- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- June 1984
Music has been a very important part of my life for a long time. I began taking piano lessons at age 9 and also started as a church musician that same year. Some people would say I was a very fast learner! I was, and still am, very interested in every aspect of music. I began singing in church and school a few years after that. I have played and performed a variety of styles of music but I have the most experience with Christian music, classical, pop and R & B. I am confident that I can teach you whatever style you are interested in! I am currently a high school choral director and a minister of music for church. I also play in a band with a group of my co-workers where we perform mostly pop, rock and oldies. I have been doing private lessons since I was in high school and have taught school music for 25 years. I've taught general education, choir, band and general music. I also do some composing.
I attended Jarvis Christian College (1984-1989) where I majored in All-Level Music Education. I received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in May of 1989.
After I was hired at my first school, I started working on additional certification at Texas Christian University and Texas Wesleyan University. I completed the required subjects and received certification in general education in 1991. I am currently certified in 3 areas: General Music 1-8, All-Level Music K-12 and General Education 1-8.
*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that all students can and will learn something if they put forth some effort! I also believe that learning music should be fun! I'm a pretty laid back person but I am very serious about my time and yours being well spent! I use a method book for piano lessons, as well as, a variety of other materials based on your interest and level. I also use a variety of materials for voice lessons. At the first lesson I will find out what your goals for learning music are. I will also find out what types of music you are interested in and we'll go from there! I do believe in challenging students. I do expect you to sincerely want to learn and to demonstrate your interest through weekly practice and attendance at your lessons.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboards, microphones, recording equipment, music stands and supplemental books and materials
*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need to have the required lesson book. All students will need a spiral notebook and a pen or pencil. Voice students will also need a black binder.
TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) August 2002
TCDA (Texas Choral Directors Association) August 2002
MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) August 1990
*** Specialties ***
I teach a variety of genres but my strongest areas are all types of Christian Music and classical. I've trained many people to be church musicians. I've also done pop, jazz, Broadway, country and hip hop.
Choral Director and District Music Coordinator
Teach and conduct church music ministries including the adult praise team and youth choir.
Oversee the Worship Ministry including the musicians, sound team and audio visual departments.
Private piano and voice lessons to ages 5 to adult
Choir Grades 1-12
General Music Grades 1-8
General Education Grades K-8
Band Grades 4-12
Oversee adult praise choir and youth choir
General Education Grades 4 and 5
General Music Grades 4 and 5
Choir Grade 5
General Education Certification for grades K-8
All Level Music Education Certification for grades K-12
General Music Grades 1-8
Certified to teach music to grades K-12
Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.+ Read More
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Ms. Melodie is a wealth of knowledge, I've sang in school and church choirs for years and never learned the singing fundamentals she has taught me in the past five months. If you want to be challenged and truly develop your musical abilities, she can help you reach your destiny!+ Read More
Ms. Brookins is an excellent teacher. Although I had a few ideas of how to sing, I had no idea how technical it was. After a couple of weeks of struggling, she helped me further understand the complexity of the voice. She is great at going at the students pace while trying to help them grow musically.+ Read More
We have been more than pleased with our experience. My son has learned so much in a very short period of time. Not only has he learned new strategies for maximizing his potential but he has fun while doing so. We highly recommend Ms. Melodie.
I loved Melodie as a singing lessons teacher. I walked in with very little knowledge and left with a stronger voice. She's AMAZING and fun!
She is very patient! She wants you to learn. She works with you. She does what she is supposed to do! It makes it easy for me!
Melodie is awesome!
I had never taken a voice lesson before, but she has been so patient and helpful with me, and I noticed improvement even after the first lesson.
She takes time to personalize songs, lyrics, and styles in order to fit my individual characteristics.
She is quick to give encouragement and tell me that something is good, and she also gives feedback to improve in a funny, lighthearted way.
And although she is very modest and humble, I've heard her sing a few notes, and she has an insanely good voice!! Not to mention she also has perfect pitch and is a master at the piano.
