Melissa James, MM

Melissa J.

Orem, UT
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Melissa delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 12+

Teaching since:
November 2010

I am dedicated to helping you feel comfortable singing, performing and even auditioning. I teach you how to free up your voice and how to apply the tools that give you the confidence to sing what you want. Also check me out on FaceBook at

*** Lesson Details ***
I do have cats at my home studio- be aware if you are concerned with allergies!

My first priority is making the student feel comfortable, we will move only as fast as the student wants to move.

We will start by setting some goals- what the student is hoping to get out of voice lessons. I will keep your goals in mind when teaching.

Learning how to sing can be a slow process. Expect 3-6 months of studying to notice large improvements-however, the more consistently you practice, the more consistent your progress.

Students will be asked to find or purchase their own music (average of $10-$30).

*** Specialties ***
Musical Theater
Classical Voice
General Singing (jazz, pop, singer/songwriter, choral, etc)
Audition Preparation
Vocal Health
Speaking Voice (for theater, presentations, or daily life)
Music Notation and Interpretation

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Jun 2013 - Present
Church of Christ Scientists

Singing/ Leading music for the Church of Christ Scientists

Private Voice Teacher
Apr 2013 - Present
Self Employed

Teaching private and group voices from my home studio.

Chorus Member
Jul 2012 - Present
Utah Opera

Singing in the chorus of the Utah Opera Producions

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2010 - Apr 2013
Brigham Young University

Teaching private voice students and group voice classes


MM in Vocal Performance
Aug 2010 - Aug 2013
Brigham Young University
BA in Vocal Performance
Aug 2003 - Apr 2008
Southern Utah University


Language coaching for songs in English, German, French, and Italian. Some Norwegian experience as well.
Professional Proficiency


Michael Ballam Workshop
Mar 2007
Michael Ballam

Participated in a Masterclass led by Michael Ballam

Michael Colgrass Workshop
Sep 2006
Michael Colgrass

Learned stage fright control and music composition from Michael Colgrass workshop. Participated in Premier piece written for the Southern Utah University Band.

Paul Salamunovich Workshop
Sep 2006
Paul Salamunovich

Learned stage fright resisting techniques and performance techniques in workshop directed by Paul Salamunovich.

European Tour
Jun 2001
Utah Ambassadors of Music

Participated in a month long tour of Europe with the Utah Ambassadors of Music


Roy Samuelsen Award
Feb 2012
BYU's Young Artist Competition
2nd place in division
Mar 2011
Farnsworth/Winterton Award
Feb 2011
BYU's Young Artist Competition
1st place in division
Mar 2010
Featured Artist
Feb 2008
Roy Halverson, Young Artist Competition

Photos & Videos

Head Shot

"I Want Magic" January 2017 Opera Recital
"Porgi amor" January 2017 Opera Recital
Head Shot

From Utah Opera's 2015 production of The Pearl Fishers

"I Want Magic" from Streetcar Named Desire. Performed for the MET Council Auditions 2014
My home Studio

My home studio

From Utah Opera's production of Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte"
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15 Reviews

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Matt Aug 22, 2019
Singing · In studio

She is very patience and methodical. She really knows how to get the best use out of you and really find your voice. She very good at explaining things. Hands down a terrific teacher.

Shirleen H. Dec 27, 2018
Singing · In studio

She is patient, thorough, and helped me understand my voice.

Kiera B. Aug 2, 2018
Singing · In studio

Melissa is an excellent teacher! She is very good at teaching the proper techniques to allow you to sing without straining your vocal chords. She is very sweet and makes you feel at ease.

Julie Dec 10, 2017
Singing · In studio

Melissa was great! She really helped my daughter!

Mauvia C. Oct 27, 2017
Singing · In studio

Melissa knows her stuff! After 3 lessons I can see a lot of improvement.

M. Christensen Oct 16, 2017
Singing · In studio

After one lesson I can say that Melissa is a very knowledgable instructor and a fun person to talk to work with.

Debra B. Feb 16, 2017
Singing · In studio

Melissa uses great imagery in helping get your needed airflow, vowel formation, tongue placement , etc. I've learned a lot, and have a new friend!

Gerardo B. Oct 10, 2016
Singing · In studio

Melissa is very knowledgeable, and, more important, knows how to explain things so they are easily understood.
She uses times judiciously and is very friendly and patient.
I wholeheartedly recommend her.

Misha Biggs Dec 3, 2015
Singing · In studio

I had an amazing time at my lesson with Melissa. She helped me see that my goals were possible. She is happy, talented and knowledgeable.

Jessica A. Nov 4, 2013
Singing ·

Fantastic teacher!

Melissa is wonderful! I was nervous to take lessons, and she made me feel comfortable. She is very friendly and very complimentary of what I am doing well, even if I'm doing other things poorly. I would recommend her to anyone, especially those who are shy about getting started.

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Brittni N. Nov 3, 2013
Singing ·

Great Teacher! :)

Melissa is an amazing voice teacher! She always created a comfortable environment that we could learn about our individual voices in. She always told me exactly what I needed to improve on in a way that wasn't demeaning, but encouraging! I also attended an opera that she was in, and she was a great actress and singer! I really enjoyed her class and benefited a lot from it.

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Alex R. Nov 1, 2013
Singing ·

Great Teacher!

I have nothing but good things to say about Melissa James. She is a very talented teacher who can take a student of any skill level and let them know what they can work on to improve. I really enjoyed the semester class that I took from her.

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josh F. Oct 30, 2013
Singing ·

Awesome Awesome Teacher!

I loved her, she is very talented herself and was able to explain things well. The key to succeeding with any vocal training is practice, and she gives you the best in-class and out-of-class activities to help you advance! Definitely worth taking lessons from :)

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Metide J. Oct 30, 2013
Singing ·

Best voice teacher I've ever had!

I took one semester of voice lessons from prof. James. She was the best voice teacher I've ever had. She is very reliable, punctual and precise. With her, I finally understood where my biggest problems with singing were. Her explanations were clear and very helpful. We worked all together as a class on the basics and then we dedicated a big part of the semester just doing individual lessons. One thing that I really appreciated was that she convinced me to get slightly out of my comfort zone and had me singing a song that I never thought I would have been able to sing. And it was a great success. Not to mention that I attended an opera where she was one of the main opera singers, and she was incredible! Her diction was also impeccable, and I can say that because I'm Italian. If you're thinking of taking voice lessons from a professional who really knows what she's doing, Prof. James is the teacher for you.

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Mike M. Oct 30, 2013
Singing ·

This instructor knows voices

I was amazed at how well Melissa could identify how to improve my voice! She knows how sounds are produced and is able to correct anything I'm doing wrong, from breathing to posture to shaping sounds in my mouth.

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