Melody Cook
Knoxville, TN
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Melody Cook

Melody C.

Knoxville, TN
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I am currently teaching most piano lessons online. I am also available for a few in-person lessons in my home studio, if certain safety precautions are followed... more about that at the end of this section.

Whether your lessons are online or in person, a typical lesson with me will include things like this:

-The student plays what they have practiced, and we work on any difficult areas and techniques for playing better.

-I introduce new lesson material, asking questions to make sure my student understands.

-We work on music theory, sight reading, good posture, and helpful practice techniques.

-I expect my students to practice every day, just as I do. It is the only way to become proficient.

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For online lessons, you may use the online platform provided by TakeLessons, or we can use Zoom. Most of my students are using Zoom.

You will need to order lesson books before your first lesson. Please contact me after you sign up to discuss which books to order. Keep in mind that it may take a couple weeks for them to arrive in the mail, so you will want to order them as soon as possible.

You will also need to set up your computer, tablet, or phone, for a good view of your piano or keyboard. If you contact me about it, I am happy to help you with this before your first lesson, so that we do not have to spend time during the first lesson on set-up. If you do not yet have a piano or keyboard, let me know and I can give you some tips for choosing a good quality one.

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I am also available to teach in my home studio, with certain safety precautions. Contact me if you are interested in lessons in person, and I will send you an informed consent form with a list of the required precautions, which must be signed before the first lesson.

If you like, you can purchase your lesson books from me at your first lesson, or you can contact me to discuss which books to buy ahead of the lesson.

If you do not yet have a piano or keyboard, let me know, and I can help you choose an instrument.

About Melody C.

My name is Melody Cook.

I began learning to play the piano when I was five. My mother had a piano and some books. I loved the piano and I mostly taught myself. As an adult, I finally received professional musical instruction when I studied music at Valencia college and the University of Central Florida. I earned an Associates degree in piano performance and a Bachelors degree in music performance with a concentration in music composition. graduating with honors in 2019.

My teaching experience began early. I was home schooled and taught some of my younger siblings reading, mathematics, and beginning piano. I have tutored children ages 5- 13 in reading and mathematics. I worked as a daycare teacher off and on for a few years in my twenties, teaching children ages 2- 10. In my thirties, I began teaching piano class at a middle-school while attending college. I have been teaching private piano lessons to all ages since 2014.

On my profile I stated that I can teach students with special needs. I want to clarify that I do not have training in this area, but I have worked with students who have ADHD, autism and other special needs. It is helpful for me to meet with the parents or other caregivers before the first lesson to discuss anything I may need to know, in order to give the student a positive learning experience. My students with special needs are great students! They enjoy and benefit from playing the piano, and I enjoy working with them!


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23 Reviews
Rachel L.
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My daughter is turning to 6 and this is her first time to learn Piano. I feel my daughter has learn so much in just 30 minutes. I'd highly recommend Melody to anyone who is looking for an online piano teacher.

Posted Apr 30, 2021
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Melody is awesome! She was able to answer my myriad of questions at my first lesson and still had time to teach me new things that have really helped me. She was very personable, knowledgeable, and easy to talk to. I have no doubt she is going to help me become the best piano player I can be.

Posted Sep 4, 2020
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Very kind and patient with my daughter as she provided the instruction.

Posted Aug 27, 2019
Amandine L.
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Extremely happy with Melody! She knows how to make little ones focus and work with joy and enthusiasms, on the theory and practice. All the time on time, those 45 minutes are 100% happy and learning time. Thank you!

Posted Jul 18, 2019
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For first class it was pretty good we want to continue attending and check the progress !

Posted Oct 24, 2018
Aleena H.
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1st Lesson went great! My daughter can’t wait for the next!

Posted Sep 24, 2018
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the progress my girl has had under Melody is palpable. she is very good.

Posted Jul 21, 2016
Cyrus H.
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First lesson went great! My son really enjoyed the experience and is excited to keep going. At first he thought he wouldn't like going to piano lessons, but now he says he really really likes it!

Posted Jul 15, 2016
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Melody is a great instructor for my 5 year old son, she is very patient and handles him very well. He has learned a ton and loves going to his piano lessons. I highly recommend Melody for children!

Posted Apr 26, 2016
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Great at keeping kids' attention and progressing quickly enough to keep their interest.

Posted Apr 25, 2016
Rosemary B.
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My daughter really enjoyed everytime she has piano lessons.

Posted Apr 25, 2016
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My 8 year old son has been taking lessons with Melody for months and he has been progressing very quickly. She has been great and he very much enjoys his lessons.

Posted Apr 25, 2016
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Melody is a very patient & encouraging instructor. She ensures you understand the basics & fundamentals so that practicing becomes an enjoyable event instead of a chore.

Posted Apr 25, 2016
Lia W.
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Melody was a great instructor for my beginning 9 year old daughter. She was very patient and soft spoken which allowed my daughter to feel comfortable. She learned a lot and has developed a a love for piano which she hopes to continue. I would highly recommend Melody

Posted Apr 25, 2016
Maisam K.
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First of all, I missed the original 8 am since We slept through alarm. Melody was flexible to a rescheduling time. Then Melody provided extra time as we were late with traffic, she went beyond allocated time since there was no student after this session and my son missed few classes.

Posted Apr 16, 2016
Mical B.
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Melody is very patient and kind with my son

Posted Mar 6, 2016
Mical B.
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Melody is very patient and kind with my son

Posted Mar 6, 2016
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Melody is a good piano teacher. She has a way of making Piano learning interesting and fun for kids.

Posted Feb 20, 2016
Raul Hernandez jr
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Melody was a wonderful teacher!

Posted Jan 12, 2016
Jaden P.
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My son has done great and enjoys his lessons with Melody.

Posted Dec 7, 2015
Mendel L.
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My daughter really enjoyed melody! We are excited for this experience!

Posted Nov 24, 2015
Raul Hernandez jr
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Very patient and nice. Knows her Russian.

Posted Sep 20, 2015
Aeron S.
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Our son's first lesson went well. We look forward to more.

Posted Jun 13, 2015

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Private Piano Teacher
Oct 2014 - Present

Melody's Piano Studio

I teach private piano lessons in my home studio and in student homes.

Class Piano Teacher
Mar 2015 - May 2016

Seminole County Public Schools

I taught piano class at a middle school during the week as part of the Steinway Society's after school program.

Child care
May 2001 - May 2006

Little Fisherman Daycare

I cared for children ages 2- 13. I prepared and taught lessons, and watched out for the safety of the children during play, meals, and rest times.


Music Composition, Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude
Aug 2016 - May 2019

University of Central Florida

Piano Performance, Associate of Arts, president's list
Feb 2013 - May 2016

Valencia College



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Certificate of Russian Language Proficiency
May 2009

Хакасский Государственный Университет Им. Н.Ф. Катанова (Khakassia State University Im. N. F. Katanova)

I received a certificate of Russian language proficiency while in Russia in 2009. In 2012 I easily passed a Russian language proficiency exam at the University of Central Florida, waiving the requirement for me to take a foreign language at Valencia College.


Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude
May 2019

University of Central Florida


Central Florida Composers Forum
May 2019
Founded in 2011, the Central Florida Composers Forum is an organization of composers and new music practitioners dedicated to engaging the creative and larger community of Central Florida through the promotion of original and innovative music programming. Central Florida Composers Forum strives to be part of a larger cultural conversation where the musical, visual and other performing arts connect with audiences, foster vital collaborations, and produce multidisciplinary performances. Cultivating an audience for new music through education, workshops and outreach programs that create memorable artistic experiences for youth and community members are also central to our mission.

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