Melody M.

Melody M.

★★★★★
★★★★★
28 Reviews
Valencia, PA

Broadway Singing

Levels Taught: Beginner - Advanced

About Melody M.

Background Check: Last verified 09/24/2013
Melody passed a background check on 09/24/2013 that included the following:
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Male Ages Taught: 1 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 1 to 99

Overview

*For a personal message from Melody and more information on SKYPE lessons, please read the "lesson details" section.

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. 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."

Dan Garner
Tipitina's



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."



Michael Pickett
"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.

*** Lesson Details ***
Learning how to sing is fun!! It is also a lot of work. =) My goal for each student in every lesson is that they EXPERIENCE something new and better when it comes to vocal technique, and that they EXPERIENCE what I like to call the "happy music feeling." The perfect hybrid is when vocal technique is no longer an issue, and singing songs becomes effortless, joyful, and ripe for self expression and passion. This does not happen overnight, but with practice, dedication, and a patient impatience that keeps the student striving for perfection while simultaneously enjoying the process.

I teach all ages and I don't require an audition like many other highly trained teachers. I understand that you are coming to me to learn HOW to sing, and this is why I love beginners so much! I have spent many years studying to become the best voice teacher I can because I find teaching others the joy of singing incredibly rewarding. I understand the demands of a rigorous performance schedule, and I love the opportunity to help fine tune a working singer's vocal technique. Whether you are a beginner, a professional, or somewhere in between, I can teach you to sing higher, stronger, and faster with more ease than you probably thought possible. I look forward to working with you and your voice!

SKYPE LESSONS: Since I moved to Pennsylvania from San Diego, I have begun taking all of my lessons from Seth Riggs via Skype. I also maintained almost my entire San Diego student base by teaching via Skype, and in addition starting accepting students from all over the country and the world. I now have a very busy studio with an over 70% Skype student base due to the high demand for SLS technique and a balanced approach to singing instruction.
My youngest Skype student is 4 years old, and I recently held my first Skype Student integrated recital where online students performed live on a big screen from the comfort of their own homes! I'm constantly thinking of new ways to engage students from all corners of the world, create an online studio community, and offer performance and learning opportunities. Skype lessons are a great option for those without access to good vocal technique instructors or those who have tight schedules and prefer not to battle traffic on the way to the voice studio.





*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, piano, microphone,
Guitars.



*** Travel Equipment ***
Will travel for:
Studio coaching for artist recording. Please inquire for rates.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Voice:
I teach pop, musical theatre, Jazz, rock and blues styles.

Photos and Videos

Guitar and Voice teacher: Tools Not Rules!

Education

B.A. Music Sep 2009 - Jun 2012
San Diego State University

Certifications

Speech Level Singing Level 1.5 Jan 2013
SLS International

Speech Level Singing makes singing as natural and easy as speaking. Used by more than 120 Grammy winners and developed by Seth Riggs, legendary vocal coach to the stars, SLS produces an effortless, powerful and expressive voice.

Speech Level Singing Level 1 Jan 2012
SLS International

Speech Level Singing makes singing as natural and easy as speaking. Used by more than 120 Grammy winners and developed by Seth Riggs, legendary vocal coach to the stars, SLS produces an effortless, powerful and expressive voice.

Pi Kappa Lambda May 2011
Eta Theta Chapter

The purpose of this Society is to provide an organization dedicated to the furtherance of music in education and education in music in colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning, which offer music degree programs in one or more fields. Admission into the society is selective and based on academic achievement.

Awards

Best Actress May 1997
SCC
Most Flexible Performer Jun 1996
LC HS

Student Reviews

Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 28 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Spot On! Melody is exactly what I was looking for in a music teacher. We Skype our lessons and she has a lesson plan each time we meet and we adhere to that plan. At the end of the lesson we review and discuss what she wants me to do to prepare for the next lesson. Melody is also a delightful person who is sincere and genuine in her desire to help you develop your talent. March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great teacher! Highly recommended. I love taking lessons with Melody. She's very good at assessing problem areas. She's encouraging and easy to work with. I've learned a lot in just a few lessons. I look forward to continuing to work with her. March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Speech Level Singing I took 2 lessons from Melody just before she moved to Pennsylvania. I knew her through our mutual association with NWEAMO. Before working with Melody, I have taken several classes in Bel Canto and have had a few years of Bel Canto private lessons. Though Canto was never really my style it took me from being incapable of producing a scale to being able to follow a melody. I WISH I took lessons from Melody from the very beginning as this would have saved me from a lot of frustration from learning a style of singing I didn't particularly care for just to not sound tone-deaf. Speech level singing is the way to go if you want to sing in a modern style, or if you want to find your own voice. The cool thing about Melody is that she is very confident which brings out your own confidence. She's kind but direct, personable but not egotistical, and classically educated but open to various approaches. If you live in Pennsylvania, or if you have access to Skype, take lessons from her. She rocks. March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Music Teacher Melody is not only an immensely talented musician, she has a true gift of being able to share her knowledge with her students. She is able to connect with her students and understand what motivates and inspires each student. Her passion, enthusiasm and love of music are contagious. When we started looking for a vocal teacher for our early teen son Melody was highly recommended and she did not disappoint. I would highly recommend Melody. March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Amazing! Melody is FANTASTIC! I would (and have) recommend her to anyone. She is an amazing teacher! March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Melody is a total genius. Don't hesitate! I have been looking for a vocal coach who could ACTUALLY fix the challenges with my voice and singing style with rigorous practical technique and training. Melody is one of the few teachers I've encountered who has made a difference in my singing abilities literally with each subsequent lesson. She is super fun and challenging but positive. HIGHLY recommended. :) February 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Heaven's gift to budding musicians/vocalists! Melody is an awesome instructor. She is prepared with specific lesson plans. She works with your strengths as well as your weaknesses and gives you the "tools" to develop your craft. January 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Melody is a great teacher! She knows exactly what she is talking about and she doesn't make you feel pressured to be perfect. She is also one of the nicest people I have ever met! October 31, 2013