Melody Hipsman

Melody H.

West Palm Beach, FL
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Melody delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8 to 80

Teaching since:
July 1993

First I want to thank you for looking at my profile.
You can read about me below.
If you have any questions please email me through Take Lessons. Please make sure you are serious and still want to have fun! Remember Learning can be fun.

About me:

Even though it says my travel is 10 miles max I do make exceptions. Please be respectful of my time and yours. Once we firm down a time and day I stick to that! It becomes inconvenient when I’m rearranging my schedule to accommodate you. So please be sure of what days you might like to do. And keep it the same every week. Again sometimes their are exceptions and remember that I have other clients too. Thank you.

I started music at age 5. My parents were both professional musicians.My father was a professional jazz piano player and my mother a classical guitarist. So it is in the blood. I play a few instruments but my favorite guitar and piano. I went to Nassau Community College for Drama/Music.
I toured in theater groups and also was in a few bands while living in NY. I could not make up my mind so I did both. I love both So. Florida here I come in 1991. Since I was new to the area I starting performing regular basis and became well known in the music community.I also went on a song writing spree. I was also able to do dinner theater in between the music. I met some people, music teachers from going to the open mics. They encouraged me to go out and start teaching and do what I was supposed to do. How it happened ? I placed one small ad, got a call and from there it grew into over 80 students.I just was referred to everyone it was a chain reaction.
In between teaching I was also in a duo and made time for the touring, local gigs, etc....released 3 CD's.
I was very busy that I decided to open up my own music school to handle the over flow of students. I had my business for 9 years.
I produced a lot of talent from there.songwriters with published songs, singers with contracts, bands the guitarist in the now defunct band Hey Monday with Cassidy Pope. Students that were in American Idol- featuring Emily Booke 2 years in a row top twenty then top ten..
America's Got Talent featuring Amy Profaci, Cassidy Pope.
Played for the Boss in RPB with Odd Man Out, Teen Punk Band since disbanded. Had them out and playing gigs at age 14 the youngest oldest 16 at CBGB's. In NYC. They were on the Regis and Kelly show. Students that started with me at age 5 and stayed for years. A lot are off to college or done with school grown up sort of. When they bump into me and say hey Ms. Mel I'll never forget you teaching me music lessons or do you remember that or I loved that band class you did. You changed my whole life.
I really appreciate it and I did make a difference in their lives.
I also write for TV and Film and have over 30 professionally published songs. Songs playing on commercials, TV and overseas in England. They seem to love it over there a lot of fan mail.

Ok this is as follows.
*** Lesson Details ***
Cancellations : 24 hour notice. Make up lessons are at my discretion.
61 key keyboard are ok for piano lessons.
You must have a piano for vocal lessons if I come to your home. You must have a guitar ๐ŸŽธ for guitar lessons. I do not supply any instruments or lesson books. You are required to contact me once booked and find out what you will need.

How long will it take to learn depends on YOU!!!!

Practice is the answer not a question. You must be prepared to work to do the work. If you do not understand it we will do it until you get it.
My Adult students this goes for you too.
It is important that you practice. So I recommend cutting down on video games and TV.
I suggest no TV or Video games especially before the lessons are about to start. Very distracting for the kids.
I expect you to be practiced and ready to go when I get there. If you want to be a rock star that's what it takes, discipline.
Its great when a parent can sit in while I'm teaching your child. Remember I am teaching you as well.
You will be helping your child practice during the week until the next lesson.
For the guitar there will be complaints of hurting finger tips.
I cannot do anything about that it comes with guitar playing.
For the like piano, the fingers will not hurt.

After 3 to 6 months for the older student I expect all 6 strings to be complete and chords and strumming on guitar and learning songs of your choice.
Piano - Sight Reading and being able to play with 2 hands in the key of "C" with ease.
This will only happen with practice, And learning songs of your choice if you choose to.

Small ones as much time as they need depends upon how long it takes for them to learn it and how much time mom can help practice.

*** Studio Equipment **
Right up Piano,
Small 15 Watt Amp

I do not supply instruments for any student. Parents you are
expected to purchase a 61 key keyboard of your choice and finances.Same goes for guitar. We will figure out the size you or your child needs. You must purchase your own books. I use Bastiens Primer A red book, Bastiens A Pink Book, along with these books they also have a theory book , performance book and technic book. Bk 1,2,3 also have a series of book ๐Ÿ“š to work with.

Guitar ๐ŸŽธ I like to use Fast Track Bk 1 w/o CD. Then again they are becoming obsolete

*** Specialties ***
Song writing/Vocals
Beginner Piano/Intermediate
Beginner classical/intermediate guitar
Folk style guitar
Blues beginner/intermediate
Theory beginner/intermediate/advanced note reading
Piano beginner /intermediate young beginner young adult to the older adult this goes for piano.

