Melissa Fulkerson

Melissa F.

Sacramento, CA

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About

Melissa delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 6+

Teaching since:
September 2006

I have been studying and performing music for the majority of my life, starting with piano in the third grade. I started singing in choirs in high school and continued studying voice throughout college. I have a classical background and moved to jazz voice as an undergraduate at California State University of Sacramento. I recently completed my Masters Degree in Vocal Performance in 2015!

*** Lesson Details ***
Teaching music gives me joy! I create a positive and encouraging environment for students to gain confidence in their performance abilities. Every student is different and I approach each lesson accordingly in order to accommodate each student's needs and expectations.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, microphone, sound system, music stand, sitting area for parent(s) when needed. Students are expected to purchase their own books which are required for piano lessons. I can supply photo copies for the first couple of lessons until books are delivered.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a metronome for lessons, but each student should acquire their own for practicing purposes. Students should provide a stereo, preferably with an iPod adapter, to listen to musical examples, and a piano for voice or their own instrument for instrumental lessons. I can provide an extra ukulele for lessons, but students should have their own for practicing purposes.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz voice, teaching students jazz theory and improvisation as well as stylistic techniques.

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Education

Master of Music - Vocal Performance
Jan 2014 - Dec 2015
California State University of Sacramento
Bachelor of Music - Jazz Studies
Jan 2007 - Aug 2010
California State University of Sacramento

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Outstanding Solo Performance - Graduate Jazz Vocalist
Apr 2016
DownBeat Magazine
Best Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Apr 2011
DownBeat Magazine
Outstanding Solo Performance - Jazz Vocalist
Apr 2010
DownBeat Magazine

Photos & Videos

Melissa Fulkerson sings "Strange Love" with Las Vegas Jazz Orchestra. Music by Zachary Shea, lyrics by Shea and Fulkerson.
Photo by Melissa F.

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13 Reviews

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Kim Oct 18, 2016
Singing · In home

Melissa seems knowledgeable. She makes the lesson productive and fun!

Arika B. Sep 9, 2016
Singing · In studio

Thank you, Melissa, for working with my grand daughter with singing lessons. She has enjoyed her classes and has learned a great deal about how to use and project her voice. She learned how to warm up her vocal chords prior to signing and also she learned about the diction and pronunciation of her words.

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Jake D. Aug 11, 2016
Singing · In studio

So far so good. We started simple and I look forward to seeing what comes out in future sessions. I already have a few things to think about and practice at home, she seems very insightful so far and it's pretty cool that she can pick out by ear what note your on and what not. I just wish I could afford the longer sessions.

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Kamelia V. Jul 28, 2016
Singing · In home

Melissa is friendly person with lot of experience. She couched my kids to sing better and helped them with their skills to be better singers.
Thanks Melissa for your good work. We are very happy to met her and will be keeping contact with her.

Samantha K. Jul 13, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

Amazing person, amazing instructor.

Cassandra S. Jul 6, 2016
Singing · In home

Had a great first lesson so far - she's very knowledgeable, explains thoroughly and is helping me focus on specific areas for improvement.

Carol V. Jul 6, 2016
Ukulele · In home

Friendly, well organized and positive. Both my 13 yr old granddaughter enjoyed our lesson

Amelie B. Apr 28, 2016
Ukulele · In home

Patient....Loving...Knowledgeable...Honest!

Hannah O. Feb 24, 2016
Singing · In home

Melissa was wonderful with my 7 year old daughter! She's extremely patient and skilled at communicating with little ones.

Laura L. Feb 24, 2016
Singing · In home

Melissa is great. She was patient with me as I learned how to breathe and to sing A and e.
I can't wait for the next class.

Michelle Vick Jan 13, 2016
Singing · In home

Melissa is a fantastic instructor with a very warm, caring personality. She has an extensive educational background in vocal anatomy and asks for input when creating individual curriculums. Most importantly, Melissa has a rare ability to give feedback and areas of opportunity in a positive light. As a very self conscious, beginning singer, I feel very comfortable with her.

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Debbie H. May 13, 2015
Singing · In studio

Melissa is great. She is very relaxed and has a wonderful way of encouraging me to sing better. The lesson is the quickest 30 minutes of my week!

Damon W. Feb 26, 2015
Piano · In studio

Melissa is great to work with and is very accommodating!!!!

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