Melody Hsu

Melody H.

Los Angeles, CA
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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:
and Ages 5 to 70

Teaching since:
June 2007

Music Genres:
Pop, Jazz, Modern Rock, Broadway/Musical.

Specialized in:
Vocal Warm Ups
Vocal Range Development
Troubleshoot Problem Areas
Mask Resonance
Vocal Interpretation
Stage Performance
Microphone Techniques

Lesson Details:
A step-by-step instruction to developing vocal technique, geared towards contemporary styles. Exercising, developing, strengthening, and troubleshooting vocal registers. During the 1st lesson there will be an in-depth vocal assessment being conducted to determine the student's strength and trouble areas regarding vocal ranges, vocal tonality, breathing, and posture. Will discuss with the student for his/her goals in terms of singing, then design a personalized training plan to help the student reaching his/her goals.

The exercises listed below will be included(but not limited) in a normal class session.
*Simple body exercises
*Vocal warm ups
*Vocal range development exercises
*Practice songs of student's choice(or suggested by the instructor)
*Develop vocal interpretation through practicing songs

Languages:
English
Mandarin Chinese
(Both fluent)

Education:
Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music - Hollywood, CA
Professional Certificate: Music(Vocal Performance)

Cal State Fullerton - Fullerton, CA
Bachelor of Arts: Communications/Advertising


*** Studio Equipment ***
88-Key Digital Piano
Microphone Set
Vocal Booth & Ambient Reflection Filter
Amplifier
Recording Interface
Music Stand
Sofa
Chair
Mirror
TV/DVD
wifi

*I do have a cat at home. If you are allergic to cats it's better to book In-Home lessons(I'll drive to your place for lessons).

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do have a 88-key digital piano at the studio. Piano students need to have at least a 54-key keyboard at home.

*24 hour advance cancellation notice is required to change or reschedule lessons.

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Experience

Vocal Coach/Piano Teacher
Sep 2013 - Present
Self Employeed

Provide private voice or beginner piano lessons to students in all ages in contemporary pop/jazz/blues/rock/musical theatre genres, covering technique, repertoire, musical interpretation and music theory.

Solo/Background Vocalist/Music Producer
Aug 2006 - Present
House of Miracles Music Ministries

Lead singer/background vocalist as well as production manager for 3 released albums.

Vocal Coach/Piano Teacher
Sep 2013 - Jan 2016
Hollywood Academy of Music

Provide private voice or beginner piano lessons to students in all ages in contemporary pop/jazz/blues/rock/musical theatre genres, covering technique, repertoire, musical interpretation and music theory.

Vocal Coach/Piano Teacher
Feb 2014 - Jan 2015
Encore School of Music

Provide private voice or beginner piano lessons to students in all ages in contemporary pop/jazz/blues/rock/musical theatre genres, covering technique, repertoire, musical interpretation, and music theory.

Education

Professional Certificate: Music(Vocal Performance)
Mar 2011 - Mar 2012
Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music
Bachelor of Arts: Communications/Advertising
Jan 2001 - Jun 2003
Cal State, Fullerton

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Mandarin Chinese
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Vocal Performance
Mar 2012
Musicians Institute, Hollywood

Awards

Development Scholarship Recipient
Mar 2011
Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music

Photos & Videos

Melody's Contemporary Vocal Warm Up Exercises
Photo by Melody H.

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Performing at Riverside Cafe

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14 Reviews

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Orlie Aug 8, 2017
Singing · Online

I was inspired to start lessons from watching the last season of American Idol. I started with a 12 pack of online lessons. I was so nervous to sing out load (even in the privacy of my home) but Melody was always positive and encouraging. Even though I didn't practice as much as I should, to my surprise I've gotten better at hitting notes. It's helped even at work (female engineer) for me to easily speak louder and lower when needed. I've been taking lessongs for over a year now and it's still challenging but I always feel awesome afterwards (just like a great workout!) When I listen to singers now I have a whole level of of appreciation. It's like Melody introduced a new language. She's an awesome singer herself and I aspire to sing like her!

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Madelyn R. Jul 4, 2016
Singing · In studio

Really great with kids..she has so much patience with my daughter and love how she takes time with her to explain everything..highly recommend her to anyone..

Cole M. May 23, 2016
Piano · In home

It's only our first lesson but she was UH-MAY-ZING! Both my kids loved her and my son HATES piano lessons. And she can teach singing and piano...gold mine.

