Melody Hipsman

Melody H.

Lake Worth, FL

About Melody H.

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Melody teaches: Ages 7 and up
Teaching since: July 1993
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

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 played a few instruments but my favorite guitar and piano. The bass is cool too. 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 ! I left NY to come down to So. Florida in 1991 due to my father's passing. 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 which was good! I was able to do dinner theater in between the music. I met these two guys now my friends and 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 facility to handle the flow of students. I had my business for 9 years. I decided to close it down.
I produced a lot of talent from there.songwriters with published songs, singers with contracts, bands like the guitarist that played in Hey Monday. 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 this or 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.

*** Lesson Details ***
Cancellations must be 24 hours in advance in order to qualify for a make up lesson. This will be my discretion.
Practice yes that is the question... OK I am not mean and I am not too laid back but if you do not do what your supposed to do be prepared to work. If you do not understand it we will do it until you get it. Remember you bugged mom for the lessons and here you are so it is important that you practice. Cut down on video games and TV. I expect you to be ready to go when you get there. If you want to be a rock star
Little ones mom's I love when you sit in because I am teaching you as well. You will be helping your child practice during the week until the next lesson. For the guitar they will complain of hurting finger tips I cannot do anything about that it comes with guitar playing. Same for piano except 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 happen with practice, And learning songs of your choice.
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.
I do make it fun and any student should not feel like they have to get sick before they go to their lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio one room w/ upright piano seating for parents , amps, accessories strings, pics the stuff that you might forget or need.

***Supplies:
I do not supply instruments for any student, unless you are taking piano lessons at the studio. You must purchase your own books.

*** Specialties ***
Song writing/Vocal
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.

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Experience

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.

Education

Music Design for Visual Media

Sep 2012 - Present
Academy of Arts University - San Fransico Cali

AA

Sep 2011 - Jun 2012
Academy of Art University

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

medical assistant

Mar 1992
AAMA

Certified Medical Assistant

Awards

Achievement award

May 1980
Wantagh High School

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Mar 1992
ASCAP

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.

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12 Reviews on Melody H.

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Samantha P. Jul 11, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
great first lesson.
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John L. Mar 28, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very good instructor. Stays with a project and know her stuff! Highly recommended
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Maria F. Feb 10, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Was very good
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Milan Jan 30, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
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.
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Neal G. Oct 20, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
Great first lesson with my 9yr old daughter. She is very excited to continue!
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Yelena S. May 9, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
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.
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Myles M. May 7, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Melody was very patient and kind
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Elba M. May 7, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Melody was relaxed but structured and very helpful for Elba.
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