Melissa Couture

Melissa C.

Dallas, TX
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Hello! Melissa C. here and I can't wait to meet you! Here's a bit about me.

I have a BFA in Musical Theater with a minor in piano from the University of Oklahoma. I also became a certified Montessori preschool teacher while living in NYC. I have performed in some great places such as Hershey PA, aboard the MS Maasdam cruise ship, Seoul South Korea, traveling tours and of course, good old NYC! I had the great fortune to be in the original cast of SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! on Broadway as well as many other Off Broadway musicals such as the It Girl. Here in Dallas I perform in plays and musicals on a regular basis and I love it!! What gets me excited now is teaching kids, teens and people of all ages to sing or play the piano! I teach in several schools to groups of children and I just love teaching privately!



*** Lesson Details ***
We will have fun learning piano and voice together! For voice students I will teach you everything from classical to Broadway! I design an individual and unique curriculum to meet your needs and goals! After all, we are all different!

For my fabulous piano students, I use the Ferber method and infuse a good deal of music theory as we go along! I believe in this curriculum strongly, but I also encourage you to bring in music that YOU want to learn for FUN!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room, space for parents to wait

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a key board if you do not have a piano

*** Specialties ***
Acting-musical theatre
Piano- all style

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Reviews (25)

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Brynn C. Apr 8, 2019
Piano · In home

Melissa is a great teacher for kids starting out in piano.

Thu T. Apr 7, 2019
Piano · In home

Though this is only the first piano teacher we've ever worked with, Melissa has set a very high bar. Her passion for music really shines through during her lessons. She adapts her lesson plans to my 7 year old daughter and moving at a pace that keeps her engaged. She even helps her learn some songs outside the lessons that my daughter started learning on her own! If there are any scheduling conflicts, she keeps the line of communication open and we are always able to figure it out together. We couldn't be happier. If you read through her positive reviews...they're all true! It's only been a month, but we look forward to having her around for a long time.

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Vi T. Mar 2, 2019
Piano · In home

We love her passion for music and teaching. She came well prepare. Melissa started my daughter off on a lesson that was fun and challenging. We are excited for the next one!

Keith May 19, 2016
Piano · In studio

Totally awesome. Can't wait for next week.

Colin May 14, 2016
Piano · In home

Melissa has a great manner with young kids just beginning to learn piano. My son is looking forward to more lessons with her.

Suzanne May 6, 2016
Piano · In studio

She knows her stuff and conveys it in a fun way!

Chase T. Mar 18, 2016
Piano · In home

My kids loved her!

Marianna P. Jan 23, 2016
Piano · In home

Melissa is fabulous. My kids love her!

Gabby Nov 14, 2015
Piano · In studio

Melissa is wonderful. She teaches with positive guidance and allows my daughter to work at a pace that she is comfortable with.

Henry S. Oct 22, 2015
Piano · In studio

Melissa is friendly and knowledgeable. She works well with my kids making lessons fun so they are eager to learn.

Don C. Apr 15, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio

Melissa has been the most perfect fit for our daughter!! My daughter had gotten into theater, and is now taking voice lessons to help her with choir at her school next year. We are extremely delighted with the results we've seen!! :) My husband says she is a perfect match for our daughter, as Melissa has performed on Broadway, herself!

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Katherine C. Mar 27, 2015
Broadway Singing · In home

My husband has taken my daughter to her voice lessons these first three times, and I have heard great reviews from both my husband and daughter! I am so pleased with what I've heard, I can't wait to meet Melissa myself!

Hanh M. Sep 19, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio

Melissa has been beyond helpful and informative as an instructor. I've taken 3 lessons so far and I can say that I see a big difference in my singing in such a short amount of time. Before taking lessons, I thought I could only learn how to sing in my "head voice" (ex. Phantom of the Opera) but when I started taking lessons with Melissa, she helped me discover my "chest voice". It really amazed me on how much she can pull out of you!

