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 Community School.

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.

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.

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/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.

Instrument Rentals/Purchase:
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.

Scheduling Lessons/Payment:
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.

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