Melissa Fulkerson

Melissa F.

Sacramento, CA
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Piano is one of the best instruments to learn for singers or beginning musicians. Our lessons will be fun and exciting, and also focused and productive. You'll be playing in no time!

About Melissa F.

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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17 Reviews
Alexandra P.
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I have been working with Melissa for 5 years now and every single lesson is super enlightening. My skills as a singer have significantly improved on both tone and range. I am able to hear pitch better and have more vocal projection. I have gotten to know her pretty well as time has gone on and she is a very sweet and kind person. I am super grateful that I found her!

Posted Aug 10, 2021
William Schmalzel
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My ukulele mentor was extremely knowledgeable regarding the intricacies of various music formats. She broke down complex details into language that I could understand. She challenged me with next steps and was kind to make me feel accomplished.

Posted Jul 30, 2020
Ryan & Hazel H.
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This is mine and my daughters first time taking music lessons. Melissa is patient with my daughter and very knowledgeable. After five lessons with Melissa I feel we are on the right track to accomplishing our ukulele goals.

Posted Jan 17, 2019
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

My wife enjoyed her first ukulele lesson and is looking forward to going again next week.

Posted Jan 14, 2019
Profile-location-home Student's Home

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

Posted Oct 18, 2016
Arika B.
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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.

Posted Sep 9, 2016
Jake D.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's 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.

Posted Aug 11, 2016
Kamelia V.
Profile-location-home Student's 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.

Posted Jul 28, 2016
Samantha K.
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Amazing person, amazing instructor.

Posted Jul 13, 2016
Cassandra S.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

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

Posted Jul 6, 2016
Carol V.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

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

Posted Jul 6, 2016
Amelie B.
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Posted Apr 28, 2016
Hannah O.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

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

Posted Feb 24, 2016
Laura L.
Profile-location-home Student's 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.

Posted Feb 24, 2016
Michelle Vick
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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.

Posted Jan 13, 2016
Debbie H.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's 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!

Posted May 13, 2015
Damon W.
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Melissa is great to work with and is very accommodating!!!!

Posted Feb 26, 2015

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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



Fluent / Native Proficiency


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

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