Frequently asked questions

What do I need to prepare for my first lesson?


Melissa generally begins the initial consultation discussing your vocal background and goals. Lessons may include voice function exercises and/or application of technique to repertoire. Each lesson is individually tailored to meet the needs and goals of each student.




Do you have a cancellation policy?


All lessons must be cancelled or rescheduled by e-mailing melissafordvoice@gmail.com. Lessons cancelled or rescheduled within 24-hours of the appointment must be fully compensated. Single lessons and lesson packages are nonrefundable and non-transferrable.




What forms of payment do you accept?


You are welcome to pay prior to the time of the lesson by Venmo (preferred) or PayPal.




Where are you located?


Melissa teaches in-person voice lessons at Ripley Grier Studios on 520 8th Ave (between 36th and 37th Street) New York, NY. Online lessons are offered to anyone worldwide.




How do online lessons work?


Online lessons follow the same structure as in-person sessions. Basic equipment required includes an internet connection, computer microphone, and a web camera. A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent prior to the start of the lesson.




Do you offer musical theatre/acting college audition coaching?


Melissa can hand-pick songs and monologues for you that fit the audition requirements and are not overdone. She can also coach you with other aspects of the audition process such as compiling your college list and polishing your acting resume.




How often should I take lessons?


Weekly lessons are recommended for beginners and those with specific technique goals. Advanced singers looking for vocal maintenance may attend biweekly or once a month. All lessons are drop-in, unless coordinated in advance, and require no commitment to continue.




I have voice problems and/or an injury. Can I work with you?


Yes! Melissa may provide voice therapy under the supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist. She is finishing her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at NYU and has received specialized training in voice rehabilitation from Dr. Kittie Verdolini-Abbott, Shirley Gherson, and Marianna Rubino. Melissa is also in contact with voice researchers such as Dr. Aaron Johnson (NYU Langone Voice Center) and Dr. Celia Stewart (NYU Find Your Voice Research Lab) to stay up-to-date on the latest singing-related science.