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 technique exercises and/or song coaching. 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 Lessons cancelled or rescheduled within 24-hours of the appointment must be fully compensated. Melissa reserves the right to reschedule due to professional or personal circumstances. Single lessons and lesson packages are nonrefundable and non-transferrable. Please note recurring weekly lesson time slots are not guaranteed unless scheduled and paid for in advance.

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 typically teaches in-person lessons at Ripley Grier Studios on 520 8th Ave (between 36th and 37th Street) New York, NY. In-person lessons are currently on hold at this time, and we are offering online lessons.

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?

Yes! I can hand-pick songs and monologues for you that fit the audition requirements and are not overdone. I can also coach you with other aspects of the audition such as compiling your college list, writing your acting resume, and suggestions on what to wear.

How often should I take lessons?

I recommend weekly lessons 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. Students may request lessons as little or as often as they like.

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

Yes! Melissa can give voice therapy under the supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist and employs many of these techniques in her regular lessons. She received this specialized training in voice rehabilitation from well-known speech-language pathologists including Dr. Kittie Verdolini-Abbott, Dr. Celia Stewart, and Shirley Gherson.

520 8th Ave. New York NY United States 10018

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