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 Boston, and Tobin
Melanie accepts violin and piano students of all levels, who show
enthusiasm and interest in learning music. 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 4 and up, who are able to read letters A-G and can sit through
a one on one, half hour lesson.
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.
All students are expected to practice on their own at least 3 days
per week. 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.
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.
Students can take lessons in their home year-round
(in person or online) or at Hill House Boston (127 Mt. Vernon St,
Beacon Hill, Boston, MA) or Tobin Community School (197 Vassal Lane,
Cambridge, MA) during the school year.
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.
Students will need to have their own instrument for lessons and
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 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 like Walmart or Costco.
If you have taken lessons in the past, please bring books/music
you have used to your first lesson. If you are a beginner, Melanie
will have a book for you to use at your first lesson, and will advise
you on what books/materials you'll need to purchase. All students
need to bring their books plus a notebook to every lesson.
For new students requesting a lesson, payment must be processed
before Melanie can hold a lesson slot or travel to your home. Returning
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.