A happy comment from a HAPPY Melody Music Studios Student

MMS-Note from piano student


I enjoyed taking piano lessons from Melody Music. I’ve been a student there for approximately 7 yrs. My teacher Lydia really works hard with you to make sure you fully understand everything about playing the piano. Every year Melody Music hosts a recital, which is nice because it gives you & others a chance to see how well you has really accomplish over time. I will recommend them to anyone who has interest in learning how to play an instrument


The Art of Listening to Yourself Practice (via Melody Music Studios)

The Art of Listening to Yourself Practice     Bassist John McBroom with Blue Mule The Art of Listening to Yourself Practice For those of you that are taking lessons, imagine that your instructor is there with you when you practice and be critical of your playing the same as your instructor would, hearing his or her words in your head. I still hear my past instructors every time I practice, telling me things I know he would say if he were listening. I know that while you’re learning a pie … Read More

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Our Nashville instructor Derek teaches guitar, bass and ukulele

Derek Derek received his Bachelor’s of Music degree with honors from Columbia College in Chicago, IL in 2010. Since 1996, Derek has played guitar in almost every setting imaginable for genres of rock, jazz, Pop, Blues, Folk, Neo-Soul, and Hip Hop. Derek has been teaching since 2005. He has been fortunate to play internationally, and with many world-renowned musicians, at almost every venue and festival including the prestigious Lincoln Hall. He currently performs regularly with a large variety of bands, and does studio work, recently releasing his debut original EP Sober Years.Personality rating: Easygoing and laid back, yet passionate

Musicians and the New Economy- Ideas to increase income

“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor.” Henry David Thoreau

Having been an occupant of this music world, both as a performer and as a music business person, I’ve seen the music climate change many times. When the economy is healthy, fans flock to bars and restaurants to see new music. They eat, drink, purchase merchandise and support the live music scene. When the economy tanks, fans, understandably, turn fearful. Instead of spending at bars and restaurants and ticketed events, they hold onto discretionary money, impacting the entertainment, food and beverage industries.

Funds for music are often the first items to be subtracted from business budgets in tough economic times. Musicians are well adept at figure out side hustles and alternate sources of income when lean times become part of their economic picture. Side hustles usually include jobs in the bar or restaurant industry.  But these businesses are suffering during this downturn as well, leaving many musicians scrambling for other occupations.

If music is the way you make your living, and the economy is playing havoc with your finances, consider devoting time to self investment. Self investment is not self improvement, although it’s often an added bonus. Invest time in discovering skills that are linked to or lay totally outside your musical gifts. During a relocation and job change three years ago, I found my business floundering. As a former songwriter, I missed the ability to communicate with words to a wider audience than my daily journal. I started writing meditations, which led to the idea of music education booklets targeted at practicing musicians. Three years after my job change,  I self released Fifty Ways to Tour Without Getting in the Van, a 20 page booklet with 50 frugal marketing ideas for bands. Little did I know, the gas crisis would hit during the summer tour season of 2008, making getting in the van to travel to shows costly and many times impractical. People were looking for alternative ways to expose their music to wider audiences-which assured me of selling copies of my booklets. So now in addition to being a music publicist and booking agent, I can add writer to my resume.

As a musician, you’re adept at mulling things over. Think about alternate sources of income during this apocolyptic economy. If you’re besot by the lack of shows, turn your attention to performing for schools, churches or other civic organizations.  Offer to teach a class on songwriting at your local library. Look into providing music for weddings and small events. Play for a intimate group of friends. Write about your music experiences, review cds for publications or start your own publication or e-newsletter about managing as a musician during an economic downturn.

The Scottish geologist and writer Hugh Miller said, “Problems are opportunies with thorns on them.” Make the most of this economic uncertainty by uncovering your hidden talents and how to use them.

Thanks to Trent at The Simple Dollar and Jason at Frugal Dad for inspiring this post.

Mark is our excellent horn teacher. Check him out!

Mark graduated from the Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN in 2003 with a Bachelor’s in Music Education. He continued his education to receive his Masters in Jazz Performance from the State University of NY in 2007. As a professional jazz and classical trumpet player, Mark has maintained a very active performance career, including three national musical theater tours and performing at some of the country’s most prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, The Chicago Theater, and Madison Square Garden. Along with performing and teaching, Mark is also an accomplished composer and arranger; his music has been premiered and recorded by the Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra, the Tennessee Brass Arts Quintet, and he was commissioned to write music for the United States Air Force Band of the Reserve Brass Quintet. Mark has been teaching since 2001 for trumpet, piano, drums, flute, clarinet, sax, trombone, French horn, and tuba, and his styles include Latin, jazz, classical, blues, pop, and rock.


Our vocal coach Jennifer begin her career as a Mouseketeer

Jennifer began her career at age 10 as a Mouseketeer on all 7 seasons of The Disney Channel’s “New Mickey Mouse Club”. Jennifer graduated with honors from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 1999, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Undergraduate Drama. For the last 20 years, Jennifer has performed in concerts all over the world, and also returned to Disney to perform in EPCOT Center’s “American Vybe” a capella group and Animal Kingdom’s “Tarzan Rocks!” show, as well as to coach high school choral groups as a Disney Clinician for “Disney’s Magic Music Days”. Jennifer has been a studio/session singer since age 10, a songwriter since age 16, and a worship leader in FL and TN. Jennifer has been teaching since 2001, her styles including Pop, R&B, Blues, Country, Musical Theater, Rock, Gospel, Jazz, and basic Opera (warm ups based on classical technique

Our musicians are pros!

All of our instructor’s have gone through an extensive hiring process with Melody Music Studios, where they submit the application, resume, recording, and references. We hire based on their training as well as personality and teaching styles, and we also conduct a full background check.


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