Melody Tai

Melody T.

New York, NY

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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+

Teaching since:

Melody is an accomplished young harpist who has performed on the 2015 Grammys with Usher and Stevie Wonder. She was the Principal harpist of the Orange County Youth Symphony for the past two years, touring the UK and performing at the West Coast premiere of Turnage's Frieze with the orchestra. Melody was a competitor at the Lily Laskine International Prix Junior Competition in Paris in 2011, as well as being the winner of the OCAHS and ASTA LA competitions for several years through several divisions.

Melody's other skills include dancing and playing the piano, as well as basic percussion work. Melody is an accomplished dancer, passing the Royal Academy of Dance Advanced Vocational exam with Distinction in 2014. Furthermore, she has been studying piano for 10 years under Mei Lau, completing her grade 8 Royal Academy of Music exam in 2011.

Melody has been studying harp with Alexandra Perdew for 9 years.

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English Tutor
Jan 2016 - Present
FlyAngels Peer Reading

I teach ESL kids age 8-14 online lessons custom tailored to their ability that allows them to gain skills in reading, grammar, pronunciation, and western culture and customs.

Dance Teacher
Jun 2014 - Present
The Little Dance World

Taught ages 4-14 in the styles of tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, circuit training, and tumbling


Music Performance
Sep 2015 - Present
Columbia University
Applied Mathematics
Sep 2015 - Present
Columbia University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Mandarin Chinese
Professional Proficiency


Vocational Level Advanced Dance
Jul 2014
Royal Academy of Dance


Vocational Level Intermediate Dance
May 2013
Royal Academy of Dance

Ballet Dance

Grade 8 Piano
May 2011
Royal Academy of Music

Highest Level Completed


Bronze Winner
May 2014
NAACP ACT-SO Beverly Hills
First Place Winner
Apr 2013
OCAHS Scholarship Competition
Oct 2011
Lily Laskine International Competition Junior Prix 2011
First Place
May 2010
ASTA Harp Competition California


American Federation of Musicians
Feb 2015

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Photos & Videos

Rehearsing with Usher before 2015 Grammy Awards!
Photo by Melody T.

2015 Grammy Performance Audio
2015 TEDx UCSD Performance

Private Concert

Photo by Melody T.

Photo by Melody T.

Chinese Dance

Photo by Melody T.
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3 Reviews

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Kiana Apr 28, 2016
Harp · In studio

Melody is as lovely as she is talented. Not only does she understand the harp inside and out, but her playing is like nothing I've ever heard. While she can of course play classic tunes, she is also innovative with the harp, tackling some of today's most popular hits. Most importantly, however, Melody is patient. While the harp is her first passion and she is well beyond her years, she is not only willing, but eager to share her talent with others. It has been a pleasure learning from someone who has in time become a friend. I would recommend Melody to any and everyone with the slightest passion for harp. While it is a joy learning from her, the greatest treat is hearing her play. Thanks for everything Mels!

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William T Apr 19, 2016
Chinese · In home

She was extremely helpful and patient despite my very poor knowledge with the language. Would recommend as a instructor for any subject, not just my weakest one. Occasionally asked problems not regarding Chinese and still got very helpful advice.

Jen Liu Apr 19, 2016
Harp · Online

Melody has been great with students. She has a lot of patience and she makes the lesson fun. She is very talented as well.

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