Melissa Black, a classically-trained operatic soprano who has perfect pitch,one of the most beautiful and powerful voices you will ever hear, and can play ALL TYPES OF MUSIC BY EAR in their original keys and also TRANSPOSE ANY SONG into any key by ear, is the owner/operator of her own licensed music studio - MUSIC BY MELISSA and specializes in training the female voice. (I also train males!) Melissa can now be heard by thousands all over the world on JANGO INTERNET RADIO! Melissa has over 190 songs by ear on her station and all are with Melissa at the piano. BECOME A FAN!
EMAIL MELISSA NOW AT MISSYJBLACK@YAHOO.COM!
NOBODY IS BETTER AT WHAT THEY DO THAN MELISSA!
POP - COUNTY - ROCK - ANY KEY YOU WANT!
MELISSA CAN DO IT ALL BY EAR TO PERFECTION!
NEED AN MP3 SENT TO YOU OF A SONG NO ONE ELSE CAN PLAY?
CONTACT MELISSA IF YOU NEED IT DONE TODAY!!!!!
MELISSA CUSTOM-MAKES PIANO KARAOKE'S FOR YOU! EMAIL MELISSA WITH WHAT YOU NEED AND IN WHAT KEY AND SHE WILL EMAIL YOUTHE MP3 OF THAT SONG.
CD BABY - REVERBNATION - AMAZON MP3 - SOUNDCLOUD - GOOGLE - ITUNES
PIANO KARAOKE OF TODAYS TOP HITS~~ BY EAR~~
THE ONLY ARTIST TO RELEASE AN INSTRUMENTAL KARAOKE OF "HUMAN" BY CHRISTINA PERRI!!! PURCHASE HERE! http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/melissablack45
HERE IS THE CLASSICAL VOCAL RELEASE OF "HUMAN"! New today on CD BABY - a classical version by ear of Christina Perri's new song - Human. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/melissablack46
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/human-single/id774951829 I TUNES LINK FOR "HUMAN"
HUMAN (PIANO KARAOKE BY EAR BY CHRISTINA PERRI) I TUNES:https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/human-solo-piano-karaoke-originally/id766280555
Here is the latest from Melissa Black - LET ME GO PIANO KARAOKE FROM AVRIL LAVIGNE! https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/let-me-go-orginally-performed/id744373297
MELISSA'S NEW ALBUM ON CD BABY!!
NEW TODAY (11/12/2013) ON CD BABY!!! New today on CD BABY! http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/melissablack43 LET ME GO PIANO KARAOKE - AVRIL LAVIGNE
New today on CD BABY from Melissa Black! Piano Karaoke's by ear - perfect for vocalists! All of your favorites including Wrecking Ball/Clarity/Roar/Stars/Grenade/Brave/How you remind me/I hope you find it/ http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/wreckingballacollectiono
New today on CD BABY - Wrecking Ball (Classical Version By Ear) http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/melissablack44 - A FANTASTIC NEW CLASSICAL VERSION!
Here is Melissa's new album on REVERBNATION!
http://www.reverbnation.com/store/view_item_album/artist_3698530?item_id=1876996 - today's top hits with a classical twist!! (all by ear featuring Melissa on piano)
Newest album - piano karaoke's by ear (19 songs) REVERBNATION - http://www.reverbnation.com/store/view_item_album/artist_3698530?item_id=1880434 - TODAY'S TOP HITS!!!
