- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
1) Memorize musical selections and routines, or sing following printed text, musical notation, or instructions.
2) Interpret or modify music, applying knowledge of harmony, melody, rhythm, and voice production to individualize presentations and maintain audience interest.
3) Observe choral leaders or prompters for cues or directions in vocal presentation.
4) Perform before live audiences, or in television, radio, or movie productions.
5) Practice singing exercises and study with vocal coaches, in order to develop their voices and skills and to rehearse for upcoming roles.
6) Seek out and learn new music that is suitable for live performance and/or recording.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 8+
- Teaching since:
- October 1999
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 Eisteffodd 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.
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;
I teach students to learn harmonies, musicianship and how to perform in an authentic rock show environment.
I took an online songwriting class through Coursera (Berklee College of Music)
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Melody is great!
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!
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.
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.
Melody is great! I think she is a fantastic teacher and I would highly recommend her.
My kids loved her! She was fun and knowledgeable. Both of them wished they had more than 1/2 an hour!
Excellent experience and Melody makes learning the piano very fun and enjoyable. Would highly recommend her,
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.
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.
She is wonderful with my little girl. My daughter looks forward to her lesson every week. Thanks Melody!
Wonderful lady. She was great with my daughter.
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.
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.
Melody was great, I am excited to continue working with her!
very good and she is also very good at explaining things - <3 JULIE :3
She seems like an excellent teacher, very knowledgeable
Melody was awesome and extremely helpful. My daughter loved her 1st lesson and is looking forward to many more with Melody!.
Melody is highly skilled and is providing an extremely rich and positive experience for my daughter!!
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!+ Read More
Melody makes lessons really fun and age appropriate. My 9 yr old daughter is enjoys her and loves going.
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!
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!
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+ Read More
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!
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.
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.
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.
Melody offers great lessons in a prefesional environment
Melody has a great set up and tons of experience to draw from to help students.
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.
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.
I am very excited about taking lessons. Aside from communication issues Melody is a great teacher.
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.
This was a great experience.
I am so glad Melody was my voice teacher. Loved it