NOTE: ALL LESSONS WILL BE TAUGHT ONLINE FOR NOW VIA ZOOM DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC!
FOR THE PAST 5 MONTHS, MELANIE HAS BEEN TEACHING ONLINE LESSONS AT GUITAR CENTER, AND HAS LEARNED WAYS TO OFFER A QUALITY, AND PRODUCTIVE LESSONS EXPERIENCE ONLINE.
Melanie Dewey of MELD worked hard to create her own unique sound through years of training, learning, writing, and practicing... and NOW she wants to help young, aspiring musicians find their unique contribution within today's challenging and dense musical landscape! MELD Creative Studios Mission is to help everyone find their authentic voice as a musician. Using multi-genre training in voice, piano, and songwriting, students will study classical, pop, jazz, rock n' roll, country, and more, in order to receive a well-rounded education for musical success. Exploring their passions while still learning the fundamentals of music, this foundation will allow students to find what makes THEM tick, and discover their own unique musical sound. Because... There's a unique sound in EVERY single soul! MELD Creative Studios aims to nurture that sound and grow it far and wide!
Melanie Dewey has been singing since she could talk, and playing piano and writing music since she was 10 years old. Since then Melanie has starred in musical theater productions, sang in chamber choirs, and played in rock bands throughout high school and college, to now fronting her current band, MELD. MELD has played in over 30 cities, and toured the country playing several festivals such as Bonnaroo (campground stage,) Music on the Mothership, and Sonic Bloom, and the band has shared stages with Maggie Rose, Teddy Geiger, Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, The Main Squeeze, Ayla Nereo, Brothers Past, and more. She has been featured in Nylon Mag, Live for Live Music, Forbes, and more for her original music.
Melanie has learned from the best of the best - studying classical voice in Italy with members from the Metropolitan Opera, jazz and pop voice from University of Miami faculty, and Nashville's Maureen Murphy. She has won several awards for her singing and songwriting, including the Bruce Hornsby scholarship for songwriting her senior year at UM, and placing first in several national operatic competitions in high school. It is because of this well-rounded and eclectic education, that Melanie derived her philosophy - that each and every musician has their own unique journey. Rather than sticking to ONE path (classical only, jazz only, etc...) Melanie hopes to give her students a wide array of knowledge backed by the science of the vocal chords, to help her students find THEIR unique voice.
Melanie has been teaching for 8 years, and has taught private students of ALL ages including group lessons from being the vocal instructor at Syracuse Rock Camp for students aged 8-17. She has been employed at Guitar Center for over a year now, and has taught online lessons for the past 6 months of the pandemic. She LOVES teaching and giving back a little bit of what she's learned, to help her students grow their craft and passion. Melanie can't wait to learn about your passions, what makes you tick, and help you along your musical journey!
+ VOICE LESSONS
Beginner to advanced voice lessons, in pop, jazz, classical, soul, and rock styles. Learn breathing techniques, vocal control, and prepare for auditions!
+ PIANO LESSONS
Beginner to intermediate piano lessons, including music theory, ear training, and playing in different styles!
+ SONGWRITING LESSONS
Beginner to advanced songwriting lessons in ALL genres, including lyrical and melodic development, music theory help and chart writing.
Separate appointments or included in lessons at NO additional cost! We'll talk branding, image, and help you find your unique artist VOICE!
30 minute, and 1 hour lessons, on a weekly basis.
PRICING & payment
KEEP IN MIND: Lessons are typically sold in "subscriptions!" This makes it an easy one-time payment per-month, for a months worth of lessons! Purchasing in "bulk" also allows me to keep my prices cheaper for you!
Purchase of this subscription gives you FOUR 30-minute lessons for $120.00 total. (This is $30/lesson.) Every four weeks, you have the choice to renew for the following month.
BI-MONTHLY 1-HOUR LESSON SUBSCRIPTION: $110.00
Purchase of this subscription gives you TWO 1-hour lessons for $110.00 total. (This is $55/lesson.) Every four weeks, you have the choice to renew for the following month.
BI-MONTHLY 30-MINUTE LESSON SUBSCRIPTION: $70.00
Purchase of this subscription gives you TWO 30-minute lessons for $70.00 total. (This is $35/lesson.) Every four weeks, you have the choice to renew for the following month.
SPECIAL LESSON RATES:
SOLO 1-HOUR LESSON: $60.00
SOLO 30-MINUTE LESSON: $35.00
WEEKLY 1-HOUR LESSON SUBSCRIPTION: $200.00
Purchase of this subscription gives you FOUR1-hour lessons for $200.00 total. (This is $50/lesson.) Every four weeks, you have the choice to renew for the following month.
WEEKLY 30-MINUTE LESSON SUBSCRIPTION: $120.00
Purchase these if you just want one lesson to brush up on something!
TRAINING INTENSIVE!: $300
$300.00 gives you 6 lessons in one month, plus one half an hour relaxation technique class for free. These intensives are for any students gearing up for big recording projects, auditions, or projects. This is aimed to help you get 1-on-1 personalized training at a high volume, and give you some relaxation techniques to calm those nerves! On your big day - I've got your back!
NEW CLIENT LESSONS:
$20 FOR 1/2 HOUR, AND $40 FOR 1 HOUR!
If this is your first time with MELD Creative Studios, and you just want to try it out and see if it's for you - the lessons rate is much cheaper!