CD BABY ARTIST: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/MELISSABLACK artist store link
Melissa Black - Featured Voice Teacher:
Melissa's voice has been described as one with power, control, mastery of skill and perfect "Bel Canto" technique. Bel canto, or beautiful singing, is characterized by a perfected evenness of tone, extreme agility, superb quality, and a warm, pleasing timbre. What’s most impressive is her ability to sustain notes in a seemingly effortless manner. With Melissa's " Perfect Pitch" - it is easy to understand why she is a success as a performer and as a teacher. She set the bar as Phoenix' most in-demand vocal coach/voice teacher and no one has yet to surpass it - mainly because Melissa is the only teacher in the area who is an accomplished pianist of ALL types of music and can play them all to perfection in the original keys as well as being able to transpose them on sight by ear or with the music. She is the pianist for all of the lessons and her personality makes children as well as adults feel like they are definitely in the right place! No other teacher in the area has produced and American Idol winner - only Melissa with Jordin Sparks. A teacher of all kinds of music - a pianist of all kinds of music - a teacher with 55 i-tunes releases of all genre's of music as well as 15 piano karaoke's by ear - Melissa Black is a one of a kind vocal coach. Melissa has been featured in Classical Singer Magazine as one of the U.S's top coaches. Melissa trains female and male singers. In the lessons you’ll work on technique: exercises to strengthen the various areas of your voice, build a bridge between your voices, improve pitch and tone, build dynamics, increase your range, endurance and strength and improve breath control. You will also apply the work you are doing in the exercises to singing songs of your choice.
Melissa, with her near-perfect lyric soprano voice, spent years performing in different large venues in the U.S. and abroad and was taught in her intensive classical vocal study at OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY to project over musicians (the orchestras) and other singers without the use of amplification. In other words - fill up the stage on your own! (Melissa would also be in the orchestra pit quite often on the piano or on flute.) Melissa is also the owner of her own music publishing company - MELISSA BLACK MUSIC PUBLISHING with ASCAP. As of 09/2013 - Melissa has released 54 singles on I-TUNES,CD BABY,GOOGLE MUSIC STORE,SOUNDCLOUD and AMAZON MP3. (Melissa's piano karaoke version - BY EAR - of TITANIUM is I-tunes biggest seller of that song as an instrumental karaoke). And NO PIANIST plays "A Thousand Years" by ear like Melissa!
Melissa's voice type is officially known as FEMALE CLASSICAL-CROSSOVER SINGER. Melissa has had many successful young females in her studio including former American Idol winner -JORDIN SPARKS (pre-idol), and continues to produce winners in many state and national competitions. NOTE - It is VERY important for even professional singers to continue their vocal studies - especially with the rigors of traveling on the road and doing tours. The voice is constantly changing and developing - therefore always needs a watchful eye from a trained professional. Melissa also has some outstanding males in her studio! With Melissa - 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 AND play then in ANY KEY to fit your voice BY EAR. If you are looking for a fun,exciting studio where you sing at least 4-5 songs every lesson and have a teacher who can play ANYTHING and EVERYTHING - THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!
A VOICE TEACHER WITH A MASTERS DEGREE - A VOCAL COACH WHO IS A PROFESSIONAL PIANIST WITH PERFECT PITCH AND WHO CAN PLAY ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING TO PERFECTION - BY EAR! ALL IN THE SAME PERSON!
BACHELORS DEGREE - VOICE AND PIANO - OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY
MASTERS DEGREE - VOCAL MUSIC EDUCATION - UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA
ADVANCED STUDIES - AIMS INSTITUTE OF MUSICAL STUDIES - GRAZ,AUSTRIA
A PIANO TEACHER WHO PLAYS ALL TYPES OF MUSIC AND CAN TEACH YOU TO PLAY ALL STYLES AND BY EAR!! NO SCALES - (yeah!) PIANO STUDENTS OF MELISSA'S APPRECIATE THE FAST PACE OF THE LESSONS AND THE FACT THAT AFTER USING THE BOOKS FOR A WHILE - SHE HAS THEM PLAYING THEIR FAVORITE SONGS THAT THEY ARE SINGING IN THE LESSONS - BY EAR TOO!
HERE IS WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING!!!
"I have been taking lessons for Melissa for a few months now and absolutely love everything about it! From the minute you walk in you're excited to get started no matter what just from all the energy and happiness in the room. She has a great way of teaching things where you're able to understand it right off the bat. It's the best part of my entire week and I wouldn't take my money anywhere else."
