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 is currently Secretary for the Suzuki Music Association of California and the representative for the SMAC Orange County Piano Branch. In addition to SMAC and SMAC-OCP, she is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the Music Teachers National Association. Melody lives in Long Beach with her husband and pets. You'll find out very quickly she is young at heart, seen in her love of stickers, cartoons, and Disneyland!