Melody Sons
Washington, DC
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Melody Sons

Melody S.

Washington, DC
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This teacher is rated in the top 15% of teachers in the specialty subject. on a nationwide scale.
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"Choral conducting is the art of directing a musical performance, such as an orchestral or choral concert."

As a conductor, I will do my job to the best of my ability to set the correct tune, proper tempo, ensure exact entries by various members of the choir, and to shape the phrasing appropriately, to convey ideas of the music and work on interpretation in rehearsals prior to a performance.

About Melody S.

Every student is unique and individuals rely on different learning styles. The teaching method of Melody is adjusted to fit the needs and desires of the student, characterizing a plan based around their individual strengths, weaknesses, and music goals. While the focus is founded on teaching the basic fundamentals and developing good technique, the lesson is equally invested in helping students discover and reveal their special and unique musicality. Students recital is held for family and friends, when students can share the musical skills and achievements they have developed.

Melody offers a range of experience, genuine enthusiasm for music, and adaptive teaching method to help you develop towards your individual musical goals. She is here to guide you through your musical journey and infuse the wonders of music into your world.

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Kaylana P.
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This was my daughter's first singing lesson. Melody was very accommodating with my wife and I observing our daughter. With a musical background myself, I immediately knew that Melody had immense knowledge not only about singing, but also the theory and technique that all singers should learn.

Posted Feb 13, 2020
Gianna
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My daughter is now 16 years old and has been under Ms. Melody's tutelage for a year now. There are good times and bad, and I am thankful that Ms. Melody did not give up. My daughter will encounter lots of hardships throughout her life, and as a mother, I cannot do all the teachings myself. It is always good to know when you have a caring teacher whom you can trust and know what they are doing both in music and life. I like that Ms. Melody can be lenient, and firm when needed. My daughter has joined her recitals, music playdates, and couldn't be happier. I can't recommend Ms. Melody high enough.

Posted Nov 1, 2019
Micala S.
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My daughters, 8 and 6, took lessons as beginners from Melody for 10 months before we had to move. SHE IS AMAZING! Not only did she make the lessons fun and engaging, but they learned so much in that short time. I grew up playing piano, violin and French horn and I was very impressed with her approach/methodology and how much of herself she put into her teaching. For the last 3 months we were with Melody, the girls also took voice lessons. The highlight of our spring was watching the girls perform at the recital Melody had so painstakingly organized. It was astounding how much they had progressed musically and my husband and I were in awe at how well they performed in front of people. We were also impressed at the wide range of experience in the students Melody taught. Some had played for years and were clearly continuing to blossom under Melody's tutelage, while others were beginners like our daughters. Melody was always positive, encouraging and extremely patient (even when my six year old had clearly not practiced for a week straight or was tired and whiny). My daughters and I miss her dearly as our mentor and now our friend! We cannot recommend her highly enough.

Posted Aug 12, 2019
Kaitlyn
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Two of my girls had the great opportunity to begin piano lessons with Ms. Melody. It was just three months but my girls were able to join the Christmas recital which they enjoyed so much! It was unfortunate that we have to move overseas. We highly recommend Ms. Melody. She is a very good teacher.

Posted Jul 29, 2019
Jaime L.
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My son was 6 years old when he started piano lessons with Ms. Melody and he always looked forward to the weekly lessons. For a short period of time, he learned how to read music notes and play songs beautifully. Sadly Ms, Melody has to move. She is fun, engaging, and firm in her teaching. We really appreciate her.

Posted Jul 29, 2019
John M.
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I wish we could bring Ms. Melody wherever our work assignment brings us. It is very hard to find a teacher who is as skillful, engaged, energetic and passionate as Ms. Melody. She is one of a kind. I would highly recommend her to everyone.

Posted Jul 10, 2019
Hannah
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She was very patient and loving toward our very energetic kids. I would recommend her.

