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Melonie Grinnell

Musician, Pianist, Educator

Below is a quick synopsis of my background.

Fuller version can be accessed underneath photo to the right.



Professional info

Melonie is a versatile musician, active as an educator and performer.  

Her musical experience encompasses instrumental /vocal performance, music directing and instruction/adjudication in different genres from jazz to classical.

Work experience

Grossmont College 

2001 - present

Assistant Professor, Director of Piano Studies, Vocal Jazz Ensemble Director (Music Department)

Classes include Music Theory and Practice I, Class Piano I, II, III, IV, Jazz Piano, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Applied Piano (Classical/Jazz), Introduction to Music (Musicianship for Elementary Teachers.)  

She is also a member of the Grossmont Faculty Jazz performing group(s).

2010 - present

Southwestern College

2000 -2015

Adjunct Faculty, Music Department.

Classes include Music Theory, Music History (traditional and online), Musicianship for Elementary Teachers, Class Piano and Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Freelance Musician 


2010 - present

After graduating from University of Miami with her undergraduate degree, Melonie worked on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a pianist in a headliner orchestra/band to eventually lead the band as musical director as well as facilitating all music onboard.   Leaving cruise ships at the end of 1999, she immediately started teaching at the college level and performing as pianist, keyboardist, accompanist, vocalist throughout San Diego.


San Diego State University  San Diego, CA
Master of Music in Jazz Studies


University of Miami  Coral Gables, FL
Bachelor of Music (Music Education Jazz Emphasis)
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