I can also say that each time I take a lesson with her, I regain a higher amount of self confidence. I honestly couldn't have asked for a better instructor!

Thanks a million Melissa!

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AlmaM Jul 6, 2012
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parent

Melissa C. is a very good instructor, very patient and gives good feedback, lets me know what my daughter needs to work on.

RobinC Jun 20, 2012
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Christian LOVES Ms. Melissa! He is always looking forward to his lesson and loves practicing his new song for "Ms. Melissa". My husband and I are very happy and thankful we found a teacher my son loves and is so patient with him.

StacyT Apr 9, 2012
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Melissa is very patient and understanding. We are enjoying our lessons. Madison is definately starting to feel more comfortable singing in front of her.

CynthiaD Feb 4, 2012
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Good Teacher

Melissa is a good teacher and is very nice. She is very patient with my children, 5 and 7yrs old. They have really enjoyed having her as their piano teacher.

KellyN Dec 20, 2011
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AWESOME TEACHER!!

Melissa is a great teacher because she is full of positive feedback. She is helping me build my confidence which has enabled me to break out of my shell and sing to my full potential. Melissa also guides me through my weak areas but it makes me want to rise to the occasion and impress her, it never feels like a criticism. Plus I am learning to read music!!

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MichaelG2 Nov 21, 2011
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Instills confidence

Melissa is a fantastic teacher. My daughter immediately clicked with her and has been so happy to go to piano and voice lessons. She has gained so much confidence in her singing.

RogerH Oct 11, 2011
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Thanks for taking Patti as a student. She speaks highly of her experience. Keep up the good work.

BrindleM Oct 7, 2011
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Kaila's progress

Kaila is so excited and more confident after every lesson! Melissa is a wonderful teacher and has really helped to boost Kaila's confidence in musical arts!

DonnaP Aug 11, 2011
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Melissa is a great instructor. She is vibrant and knows how to make the budding singer feel good about herself. She is always interested in what form of music her student likes and will provide that material.

GaylaN Mar 1, 2011
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Mother

Melissa is very nice and a good teacher...the boys really enjoy her!

TheresaM1 Jan 25, 2011
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Singing Lessons

Melissa is great with my 6-year-old. She is very patient, gives instruction in a postive way, and encourages my daughter to have fun while learning how to use her singing voice. Thank you, Melissa!

JackM2 Dec 23, 2010
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Great job Melissa!! I appreciated your critique and comments.


Lesson Details

Piano

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

Piano was my first love and I ended up minoring in it at OU. I love teaching piano ( beginners through advanced) to kids from 5 to 95 years old!

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Experience

Director of Theater
Jul 2010 - Present

Art Centre Theatre in Plano Tx

I have directed a variety of children and adults musicals such as Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast etc...

Broadway Performer/ Local Dallas Actress!
Jan 1994 - Present

School House Rock Live! Original Cast

I was indeed in the original cast of School House Rock Live as well as The It Girl! In NYC! I have performed on cruise ships, tours and internationally in various musicals! I now perform regularly in local Theaters!

Theatre teacher/Director
Aug 2012 - May 2014

Lucas Christian Academy

I taught junior High and High School Theatre for two years! Loved it and loved the kids!!!

Music Teacher
May 2008 - Dec 2013

Kid Builders 4 Life

I went from school to school teaching music and voice to students of all ages

Montessori Teacher
Aug 2001 - Jun 2005

Frisco Montessori Academy/ Park West Montessori School

Between NYC and Frisco Texas, I worked for four years as a Montessori toddler teacher as well as the schools music teacher.


Education

Master of Arts in Teaching
Aug 2011 - Present

Texas Women's University

Masters of Arts in Teaching
Sep 2012 - May 2015

Texas Woman's University


Certifications

Montessori Toddler Teaching Certification
Aug 2003

American Montessori Institute

I also taught preschool music for many years.

Affiliations

Actors' Equity Association
Jan 1998
Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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