Posted Jul 2, 2019
Sheryl
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Melody is a wonderful piano teacher. She taught my daughter for 2 months before she moved. My daughter learned several pieces of music which she performed at the recital. It was her first recital and she was nervous but Melody encouraged her and gave her the confidence to perform!

Posted Aug 14, 2018
Mary J.
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I highly recommend Miss Melody as a piano and voice teacher for young children. She is very well respected. Her passion in teaching music is shown through her enthusiasm and patient approach. She has developed a program and teaching techniques that are always age and skill level appropriate. She encourages her students throughout the lesson, providing just the right amount of urging to keep trying and not give up. Her goal is to let the student enjoy and appreciate the art of playing and singing. My daughter has taken both the piano and voice lessons for 2 years and our family has joined 3 music recitals, all professionally done and very well prepared. As she moves to DC, it is my great pleasure to recommend Miss Melody and I am so happy to tell you what a wonderful, caring and talented teacher she is that you won't be disappointed. Your children will look forward to their time with her. You sure will be learning from one of the best!

Posted Aug 13, 2018
Linda M.
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I enrolled my 8 year old grand daughter and 10 year old grandson for piano and singing during their family visit with us, which lasted two weeks. Each of them had eight lessons in total and for that span of time they have learned how to read notes and count patiently. They also learned to play other instruments such as maracas, chimes, etc. It was so nice of Ms Melody to be able to conduct a studio mini recital just for the two of them. It is really amazing how my grandkids has learned so much from her. When I found out she is moving, I knew it will be hard to find somebody like her who is not just a very good teacher, but you can tell that she loves the kids and teaching comes very easy for her. Thank you Ms Melody for your good heart. As other reviewer said she will be missed, surely she will. I remember my grand daughter’s exact words when we left after their last lesson, ”Ms Melody is really very nice grandma. I like her so much!”

Posted Jul 23, 2018
Jem T.
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Ms Melody is a great teacher. Her teaching method has helped and guided my 13 year old daughter to read music confidently. She has a unique way of strengthening the musical foundation in such a way that the student will keep engaged and focused. When my daughter joined the recital for the first time, it has exceeded our expectation. It was done professionally. The duet pieces are outstanding. We are sad that she has to move. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a music teacher in DC.

Posted Jul 23, 2018
Jesse
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Melody has been an outstanding teacher to my daughter. She really know how to make things fun and exciting. She will be missed.

Posted Jul 22, 2018
David
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Melody has done a wonderful job teaching my daughter who so confidently played 3 pieces and 1 duet piece with her. The recital was very organized and professionally done. I am continually impressed with her love, patience and dedication to her students. I would definitely refer her to anyone looking for a piano teacher.

Posted Aug 28, 2017
Jaime
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Ms Melody is a great teacher. My five year old son enjoys his lesson and looks forward to coming weekly, not to mention the monthly play date Ms Melody offers to all her students which is really fun and helpful. From knowing nothing about piano to being confident at a recital in just five months is outstanding. Ms Melody is nice, patient, and has true love for her students.

Posted Aug 28, 2017
Caroline
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My daughter had a great first class. Ms. Melody was kind and encouraging and I cant wait to see what my daughter will learn from her.

Posted Jun 22, 2017
Grace L.
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Melody was very kind and helped my daughter a lot. She made her feel comfortable and was very encouraging.

Posted Jun 13, 2017
Dana
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melody seems like a wonderful, take charge, hands on, teacher - I am very pleased to have met her and I believe my daughter will learn a lot from her and they will prove to be great working together .. and were excited

Posted Apr 18, 2017
Joann O.
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I'm Happy that I finally find a perfect piano teacher for my daughter. I highly recommended her 😊

Posted Apr 13, 2017
Kevin
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My daughter's take piano lessons with Melody and it amazes me how much they have learned and are able to play in such a short amount of time. They greatly enjoy attending class each week and look forward to continue learning new things.

Posted Apr 12, 2017
Stephanie
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Mrs. Melody has been very wonderful in meeting our needs for piano lessons as a family. She works well with my 3, 6 and 9 year old children. She makes piano fun while still encouraging confidence, discipline, a sense responsibility and attention to detail during piano lessons.

