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Melani tutors in New York, NY

Melani C.

Private tutor in New York, NY


University of California Irvine - Bachelors in Drama, 2001, High Honors in Musical Theatre (GPA: 3.944); New York University's Tisch School of the Arts - Masters in Fine Arts for Musical Theatre Writing, 2015, (GPA: n/a); Rim of the World High School (GPA 4.33). 25 years of ballet, tap, and musical theatre dance training. 20 years of vocal training (for musicals and opera).


I got four (out of five) on my AP English exams in high school (junior and senior year), I got a four on my AP US History exam, and I got a three on my AP French (my school didn't have an AP French program, so my teacher privately tutored me and two other girls for the test). I got a 1200 on my SATs (when it was out of 1600, and the average score was 1050), and that was without any special SAT prep classes outside of school (that wasn't trendy yet either). As for why I want to be a tutor: I love teaching. I started teaching when I was eleven, and I haven't stopped since. I started with ballet, then musical theatre and voice, but my students will attest that the reason they keep coming back to me is because of how clear I make the concepts. I try to listen to what each student needs and I cater my lessons to what would most serve them in their process of understanding. Teaching is a profession of creative problem solving and patience, and there's no concept that you can't learn with a good teacher. Some highlights of my teaching resume: I am Founder and Instructor at Kate Chadwick Voice Lessons, New York, NY. I leads hour- or half-hour- long private lessons for students looking to improve technique, prepare for auditions, or heal vocal fatigue. I work with all ages and skill levels from school kids to Broadway professionals (my students have been featured in the Broadway productions of The Lion King, Wicked, White Christmas, and Spamalot). I can play my own warm-up exercises and can sight-read chords. I teach music theory as well as technique. I was a ballet tutor and instructor for the University of California, Irvine's New York Satellite Program, New York, NY. I taught ballet to university musical theatre students of varying levels. I found ways of explaining ballet to help non-physical people understand their bodies differently, improving their sense of themselves as performers on stage. I was an tutor and instructor at John Robert Powers, New York, NY. I taught advanced acting and voice to kids and adults (ages 4-25). I helped organize syllabuses, end-of-term performances, and audition pieces. I worked closely with the program’s director to ensure that every student was getting all that they can out of their training.


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I am a creative person through and through, so I love films (especially old movies from the 1930s and 40s), musicals, paintings, museums, and ballets. My sister and dad are fine artists and my mom is a bacteriologist. My husband (also a writer) is a video game nut, so I have also tried my hand at some Mario games. He's even gotten me to try Minecraft. I also love to laugh. Amy Poehler is one of my favorite comediennes, and I love going to improv comedy nights in the city. We have a cat named Pigeon who was so named because she has an anomaly purr that makes her sound like she's chirping. I guess the last thing I should tell you is that I love trivia. I love knowing a lot of facts about a wide range of subjects... like why viruses don't respond to antibiotics or what Abbott and Costello's first names are. I've got a big brain that loves knowledge.

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