Music Instrument(s) Taught: Drumset, Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Voice
Location: Inner SE Portland (33rd and Powell)
Mel is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and performing musician who has been teaching for ten years. She has worked primarily with grade school and college students throughout her teaching career. Mel has a Bachelorʼs degree in Music & Arts and is adept in many instruments, including but not exclusive to violin, guitar, piano and vocal performance. She has also taught many songwriting classes and been recognized for her own music both nationally and internationally. Mel completed the suzuki violin program at age nineteen and, at age fourteen, became second chair (first violin) in the Central Virginia Regional Youth Orchestra and was invited to play in London and Scotland. The following year she was promoted to concertmaster at age fifteen. She has been singing from a very young age and is trained in all styles, ranging from jazz to classical to modern pop, musical theater and folk. She started playing guitar and piano by ear when she was twelve and took several semesters of private instruction in classical guitar and piano in college.
Mel is very passionate about teaching students the art and theory of their instrument as well as giving them practical skills to be able to perform and have fun! Her exceptional passion for people spills over into her lessons as she provides an attentive ear to each studentʼs personal goals and takes a vested interest in helping them map out a way to meet those goals. In her spare time she is heavily involved in the Portland music scene, including her own project Mero, keys & electric guitar for Sandy Loam, and vocals for Whales Whailing, Luz Elena Mendoza (Y La Bamba) and Catherine Feeny.
Mel teaches piano, guitar, violin, voice, mandolin, beginning drumset, and theramin.
Mel is currently accepting students of all ages.