Melanie Maz has taught piano and violin full-time in the Boston area since 2000, both through her private studio and at the New School of Music, the Belmont Saturday Morning Music School, Boston Collegiate Charter School, Hill House, Cambridge Community Schools, and Suzuki School of Music. She 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. In addition to being a musician, Melanie is also an established artist (you can view her music themed art at www.maz-art.com). When not making music or art, Melanie enjoys sewing, running, biking, and spending time with her partner, Chad, and their cat.
Lessons are geared toward the individual student, with the goal of building a solid musical foundation (note reading, rhythm, theory, and technique), while providing the student with music that interests them. Daily practice is strongly encouraged, no matter what the student's musical goals are. Young children may enroll in lessons, provided they can read letters A-G and number 1-5, and can sit through a 30 minute lesson. While parents do not attend lessons with their children, Melanie keeps parents informed of progress and practice goals. Students can take lessons once or twice a week (twice a week lessons are recommended for students who may not be able to practice regularly on their own).
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 noon-7pm (sorry, no weekend lessons). Please contact the studio about current availability.
Melanie travels to locations that are easily accessible by bicycle or public transit. Students can take lessons with Melanie in their homes (in person or online) or at Hill House (127 Mt. Vernon St, Beacon Hill, Boston, MA). Melanie also offers a limited number of in person lesson slots at her East Arlington studio (please note: there is a friendly cat in residence, so if you're allergic, please opt for in-home or Zoom lessons).
Summer/School Vacation Lessons:
Lessons are offered during the Summer and school vacation weeks. While weekly lessons are strongly recommended, students can opt for lessons sporadically throughout the Summer months.
Students will need to have their own instrument to practice on. Violins come in different sizes and children will need bigger sizes 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.
Beginners will purchase and use Faber& Faber and/or Bastien method books. However, if you are continuing student we can work with whatever books/sheet music you currently use. All students need to bring their books/sheet music plus a notebook (for writing assignments in) to every lesson.
Lessons are scheduled month to month (students pay for all lessons in the upcoming month prior to their first lesson of that month), but new students are welcome to enroll mid month. Lessons are reserved once payment is processed.