Melody Cook

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Orlando, FL
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Lesson Details

Piano

Levels Taught:
Beginner
In May, 2016, I graduated from Valencia College with an A.A. in Piano Performance. In 2014, I started teaching piano lessons for beginners. I taught for two years in an after school program at a middle school in Orlando. Now I teach private students.

A typical lesson with me looks something like this:
The student plays what they have practiced, and we work on any difficult areas and techniques for playing better.
We discuss the next lesson, making sure the student understands everything.
I expect my students to practice every day, just as I do. It is the only way to become proficient.
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About

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Melody delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
October 2014

Hello. My name is Melody Cook.

I began learning to play the piano when I was five. After pursuing other interests for several years, I decided to study piano performance at Valencia college, where I completed my degree in May of 2016 with a 4.0 GPA. I continued my education at UCF and graduated with honors in 2019, earning a Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in music composition.

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. 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 children who have ADHD and autism. It is important for me to meet with the parents before the first lesson and discuss anything I need to know, in order to give their child a positive learning experience. The children I have taught who have special needs are great piano students! They enjoy playing the piano, and I enjoy working with them!

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Experience

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.

Education

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

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Russian
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

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.

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Awards

Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude
May 2019
University of Central Florida

Photos & Videos

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December 2014

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I took a video of myself practicing for my Freshman recital (Fall 2014) at Valencia College.  Mozart's Sonata K. 545, Allegro.
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Spring 2014
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19 Reviews

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Freddy Oct 24, 2018
Piano · In studio

For first class it was pretty good we want to continue attending and check the progress !

Aleena H. Sep 24, 2018
Piano · In home

1st Lesson went great! My daughter can’t wait for the next!

paola Jul 21, 2016
Piano · In studio

the progress my girl has had under Melody is palpable. she is very good.

Cyrus H. Jul 15, 2016
Piano · In studio

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!

Samantha Apr 26, 2016
Piano · In studio

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!

Annette Apr 25, 2016
Piano · In home

Great at keeping kids' attention and progressing quickly enough to keep their interest.

Rosemary B. Apr 25, 2016
Piano · In studio

My daughter really enjoyed everytime she has piano lessons.

Mari Apr 25, 2016
Piano · In home

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.

Carter Apr 25, 2016
Piano · In home

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.

Lia W. Apr 25, 2016
Piano · In studio

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

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Maisam K. Apr 16, 2016
Piano · In studio

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.

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Mical B. Mar 6, 2016
Piano · In studio

Melody is very patient and kind with my son

Mical B. Mar 6, 2016
Piano · In studio

Melody is very patient and kind with my son

Ananya Feb 20, 2016
Piano · In home

Melody is a good piano teacher. She has a way of making Piano learning interesting and fun for kids.

Raul Hernandez jr Jan 12, 2016
Russian · In home

Melody was a wonderful teacher!

Jaden P. Dec 7, 2015
Piano · In home

My son has done great and enjoys his lessons with Melody.

Mendel L. Nov 24, 2015
Piano · In home

My daughter really enjoyed melody! We are excited for this experience!

Raul Hernandez jr Sep 20, 2015
Russian · In home

Very patient and nice. Knows her Russian.

Aeron S. Jun 13, 2015
Piano · In home

Our son's first lesson went well. We look forward to more.

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