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Melody M.
Valencia, Pennsylvania
Learn how to sing Pop and Contemporary styles!
"PASSION is CONTAGIOUS!" I am a specialized vocal technique instructor, which means that I teach each student how to use and develop their instrument through a series of exercises designed specifically for their particular voice. I believe that lessons should be exciting and enjoyable while at the same time challenging. Mistakes are part of the learning process!!! So in my studio, I encourage all students to take risks and explore their voices. I teach all styles, and particularly enjoy singing the blues. My motto is: Passion is contagious! I am a very passionate teacher, and my number one goal is to awaken the passion in every one of my students. My favorite teacher is my SLS founder and CEO, Seth Riggs, who has taught just about every celebrity including Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Kelly Clarkson. I am a certified SLS instructor, and currently hold a BA in music from San Diego State University.
About Melody M.

Are you tired of not being able to reach those high notes? Or dealing with a massive break between registers? Maybe you've always wanted to sing and just never had the confidence? Perhaps you've set your sights on getting that leading role in your school musical. . . It can be hard to find a teacher that is both professional, fun, and able to teach contemporary styles like pop, rock, and musical theater. Most teachers have a background in opera and tend to teach that way. However, operatic singing IS different than pop singing, and learning how to sing in popular or MT styles requires special training. I've been in your shoes. I searched high and low to find teachers that could show me how to sing the kind of music I actually wanted to perform. I didn't want to sing opera, and most of my first teachers were opera singers trying to teach me how to belt out "Barracuda" by Heart with a warbly vibrato. Ha! I respect opera and my previous teachers - BUT - I wanted to sing Rock, Folk, Jazz, MT, Pop . . . .and I needed a different kind of training to do that well. So I searched for specialists in pop, musical theater, and rock, dug into learning those styles, and also how to teach them. I've studied vocal pedagogy with some of the best teachers in the world - many of whom are regularly on tour with super stars. They taught me a system for improved range, tone, and dexterity. Now, I want to share that, and so much more, with you. My home studio doubles as a recording studio, fit with a baby grand and vocal booth. I LOVE working with aspiring singer/songwriters and have helped produce student several albums. My students consistently land lead roles in their school musicals. Mostly, I just love helping people connect with the power of their own voices, and learn how to use it to express themselves. In fact, some of my favorite students are absolute beginners - often times adults. Watching someone blossom into their voice and become empowered by using it to sing is incredibly fulfilling. My studio is a safe place for exploration and development. Whatever your goal - whether it is landing a lead, singing a high C, or just killing it at karaoke - I'm here for that. Want to sing for well-being and personal enjoyment? I'm here for that too. My home studio is reopening after several years of running a brick-and-mortar singing lessons business, which is why there is a break in my student reviews on TakeLessons. I'm excited to be back at home, doing what I love most - teaching students to sing with joy, confidence, and power. Here's a bit more about my background: Melody is a certified Speech Level Singing Instructor which is a rigorous program created by celebrity vocal instructor Seth Riggs whose students include Michael Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, and many more. Melody utilizes over 20 years of vocal study to help her students connect head and chest voice, create a strong mix voice, and extend their ranges. She creates a fun and relaxed atmosphere where mistakes are considered part of the learning process, and thus encouraged. She has studied with Seth Riggs (CEO SLS), Greg Enriquez (SLS), Kathy Kennedy (SLS), Virginia Norwood (SLS), Guy Babusek (SLS), Charlene Chi (PHD. Voice UCSB), Mindy Pack ( Vocologist) and Dr. Randal Wagner, and Steve Mortier. Melody has been a professional musician, vocalist, and actress since she was 14 years old. She began her career in musical theatre and graduated to film and television, starring in the independent hit "Down and Out with the Dolls." Her roles in theatrical productions include Ti Moune in Once on This Island, Rizzo in Grease and numerous others. She has enjoyed a career as a professional vocalist performing in nightclubs, music festivals, casinos, and as an opening act for many national and touring performers. As a teacher, Melody draws from her experiences on the road, in front of the camera, and in the studio. She currently holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from San Diego State University's Don Powell School of Music and Dance and is a Certified SLS Vocal Technique Instructor. She teaches all ages, from young children to seasoned adults. Here are some nice things people have said about her: "A rock chanteuse with a bold attitude and a set of seductive, versatile pipes. . " -Anthony Davis Texarkana Gazette The Forum Newsweekly "Melody stands poised to take the national stage with a unique style and dynamic performing presence." The Shreveport times "She sat in for a set at the Noble Savage Tavern and as soon as she hit that first chord and that first note, everybody stopped talking and faces were pointed to the stage." Dan Garner Tipitina's The Shreveport Times "Whether she's playing solo shows or gigs with her band, [Melody] has a keen ability to translate her emotions about dreams lost and chased into bluesy, heartfelt, tumultuous vocals." Michael Pickett "Hey Melody! Thanks so much for jumping into the 2007 Lake Roosevelt Musicfest. You were a huge hit up here!! The mayor was sitting around with some of her volunteers and told me 'we think Melody takes the prize this year'. It was just a great addition the event and you made me look really good by just knocking everybody out like that! " Personal thank you letter from Michael Pickett, promoter of annual Musicfest in Marcus, Washington. *** Lesson Details *** *** Studio Equipment *** Keyboard, piano, microphone, Vocal booth Guitars. *** Travel Equipment *** Will travel for: Studio coaching for artist recording. *** Specialties *** Voice: I teach pop, musical theatre, Jazz, rock and blues styles. I also REALLY love teaching folk and roots music.

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Funny and deeply knowledgeable!

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First lesson was awesome! Melody taught me things that I never knew after 50 years of singing. Looking forward to more lessons!

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B.A. Music
Sep 2009 - Jun 2012
San Diego State University
Speech Level Singing Level 1.5
Jan 2013
SLS International
Speech Level Singing makes singing as natural and easy as speaking. Used by more than 120 Grammy winners and developed by Seth Riggs, legendary vocal coach to the stars, SLS produces an effortless, powerful and expressive voice.
Speech Level Singing Level 1
Jan 2012
SLS International
Speech Level Singing makes singing as natural and easy as speaking. Used by more than 120 Grammy winners and developed by Seth Riggs, legendary vocal coach to the stars, SLS produces an effortless, powerful and expressive voice.
Pi Kappa Lambda
May 2011
Eta Theta Chapter
The purpose of this Society is to provide an organization dedicated to the furtherance of music in education and education in music in colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning, which offer music degree programs in one or more fields. Admission into the society is selective and based on academic achievement.
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