MALE AND FEMALE SINGERS
RIGHT WHERE I BELONG!!! AT THE PIANO MAKING MUSIC - TEACHING VOICE - PLAYING GREAT PIANO!!!!! WRITING AND PRODUCING ORIGINAL COUNTRY MUSIC FOR TODAY'S YOUNG STARS! (CONGRATS TO MELISSA FOR HER 2014 and 2015 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS FOR MUSIC EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR!!!!!)
Melissa Black/Vocal Coaching and Artist Development
A VOICE TEACHER WITH A MASTERS DEGREE - A VOCAL COACH WHO IS A PROFESSIONAL PIANIST WITH PERFECT PITCH AND WHO CAN PLAY ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING TO PERFECTION - BY EAR! ALL IN THE SAME PERSON! MELISSA WELCOMES NEW SINGERS TO HER STUDIO!!
FORMER MUSIC POSITIONS INCLUDE:
ADJUNCT FACULTY - OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY
STAFF PIANIST - OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY
STAFF PIANIST - BALLET OKLAHOMA;BALLET ARIZONA
PIANIST - OKC GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB;QUAIL CREEK COUNTRY CLUB; THE LAKES COUNTRY CLUB (ARIZONA)
CERTIFIED SUBSTITUTE TEACHER FOR THE PEORIA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT(Current Position) STATE OF ARIZONA
EMAIL MELISSA NOW AT MISSYJBLACK@YAHOO.COM!
NOBODY IS BETTER AT WHAT THEY DO THAN MELISSA!
ADVANCED STUDIES - AIMS INSTITUTE OF MUSICAL STUDIES - GRAZ,AUSTRIA
FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO RECORD THEIR LESSONS!!!!!
I have a STATE OF THE ART brand new Yamaha Clavinova Digital Piano that has USB recording capabilities!! If you want a recording of any of your lessons - Bring with you an "unused" USB JUMP DRIVE. I ALSO HAVE SOME FOR YOU ALL TO PURCHASE for 10.00 CASH!!!
Consistency is very important in the study of music. Regular attendance at your lessons and practicing between lessons is crucial to your development as an artist. I require 12-hours’ notice to cancel lessons. If less than 12-hours’ notice is provided, students will be charged for the missed lesson. This is especially true for those of you who only come every OTHER week. Those of you who choose to to every OTHER week - please mark your calenders so you will remember. If you miss more than one lesson without a text or email - i will take you off of the regular schedule to make room for others. You are still welcome back,however and must bring money for the missed lessons. I also expect ALL of my singers to do warm-ups each and every day! For classical and broadway singers - a minium of 30 mins per day and for my rock,pop and country singers - a minium of 15 mins per day. If you all want to achieve vocal mastery - you must warm up the voice using the correct technique every day.
* If you do need to cancel, please contact me as soon as possible. I check voice mails, emails and texts regularly throughout the day. You will know your lesson is "cancelled" when I have replied. Please remember that this is my personal business and I am reserving your spot.
How to Become a Young, Successful Singer:
Aspiring singers - Ask yourselves these questions!
Can you sing in tune well?
Can you sing R&B and every other style?
Can you read music and sing it without accompaniment?
Can you sing with a lot of feeling?
Do you understand musical terms?
Can you hear and identify chords?
Can you sing harmony?
Can you arrange vocal harmony?
Can you sing and look professional on stage?
Can you record effectively and artistically in a studio?
Can you play piano enough to play and harmonize a tune? It also does NOT HURT to pick up the guitar and learn to play it too AND play WHILE YOU SING. If you cannot play AND sing at the same time - you really will have a harder time making it in the music business. AND you need to be able to play by EAR - don't use "guitar chords and tabs" as a crutch.
Can you write lyrics and music (songs)? In other words - you better be able to write you own music - and that means lyrics AND music - not just one or the other.
Can you function successfully in the business world? In other words - can you handle your own business affairs and not completely depend on someone else?
Can you keep a group together and effectively lead it?
Can you overcome your fears and pursue your goals?