Montclair Music Studio.  Your neighborhood music store.  Montclair, New Jersey, 07042

Piano & Vocal Instructor
Melinda Bass O'Neill
Montclair Music Faculty member since 2012 
Melinda is currently accepting students on Wednesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays.

We proudly introduce one of our fantastic piano & vocal instructors, Melinda Bass O'Neill.

Born in Rochester NY and raised in Chester NJ, Melinda has studied music since she was a child. Melinda has the ability to find the uniqueness of each student, allowing her to work on their strengths, while teaching proper technique. Some of Melinda's favorite method books include Alfred's Basic Piano Library, Faber Piano Adventures, and Schirmer's Vaccai Practical Method for her adult students.

Getting to Know Melinda...

What brought on your interest in music?
I always loved to sing.  My parents brought me into NYC to see Broadway shows when I was little.  This influenced my love for theater and I knew that I wanted to perform as well.   My mom encouraged me to take piano lessons so I would be able to accompany myself while singing, which  helped me develop the skill to teach voice as well as  piano.  I performed in my first show at The Growing Stage theatre in Netcong, NJ at age 9.  From that moment on, I was hooked.  Later I was accepted into Ithaca College's BFA musical theater program!  After college I moved to NYC and was soon cast in Broadway's national touring company of "Titanic" the musical.  I continued to perform with other touring companies, regional theaters, in Broadway workshops, commercials and Off-Broadway.  

Did you play as a child? If so, what instruments did  you play?
Yes, I played piano and I sang.  I also played clarinet as a child.

Was your family involved in music?
My mom played piano and my dad sang in the church choir.

Have you participated in any extra curricular organizations or music clubs? 
I was in All-State and All-Eastern choirs during high school.  I also traveled Europe with American Music Abroad and studied acting in London.

What other types of instruments are in your repertoire?
I play guitar, and am currently enrolled in Montclair State's Masters program for Music Therapy.

Have you played at other venues?
I have performed all over the US and across Europe.  You can learn more at 

Any favorite hobbies other than music?
Acting and Dance.  I love spending time with my baby girl and husband.