*Please note those who need special songs for auditions while taking voice lessons let's discuss options. Vocals lessons are just as serious you must practice.

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Music Teacher
Jan 2012 - Mar 2014
Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center

I taught a 7 week group guitar lessons at the center. At the last session I made sure we did a recital for all the parents to see and for the kids to get experience performing in front of people.

Artist Resident
Apr 2003 - Jun 2012
Palm Beach County SD/Boomers Music

Taught guitar and piano class for grades 9 through 12. Has over 40 kids in my guitar class in each period and 20 in my piano class. I work for the District for 4 years.
I was a business owner of Boomers Music in Wellington , Fl for 9 year. I taught music lessons there as well as music production and song writing development.

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Music Design for Visual Media
Sep 2012 - Jan 2017
Academy of Arts University - San Fransico Cali
Sep 2011 - Jun 2012
Academy of Art University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


medical assistant
Mar 1992

Certified Medical Assistant


Music Choice Awards
Feb 2017
Achievement award
May 1980
Wantagh High School


Jan 2017

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American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Mar 1992

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Photos & Videos

Remerge Band Acoustic Duo

Original Song by Melody Stuart
Alix Who?

The Way- sung by Andrew Hollywood
and my sister taught me 3 chords , how ironic she did and off and running I went!!!! I knew more then 40 songs in two weeks

Stuck with you - sung by Amelia Profaci
I am a professional songwriter for TV and Film. one of the songs that was picked up for a TV show. "Don't worry about me".
Former student and still friend now 14 Alex Shaw performing with the late Clarence Clemons

former Student Emily Brooke and Taylor Swift
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15 Reviews

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Ty M. May 1, 2018
· In home

Thank you

Charlie M. Jan 30, 2018
Classical Guitar · In home

Melody is experienced, clear and patient as well as very knowledgeable. Excellent teacher

Joseph D. Oct 19, 2016
Classical Guitar · In home

Very Experienced. Helps me overcome a variety of problems I have playing my guitar. She lets you learn at your own pace and gives helpful advice to correct my playing problems. I strongly recommend her as an excellent classical guitar teacher.

Samantha P. Jul 11, 2016
Singing · In home

great first lesson.

John L. Mar 28, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Very good instructor. Stays with a project and know her stuff! Highly recommended

Maria F. Feb 10, 2016
Guitar · In home

Was very good

Milan Jan 30, 2016
Singing · In studio

GREAT FIRST LESSON...My 12 year old daughter had her first vocal lesson. She loved it... she is looking forward to her next lesson, She is eager to pratice the drills that Melody gave her.

Neal G. Oct 20, 2015
Singing · In home

Melody is an outstanding teacher and person. She has a special gift for tailoring her teaching to the needs of the student--which requires extra work on her part to isolate every key that suits the stydent's best workable voice with EACH SONG we add to the repertoire-- studying and painstakingly hand-writing modification to the published chord progression. It doesn't get any better than that!!!!

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Neal G. Sep 15, 2015
Singing · In home

I was admittedly so nervous beforehand, feeling that honestly I was just not one of those people who could sing. Melody had a very calming influence. And I knew she was being honest. I don't have unrealistic expectations. But I know with her help and hard work I can improve and hope.

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Kaitlyn K. Aug 18, 2015
Guitar · In home

Great first lesson with my 9yr old daughter. She is very excited to continue!

Yelena S. May 9, 2015
Piano · In home

Mrs. Melody is a great teacher. She is very good with little kids, she explains paitionatly all the hard parts and makes sure child will get it. I recommend her to anyone who wants to learn how to play a piano.

Myles M. May 7, 2015
Piano · In home

Melody was very patient and kind

Elba M. May 7, 2015
Guitar · In home

Melody was relaxed but structured and very helpful for Elba.

Heidi S. Dec 9, 2014
Piano · In home

Several months ago, I was financially able to take piano lessons, and found "Takelessons" online. I was put in touch with Melody (I thought that was a perfect name for a piano teacher) and I WAS THRILLED WITH HER.

Melody is knowledgeable, helpful, patient and sweet. I still practice what she taught me, everyday and it was a lot for just a few lessons. When I can afford to, I will get Melody back for more lessons . She is worth every penny.

Heidi Sanes

ps, Melody drew the notes on my fingers one day when I was struggling more than usual. ;)

pss, I TRIED to give Melody 5 stars and was unable to figure out how but, SHE GETS 5 STARS FROM ME :D

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Allison K. Jul 3, 2014
Guitar · In home

Amazing teacher, very patient and we will definitely keep her :)

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