Will Melones

Will M.

Kearny, NJ

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About

Will delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 11+

Teaching since:
January 2011

At the age of 12, I picked up the bass guitar to start a rock band with my neighborhood friends. After years of private lessons, I got my Associate's degree in music and shipped up to Boston to earn my BA at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. During my time in college I joined a number of bands, had my music played on the radio for the first time, and even founded my own mobile recording company. I found that my best teachers were the ones who were willing to learn themselves, so I decided that my own quest for education would never be finished.

*** Lesson Details ***
I want to get you playing music immediately! Beginning students are much more likely to stick with an instrument if they see immediate results, so I don't waste time in the first lesson forcing you to learn lots of music theory and fingering exercises. My approach to teaching uses the songs you know and love to introduce important musical concepts, so you become a well-rounded musician while having fun playing music. Remember, a musician's job is to entertain! I can get you moving with beginner to intermediate guitar lessons, or have you playing the bass on a professional level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated music room and rehearsal and lesson space. Seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide an instrument and amplifier to play on, and to purchase any necessary teaching materials. I will provide my own instrument and amplifier when necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, pop, funk, and all other groove-based styles. Reading music, including musical theatre scores.

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Experience

Owner, Producer
Jan 2012 - Present
Doc's Basement

Produce and engineer albums for artists of varying genres, planning through distribution
Write promotional and ad music including Bareburger spot and Monterey Bay Aquarium musical Hand-build and sell audio cables including TS, TRS, and XLR combinations

Bassist
Jul 2011 - Present
Hundred Yard Smash

Baltimore-based band plays restaurants, bars, private parties, and professional events up and down the East Coast

Pit Orchestra Instrumenntalist
Sep 2008 - Present
Various Theaters

Played electric bass, acoustic bass, fretless, 5-string, and tuba in numerous musical theater productions

New York City Workshop (New York, NY 2014)
PANIC! The Musical

SpeakEasy Stage Company (Boston, MA 2012 – 2013)
In the Heights (Boston Premiere), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Boston Premiere)

Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA 2011 – 2012)
Hairspray, Chicago, Circus (Workshop), RENT

Phoenix Festival Theater/Harford Community College (Bel Air, MD 2008 – 2009)
Evita, Romance/Romance

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Guitar Lab Accompanist
Sep 2010 - Jan 2011
Berklee College of Music

Played bass for guitar students in group classroom setting
Assisted instructor Jim Peterson with class operation

Sales Associate
Sep 2005 - Jun 2009
Music & Arts Center

Sold musical instruments, sheet music, and accessories
Managed tuition and special order systems, registered students for private instruction

Education

Bachelor of Music
Sep 2009 - Dec 2012
Berklee College of Music
Associate of Arts
Sep 2007 - May 2009
Harford Community College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Louis Armstrong Award
May 2007
Bel Air High School

Affiliations

Broadcast Music Inc.
Jan 2009

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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Photos & Videos

Here's a live performance video of me rocking out with my band, Hundred Yard Smash!
Hundred Yard Smash debuts their new song "Something to Come Back For" at Washington DC's Jammin Java.
Playing with Hundred Yard Smash in Baltimore

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Will M. and Brick Wall

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Wired for sound and ready to create!

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On the set of the independent film "Katharsis"

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3 Reviews

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Matthew B. Sep 3, 2015
Guitar · In studio

This was the 1st lesson for my 14 yr old son. Will was very kind and patient from the start. I had to chg lesson date and time but he accommodated my schedule. He made it easy by giving me a detailed list of things my sob needed including the brand. I was in and out of guitar center in 10 min...I was quite happy! All that matters is did my son enjoy it....he did! He is excited about practicing too.

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Robert D. Feb 21, 2013
Bass Guitar ·

From Learning To Doing

When I started taking lessons I was very much a beginner. Will helped me out. We started at the bottom working some scales and learning the fundamentals. Once I figured out some of the basics we got to do what I wanted to do, play!!! After just a few months I became comfortable playing in public and now I gig all the time. All of this thanks to Will. Thanks Will!

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Nathan E. Feb 6, 2013
Bass Guitar ·

The boost I needed to get playing again

Will's lessons didn't only help improve my bass playing, but also gave me the confidence I needed before recording in the studio. He was patient and didn't mind working with me until I had my skills down. His lessons are more practical than others I have had with a more "classical" feel. I would recommend Will's lessons to anyone who is looking to improve their bass playing or have some fun rocking out to great tunes.

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