"Melissa has been teaching my daughter for over two years and she is incredible! Her energy and enthusiasm make each lesson so much fun for my daughter (13 years old) and fun for me to watch. My daughter's vocal skills have increased as well as her confidence. I couldn't recommend Melissa enough - she is FABULOUS!!!" by Paige Peril
" My daughter is a student in Melissa's studio. I can say she is always professional and caring, which is a unique blend that is a breath of fresh air! My daughter has developed her talent with Melissa's coaching to a competition level in under one years time. I wholeheartedly recommend her and her studio for any singer or piano student." by Donna Carrier
Thanks to Melissa my voice has become so much stronger and improved so much in such a short period of time! I can never thank her enough always looking forward for the next class.. by Lesly Gastelum
Denise Karma Charms "I have known Melissa for 5 years. She has been my piano and vocal coach both. Her talent is unbelievable with both piano and vocal skills. She is awesome as a person/friend as well as a professional instructor. There is NOTHING she can't play on the piano or sing, she helps all her students with the most awesome original and unique arrangements, teaches us how to make music in our own style, prepares us for competitions, shows her support by going to competitions and shows when she is able to. She is very into developing her students for the entertainment world and cares very much about each and every one of us. I have referred many friends and family to her and we all love her. SHE IS SIMPLY AMAZING AND INCREDIBLE on the piano, you MUST listen to her youtube videos if you have not heard her before. She has an EXCELLENT education background in her profession and she really knows what she is doing! She is an INCREDIBLE artist and person! Everything she does is beautiful! I highly recommend her studio."
SAMPLE SONG LIST (I can play ALL of these by ear and hundreds more!)
HUMAN (NEW!) Mine is the only piano karaoke out! (CD BABY,ITUNES)
A thousand years (my version and a piano karaoke - itunes)
Jar of hearts
Miles (my version and a piano karaoke - itunes)
Vision of love
Let me go (New) My karaoke on Reverbnation plus vocals
My happy ending
When you're gone
Keep holding on
How you remind me (Nickleback) (Reverbnation and cd baby store)
Unconditionally (my piano karaoke in my Reverbnation Store)
Roar (my piano karaoke by ear in my Reverbnation Store)
Part of me
Wrecking Ball (piano karaoke in my Reverbnation and CD BABY Store)
Hannah Montana Songs
I hope you find it
We are never getting back together
The lucky one
I knew you were trouble
If this was a movie
Today was a fairytale
Back to December
The Story of us
You belong to me
I'm only me when i'm with you
Should've said no
Stars (my reverbnation and cd baby store) piano karaoke by ear
Clarity (reverbnation and cd baby store)
CASSADEE POPE (the voice)
Stand (Rascal Flatts)
My happy ending
Stupid boy (Keith Urban)
Are you happy now
ANGIE MILLER (Amer Idol)
SARAH SIMMONS (The Voice)
One of us
Mama knows best
AMBER CARRINGTON (the voice)
I remember you
The way i loved you (piano karaoke by ear - Reverbnation Store)
Grenade (reverbnation and cd baby store)
Cowboy take me away
I can love you better
If i fall you're goin down with me
Wide open spaces
There's your trouble
THE BAND PERRY
Don't let me be lonely
If i die young
all your life
independence (My piano karaoke on i-tunes by ear)
miss you bein gone
Over You (my version plus piano karaoke on itunes by ear)
Guilty in here
Heart like mine
I told you so
Before he cheats
Flat on the floor
More boys i meet
Whatever you say
Where would be you
This one's for the girls
Real fine place to start
I keep looking
Suds in the bucket
Backseat of a greyhound bus
CARLY RAE JEPSEN
Both sides now
Almost said it
Your heart is a muscle
Call me maybe
Wide awake (k perry cover)
Domino (jesse j cover)
Lights (Ellie G. cover)
Skyfall (adele cover)
Who you are
Titanium - My PIANO KARAOKE version on I-Tunes
Blown away (Carrie Underwood cover)
Begin again (Taylor Swift cover)
Part of me (Katy Perry cover)
What makes you beautiful (One Direction cover)
We are never ever getting back together (taylor swift cover)
Diamonds (Rhianna cover)
Wanted (Hunter Hayes cover)
Just give me one more reason (Pink cover)
When you were my man
Stay (GET MY PIANO KARAOKE ON I TUNES) Her higher key!