We love our teacher my daughter is only 7 and has had 3 lessons and I have seen so much growth in her and enthusiasm. My daughter really likes the way she teaches her because she spends the time with her to help her understand the music and read the music not just play it.+ Read More
Melodie has definitely been a great vocal teacher. I have some great results from my classes with her. Melodie is also a very nice, and great person to work with. I definitely recommend her.
My daughter has been taking lessons with Ms Melodie for a few months now and my daughter loves working with her.
My daughter looks foward to her class each week.
Ms Melodie has a wonderful personality that works with my daughter, she has a great teaching environment, and she is very kind, my daughter loves having her for her singing teacher and hearing my daughter sing is beautiful.
Thank you to TAKE LESSONS and Ms Melodie for being a wonderful, patient and very talented singing teacher.
Mrs.Melodie is such an awesome vocal insructor!!
I receatly began vocal lessons with Mrs.Melodie.I am so glad I choose her as my vocal insructor. She has so much love and knowledge for what she does. She has taught me so much in such a small amount of time. I always enjoy getting to meet with her every week!! She is such an awesome person in all the aspects. Anyone who is looking for a vocal insructor don't think twice about making Mrs.Melodie your insructor. You will not regret it, she is amazing!!
I look forward to every class with Miss Melodie because they are always fun and lift my spirits high! I am an absolute beginner and she has always made me very comfortable learning new vocal exercises. She is very humble and patient, and an effective teacher.
She's very knowledgeable
I've known Ms. Brookins for a very long time, and she has taught all I know about singing, and playing the piano. She is very patient, strong-spirited, funny, and very laid back. She is very experienced in her field of music, and is nurturing, and does not waste time. I chose Ms. Brookins has my instructor a long time ago, and I have not regreted it since.
She is a great teacher, she is very patient and will help you through any problems your having weather it's learning something or personal problems she will be there to help! She has a great personality and knows what she is doing! The environment will turn your day around, she makes learning fun and enjoyable! :) I'm so glad that i met and had a chance to learn from someone as good as her! She has changed my life with my piano skills and even my attitude towards life! She doesn't just teach what you wanna know, you get everything that you need from her, she goes above and beyond for her students!
The best Teacher
Ms. Brookins has been my voice teacher for over 8 years now, I have had no problems out of her, shes always available, shes an easy teacher, and very affordable. She is very funny, and when she sees that you are starting to get frustrated she'll crack a joke to make you feel better! She takes out the time to find the music, books, and songs that fit you, and she makes sure when you leave practice that you are prepared and ready to preform, or do whatever it is that you have to do.
She is a very good teacher.
Mrs. Melodie B. is a very good teacher. She is really funny. She will help you on anything that you are stuck on. She is very patients and friendly. I recommend her to you.
She is the real deal
Ms. Brookins is the BEST teacher I've ever had
And a testament to that is that even though I was always bombarding her with question after question about the piano
She would always be calm and tell me "You got this dude" or "come on you can do it"
Cheesy as it may sound it worked
And as a final result of being with her for a year
I can play the music I want to play on the piano BY EAR!
Like seriously this review doesn't do her justice but of you want the best AND the nicest she is the best choice!
Brookins is the most fun and professional teacher ever.
I have been under the direction of Ms. Brookins since the age of 5 and have nothing but good things to say. First of all, Brookins can teach anyone anything. I 've never seen someone take lessons from her and not learn something. I took piano, clarinet, and singing lessons from Ms. Brookins and am very proud everything that she taught me. From the practices, lessons, and at home exercises, Ms. Brookins makes sure that all of her students get the time in that they need to do their best.
Besides her outstanding professionalism, Ms. Melodie Brookins is so much fun to learn from and be around. She has a ton of jokes and many great ways to help remember things about your music. I would know nothing about music had it not been for Ms. Brookins. From 5 to 17 years of age she was my teacher and mentor and for those 12 years I couldn't have asked for a better person to teach me.
Mrs. Brookins was and is one of my favorite instructors of all time. She was so friendly, welcoming, warm, and enthusiastic when it came to instructing my peers and I. I can speak for us all when I say, Mrs. Brookins is a wonderful teacher. I recommend her!