- Teaches students:
- and Ages 12+
- Teaching since:
- November 2010
I am dedicated to helping you to feel comfortable singing, performing and even auditioning. Teaching healthy techniques to free up your voice and give you the confidence to sing what you want.
*** Education ***
Master's of Music degree from Brigham Young University
Bachelor or Art degree from Southern Utah University
*** 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 ***
General Singing (jazz, pop, singer/songwriter, choral, etc)
Music Notation and Interpretation
Singing/ Leading music for the Church of Christ Scientists
Teaching private and group voices from my home studio.
Singing in the chorus of the Utah Opera Producions
Teaching private voice students and group voice classes
Participated in a Masterclass led by Michael Ballam
Learned stage fright control and music composition from Michael Colgrass workshop. Participated in Premier piece written for the Southern Utah University Band.
Learned stage fright resisting techniques and performance techniques in workshop directed by Paul Salamunovich.
Participated in a month long tour of Europe with the Utah Ambassadors of Music
Melissa was great! She really helped my daughter!
Melissa knows her stuff! After 3 lessons I can see a lot of improvement.
After one lesson I can say that Melissa is a very knowledgable instructor and a fun person to talk to work with.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.