Melodie Brookins

Melodie B.

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Fort Worth, TX
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Melodie teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: June 1984
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Overview

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.

***Affiliations***
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.

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Voice Lessons

Experience

Minister of Music Aug 2003 - Present
Life Inspirational Community Church

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.

Teacher--Choral Director Aug 2003 - Present
Everman High School

Choral Director and District Music Coordinator

Private Piano and Voice Instructor Jan 1980 - Present
Self-Employed

Private piano and voice lessons to ages 5 to adult

Teacher Aug 1992 - Aug 2003
Ambassadors of Christ Academy

Choir Grades 1-12
General Music Grades 1-8
General Education Grades K-8
Band Grades 4-12

Musician Jan 1990 - Aug 2003
Ambassadors of Christ Christian Center

Oversee adult praise choir and youth choir

Teacher Aug 1989 - May 1992
Fort Worth ISD

General Education Grades 4 and 5
General Music Grades 4 and 5
Choir Grade 5

Education

Bachelor of Science in Education with focus on Music Education Jun 1984 - Aug 1991
Jarvis Christian College; TCU, Texas Wesleyan University

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

General Education, General Music, All Level Music Education May 1989
Texas Education Agency

General Education Certification for grades K-8
All Level Music Education Certification for grades K-12
General Music Grades 1-8

Awards

State Textbook Review Recognition Mar 2004
Texas Education Agency
Michael Jackson Scholarship Aug 2003
UNCF
Heaven 97 Homegrown Gospel Competition Winner Sep 1991
Heaven 97

Affiliations

Texas Music Educators Association May 2003
TMEA

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.

Music Teachers National Association Aug 1990
MTNA

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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18 Reviews on Melodie B.

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Connie J. Jul 4, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
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!
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Joseph H. Jul 1, 2015
Singing · In home
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.
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Kim S. Jul 1, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
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.
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Corlette B. Jul 1, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
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!
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Billy J. Jun 3, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
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!
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Joel H. Jan 23, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
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.
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Sarah W. Jul 17, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
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.
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Carlos P. Mar 6, 2014
Verified Student
Great teacher!!

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.
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Jeanette C. C. Dec 26, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
excellent

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.
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crystal B. Dec 21, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
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!!