Nicholas Melonas - Cello Teacher / Special Events
Nicholas Melonas - Cello Teacher / Special Events

Nicholas Melonas - Cello Teacher / Special Events

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Introduction: Since 2005, I have been teaching private cello lessons and string workshops across the nation. Studying under both Janet Crouch Shulman (Royal Academy and Philharmonic Orchestra) and Larry Veal (University of New Hampshire), as well as performing with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory, and various solo, small ensemble, and orchestral works, my desire is to impart my experience to the next generation of cellists. I specifically focus on the Alexander Technique to provide a proper foundation for a lifetime of cello performance. This is best accomplished through in-person lessons, but I also provide virtual lessons. In addition to private cello lessons and string workshops, I regularly perform for wedding ceremonies, receptions, churches, and private events. From classical music, to rock and pop, I will add additional music to my repertoire for your special event! Playing the cello is fun and should be fun for anyone who wants to learn! I love spending time with students and their families to not only create beautiful music, but also lasting friendships. To see if lessons are the right fit for you, I offer one FREE trial lesson to review the cello, your goals, and even to start playing :) If you are interested or have more questions about cello lessons or your performance needs, please don't hesitate to contact me for more information!

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Serves Grand Rapids, MI

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and value.

Exceptional 5.0

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Evan W.

Cello Lessons

Nicholas is an expert player with great insight into technique and musicality, which provided noticeable improvements almost immediately. But more importantly to us, he brings joy back into learning music. Our son comes out of every lesson with a huge smile on his face that lasts for hours. It has really been awesome to see the progression in the short time we have been with Nicholas, and we look forward to much more to come.
May 5, 2020
Rachael J.

Cello Lessons

Mr. Melonas works well with my son. My son likes how Mr. Melonas explains concepts and demonstrates his explanations on techniques and style. We are looking forward to the growth that will come with the blessing of the work our son will be able to put into his practice with his cello based on what Mr. Melonas has taught him.
Sep 3, 2019

Cello Lessons

I enjoyed speaking with him and felt like we would be a good teacher student match. Looking forward to starting my lessons with him.
Feb 3, 2019
Diana R.

Nick is a great cellist and cello instructor. He taught me solid technique and helped me develop my musicality. He is a very patient and kind instructor whom I would definitely recommend to cellists of all skill levels.
Aug 29, 2016
Chris B.

Nick is discerning and caring. He knows how to evaluate a problem and quickly help the other person make the fine-tuned adjustments necessary to progress. His enthusiasm for people is contagious and a good example to follow.
Aug 29, 2016
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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

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