"Melonie Grinnell took one rewarding piano solo after another..."
-Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene
Active as an educator and performer, she began studying piano at an early age and
has since been recognized not only for her skills as a pianist, but also for her abilities as a vocalist, music educator, and musical director. Melonie received her Bachelors of Music degree in Music Education with jazz emphasis from the University of Miami and a Masters of Music performance degree in Jazz Studies from San Diego State University.
Melonie has been a music educator at the collegiate level for 23 years and is an Assistant Professor at Grossmont College where she serves as a co-chair and director of piano studies and the vocal jazz ensemble.
Classes include Music Theory and Practice, Class Piano, and and Piano Performance Studies. She teaches traditional face-to-face classes as well as online classes.
Additionally, she is on the faculty for the Francis Parker/KSDS 88.3 Summer Jazz Workshop where she teaches jazz piano and co-directs middle school to high school student ensembles. She is also active as an adjudicator for instrumental jazz festivals including the Coronado/COSA Jazz Festival and the KSDS Jazz 88/CMEA festival.
As a freelance musician, she performs throughout San Diego area throughout the jazz community. She has also subbed as a keyboardist with the San Diego Symphony during their pops season.
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