- Levels Taught:
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.
- 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!
I teach private piano lessons in my home studio and in student homes.
I taught piano class at a middle school during the week as part of the Steinway Society's after school program.
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.
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.
For first class it was pretty good we want to continue attending and check the progress !
1st Lesson went great! My daughter can’t wait for the next!
the progress my girl has had under Melody is palpable. she is very good.
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!
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!
Great at keeping kids' attention and progressing quickly enough to keep their interest.
My daughter really enjoyed everytime she has piano lessons.
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.
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.
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+ Read More
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.+ Read More
Melody is very patient and kind with my son
Melody is very patient and kind with my son
Melody is a good piano teacher. She has a way of making Piano learning interesting and fun for kids.
Melody was a wonderful teacher!
My son has done great and enjoys his lessons with Melody.
My daughter really enjoyed melody! We are excited for this experience!
Very patient and nice. Knows her Russian.
Our son's first lesson went well. We look forward to more.