Just a fool
I will be
Footprints in the sand
If i were a boy
Best thing i ever had
And i am telling you
Young and beautiful (Lana del rey)
Call me maybe
Listen to your heart (DHT)
Kissed you goodnight
Here's to never growing up
Wrecking Ball (Miley Cyrus)
E.T. (katy perry)
Edge of Glory (Gaga)
The first cut is the deepest
I don't wanna know
Sweet child of mine
The Great Escape (NEW BALLAD!) My karaoke on I-Tunes!
I'm not dead
Long way to happy
Please don't leave me
Try (My piano karaoke on i-tunes as well as my vocal cover)
Wild Horses (My version(s) on i-tunes - pop version and a classical version!)
The Breakaway album songs
Mr. know it all (country version)
A moment like this
SKYFALL -My piano karaoke is on i-tunes
Rolling in the deep
Someone like you
Set fire to the rain
Don't you remember
One and only
Rumor has it
Take it all
All i wanted
Goodbye to you
Are you happy now
Fix a heart
Believe in me
Forgiveness and love
I hope you find it
When i look at you
Brave (get my piano karaoke by ear on Revernbation)
Uncharted (mine is the ONLY piano karaoke on itunes!)
I never told you
HALEY REINHART (American Idol Finalist - one of THE BEST EVER!)
I who have nothing
Piece of my heart
House of the rising sun
MERCY ON ME
LIGHT UP THE SKY
JUST A FOOL
Bound to you
The voice within
You lost me
JESSICA SANCHEZ (Amer Idol Finalist)
And i am telling you
She will be loved
Nothing else matters
80's MUSIC!! (I also have 60's and 70's)
Heart,Pat Benetar,Cindy Lauper,Cher,Bon Jovi,Skid Row,Guns n Roses,Carole King,Janis Joplin, Linda Rondstadt, The Beatles, Belinda Carlisle, The Go Go's, Bonnie Tyler, Cher,The Bangles, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart,Queen, Motley Crue, U2,Heart, Metallica,Bryan Adams,Whitesnake,Journey,Annie Lennox,Aerosmith,Journey,and TONS more!!
Beyonce,Alecia Keys,Jennifer Hudson,Leona Lewis,Mariah Carey,and more!! TONS of Celine Dion too!
INFO FOR IN-COMING MALE SINGERS!!!! First of all - i LOVE male rock and country singers! I have had several really good male singers come in recently for "tune-up" lessons since they are preparing for auditions, tours, studio recording, live shows,etc... and i also have several in the studio on a regular weekly basis. If you play guitar - bring it - and DEFINITELY be able to play and sing at the same time. If you can play piano and sing at the same time - i want to hear that too. I do play BY EAR tons and tons of current and definitely 80's rock all by ear and also LOTS of today's country - so if you know those songs and ALL of the lyrics - we can do all of those songs too. Those who are specializing in singing BROADWAY or LIGHT CLASSICAL - bring any scores or backing tracks you may need. So no matter what - we will have a great time and you can polish up your vocal skills..A FEW EXAMPLES OF THE SONGS I HAVE FOR THE MALE SINGERS! (females too sing these!!!) Don't worry about the key they are in! I can play them in ANY key!
I have Toby Keith,Kip Moore,Randy Houser,Luke Bryan,Jake Owen,GLORIANA,Kenny Chesney,Brooks and Dunn,Glen Campbell,Randy Travis,The Gatlin Brothers,Lonestar,Jason Aldean,Rascall Flatts,Maroon Five,Bruce Springsteen,U2,Metallica,Elvis,Bryan Adams,Lynyrd Skynyrd,Def Leppard,Whitesnake,Rod Stewart,Bon Jovi,Poison,Motley Crue,Guns and Roses,Night Ranger,Journey,Aerosmith,Queen and tons of others!! (Also Josh Groban for you classical guys. AND IL DIVO as well as IL VOLO!) Listen to IL Volo's BEAUTIFUL DAY!!!
