A musician, professional pianist, professional vocalist in several genre's of music, composer, vocal coach, master voice teacher, mentor and promotor for her voice students, songwriter and arranger, Melissa is highly educated with a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance and Vocal Music Eductation as well as a Masters Degree in Vocal Music Education. Melissa graduated from Oklahoma City University, The University of Central Oklahoma and the famous AIMS Institute of Music in Graz,Austria. Melissa is an Operatic Lyric Soprano who has now branched out as a "classical-crossover" singer. She has perfect pitch,plays all types of music by ear expertly on the piano and has the ability to transpose on sight. All of her recordings are self-produced in her home recording studio and all songs feature Melissa on Vocals and Piano - recorded simutaneously. "My goals for my songwriting are to secure licensing and publishing deals."
The following is a little info on Melissa from her official web-site - MUSICBYMELISSA.NET.
"Welcome to the piano and voice studio of Melissa Black, considered to be one of the finest pianists in the field of classical, jazz, rock, country and pop music. A recording session musician, special talents include perfect pitch, playing by ear and the ability to do on-sight transpositions. Melissa is now actively showing her talent for writing country music and is currently seeking a pubishing deal for her music. She is also available for studio work for those who would like to access her talents. Melissa is the composer and writer of all her own songs and all have legal copyrights. This writer is a ASCAP affiliated writer and is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame."
"As far as my songwriting goes - the first thing that comes to my mind is an identifiable theme, something listeners can relate to. My chorus’ have a catchy "hook" and have titles that catches the listener’s ears. (They deliver the main message of the song) I have always said; "set your hook fast and often". Lyrics have got to be good since they are "king" in Nashville. I always write my chorus' first - then the bridge - then i go back and start at the beginning. Also - i have always had excellent rhythm and as a songwriter - its very important to keep the rhythm consistent from verse line to verse line. My songs are structured well with no unmatched verses. It has been very important to me as a writer to "wear all of the hats." I am the singer - the composer of the music - the writer of the words - the pianist in all of my demos - and all of my demos are recorded simutaniously - in other words - recorded at the same time - no laying tracks.
A NOTE FROM MELISSA ABOUT HER TEACHING!
I love teaching voice and piano lessons! It is such a huge thrilll to see my voice students go on and succeed in this business - Anyone aspiring to be the next AMERICAN IDOL or X-FACTOR WINNER should definitely come see me in the studio . In my studio - you get the BEST OF BOTH WORLDS - a voice teacher who builds voices and is a master of technique AND you get a vocal coach - someone who is knows ALL styles of music AND can play them expertly on the piano in any key. Never a need to bring a pianist!! AND I am a professional "working musician."
Below is an except from Melissa's Resume Page:
Studio of Arizona's premiere Vocal Coach,Master Voice Teacher and Performance Coach!
Melissa Black is by far one of the most professionally renowned singing coaches and vocal trainers in Arizona and is well-known in other parts of the U.S. Not only is she a voice teacher and vocal coach - but Melissa is an accomplished pianist as well - specializing in pop,rock,country and broadway. Melissa plays by ear, does on-sight transpositions of all of your favorite songs and acts as a mentor and a promotor. Her personality is one of the most up-beat that any student could ever hope to find and be around. Her studio is one that any student - parents too! - will want to come to each week and be a part of for years to come.
"A voice that sounds like one register! This is what I am able to do for singers - all ages and all styles. And you get that sound live, outside of all the engineering tools used in a recording studio! I teache the skills needed to bridge your voice (all registers) and help you get the sound you desire in whichever style you choose. What is done in my studio starting with the first lesson is learning the technique of SINGING IN THE MASK and the use of SINGING ON THE BREATH - or "singing on the yawn." Breathing "below the belt" and breathing "from the floor" - in other words - using the ENTIRE BODY for singing and breathing - not just the upper body - which creates stress and tension on the vocal chords."
The studio of Melissa Black is primarily a vocal teaching studio that specializes in teaching female voices - Melissa trains young voices to prepare for a career in rock,pop,country,r&b,broadway,etc... HOWEVER - there are circumstances where males are more than welcome to train with Melissa on a semi-regular basis - those being preparing for auditions for Idol and/or other comparable competiions, getting ready to make a CD in a recording studio, getting a rock or country band formed and needing vocal coaching on that particular kind of repetoire, etc... Melissa also plays ALL KINDS of music and is available as a pianist for female singers as well as males. Melissa had an extensive male client list when teaching in Oklahoma City. The rates in this studio are FANTASTIC also! I charge 30 dollars for one lesson a week AND the great thing is - since i am the pianist/vocal coach for the lesson as well as the voice teacher of technique and repetoire - there is no need for the extra cost of a pianist for the lesson - AND since i also do group lessons - you may add on a friend to your lesson and that not only is fun for kids and teens - but much cheaper on parents! Music by Melissa is also a recording studio equiped with sound system and cd recorder to record your lessons,etc... onto a cd and most importantly - her new Yamaha Clavinova digital piano allows the student to record their lessons onto a USB jump drive!!
NO OTHER STUDIO IN PHOENIX offers such diverse training for all singers! In other studios - you have to provide your own pianist - NOT HERE - i AM the pianist/coach and teacher of technique. In other studios - you HAVE to sing classical - NOT HERE - in this studio - you sing ALL TYPES of music all selected by YOU - the student. Anyone wanting the title of American Idol, Arizona Idol,etc... - needs to be in this studio.
I have helped launch many careers as a vocal coach and vocal arranger. I have been a singer and a professional pianist most of my life as well as a teacher and mentor for hundreds of female singers. An arranger has got to be able to be not only an incredible musician and site reader - but it does help to be able to do what i do - ON SIGHT TRANSPOSITIONS. I am able to take a piece of music - pop,country,etc... - and not only play it by ear (or read a piece of music) - but play it in any key that is needed.