Melody Mendis
Minneapolis, MN
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Melody Mendis

Melody M.

Minneapolis, MN
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Piano lessons will help you develop the basic skills of keyboard (piano) playing, keyboard techniques (posture, hand position, fingering, etc.) and sight reading.
1. Develop the basic skills of keyboard (piano) playing;
2. Freely engage in creative expression; and
explore the technical elements of music.
3. Perform keyboard pieces applying basic reading and coordinative skills.
4. Create and play from memory any assignment required by the performer.

About Melody M.

Are you looking to sing or play keyboard, work on material for your band, build your repertoire, sing or play in the church choir/band, audition for a production, become a better lead singer in your rock or pop band, overcome stage-fright or wanting to get to the next level? You have come to the right place!

My lessons provide students with an opportunity to deeply explore the voice, build confidence, and to develop healthy and effective singing practices, which can be applied to any style of musical singing and playing.

A well-rounded music education is very important and I have fun and educational resources for learning vocal technique, ear training, harmony, pitch matching and music theory.

I am very fortunate to have performed and studied Classical and Opera, musical theater productions, have sang in Rock, Pop, Country, R&B bands and can bring that real-world experience into the lesson. The student will receive real hands-on knowledge about singing in a variety of environments and how to manage his/her vocal goals!

In addition to being vocally healthy, I encourage self-expression and enhance self-esteem in my students: singers of all ages, skill levels and styles. Plus, it has to be fun, otherwise why do it? Singing is a process and less about the end goal and we train the body, mind and use imagination and it's a very exciting process!

***My students regularly receive scholarships and placement in music schools and programs around the U.S., have won competitions, do well in auditions, are performing in successful bands and/or recording artists.

I am energetic and enthusiastic; actively promote values and traditional teaching practices coupled with the introduction of technology into the lesson. My experience as an educator is to share passion and talent for music with the next generation of musicians and outstanding communication skills. I really care about my students and provide the tools to help them reach their goals!

Bachelor of Music, minor in Psychology from Michigan State University
Master of Vocal Pedagogy from Oakland University

Here is some of my experience as a performer: I have sung Internationally at the renowned €œEisteffodd Music Festival€ in Wales, toured through Britain and performed at the Laupin Agile Cabaret in Paris. I was honored with a nomination to attend the prestigious Yale Cabaret Conference and worked with cabaret legend Julie Wilson and Manhattan Transfer founder Laurel Masse. Sung and performed roles with the Mid-Michigan and Detroit Opera Companies. Performed a production of Sleepwalkers€ with the Kari Margolis Brown Company at the O'Shaughnessy Theatre. I currently perform all over the Twin Cities with my own R&B/Soul Band, Melody and The Dramatics!€ Plus, I am a contract vocalist and perform in a variety of other projects, so needless to say, it is all a very awesome ride!

*** Lesson Details ***
My laid-back and fun approach allows for versatility and is tailored to meet the needs of the individual student. When studying the art of singing you are gaining skills, which build confidence.

When you understand what you'€™re doing and why, you bring more confidence to your performance. Progress is made with regular practice outside of lessons. Voice students record each private lesson through their devices and take notes in their own notebooks.

I have "warm-up" tracks which you can use in your car or at home and you will notice significant improvement once you start your routine.

Practicing is very important and I have great methods to teach students how to maximize their time and get the best results! I am privileged to have an opportunity to teach and very passionate about coaching a student to meet his or her musical goals!

Also, I have a Beagle named "Bacon" and he will always be very excited to see you, however he does calm down when you're in the studio. In addition, I have two cats, so please let me know if you have allergies or any special recommendations.

Thanks so much!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the music room, PA system, piano, keyboard, laptop, recording microphone, microphone, mirror.

The house is in a cul-de-sac and there is ample street parking. Also, in the case of a snow emergency, you will be able to park in the driveway.

*** Specialties ***
I teach in a variety of vocal styles including, rock, pop, jazz, country and classical, keyboard and music theory. I have been trained by some of the best instructors in the country and strive for my students to be vocally healthy, so they'll have long careers. I also perform in professional bands, orchestras and can bring that experience into the lesson.
Energetic and enthusiastic; actively promote values and traditional teaching practices coupled with the introduction of technology into the lesson. Experienced educator eager to share passion and talent for music with the next generation of musicians and outstanding communication skills.


