Mel has been teaching privately for 10 years now, focusing mostly on the stringed instruments. They received their BA in Music from Syracuse University and MBA in Music Management from William Paterson University and is in the process of pursuing their PhD in Ethnomusicological Pedagogy. Mel is a member of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra and William Paterson University Orchestra as a violist, and they regularly play in various pit orchestras throughout New Jersey. Most recently, they’ve played violin in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Les Miserables,” and “Hairspray.” Mel also specializes in Brazilian percussion, having been a member of Samba Laranja and Samba New York.