Melissa Medina

Melissa M.

Sunnyvale, CA

About Melissa M.

Background check: Last verified 07/08/2016
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Melissa teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: 2006
Last sign in: Yesterday


I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history.

I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes in a variety of settings. I've taught corporate classes, private lessons, small groups, and traditional classroom lessons.

We have a student-centric philosophy of learning. Lessons are generally relaxed and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. Special focus on topics like music theory, self-accompaniment, composition, song writing, and home recording are available as well.

What are your personal goals? We'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but we prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible.

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Instructor and Administration
Sep 2012 - Present

- Teaches beginning lessons for piano, ukulele, and drums
- Coordinates studio and teacher schedules
- Corresponds with students and parents regarding lesson plans and scheduling
- Processes payments and banking/accounting for company

Language Teacher
Apr 2009 - Apr 2011

• Planned and executed language lessons using innovative methods such as art to help students grasp the English language above the standards set by the school board
• Advised fellow instructors on creative teaching methods in order to improve overall academic performance
• Created an extracurricular English Club to help student’s achieve academic excellence
• Conducted class in a multi-lingual environment
• Designed English program curriculum and teaching materials

Language Instructor
Apr 2008 - Apr 2009

• Led corporate language courses for internationally active personnel at companies such as Honda and Sharp
• Established testing process and curriculum for students in order to more accurately gauge ability and help future instruction
• Created and led programs for students ranging in age two to adults
Coordinated schedules between multiple schools and businesses to maintain effective teaching timetables


Sep 2001 - May 2008
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency

20 Reviews on Melissa M.

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Judith F. Nov 11, 2016
Verified Student · Vocal Training · In studio
Melissa is a knowledgeable, direct and friendly instructor. I appreciated her foundational growth method. Teaching from the basics and building from there. I am looking forward to future lessons. Thank you Melissa!
Diana Aug 27, 2016
Verified Student · Watercolor Painting · In home
Melissa was a great teacher. She was clear, patient, and provided the right amount of instruction. She provided very interesting information about the subject. I really enjoyed the lesson and will continue.
Ankita D. Aug 24, 2016
Verified Student · Ukulele · In studio
Very nice and knowledgeable
Hirouki Aug 7, 2016
Verified Student · Ukulele · In studio
Melissa was very friendly. I like her teaching style which she told us some theory. This made me get better understanding,
Briana T. Jul 18, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
She is very patient and nice
Rosie A. Jul 18, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
This was our third lesson, so far so good. Our daughter is eight years old and first time to play piano. Melissa is very patient with her, encouraging and makes it fun. Our daughter looks forward to these piano classes and she likes Melissa. We will continue taking classes with Melisa. She is awesome
Helen N. Jun 18, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Impress with the classroom, very professional
Uses diff method, will see as class goes along if works , teacher is nice
Michael May 21, 2016
Verified Student · Chess · Online
It was the first lesson. But I think it is going to be great.
Noe May 9, 2016
Verified Student · Drum · In studio
My daughter is so excited to begin lessons here. First one was fabulous and she's practicing every day.
Casey K. May 9, 2016
Verified Student · Ukulele · In studio
I've taken ukulele lessons with Melissa for about 3 months now. As a beginner to music, Melissa is patient with me and builds on topics and techniques in such a way that I was able to grasp them. Not only have we covered chords, strumming, and rhythm on the ukulele, but she taught me about music theory as well (which was unexpected but I've enjoyed learning!). I would definitely recommend Melissa for ukulele lessons!
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