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41 Reviews
Tim C.
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The best vocal coach hands down!! And one of the singer and performer ever!! And great personality

Posted Jul 31, 2021
Tim C.
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She is such a "great" vocal coach. She is the best! One of the top singers and performer ever.

Posted Jul 30, 2021
Amanda G.
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It was a great lesson and I already learned so much. She was a great teacher

Posted May 28, 2021
Vivian H.
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Amazing class! Ms. Melody not only teaches techniques, she also help build my daughter the singer’s confidence.

Posted May 28, 2021
Merri B.
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Melody is so fun to work with. She makes the lessons fun and I always feel comfortable. She has already taught me some new strategies and I cannot wait to continue improving!!

Posted Mar 16, 2021
Yulissa S.
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Melody is amazing. Not only does she focus on progressing my vocals, but she cares about your life as well.

Posted Apr 3, 2019
Michelle P.
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Very engaging, enthusiastic teacher.
I would recommend her.

Posted Oct 9, 2018
John A.
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Melody is great!

Posted Apr 12, 2017
Alexis Y.
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We love Melody! She's awesome and my daughter loves her already. My daughter sings but is a beginner and Melody make sure she understands the first few steps before singing. She's very bright and funny. Love her!

Posted Apr 10, 2017
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Melody was great. It was my very first piano lesson and she was very kind and generous with support. Looking forward to the next one.

Posted Mar 27, 2017
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A great teacher to help you get started in the world of singing. Really covers the basics for all types of singing. Can help anyone with any type of singing. She's even helping me train for a kpop audition.

Posted Mar 22, 2017
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Melody is great! I think she is a fantastic teacher and I would highly recommend her.

Posted Feb 10, 2017
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My kids loved her! She was fun and knowledgeable. Both of them wished they had more than 1/2 an hour!

Posted May 26, 2016
Mark F.
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Excellent experience and Melody makes learning the piano very fun and enjoyable. Would highly recommend her,


Posted Feb 18, 2016
Juan Casas
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Amazing! I feel confident she will take me to where I want to be. Or at least 1,000 better than where I am
Now. I felt very comfortable right away.

Posted Oct 31, 2015
Sara Ann Avelsgaard
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Melody listens to what you want and responds accordingly. Her lessons are designed with you in mind. She smiles and laughs with you and seems to be just genuinely happy to be teaching. She loves what she does.

Posted Sep 30, 2015
Makenzie R.
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She is wonderful with my little girl. My daughter looks forward to her lesson every week. Thanks Melody!

Posted Aug 11, 2015
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Wonderful lady. She was great with my daughter.

Posted Aug 5, 2015
Cathy P.
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Nobody can get nervous around Melody! She's fun and full of really positive energy, and has lots of really basic, practical advice about how to make your singing sound better.

Posted Jul 23, 2015
Amanda J.
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Melody is amazing. I have an instrumental music background, but had never pursued singing. I decided to give it a try and my only regret is that I didn't reach out to Melody earlier!

Melody makes lessons fun and exciting. No two lessons are alike and you finish feeling like she has managed to give you a piece of her vast experience after every lesson. I feel I am progressing faster than I had expected and the lessons are certainly complimenting my existing music background. I can't recommend Melody enough. I look forward to continuing my lessons with her.

Posted Jul 19, 2015
Maia B.
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Melody was great, I am excited to continue working with her!

Posted Jul 2, 2015
Julie M.
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very good and she is also very good at explaining things - <3 JULIE :3

Posted Jun 11, 2015
Tim C.
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She seems like an excellent teacher, very knowledgeable

Posted Jun 9, 2015
Gabby W.
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Melody was awesome and extremely helpful. My daughter loved her 1st lesson and is looking forward to many more with Melody!.

Posted Jun 4, 2015
Greta N.
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Melody is highly skilled and is providing an extremely rich and positive experience for my daughter!!

Posted May 5, 2015
Alesiah W.
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Melody is very approachable and insightful. She's really good at identifying your strengths and weakness to find what you need to focus on to correct what's needed and get the most out of the lessons. She gives me homework in between lessons which has helped me progress faster! I'm really enjoying my lessons with Melody!

