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James Michael is the lead singer of rock band Sixx:A.M.:
"MELISSA WAS ABLE TO BREAK THROUGH THE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL WALLS THAT I HAD BUILD OVER THE YEARS OF SINGING IMPROPERLY. SHE GAVE ME THE TOOLS I NEEDED TO MAKE MY VOICE A STRONG AND RELIABLE INSTRUMENT NIGHT AFTER NIGHT." -James Michael/Lead singer of Sixx:AM
Melissa has been training singers privately since 2005. She teaches on location when possible, and accepts students throughout the week via Facetime/Skype. Coming from a background in classical voice, she focused on fundamental techniques, as well as helping her students differentiate between vocal styles. She coaches her students on their mental and physical awareness, and how it impact the voice and what we can do to control and shape it. She accepts all styles and levels based on availability and level of commitment.
One hour - $125.00
Half hour - $65.00
"At 55 years old I have played guitar most of my life but never sang. I discovered Melissa through Sixx:A.M. and her guesting on a podcast. When I learned she gave voice lessons I thought why not... ONE OF THE BEST DECISIONS I have made. She teaches me exercises, breathing, voice control but in my opinion, most importantly, confidence. She is patient and gets to know you and what you want out of it. Regardless of age, if you have a desire to sing... Melissa will get you to where you want to go." - Rich Vandermey
"I have worked with Melissa for about 2 years now and am amazed at her ability to be a stellar professional while still keeping the work fun and encouraging. I am so thrilled to share that I have been singing for over 30+ years in Musical Theatre, with live bands etc…. I have studied with some of the most incredible vocal instructors in the US but my work with Melissa has provided the quickest results and most lasting impression on my voice. I can walk into a session with her and not be able to hit a note, feeling confident that I must change the key to a song for me to be able to perform it well. After working with her for 1 hour, I am not only reaching the notes, I am MASTERING them! Melissa’s practical input and techniques are helping me grow in ability and in confidence. I’m hoping to keep her on our “payroll” for years to come!" -Gina Stickley
"My teenage son has been taking voice lessons for several years with Melissa. In this time, he has matured as a performer and a singer. With her extensive background in musical theater, Melissa not only works effectively on the voice but also focuses heavily on song selection and performance. She has a wonderful manner with young performers and serves as a mentor as much as she does as a vocal coach." - Christa Givich
"As a student and performer, I must say that Melissa has not only been a terrific teacher, but also an inspirational figure and mentor, for she has taught me the principles of taking care of yourself in order to remain an elite singer. She has always taught me to master difficult songs by changing the way I think, and treating the music as if it were truly easy, thus creating a sense of optimism when doing so. In almost every aspect, Melissa Harding is one of those rare performing artists/musicians that is inspiring as well as genuine on and off the stage." - Cole Wagner
"Melissa has been my son's vocal coach for 6 years and has proved to be very effective with preparing him for each role he has taken on. She has enabled him to grow as a performer not just with stellar voice instruction but dealing with the whole person and everything that is entailed in creating a character. Her attention to detail and her caring approach is invaluable. She has made an enormous contribution with my son's ability to engage and influence audiences of all types. I recommend her highly to anyone seeking effective coaching." - Vicki Fahrenholz
"Melissa has been my daughter's vocal coach for about 2 years. She has not only helped her with vocal training but has helped prepare her for auditions and song selections. My daughter has become a lot more confident and eager to audition for parts with Melissa's encouragement and guidance! I can't say enough about Melissa - she is funny, energetic, positive and yet very serious and detail oriented when it comes to her students. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for not only vocal coaching but coaching in any area of musical theatre!"
"I have worked with Melissa consistently since I was 10 years old. She is not just a vocal teacher, she is like a family member. She has helped me shape who I want to be as an artist and person. Her guidance and coaching have always made me feel prepared and her involvement with every major audition and performance has been instrumental in my success. She gives me the tools to sing well and live well. She works with my older sister as well and we always look forward to seeing her every week. We absolutely love and adore Melissa Harding, voice coach extraordinaire!!"
Check out student ANILEE LIST's audition on the new season of American Idol!
Johnnie Mikel is a Nashville based singer/songwriter:
"Working with Melissa has been nothing short of amazing. Her method to coaching goes far beyond traditional voice lessons involving redundant exercises and scales. Instead, she really dives into the artistry of the performance to help my live show be as powerful and effective as possible. Her background in major touring and musical theater make time working together even more valuable. Finally, along with being highly professional, working with Melissa has been such a fun experience! She really gets to know her students personally to help them hone their skills. I would highly recommend Melissa to vocalists and performers at any level for real progress through a personalized approach!"
- JOHNNIE MIKEL