Lara M. Jan 29, 2016
Singing · In studio

She's a very nice and comfortable person to be with! I'm just on my first lesson but I can already see that she is truly talented and knows what she is teaching; she has already shown me many things I have done wrong with using my voice and is guiding me through to fix them. :)

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Sharon S. Jan 19, 2016
Piano · In studio

She's very good I learn so much fr her today.

Karen L. Oct 17, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

Melody is a wonderful teacher. She has helped my daughter improve her vocal technique and continues to help prepare her for singing professionally. She's warm, inviting, and makes you feel 100% comfortable so you can be the best you can be. She's great at what she does! We're very happy!

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Shuang Y. Sep 4, 2015
Piano · In studio

Very patient teacher. She tailors each lesson to make is fun and go at your own pace. Also encourages me to do better and she really knows her stuff.

Patric H. Jul 27, 2015
Singing · In studio

Couldn't have made a better choice :) very knowledgeable and teaches fluently .
It's my first time taking vocal lessons and I didn't have a problem with being shy .
Recommended for people who want to improve their voice and want to get out of your shy bubble when singing in public .

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Joseph S. Jul 10, 2015
Singing · In studio

Melody is great when it comes to her patience. She is very knowledgeable and dedicated to taking her time with each students individual needs. I highly recommend setting your kids or even yourself up with Melody she is amazing.

Seidy A. Jun 5, 2015
Piano · In studio

Melody is such a great piano teacher! She is very patient and kind. She makes piano lessons for my daughter fun and exciting!

Joao V. Nov 19, 2014
Singing · In studio

I had never taken vocal lessons before, but I have always been interested in them. A few months ago, I finally decided to take classes and I signed up with Melody. I was a bit apprehensive because I've never sung for other people, but Melody made me feel comfortable and she was and has been completely supportive. She identifies problem areas like breathing, improper form, or technique and provides constructive criticism. Melody pushed me to hit notes I've never been able to and I've noticed my vocal range expanding and the overall quality and tone of my projection has improved. I’m extremely happy with Melody and highly recommend her to anyone looking to take singing classes.

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Sam C. Aug 23, 2014
Singing · In studio

I've always had a passion for singing, yet I had no experience as I believed I had a terrible voice.

That is what was in my mind when I signed up for Melody's vocal lessons. I always thought that a low self esteem beginner like me would be too nervous to sing in front of a professional musician. All of that changed when I stepped into Melody's studio on my first lesson. As soon as I walked through the door, I was greeted with a warm, welcoming smile. Throughout the lesson, Melody was extremely friendly yet very professional. From that point on, I knew I was going to have a great time learning from her.
And I did.
Melody blew me away with her singing; her voice was controlled, professional, and very beautiful. She knew how to effectively convert her skills into lessons, and there was always something new to learn every single week. Techniques such as proper breathing, warm ups, posture, and voice control were some of the many new things I would have never known of without the aid of Melody. She tackled every one of my questions thoroughly and with great detail no matter how dumb I thought my questions were. She carefully observed me every time I sang, and gave me personal tips that would improve my vocals. After just a few lessons, I was able to confidently sing in front of others.

In the end, I have to say goodbye to Melody as I am moving to a different county. I hate having to leave, as Melody was a phenomenal instructor; she set the bar high for anyone else I choose to learn from. I highly recommend her, and encourage anyone who wants to improve their singing to apply for her lessons.

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Haley E. Jan 8, 2014
Singing ·

I can finally sing with confidence!

I'm a 29 year old aspiring actress who lives in Hollywood. I've always loved to sing but often felt challenged when singing with my upper register. And because of that I was not comfortable to go to certain auditions that require singing. About 3 months ago I decided to make a change and start taking voice lessons with Melody. Melody was referred by one of my actor friends who also took lessons from her and found helpful. At our first lesson she conducted a thorough vocal assessment and pointed out my trouble area, which is singing with upper register. She also corrected my breathing habits at the spot and we warmed up for 20 mins. Right after the 1st session I could feel the improvement and I was very excited. With the practical techniques Melody teaches me, after only three months I can say that I'm in love with singing, and I'm much more confidant with my voice. Next time I'm definitely gonna take the audition that requires singing!

Melody is very nice and enthusiastic, definitely worth trying!

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Cindy Y. Jan 7, 2014
Singing ·

Amazing teacher for pop singing :)

Melody is amazing vocal teacher. I've been taken lessons with multiple teachers before and shes the first one to point out my problem. She is always encouraging, enthusiastic, funny, and professional. Most importantly, she's got a gift for explaining and demonstrating technique.

Highly recommend!! If you like to learn pop singing, which is what i'm learning right now, you'll noticed the improvement after just couple classes.

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