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Melina C In HomeHome
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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, Ukulele, Music, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar
Styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Folk, Electronic, Punk

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Melina C In Home
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, Ukulele, Music, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar
Styles: Classical, Pop, Rock, Folk, Electronic, Punk

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 6-80
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ABOUT
Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Master Degree: New York University, Master Degree: Brooklyn College
Overview:
I am a patient teacher with a former career/background in counseling. I love music and I want my students to love it too! I played in the instrumental surf band, Venice Beach Muscle Club; we played traditional melodic melodies and surf standards but we also wrote arrangements that stretched the genre to include familiar melodies from indie rock, new wave, and 60's rock. I was born and raised in Brooklyn and have been living and teaching music here my whole life. I attended the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College where I earned my Masters in Music Education. 
EXPERIENCE
I started teaching guitar as a teenager  - my fomer piano teacher referred me to a neighbor who was inquring about where to find a guitar teacher. I felt honored that my piano teacher recommended me! Before I knew it, I was teaching quite a few kids in my old neighborhood of Bath Beach, Brooklyn. I have taught music ever since! My background in counseling helps me to meet students where they are at. I am a patient teacher with 10 years experience in public high school music as well as over 20 years of private teaching. 
METHODS USED
I work with the student to learn what they are interested in learning. All my students learn to read traditional notation as well as tablature. I like method books like Hal Leonard , especially for the complete beginner - but  I supplement with other repertoire I have found throughout the years. I encourage beginning with a nylon string guitar because it is easier on the fingers! I incorporate music theory in all of my teaching. I am a fan of all types of rock n roll, folk, punk, indie music, as well as various fingerpicking styles so this is what I most like to teach! 
LESSON STYLE
Music lessons should be fun  - I have practical tips for practicing but the student's desire to learn will be the drive. The most important thing is to keep picking up that instrument - even if its for 5-10 minutes a day. By modeling that all teachers are still students, I create a safe and supportive environment. I like to hear what kind of music my students are listening to and incorporate that in the process, as it excites and motivates students to play the music that they love to listen to. 
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Steve

5

Hands down Melina is the best guitar teacher I've ever had. She's patient and she likes to teach. She's makes learning fun and we've developed a great rapport. My playing has improved 100% and I owe it all to Melina. I only wish I could afford to have her more than 30 minutes a week. I would recommend her to anyone who is just starting out or is an accomplished guitar player.

Review posted on Sep 14, 2019

Anna

5

Melina is an excellent piano teacher, highly recommend her! I have started learning piano a year ago now, at the age of 38, and she has been both super patient and a tad challenging (in a good way!) with me. Learning piano with her is just fun!

Review posted on Jan 22, 2019

Jennifer Miller

5

Melina is super skilled, patient and dependable. I would highly recommend her.

Review posted on Oct 07, 2016
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