Teacher:
Melanie Maz is an established teacher, musician, and visual artist. She has studied and performed violin and piano since childhood, and has taught private lessons to children, teens, adults, and seniors since high school. She has also taught group violin and piano lessons, and coached chamber music ensembles. Melanie received a BA in Music Performance and Communication, with Distinction and Honors, from Goucher College. She has been teaching full-time in the Boston area since 2000, both privately and at the New School of Music, the Belmont Saturday Morning Music School, Buckingham Browne & Nichols Summer Day Camp, Boston Collegiate Charter School, Hill House, Cambridge community schools, Soundfest Chamber Music Festival, and Suzuki School of Music. In addition to playing for recitals, weddings, and events, Melanie has performed locally with the Newton Symphony, Longwood Symphony, Serenata Chamber Musicians, the Brahms Society Orchestra, New England Philharmonic, the Longy Summer Orchestra, Fusion String Ensemble, and Boston Neo-politan Orchestra. She currently teaches lessons at student's homes, Hill House in Boston, and Cambridge Community Schools.

Students:
Melanie accepts violin and piano students of all levels, who show enthusiasm and interest in learning music and taking lessons. Her students include children, seniors, working professionals, moms, dads, and college/graduate students. Melanie has worked with beginners of all ages, continuing students, and advanced level students. Melanie accepts children ages 5 and up, provided they are well-behaved, able to read letters A-G, and can sit through a half hour lesson without a parent present.

Lessons/Music:
Lessons are geared toward the individual student, with the goal of building a good musical foundation, while providing the student with music that interests them. Students learn note reading, rhythm, and technique using a method book, supplemented by the songs they choose (classical, pop music, show tunes, movie theme music, etc.). All students learn to read music, as well as basic music theory. Weekly lessons are required for all children and beginners. Parents do not attend lessons with children, but Melanie will spend a few minutes after each lesson reviewing practice goals and what the child is learning with the parent.

Lesson Days/Times:
Availability of lesson slots varies depending on the lesson location, current student enrollment, and the specific date you are requesting lessons for. Generally, in-home lessons slots are available weekdays from 10am-8pm (sorry, no weekend lessons). Please contact the Studio about current availability (please be sure to include your full address).

Rates:
In-home lesson rates are based on Melanie's experience and education. Unlike local music schools, Melanie does not require a semester payment upfront and her rates are competitive, considering she travels to your home. If you are looking for lower cost options, Melanie also teaches at two Cambridge community schools during the school year (enrollment preference is given to Cambridge residents and children) and at Hill House Boston in Beacon Hill.

Summer/School Vacation Lessons:
Summer lessons and lessons during school vacation weeks are offered in your home.
While weekly lessons are strongly recommended, students can opt for lessons sporadically throughout the summer months.

Practicing/Goals:

As with everything else, learning an instrument requires time commitment and practice if you want to progress and enjoy playing. Students should make an effort to practice at home at least 3 days per week (time per session will vary depending on student's level/age). With regular practice, students make progress, master the music they love, and, in turn, have FUN playing. Practice goals will be discussed individually with students/parents.

Instrument Rentals/Purchase:
Students will need to have their own instrument to practice on. Violin students will need to rent or buy a violin--most students rent from Johnson String Instrument. Violins come in different sizes and children will need bigger sizes (for info on sizing, click here) as they grow, so renting (rather than buying) is strongly recommended. For piano students, having a basic keyboard (at least 61 keys) is fine. Weighted keys are preferred, but not required, for a beginner. Keyboards can be purchased online through Amazon or Musician's Friend, or locally at a retail store. You can find more resources for instruments on the Links page.

Books:
If you have taken lessons in the past, please bring books/music you have used to your trial lesson. If you are a beginner, Melanie will have a book for you to use at the trial lesson, and will advise you on what books/materials you'll need to purchase. All students need to bring their books plus a a notebook to every lesson. For book information and places to purchase books, visit the Links page.

Scheduling Lessons/Payment:
Payment reserves lesson slots for the student--until paid for, the slot is still open to other students. For new students requesting a trial lesson, payment must be processed before Melanie can hold a slot or travel to your home. After the trial lesson, all students pay for lessons month to month (for example, students schedule and pay for all June lessons by the last day in May). For more information about scheduling and payment, visit Policies.

Trial Lesson:
All students take a trial lesson before enrolling in regular lessons. This gives Melanie an opportunity to discuss goals and expectations with the student, hear the student play (if he/she previously studied), observe how the student approaches learning, and make sure she and the student can work well together. If you are a new student, go to Trial Lesson and fill out and submit the form.







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