Paul Melidona

Paul M.

Oak Forest, IL
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

Students will learn basic piano skills such as hand placement, note reading, note values, pedal use, major and minor scales, expressions, etudes, pieces, memory work, music history, performance techniques, and most of all to have fun learning the piano. I will expect students to have a minimum 67 note keyboard with sustain pedal, or a good piano to use for personal practice time. Each student should spend at least 20-30 minutes daily to start. They must purchase the recommended books.

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Paul delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
February 1978

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. I also have a background in teaching special needs children.

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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


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

Photos & Videos

Performed THE SHEPHERD ON THE ROCK, Franz Schubert, on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, with Soprano, Toni Esker, and pianist, Candace Peters.
Paul Melidona playing the first movement of Camille Saint Saens' Sonate for Clarinet and Piano
Photo by Paul M.

Photo by Paul M.

Teaching a clarinet lesson with a student of mine. He is really progressing in his abilities.

Working on a solo piece with a student.
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18 Reviews

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Alex Jul 14, 2017
Piano · In studio

Paul has been very patient and wonderful with my 6 year old son who has just started lessons.

Lorenzo S. Oct 17, 2016
Piano · In home

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.

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Kennedy B. Sep 15, 2016
Flute · In home

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.

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Kevin Aug 13, 2016
Saxophone · In home

Paul is a very helpful teacher who can help me learn at a great pace!

James F. Aug 4, 2016
Piano · Online

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Eddie Jul 31, 2015
Gospel Singing · In studio

Paul is one of the most knowledgeable music instructor I have worked with. Pastor Paul, may the Lord continues to guide you in your new adventure.

God bless you and family

Peggy Jul 31, 2015

Paul can teach a variety of instruments . . . woodwinds, piano, sax individually and in a group. He has conducted Christian contemporary and gospel choirs and choral ensembles and is proficient in many genres of music . . . classical, jazz, gospel, Christian contemporary and worship music. He has given individual voice lessons in an academic venue as well as privately. He is also a composer and songwriter and has composed his own Christmas musical to be presented in a worship setting.

Paul is very talented, versatile meticulous and thorough and truly loves what he is doing , whether it be teaching music, voice, choir or band. It is evident that he truly loves people, especially his students.

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Kiara Jul 31, 2015
Saxophone · In home

I had other teachers and my progress was very slow. When I meet and started my lessons with Mr. Paul, I excelled. He made learning easy and I was given a solo a little after I began lessons with him. He is awesome.

Neli Jul 31, 2015
Singing · In studio

Paul possesses that winning combination of professionalism, organization, dedication, and TALENT. His natural affinity for people of all backgrounds and experience paired with His knowledge and passion for music make him a phenomenal instructor.

Karin Jul 31, 2015
Gospel Singing · In studio

I have found DR Paul to be the best vocal coach I have ever had, he taught me to hit notes I could not hit before and he taught me to believe in myself. He showed patient and a willingness to teach. He is the best!!!

George Jul 31, 2015
Music Theory · In studio

Paul not only has a passion for music, but he has a passion for teacjing music and sharing his gift with others.

George Jul 31, 2015
Music Theory · In studio

Paul not only has a passion for music, but he has a passion for teacjing music and sharing his gift with others.

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