Paul Melidona

Paul M.

Oak Forest, IL

About Paul M.

Background check: Last verified 08/21/2016
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Paul teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: February 1978
Last sign in: Today


I have my bachelors degree in sacred music, my masters degree in music performance, and my doctorate in worship studies. I am an experienced music teacher with great interpersonal skills and enjoy creating a fun and meaningful learning environment for all ages of students. I teach music theory concepts as I teach music, and I also enjoy sharing the history of music and famous composers. Students should not just learn notes, but they should also learn about the wonderful story of music I have taught private clarinet, flute, saxophone, voice, and piano lessons for many years with great success. Many of my former students write to me periodically to tell me what they are doing in music. I look forward to working with many more students as we embark on the journey of learning music, pieces, history, and theory together. Students will look back and say they really enjoyed their lessons with me.

Photos and Videos

Paul Melidona playing the first movement of Camille Saint Saens' Sonate for Clarinet and Piano


Bolingbrook Community Chorus Director

Dec 2013 - Present
Bolingbrook Community Chorus

I direct a great volunteer community chorus in Bolingbrook, Illinois, where I get to choose the repertoire, conduct weekly rehearsals and present 4 concerts annually.

Adjunct Music Faculty

Feb 2009 - Present
Trinity Christian College

I have taught private studio lessons for clarinet and saxophone, in addition to assisting in the wind ensemble, and lecturing in the secondary music education division.


Doctorate in Worship Studies - Multicultural Worship

Jun 2011 - Jun 2014
Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies

Masters Degree in Music Performance

Sep 1989 - Jul 1990
Youngstown State University

Bachelors Degree in Sacred Music - music theory, conducting

Sep 1983 - May 1985
Northwest University, Kirkland, Washington

Languages Spoken


Professional Proficiency


Limited Proficiency



Aug 2015
Illinois State Board of Education

I am a licensed K-12 Substitute Teacher with a Music endorsement

I am an ordained minister

Apr 1994
Assemblies of God

I have been an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God where I am able to conduct weddings, funerals, and lead worship services.


2nd runner up

Aug 2009
Wired 2 Worship

Second Runner Up in an international song writing competetion

Aug 2009
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17 Reviews on Paul M.

Lorenzo S. Oct 17, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My first lesson was great. Mr. Paul was very patient and judged my skill level before making a lesson plan. Initially I was nervous, because I have never taken lessons before, but that quickly went away. I can definitely tell that he knows his stuff when it comes to teaching. He a great teacher and conversationalist.
Kennedy B. Sep 15, 2016
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Paul was very pleasant. He thoroughly explained things to my daughter in a manner that she could understand. He listened to her play and they also played together.

This was her first flute lesson with Paul, but she's already looking forward to the next lesson.
Kevin Aug 13, 2016
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Paul is a very helpful teacher who can help me learn at a great pace!
James F. Aug 4, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Had my first lesson today with Paul, we spent almost the entire lesson getting a game plan together and getting to know each other. He was very open to teaching me what I want to play, he also played for me and explained how he likes to enhance songs and make them more dynamic. It was a good first lesson, I think we will be a nice fit. Time to get to work, Christmas is not that far away and I will be learning a couple of songs for the holiday season.
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Carol B. Jan 12, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Paul was very attentive to my previous music education and was interested in my goals. We discussed my expectations and how to obtain my goals. I was very impressed with Paul!
Mistee Aug 10, 2015
Paul is strong in both the technical and subjective areas of music. He understands the elements that make up both categories and how to balance these elements for a great performance. Paul takes a strong interest in each student he has. He likes to understand why they enjoy music and build on that. Paul likes for his students to be educated in all facets of music, not just how to play a particular instrument. Paul loves people and music. I could not recommend a better teacher.
Alan Aug 3, 2015
Music Performance · In home
Paul is a wonderful person and very competent. He does a great job and gives his best effort. I recommend him.
Enza Aug 2, 2015
Piano · In home
I've known Paul for several years and his talent is remarkable! On several occasions I've heard him play the piano and direct a choir while performing before a large crow. I've also heard him play piano and sing Christian Gospel in the comfort of his own living room. I would definitely recommend Paul to family and friends for private lessons of piano, as well as voice performance. His great talent coupled with his candid character makes Paul one of the best instructor's in suburban Chicago.
Gary Aug 1, 2015
Piano · In studio
When we went to Stone Church, Pastor Paul was the leader of music for the church. I was in awe at the way he led the music. His voice, his artful work at the was such a joy! And now, for the past several years, my daughter has had the privilege to be a student at the piano with Pastor Paul. He is very patient, and very adept at the way he teaches...encourages my daughter to play. We (my wife and I) are very lucky...actually blessed to have such a talented Godly man teach our daughter.
Carol Aug 1, 2015
Singing · In studio
Paul makes our chorus look and sound professional. He is without a doubt the
best director our community chorus has ever had and I have been in the chorus since 1989 and have been singing in various groups since I was in sixth grade.
He gives us expert technical direction and he makes you feel at ease when he
gives you suggestions on how we can perfect our performance. He took the time
out of his busy schedule to help me personally perfect a solo I performed for our
recent concert. I look forward to future concerts under his expert directions.
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