Melody's Suzuki piano training began at age 3 with Rae Kate Shen (and for a short duration simultaneously with Kathleen Sumerland) at The Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. During junior high and high school she also studied cello. In 2006 she received her BA in Music at the University of California in Riverside where she also studied harpsichord, viola da gamba and composition. She has completed Suzuki training for books 1-4 with Rae Kate Shen and Kathy Hargrave. She currently serves on the board of directors for SMAC/OC (Suzuki Music Association of California, Orange County.) In addition to teaching, Melody loves spending time with her mom and grandmother who give her many words of wisdom. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, cat and dog. You'll find out very quickly she is young at heart, seen in her love of stickers, cartoons, and Disneyland!