Melissa Medina
Sunnyvale, CA
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Melissa Medina

Melissa M.

Sunnyvale, CA
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Beginning voice students will be taught the basics in a fun but productive way. I will teach a strong foundation so a student can move forward with confidence. Lessons would be individualized to focus on areas that need the most guidance.

About Melissa M.

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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Alexandra
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Melissa is patient, explains the concepts very well, she is hands on and makes the lessons very entertaining and dynamic. The way she selects the material for her students she finds the right balance between effective learning, fun and interesting. We are very fortunate to have her as a piano teacher.

Posted Jul 19, 2019
Sevval N.
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She was so kind and helpful toward my kids for the fist day.

Posted Apr 14, 2019
Youjia S.
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My daughter struggled to stay focused for the whole one hour. It would be better to have video conference option so she can see the teacher.

Posted Nov 9, 2018
Priyanka S.
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Melissa was the perfect teacher for my child. She's warm, engaged, patient -- and very skilled. I think my daughter continued with her piano instruction only because she enjoyed her classes so much! If we hadn't moved an hour away, we would still be going to Melissa. She's awesome! I highly recommend her.

Posted Aug 27, 2018
James
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Great teacher. I learned a lot.

Posted Aug 25, 2018
Carla
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I learned A LOT about painting. It was a great first class. Thank you.

Posted Aug 22, 2018
Marla
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Melissa is a wonderful teacher. She is very patient. She ensures that I understand the fundamentals. It has been a very enjoyable and educational experience.

Posted Nov 9, 2017
nina/olivia
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fun and upbeat

Posted Sep 5, 2017
Katie
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My 8 yo daughter just started taking ukulele lessons with Melissa and always looks forward to her upcoming lessons! Friendly, upbeat, patient, and wonderful teacher.

Posted Aug 28, 2017
gary
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thanks

Posted Jul 1, 2017
Judith F.
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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!

Posted Nov 11, 2016
Diana
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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.

Posted Aug 27, 2016
Ankita D.
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Very nice and knowledgeable

Posted Aug 24, 2016
Hirouki
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Melissa was very friendly. I like her teaching style which she told us some theory. This made me get better understanding,

Posted Aug 7, 2016
Briana T.
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She is very patient and nice

Posted Jul 18, 2016
Rosie A.
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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

Posted Jul 18, 2016
Helen N.
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Impress with the classroom, very professional
Uses diff method, will see as class goes along if works , teacher is nice

Posted Jun 18, 2016
Michael
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It was the first lesson. But I think it is going to be great.

Posted May 21, 2016
Noe
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My daughter is so excited to begin lessons here. First one was fabulous and she's practicing every day.

Posted May 9, 2016
Casey K.
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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!

Posted May 9, 2016
Fred C.
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This star system was confusing. If my rating submitted was a 1 it was in error.
Please do not post it.

Posted Mar 7, 2016
Mason E.
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Melissa was great. Thank you Melissa.

Posted Jan 25, 2016
Nina K.
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I thought it was a great first lesson and we really look forward to more! I can already tell Melissa has immense insight into the game and my daughter enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks Melissa!

Posted Jan 22, 2016
Elisa
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Excellent chess instructor. Very patient and experienced teaching my children 6 and 7 years of age. Always on time.

Posted Dec 22, 2015
Sherry D.
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Melissa is an awesome instructor. She let me take my time. Easy to work with. Very detailed, can't wait for my next class.

Posted Nov 10, 2015
Milena A.
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Melissa was very patient and very knowledgeable.

Posted Sep 26, 2015
Calem F.
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Melissa is great for beginners! Amazingly patient and gets the kids learning their favorite song (pop, hip hop, jazz) on the second lesson. It's a great way to learn while keeping the lessons contemporary and keeping the kids interested!

No need to have a proper piano at home - a decent keyboard to practice on is all that's needed.

Posted Sep 15, 2015
Abhijit
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This is my second attempt to get my daughter learn Piano and I am pretty happy with Melissa. What I observed is she makes it real easy for kids to understand Piano. She kinds of stimulate thinking at the time of learning and hence make piano learning interesting for kids rather than something complicated and boring stuff.

She was also nice to offer free lessons in month of august, that helped us to evaluate her compatibility with my daughter.

Posted Sep 1, 2015
chris
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the best , my 6yr old daughter , who is very shy & normally will take time to adjust with new but she was very happy with Ms Melissa. The BEST are very small word to describe her.

Posted Aug 11, 2015
Jesse M.
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Melissa is a very patient and friendly teacher that really cares about her students. To be clear, I've worked with her as a peer and colleague. I've always had a great deal of admiration for the time, effort, and caring she puts into the preparation for her students. Whether it's been in classes or one on one lessons, she's done everything she can to cater to the group or individual's needs. If you need a kind, dedicated teacher to get the child in your family started, she's the one.

Posted Jul 1, 2015

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Experience

Instructor and Administration
Sep 2012 - Present

MTS

- 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

Borderlink

• 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

Joytalk

• 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

Education

History
Sep 2001 - May 2008

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Japanese

Limited Proficiency

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