Melody Tai

Melody T.

New York, NY

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
During lessons, students will warm up with scales, arpeggios, and technical exercises in
their lessons, then work on set repertoire based on their level of technique.
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Melody delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

Melody Tai is an accomplished harpist, dancer, and pianist who has performed throughout the United States and Europe.

She has been on stage since the age of four and has performed on some of the world’s largest stages including center stage at the 2015 Grammy Awards with Stevie Wonder and Usher. Melody loves performing in high pressure situations whether it’s in an orchestral, a pop/rock environment, a professional chamber group, or it’s for a solo recital or competition.

Aside from performing, Melody also loves teaching and sharing her artistic crafts. She has been teaching for five years through multiple studios in Southern California, Northern California, and New York City. As a teacher, she prides herself in training the technical and and historical aspects of her art forms to make sure students develop appropriate technique to avoid injury both immediate and long term. At the same time, she promotes a fun environment and learning experience for even the most difficult students. She focuses on beginning- intermediate levels, but has experience training all ages from beginners to coaching for international competitions.

Melody received her musical training from Alexandra Perdew, Mei Lau, Daniel Alfred Wachs, and The Little Dance World company and school. She completed all of the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music levels in piano and holds a Royal Academy of Dance certificate with Distinction at the Advanced Vocational Level. In addition, she has won and been a finalist at many competitions in the above fields, including the 2016 Grandjany Memorial Competition, Lily Laskine International Junior Prix, AHS and ASTA regional competitions, and Beverly Hills ACT-SO, as well as being a member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 47 and the American Harp Society.

In addition to being an artist, Melody is also currently completing a degree in Sustainable Development at Columbia University in the City of New York. She tutors in academic subjects as well including ACT Test Prep, High School Math and Literature, and ESL Reading.

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ACT Tutor
Feb 2017 - Present
Varsity Tutors

Met with high school students both remotely and in person to help them with strategies to do well on the ACT.

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

English Tutor
Jan 2016 - Jun 2016
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.


Sustainable Development
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


Jun 2016
Grandjany Memorial Harp Competition
Trevor-Planalp Family Scholarship Recipient
Oct 2015
Trevor-Planalp Family/ Columbia University
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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American Harp Society
Sep 2008

The American Harp Society (AHS) is a non-profit organization whose mission is "to promote and foster the appreciation of the harp as a musical instrument, to encourage the composition of music for the harp and to improve the quality of performance of harpists.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by Melody T.

2015 Grammy Performance Audio
2015 TEDx UCSD Performance

Private Concert

Photo by Melody T.

Photo by Melody T.

Chinese Dance

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Photo by Melody T.
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4 Reviews

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Destiny Aug 14, 2017
Algebra 1 · Online

Melody was an incredibly kind and patient teacher. There were multiple times when I couldn't understand the material right away, but she would work with me until I was comfortable with it. She was really understanding with my struggles in math. I would highly recommend her as an instructor.

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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
Mandarin 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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