Nicholas Melonas - Cello Teacher / Special Events
It’s free, with no obligation to book
Hired 5 times
Serves Grand Rapids, MI
16 years in business
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Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers
Wear masks during the job
Disinfect surfaces touched during the job
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
First Trial Lesson = FREE 30 Minute Lesson = $20 45 Minute Lesson = $30 60 Minute Lesson = $40
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
To me, the joy of teaching cello goes beyond the music to the relationships that are built between the teacher, student, and their families. That's why throughout the process I try to learn as much as I can about the student, their family, their background, their experience, their comfort level, and more. Usually this begins with a phone interview where the student/parent interviews me, but I also interview them! If they are interested in continuing in the process, I offer a first trial lesson for free. I want to give families the freedom to see if this will be a good fit or not. From the information I gathered over the phone, the trial lesson is a time for me to evaluate playing level, technique, and past experience. The student would play something they are comfortable with and uncomfortable with so I can set a trajectory for future lessons. At the end of the lesson, I would make recommendations for what we could work on if they decided to continue lessons. If teaching a minor, I also ask parents to stay for all lessons even if around the corner or in a nearby room to provide accountability, but also the privacy their student may need. It is a privilege for me to build relationships with my students and their families, and lay a foundation for a lifetime of cello performance. For further questions about beginning cello lessons, please don't hesitate to contact me!
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
PRIVATE INSTRUCTION The Master’s University, Janet Shulman, Santa Clarita, CA. September 2009 – May 2011 University of New Hampshire, Larry Veal, Durham, NH. August 2005 – September 2009 Timberlane Regional High School, Gary Hodges, Plaistow, NH. September 2004 – August 2005 Merrimack Valley String Orchestra, Joy Schutze, Haverhill, MA. June 2002 – September 2004 TEACHING EXPERIENCE Beginner Cello (2nd Grade – Adult), Private Instruction, CA. September 2005 – Present Intermediate Cello (2nd Grade – Adult), Private Instruction, CA. September 2005 – Present String Start-Up Program (2nd – 4th Grade), NH. May 2008 – August 2011 Middle School Small Ensembles’ Coach, NH. September 2006 – June 2011 PERFORMING EXPERIENCE Cellist, Guest Musician – The Master’s University Chapel Band, CA. August 2009 – May 2012 Cellist, New Hampshire Chamber All-State Orchestra, Concord, NH. April 2009 Principal Cellist, Downtown Disney, Orlando, FL. March 2009 Soloist, Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, Andover, MA. December 2008 Principal Cellist, Timberlane Schools, Plaistow, NH. September 2006 – June 2009 Cellist, New England Conservatory Youth Orchestras, Boston, MA. September 2005 – June 2008 Cellist, Cartoon Festival Symphony Hall, Boston, MA. April 2005 Cellist, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Boston MA. September 2004 – June 2005 Cellist, New Hampshire All-State Orchestra, Concord, NH. April 2003 – April 2009 Principal Cellist, Timberlane Schools, Plaistow, NH. September 2003 – June 2006