Posted Apr 12, 2017
Jaime
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My daughter loves piano and singing lessons she has learned so much in such a short time.

Posted Apr 12, 2017
Jackie
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I am an adult and took piano lessons from Melody. I was very pleased with the experience and felt that the instruction was great. She was very patient which was helpful because I would feel nervous playing sometimes. Lessons started on time which was helpful given my busy schedule. Overall very enjoyable.

Posted Jan 15, 2017
Eva
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My son was 5 years old when he began piano lessons with Ms. Melody. Each week, he was eager to go to the lessons and always had big smile on his face after the lessons. Through the lessons, he learned how to read music notes and play songs beautifully at recitals. Ms. Melody is fun and firm in teaching. She’s the perfect teacher to unlock a child’s potential. We really appreciate Ms. Melody for opening music to our son and our family.

Posted Jan 5, 2017
Jenny
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Ms. Melody was my son's first piano teacher. She was excellent at establishing the foundations to make him enjoy the lessons and want to learn more. Based on his baseline understanding, he continues to grow and enjoy music. Thank you to Ms. Melody for her experience and patience.

Posted Jan 5, 2017
Samantha
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Ms. Melody was always very patient with me. She learned the way I played and accommodated to help me improve personally. During the two years that she was my piano teacher, my skills greatly improved. Playing the piano became more simple and music often came naturally. She is incredibly skilled and caring towards all her students, and I was lucky enough to be one of them. I was very sad when I found out she was moving out of my state and would no longer be my piano teacher. Ms. Melody is an amazing woman and her new students will be excited to learn to play the piano.

Posted Jan 4, 2017
Claudia Morales
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Ms Melody is a professional piano teacher with great dedication and ability to work with children. In 2016, Ms Melody taught my then, 6 year old son. It was his first attempt at playing piano and Ms Melody was patient and at the same time held him accountable for practicing at home. My son played four pieces at the Spring recital. He felt accomplished and proud. It was under Ms Melody guidance that he developed love for playing piano.
Ms Melody Spring Recital was so professionally done. She takes her job very seriously and as a mom, I appreciate her effort and energy in teaching my son.
Thank you Ms Melody!

Posted Jan 4, 2017
Rose
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Melody is an inspiring piano teacher. She wasn't only complete the lesson, she makes sure my daughter understood the theory and played correctly.
She adjusted the lesson plan according to the kid's needs. My daughter loves the tools and tricks, she brought in, to help remembering notes.
She really takes pride in teaching music, it shows in the recitals of all her students.

Posted Jan 3, 2017
Felix
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I had the good fortune of sending my younger daughter to Ms.Melody for piano lessons.

I don't know where to begin, since she has many qualities!

From a knowledge perspective, she is very technical, articulate and knows her stuff. She has certificates from both ABRSM and Trinity and so is well versed
with the technicalities and syllabi of those exam boards. She is not only a pianist but plays the guitar and is a voice coach.

But where she distinguishes herself is when she is engaged in teaching the children.

She is a good instructor and has the ability to change, adapt and customize lessons to each children's needs. She is friendly, but firm when needed and the kids love her. Her pleasant, friendly demeanor and easily approachable nature endears her to children and adult like. She inspires and instills confidence in children, so music lessons with Ms.Melody are never boring or tiresome for children.

We were sorry to see her move to Michigan but Virginia's loss is Michigan's gain!

Posted Jan 2, 2017
Yumi
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Melody is a wonderful teacher and not only has the patience to teach little ones but also has the right approach to get them interested in music. My daughter always looked forward to the weekly lessons and we were sad when she moved. We know that she'll continue to bring other families lots of joy and musical success! You won't be disappointed with Melody!

Posted Jan 2, 2017
Diana
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Melody was my daughter's (age 5) first piano teacher. She was kind and patient with her. She also supplied great materials to enhance her learning. We were so sad to see her move away. Any student would be lucky to have her as a teacher!