HOW DO I SIGN UP?!
Email to set up your first lesson! In your email be sure to let me know the following information:
1.) Your name and skill level (or your child's name and skill level if you're signing up your child!)
2.) Which of the following subscriptions you'd like to purchase
3.) Your or your child's favorite music/artists
4.) Your or your child's musical goals!
I will contact you back with payment options, and scheduling information!
TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST STUDENTS!
"Melanie is a recording artist and songwriter who has dedicated her life to voice. She's knowledgeable on its structure and is an effective and understanding teacher who is able to cater to your specific level in vocal training. No matter if you're new to vocal training or are looking to improve on what you already know, Melanie is capable of providing you the tools to grow your vocal proficiency.
-David Garcia, Attendee of 3+ Online masterclasses in Voice and Songwriting held by Melanie , Age 28
"I just cannot say enough about Ms. Melanie and the work she has done to help my daughter come out of her shell. My daughter has been taking music lessons for two years and gets extremely nervous in front of crowds. Ms. Melanie is very patient and always finds a way to get her through her performances. The confidence has allowed my daughter to open her range of music she is willing to try and perform. Thank you is not enough."
- Dawn Whittaker, Mother of Hunner Whittaker, 1-year Voice Student
"Singing is something I'm constantly working on, and Melanie's vocal masterclass introduced me to awesome techniques for continual learners. Seeing how to work on vocal strength and whole body technique has really opened up my voice!"
-Ericka Longo, Participant of Vocal masterclass, Age 24
"Melanie is an extremey talented musician, and a fantastic teacher. Lessons with her are highly productive, yet feel relaxed, as if you were just spending time with a friend. She is able to gauge your skill level and knowledge of music theory to find the starting point, direction, and velocity for your progress. 10/10 would recommend, 5 stars!"
-Colin Glasco, Intermediate piano student, Age 28
If you are a new student, you may sign up for any of the subscription based plans, or the new client lesson. If you sign up for the subscription -based plan right off the bat - and decide halfway through the subscription that you don't wish to continue, you will not be refunded. I am more than happy to help you use the rest of your alloted time slots however, to work with you on anything else that I may be of service to you with. I can help with branding, marketing advice, cd release advice, touring advice and booking, anything music business related, and can also offer simple sound healing meditations, or goal mapping. I want you to get the most of your money!
If you are unsure you want to commit to a full month, it is recommended that you sign up for the new client lesson, or the bi-monthly lessons at first. If you wish to remain week to week rather than purchase a subscription, you can purchase a "solo" lesson each week. This is more expensive, however, and not recommended.
TARDINESS, RESCHEDULING, AND CANCELLATIONS
For subscription holders:
I will accept payment in the following forms at the beginning of each month:
1.) Venmo (@meldmusic)
2.) PayPal ()
3.) Cash or Check delivered to me by mail, or in person - once in-person lessons are safe again.
Eventually, I will keep a credit card on file and ask your permission to run it each month, which will make this process easier.
Each payment must be made by the 5th of each month. If there are five weeks in the month, this is the only time your monthly payment will be higher, to account for the fifth week. To figure out what the cost of your subscription will be on months like this, just take the per-lesson cost under your subscription and add one more of those to the bill's total. (Ex: The "Weekly 1-Hour Lesson" Subscription would be $250 rather than $200 on a month with five weeks.)
If you are opting to pay per lesson, or it is a new client lesson, you can pay at the end of the lesson itself.
TARDINESS: If you are late to a lesson, and I have a client or a prior engagement scheduled right after you - I will not be able to extend the lesson into the next time slot to make up for your tardiness. If there is nobody after you, I may opt to stay on for an additional 5-10 minutes max. As the instructor, I reserve the right to make this decision.
RESCHEDULING: If you notify your instructor within 24 hours of your lesson that you need to reschedule, we can try and find another time within your pre-paid four week subscription block to reschedule you for. (ALL STUDENTS WILL RESCHEDULE THEMSELVES USING THE MELD CREATIVE STUDIOS GOOGLE SHEET SENT TO STUDENTS!) You can either find an open slot on the google sheet, or e-mail me and we can find something and add it to the google sheet together.
CANCELLATIONS: IF YOU DO NOT NOTIFY ME WITHIN 24 HOURS, the lesson will be seen as a cancellation/no show, and a $15 and $25 cancellation fee will apply for half hour and hour long lessons, respectively. Tuition will not be prorated for cancellations, or no shows. You will not get this lesson time back, unless force majeure applies. (See below.) No cancellation fee will be incurred if you are a subscription holding student. In this scenario, your pre-paid lessons payment covers this cost.
Last minute attempts to reschedule will also be seen as a cancellation. The only time there will be NO fee or cancellation implied is in cases in which something out of your control happens (force majeure.) Examples of force majeure are: sudden sickness, natural disasters, death of a loved one, car accidents, and personal trauma/mental health breakdowns. I always try and give space for life to happen, and will always try to help you work something out in these scenarios. In any of these extreme scenarios, I will work with you to reschedule your lesson with no penalty.
"You are my favorite piano teacher!"
-Scout, Beginner Piano Student, Age 5
HOW PAYMENT WORKS
I'M HONORED TO BE YOUR TEACHER
AND CAN'T WAIT TO START
CREATING WITH YOU!
I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU AND STARTING A NEW CHAPTER OF YOUR MUSICAL JOURNEY TOGETHER!