NEW STUDENTS - you can print out the lyrics for yourself at www.sing365.com
FOR ALL SINGERS: (WARM-UPS YOU CAN PRACTICE WITH) I EXPECT MY SINGERS TO DO WARM-UPS EACH AND EVERY DAY! YOU ALL NEED TO DO THIS IN ORDER TO MASTER THE VOCAL TECHNIQUE I HAVE TAUGHT YOU. IT IS NECESSARY TO CREATE "Muscle Memory" AND NOT DOING SO - IT WILL "Un-Do" EVERYTHING YOU HAVE LEARNED.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqVzi36AlNA Vocal warm-up (basic exercise for beginners) Use "NAH" for this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBp9UNAgZgI Vocal warm-up (medium difficulty) Use "NAH" when vocalizing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6vZrEbmfUk Vocal warm-up (medium - advanced singers) Use "NAH" for this exercise.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0nyJGFbUFo FULL SCALES warm-ups for advanced singers. (Use "NAH")
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 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." Jordin Sparks is a former student of mine - nine months as a full time voice student. I also have many other outstanding young female singers in my studio who are on their way to fabulous career's in pop and country music! With all of the new reality singing shows now on TV and with so many of them allowing ON-LINE auditions - you need a good coach like myself to get you to the next level!
BELOW ARE MY I-TUNES RELEASES!!! (Mechanical Licenses available for all of my covers) TONS MORE SONGS IN MY REVERBNATION STORE!
THESE RELEASES ARE THRU CD BABY:
HUMAN - CLASSICAL VOCALS BY EAR! Christina Perri
HUMAN - PIANO KARAOKE BY EAR! Christina Perri
Wrecking Ball - Classical Vocal Version By Ear!
Wrecking Ball - A collection of piano karaoke's by ear!
Let Me Go - Piano karaoke by ear from Avril Lavigne
Clarity - solo classical piano by ear
Skyfall - classical vocals and piano by ear
Clarity - classical vocals and piano by ear
The Great Escape (PINK) classical vocals and piano by ear
Melissa Black/Vocal Coaching and Artist Development
Melissa Black - PHOENIX' BEST VOICE TEACHER AND VOCAL COACH/PROFESSIONAL PIANIST - is a great vocal coach backed up by her "classical-technique" method that continues to create some of the best singers in the world of contemporary music. (Melissa was recently featured in "CLASSICAL SINGER MAGAZINE" as one of the top Vocal Coaches in the U.S.) Rarely do you find a VOICE TEACHER and VOCAL COACH in the same person - but with Melissa - thats what you get! Melissa specializes in contemporary style singing and can help you increase your range and control while building a healthy instrument. This comes from years performing in large venues in the U.S. and abroad. Melissa was taught like most classical singers - to project over the orchestra and the chorus of singers without use of amplification. Learn how to transition from classical vocal styles to the sounds of today! Whether you sing Rock, Pop, Jazz, Broadway or Country, you will learn how to get the most out of your instrument with the least amount of effort when studying with this pro who has multiple years of music industry experience to share to help you be your best and turn your dreams into reality!
Auditioning for American Idol,The Voice,Etc.
"The audition process is high stress. Get enough sleep, eat at regular intervals (bring snacks), dress in layers (you might be waiting in line outside) and most of all prepare. Know your songs, practice being interviewed, warm up your voice and then let go and show them who you are. As a contestant on the show, you aren’t just a singer. You are a character and a story. Try to shape that story yourself so you have some control of it.It’s hard not to take it personally if they don’t pick you. Your goal should be to do your personal best whether you’re chosen or not. You don’t know what they’re looking for – they may already have picked their ‘rocker Mom’, or their ‘soulful country’ voice. All you can do is be the most authentic ‘you’ you can be. Pick songs that reflect your personality. Just because you like a song doesn’t mean it shows who you are. Also prepare a lot of songs; they might throw something at you at the last minute." (partially quoted from a collegue)
I always advice my clients to have a minium of FOUR songs ready to go. By now,hopefully, you have started working on discovering what sets you apart from other artists and who people see when they see you onstage. Now the next step is refining what they see so it expresses how you feel and the message you are trying to convey. In other words - Sing It Like You Mean It.
I am located in Peoria, Az. the North West side of Phoenix metro area. The closest cross streets are 91st Ave and Thunderbird off the 101 freeway.
8959 W Acoma Drive