Piano, Singing, Theater Acting, Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance
I have recently returned to Pittsburgh after living in San Diego and New York City for the past 6 years. While there, I focused on teaching students song and monologue preparation for auditions, and growing my private voice and piano studio. While my passion (and my BFA) are in Musical Theatre, I love all genres of music, from classical to pop to Broadway. I will help you choose songs to work on that you LOVE, while giving you the right exercises and techniques to build a healthy foundation in singing.
Piano, Singing, Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Opera Voice
I’m excited to be a TakeLessons instructor and to be able to share my experience and knowledge with you. I have been a singer and performer for over 20 years and have taught voice and beginning piano for six years.
I received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. I continued my studies in New York City in voice, acting and diction.
I continue to be an active performer specializing in musical theater, opera and concert. I began my professional career as an apprentice with the Portland Opera in Oregon. Since then, I have appeared with opera companies and orchestras throughout the United States and abroad and am a frequent guest vocalist and recitalist.
Recently, I performed with Alia Musica here in Pittsburgh premiering works by local composers and created the role of Pamela in the premiere of TOOWHOPERA by composer Sorrel Hays at the Georgia Music Teachers’ Association Conference in Rome, GA. On the concert stage, I have recently appeared with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Bach Choir and CreateHere’s Hops and Opera.
Highlights of my performances include Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte with West Bay Opera, Stockton Opera, Opera San José and Pocket Opera, Despina in Così fan tutte with Mission City Opera, Blonde in Abduction from the Seraglio and Yvette in La Rondine with Pocket Opera, Cunegonde in Candide with Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Other roles include Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Abigail in The Crucible, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Madame Herz in The Impresario, Lucy in Threepenny Opera, Monica in The Medium, and Pamina in The Magic Flute.
I was a featured performer in a series of concerts in Europe, South America, and Australia aboard Cunard’s Vistafjord and Royal Viking Sun.
I was named a world finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a semi-finalist in the Jenny Lind Competition and a regional winner in the MacAllister Competition.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Banjo, Organ
ValensLuv Voice & Music: the shortest and most direct methods to unveiling one's musical dreams.
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
*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. (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.
Film Acting, Improv Acting, Piano, Shakespearean Acting, Singing, Theater Acting, Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice
I am a full-time pedagogue/performer with seven years' experience teaching private lessons in voice, piano, and acting to a range of ages and levels of students. Although the majority of my students are young adults, I have worked successfully with children, teenagers, and adult students (twenties to senior citizens) of both genders; I tailor my approach specifically to the goals and interests of each student; no two people learn the same way.
I hold a Bachelor's of Music in vocal performance from West Virginia University (summa cum laude, WVU Outstanding Senior, Honors College J. and C. Nath Outstanding Senior, Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships candidate). I regularly perform as a soloist in opera, oratorio, concerts, and recitals and completed training through the Ezio Pinza Concil for American Singers of Opera in Italy, the American Singers' Opera Project of North Carolina, and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
As a teacher, I completed a year-long vocal pedagogy course with Cynthia Bess which provided me with a thorough understanding of the anatomy and psychology of singing, as well as a systematic approach to the correction of vocal faults. In the spring of 2010, one of my students, a teen-aged boy, was selected to attend Eastman's summer program for high school students. Several of my students have performed leading roles in school, community, and university musical productions.
I hold a full voting membership in the National Association of Teachers of Singing, am a Licensed Kindermusik Educator, and am employed as Director of Music Ministry for a fairly large church. I was also a teaching artist at Propel East Charter School for Greensburg American Opera and directed the Old Economy Singers (a twenty-voice historical choir) for six years.
Singing, Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice
Do you love to sing? I offer private voice instruction. In a relaxed, fun environment.
I teach Somatic Voicework The LoVetri Method created by Jeanie Lovetri) is a body-based method of vocal training which draws from many disciplines. It is based upon voice science and medicine as well as traditional classical vocal training, complementary tools such as yoga, movement, dance, acting, and speech training, and various bodywork approaches. My Education and Licensing includes, BAA of MDS studies West Virginia University, Studies in Master of Classical Performance Wichita State, Artist Diploma Duquesne University, and Levels I II & 3 In Somatic Voice Work from Shenandoah Conservatory.
I also recently wrote an article with takelessons about one of my interesting approaches to teaching. Feel free to check it out and comment! :)
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