Melissa James, MM

Melissa J.

Orem, UT
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Singing techniques in a Classical/Operatic style voice, audition preparation, repertoire includes Art song and Opera Arias in German, French, Italian and English.

About Melissa J.

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.

*** 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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15 Reviews
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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.

Posted Aug 22, 2019
Shirleen H.
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She is patient, thorough, and helped me understand my voice.

Posted Dec 27, 2018
Kiera B.
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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.

Posted Aug 2, 2018
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Melissa was great! She really helped my daughter!

Posted Dec 10, 2017
Mauvia C.
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Melissa knows her stuff! After 3 lessons I can see a lot of improvement.

Posted Oct 27, 2017
M. Christensen
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After one lesson I can say that Melissa is a very knowledgable instructor and a fun person to talk to work with.

Posted Oct 16, 2017
Debra B.
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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!

Posted Feb 16, 2017
Gerardo B.
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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.

Posted Oct 10, 2016
Misha Biggs
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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.

Posted Dec 3, 2015
Jessica A.

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.

Posted Nov 4, 2013
Brittni N.

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.

Posted Nov 3, 2013
Alex R.

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.

Posted Nov 1, 2013
josh F.

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 :)

Posted Oct 30, 2013
Metide J.

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.

Posted Oct 30, 2013
Mike M.

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.

Posted Oct 30, 2013

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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


and Italian. Some Norwegian experience as well.

Professional Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Professional Proficiency

Language coaching for songs in English

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

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