Bass Private & Group Coaching independently and with Take Lessons.com, WCC Drama Direct and worldwide via Skype. Director of Valens Luv Junior Vocal Stars via Drama Direct, Composer, Arranger, Guitarist, Pianist, Organist, Gospel Choral Director, Session Musician, Producer, Actor, Songwriter.
27 years experience as independent recording artist and behavioral therapist eternally blessed to
work with such artists and group members of The Supremes, Prince, Various Motown Artists,
Anthony Janflone Sr., Stafford Floyd, Scherrie Payne, Alice in Chains, Beck, The Black Crowes, The
Stylistics, Blue Magic, as well as Scott Weiland, Tom Petty, producers Sylvia Massy, David Tickle,
The Travel Channel, Sigma Sound Studios-Philadelphia, and personal music instructor to Rod
Stewart’s son, Sean and Casey Kasem's grandchildren.
I perform with the First Baptist Church of North Hollywood Praise Team and Circle of Faith choirs and am president of The C.W. Chorale Men's Choir. singing and playing piano, organ, guitar, percussion and
arranging. I also perform as a solo artist and with various artists and students. I just moved back to Pittsburgh from Los Angeles where I lived and taught for 15 years.
Guitar, Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Theory, Songwriting
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What do Prince, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Aerosmith have in common? They have all studied Speech Level Singing!!
Melody is a certified Speech Level Singing Instructor. She maintains this certification through the continuous rigorous training and evaluation program created by celebrity vocal instructor Seth Riggs whose students include Michael Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, and many more. Seth Riggs is considered by many to be the best and most successful vocal instructor in the world. As his student and a certified SLS instructor, Melody utilizes over 10 years of vocal study to help her students connect head and chest voice, create a strong mix voice, and extend their ranges.
She creates a fun and relaxed atmosphere where mistakes are considered part of the learning process, and thus encouraged. She has studied with Greg Enriquez (SLS), Kathy Kennedy (SLS), Virginia Norwood (SLS), Guy Babusek (SLS), Charlene Chi (PHD. Voice UCSB), Dr. Randal Wagner, and Steve Mortier.
Melody has been a professional musician, vocalist, and actress since she was 16 years old. She began her career in musical theatre and graduated to film and television, starring in the independent hit "Down and Out with the Dolls." Her rolls in theatrical productions include Ti Moune in Once on This Island, Rizzo in Grease and numerable others. She has enjoyed a career as a professional vocalist performing in nightclubs, music festivals, casino's, and as an opening act for many national and touring performers. As a teacher, Melody draws from her experiences on the road, in front of the camera, and in the studio. She currently holds a Bachelor's of Music Degree from San Diego State University's Don Powell school of Music and Dance, and is a Certified SLS Vocal Technique Instructor. (For more information on SLS, check out www.speechlevelsinging.com) She teaches all ages, from young children to seasoned adults.
Here are some nice things people have said about her:
"A rock chanteuse with a bold attitude and a set of seductive, versatile pipes. . "
-Anthony Davis Texarkana Gazette
The Forum Newsweekly
"Melody stands poised to take the national stage with a unique style and dynamic performing presence."
The Shreveport times
"She sat in for a set at the Noble Savage Tavern and as soon as she hit
that first chord and that first note, everybody stopped talking and
faces were pointed to the stage."
The Shreveport Times
"Whether she's playing solo shows or gigs with her band, [Melody] has a
keen ability to translate her emotions about dreams lost and chased
into bluesy, heartfelt, tumultuous vocals."
"Hey Melody! Thanks so much for jumping into the 2007 Lake Roosevelt
Musicfest. You were a huge hit up here!! The mayor was sitting around
with some of her volunteers and told me 'we think Melody takes
the prize this year'. It was just a great addition the event and you
made me look really good by just knocking everybody out like that! "
Personal thank you letter from Michael Pickett, promoter of annual Musicfest in Marcus, Washington.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Upright Bass
I grew up around Atlanta, GA and started playing piano when I was around 7 years old and bass when I was 11. Most of my education has been on the upright bass. I've studied classical bass performance at major music schools on the east coast and in the midwest. I've studied and worked with musicians from many of the great orchestras around the world.
I enjoy working with students who are just coming to the bass or piano for the first time and getting them started with music in a rewarding way as well as more advanced students that need finer musical direction or audition coaching.
Guitar, Music Recording, Songwriting
I am a college educated professional musician with both knowledge of theory and experience as a player. I am flexible with scheduling and curriculum and can provide instruction in many styles on either acoustic or electric guitar. I accept students 5 and up of any ability level. I am easy going but passionate about my craft and about helping others see themselves improve.
Guitar, Violin, Algebra, Arithmetic, Basic Math, Biology, Chemistry, Elementary Math, English, Geometry, History, Language, Math, Music Theory, Pre Algebra, Reading, Science, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Fiddle
With an under-graduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering and Music Education and a Master's in Counseling, years of experience teaching ESL and passing the TOEFL, over 35 years of songwriting and enabling children and adults in getting their GEDs, I have a wide-background in helping you to master your goals.
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