Posted Jan 1, 2017
Lisa
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My daughter had the privilege of taking piano lessons with Ms. Melody for about a year and a half. Melody was patient and kind and made my daughter's first experience with music lessons enjoyable and productive. We were sad when Melody moved away, but our loss is your gain! Trust me, this is the teacher you have been looking for.

Posted Jan 1, 2017

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Experience

Owner; Piano and Voice Instructor
Sep 2012 - Present

Music Studio

Individual Piano Instructor
Sep 2016 - Feb 2017

Evola Music, USA

Individual Piano Instructor
Jan 2016 - Jun 2016

Parks and Recreation Sherwood Community Center, USA

Piano and Voice Instructor
Nov 2013 - May 2016

Music and Arts, USA

Pianist/Accompanist
Jan 2013 - Mar 2013

Indiana University Southeast Community Chorus

Voice Teacher
Sep 2008 - Dec 2011

United World College of Southeast Asia, Singapore

Founder Owner, Piano and Voice Teacher
Jan 2009 - Mar 2011

Teklado Musik Pte.Ltd., Singapore

Individual Piano and Voice Teacher, Piano Class Instructor
Jan 2007 - Dec 2008

Kawai Music School, Singapore

Assistant Choir Conductor
Sep 2005 - Dec 2006

Singapore Local Schools (see description)

CHIJ St. Nicholas Secondary Girls School Fairfield Methodist Secondary School Tanjong Katong Secondary Girls School Singapore Chinese Girls School

Founder Owner, Music Director, Teacher
Apr 1998 - May 2006

Teklado School of Music, Philippines

Choir Director
Apr 1996 - May 2001

Government Choral Institutions, Philippines (see description)

Philippine Rice Institute Choir, 1998 to 2001. Bureau of Fishery and Aquatic Resources Choir, 1998 to 1999. Research and Extension of Central Luzon State University, 1996 to 1998. Bureau of Post Harvest and Research Extension Choir, 1996.

Education

Master of Arts (M.A.), Church Music - Choral Conducting
Jun 1994 - May 1995

Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary

Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Music Education, Piano, Choral Conducting, Voice
Jun 1988 - May 1993

Santa Isabel Conservatory of Music, Philippines

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Tagalog

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Certificate in Piano
Dec 2011

Trinity Guildhall - Trinity College of London

Certificate in Piano
Aug 2011

Associated Board of the Royal School of Music

Awards

Service Award
May 2003

Teklado School of Music, Philippines

The First Choral Conducting Female Recitalist,
Mar 1993

Santa Isabel Conservatory of Music, Philippines

Affiliations

Michigan Music Association
Jun 2016
Michigan Music Association was founded in 1967 as a non-profit, educational organization to perpetuate through high standards an annual competition for students in the state of Michigan. Its goals are to provide the public the opportunity to hear students in competition, to uphold a high standard in music education, provide a public outlet for the artistic talent of music students, and most importantly to help students gain the experience and confidence to develop their musical talents.
Music Teachers National Association
Sep 2014
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
Virginia Music Teachers Association
Sep 2014
The mission of MTNA is to advance the value of music study and music making in society and to support the professionalism of music teachers. The mission is accomplished by members who teach with competence, act with integrity, volunteer services to MTNA programs, provide professional support for colleagues and communities, and comply with all laws and regulations that impact the music teaching profession. The mission calls for an ethical commitment to students, to colleagues, and to society.
National Federation of Music Clubs
Sep 2014
Since its founding in 1898, the NFMC has grown into one of the world’s largest music organizations with club and individual members of all ages. The NFMC is chartered by the Congress of the United States, and is the only music organization member of the United Nations. NFMC provides opportunities for musical study, performance and appreciation to more than 200,000 senior, student and junior members in 6,500 music-related clubs and organizations nationwide. Members are professional and amateur musicians, vocalists, composers, dancers, performing artists, arts and music educators, music students, generous music patrons and benefactors, and music lovers of all ages.

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