Posted Mar 31, 2015
Suzanne K.
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Melody makes lessons really fun and age appropriate. My 9 yr old daughter is enjoys her and loves going.

Posted Feb 5, 2015
Karen D.
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Melody is professional and makes me feel at ease. Each session is packed with knowledge and related goals to focus on for the next time. I enjoy my time with her!

Posted Dec 10, 2014
Lee E.
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Melody is so much fun. She is easy to connect with and discovers the strengths of the student. She then balances that out with finding what needs work and go from there...very individualized and full of passion!

Posted Nov 29, 2014
Dan B.
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Melody is a delight! Her knowledge, understanding and passion for music and teaching is evident in one lesson. She is supporting and understanding of your goals and will do everything in her power to help you reach them. Melody an effective communicator, knowing just what you need delivered in a nurturing way. You will not be dissappointed

Posted Jun 9, 2014
Dr D L T.

Passion + Prowess = Priceless!

Melody's knowledge and drive are truly contagious. She has a unique ability to pull the absolute best out of her students by bringing all of her learned and inherent skill to the table sharing with those she is teaching. It is apparent that this is not just a job for her, but a calling. If you're looking for a teacher who is talented, compassionate, and will push you to be the best you can be, she's definitely the one!

Posted Mar 24, 2014
Cathy P.

Very comfortable to work with

Melody does a great job making the lessons enjoyable. My daughter learned a lot and improved her skills while still keeping the lessons fun and relaxed.

Posted Mar 9, 2014
Bobby N.

Have been very pleased

My granddaughter has connected with Melody and really looks forward to her lessons. Melody is a very positive influence on her. The lessons have been very good and we think our granddaughter is learning allot. It has been a good experience so far.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Alton M.

Wow! Just amazing:)

Melody's an amazing teacher that works hard to help you reach your musical goals. And she's in a band, how awesome is that?! Just remember to sing as much as you can. I always run home to immediately apply what I had learned from the days session. Feel right at home with a highly qualified, super dedicated vocal magician haha! Honestly, you'll feel like it's magic when she helps you discover the voice in you.

Posted Dec 26, 2013
Michael H.

Melody offers great lessons in a prefesional environment

Melody has a great set up and tons of experience to draw from to help students.

Posted Dec 4, 2013
James C.

Great Vocal Coach

Melody is an amazing teacher and I enjoy our sessions every week!! Melody always tries to push me to improve myself and my singing voice.

Posted Nov 17, 2013
Maria Isabel G.

Melody is great

I've learned so much with her. Since the first class I learned how to educate my voice and I love singing and practicing with her.

Posted Nov 1, 2013
Robin L.

singing lessons

I am very excited about taking lessons. Aside from communication issues Melody is a great teacher.

Posted Jul 10, 2013
Bobby N.

We are very very pleased with Melody

We have found Melody to be very in tune to Jessi's needs. She is very positive in her instructions and very pleasant to be with. Jessi
looks forward to her lessons. We are very happy with Melody as our singing teacher.

Posted May 2, 2013
Christopher M.

This was a great experience.

I am so glad Melody was my voice teacher. Loved it

Posted Apr 13, 2013
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Posted Aug 6, 2020

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Voice Instructor
Aug 2013 - Present

Music Academy

I plan individual lessons and overall plans of work for students; developing knowledge of materials and repertoire for students at different stages of their musical development;

Director of "Little Wing" and Voice Instructor
Sep 2008 - Present

School of Rock

I teach students to learn harmonies, musicianship and how to perform in an authentic rock show environment.


Acting Program
Jan 2001 - Oct 2003

Margolis Brown Acting Institute

Master of Voice
Oct 1999 - Jan 2002

Oakland University

Bachelor of Music
Sep 1995 - Jun 1997

Michigan State University

Major: Music Minor: Psychology
Sep 1993 - Apr 1997

Michigan State University



Professional Proficiency


Jan 2014

Berklee College of Music

I took an online songwriting class through Coursera (Berklee College of Music)
May 2013

American Red Cross

CPR/AED Certified
Feb 2012

American Red Cross


National Association for Music Education
Jan 2012
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jan 2009
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

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