...Every Student is a STAR
Lessons Available at My Home Studio in Lombard
Whether you are interested in studying drums from the comfort of your own home or learning one on one at my home studio, drum lessons may be for you!
LET'S FACE IT... DRUMMERS ARE COOL!
I’ll provide the tools and guidance needed to help you excel as a new drummer. Take advantage of the experience I bring. Get in touch with me today to find out more and to reserve your lessons today.
ONE ON ONE PERSONALIZED ATTENTION!
As a Drum Instructor, I believe in an approach that gives STUDENTS the control to chose what songs to play! I design my lessons according to my students’ needs, with an emphasis on confidence-boosting activities while you play the music you love!
Melody Toscano is an award-winning instrumentalist and composer. She has studied with principal percussionist of The Florida Orchestra John Shaw, Jazz elite Gene Morvay, and other established drum teachers. She started playing at age 11 with Sonny LaRosa and America’s Youngest Jazz Band and has been mentored by John Shaw who is an active percussion member of the Florida State Orchestra. In 2015, Melody won a SEmmy award for "Best Epic Music" with her orchestral composition titled "Close Encounters." Melody is also a proficient instrumentalist of many instruments including Piano, Soprano and Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Percussion, Trumpet and Drums. Melody’s true passion lies in the Drum-Set and Percussion instruments which include; Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Bells and many others.
Melody graduated with her B.A. from Full Sail University for Music Production as a member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. This society is very selective and honors the highest 20% GPA of selected university students nationwide. In 2012, Melody made the presidents list of recognition for her outstanding grades during high school. Melody is an excellent vocalist, her abilities include being fluent in Spanish and English, excellent teaching abilities, and playing instruments for over 11 years. She has also performed on the world renown Festival international de Jazz de Montréal which holds the 2004 Guinness World Record as the world's largest Jazz festival, The Texas Jazz Festival and the Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Festival. Melody has appeared and been interviewed by ABC and FOX 13 news with America's Youngest Jazz Band, and been mentored by trumpet legend Sonny Larosa who has been recognized by Nat Hentoff and Bill Clinton. For Melody, creating music is a passion. Melody has provided St. Petersburg area students with private teaching services in churches and at home. She loves to take pride in teaching people who are eager to expand their minds, talents, and skills, and bring a depth of professional expertise to those who strive to excel.
Drum Lessons Via Skype
Once we agree on a lesson time, you will be sent an online PayPal invoice. The lesson must be paid for within 24 hours of scheduling to reserve your spot. If there is no payment the lesson will be forfeit. Before contacting me about lessons, please check my "rates and policies" section above to learn about my rules and policies. (Skype lessons are $15 less then at my home studio.) (See my "Rates and Policy" section above)
Benefits of online learning
Learn in your home – Your practice environment is your lesson environment. This will allow you to be more relaxed and at ease. This convenience makes it easier to stick with the lessons and avoid illness and weather related issues. Additionally, this model of lessons fosters a sense of independence much earlier compared to in-person lessons. Students who are regularly searching for their own answers, viewing tutorials online, and possess a basic proficiency in technology make great candidates for online learning. That being said, online lessons do involve a bit more concentration and patience on the student’s end and might not work for everyone, especially younger beginners. For this reason, I do not allow anyone under the age of 10 to study with me through Skype.
What equipment do I need?
1. You will need access to a drum-set (acoustic or electric), if you have an electric drum set you must have it attached to speakers or an amplifier.
2. Reliable internet connection, and Skype-compatible device (Large tablet or a laptop is preferred).
3. Your Skype device must have a camera and microphone. Recent model laptops are ideal, but iPads and iPhones also work well because of their great cameras, mics, and Wi-Fi chipsets.
Generally speaking, larger screens provide a more comfortable experience.
4. You'll need to point the camera from the direction of someone sitting right beside you to your right or from an overhead drum angle.
Your payment must be processed before lessons can take place. you will be sent an online PayPal invoice. The lesson must be paid for within 24 hours of scheduling to reserve your spot. If there is no payment the lesson will be forfeit until the next lesson. There are no refunds.
At our lesson time you can either call me or be ready to accept my call at the agreed upon time. Your time won’t be extended if you are late, you won't get extra time for calling in early. All lessons cancelled by me will be rescheduled. I have a strict no make-up lesson policy.
Skype Drum Lesson Tips
To maximize the quality of your experience with Skype drum lessons, you will want to be sure your setup is optimal. Follow these tips to ensure your setup is well optimized.
1. If using a wireless connection, try to place your router as close to the lesson area as possible.
2. Be sure your setup has adequate lighting. Most cameras do not function well in dimly lit rooms.
3. Make sure your device and Skype are fully updated before beginning of every lesson.
4. Allow yourself at least 15 minutes before your scheduled lesson to warmup and check for any updates.
5. Quality headphones can improve your experience significantly.
My Rates and Policy
Frequently asked questions
HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE FOR YOUR TEACHING SERVICES?
45 minute lessons $150 /monthly
1-hour weekly lessons $200/monthly
IMPORTANT: I must receive the fee first before we start lessons, to ensure that both of us are committed to make the lessons happen. As we make our way through each weekly lesson, I will simply subtract from what you have paid, until you need to make the next monthly payment again.
IF I HAVE TO CANCEL CAN I HAVE A MAKE-UP CLASS?
Why have I opted for the “no make-up policy?”
Once upon a time I had an open make-up policy and 20 students, long story short…I found that some students were simply not committed and this hindered new students in the waiting list that were passionate to learn with me... :(
NB: It is important to note that our “No Make-Up Policy” does not cover teacher absence. In this case your time would be made-up as your teacher missed the contracted time of your lesson.