John Melnick

Instructor John Melnick – Piano & Jazz Piano

John Melnick is a graduate of the American Conservatory of Music, Chicago, and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Piano Performance. He won the Conservatory’s Piano concerto Competition and performed the Khachaturian Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall.

John Melnick teaches at Musical ExpressionsIn addition to his classical background, John is well versed in jazz, pop, rock, new age and improvisational keyboard styles as well as “midi” and synthesizer recording. He is also a prolific writer and performer of popular music. He wrote, performed and sang his songs on an album titled ZAZU produced by RCA Records (video below). John has performed both as a pianist, synthesis and vocalist with such talents as Arista songwriter Tim Moore of Second Avenue fame, Ann Jillian and Jim Peterik of Survivor.

He is also a “jingle” singer and has sung on numerous TV and Radio commercials over the last 18 years. John has also provided his talents on session recordings throughout the area including his vocals on the last song, Beyond My Wildest Dreams, in John Candy’s movie Delirious.

Throughout his career, John has performed at private parties and corporate events as a piano soloist, vocalist and as keyboard player in many Chicagoland bands and orchestras. John teaches piano to students school age through adult. Students love their lessons as a result of John’s excellence and diversity.

John was recently presented with a “2013 Excellence In Education” Award from Oswego High School. One of his piano students who just graduated from Oswego High School in the top 10 percent of his class had studied piano with John for several years at Musical Expressions and nominated John as his “most influential educator” during his high school years.

To hear a sample from John’s album ZAZU, click on the YouTube clip below. The song is titled Ittsanottasonatta, But It’s Close (Full Version). John provides the vocals and keyboards for this album.


“I recently signed up my grandson for piano lessons with John at Musical Expressions. The studio is friendly and inviting. Tim has only had a few lessons but we can already see improvement. John is a great teacher. He really keeps the students entertained and alert! It is great to see all of the smiling faces in the waiting room. The facility is very clean and well maintained. What a great place!” – Martha S.

“I have to call out Rory’s piano teacher, John Melnick, for his awesomeness. In the year since Rory has been with him, I am blown away by Rory’s ease in picking up songs, his technique and enthusiasm for the instrument. Before it was a chore Rory had to tick off his list, but John’s down to earth approach coupled with his talent and love for music has obviously rubbed off! ‘Hats off’ to Musical Expressions for finding wonderful John for us.” – Wendell

We are very satisfied with Musical Expressions and their teachers. The children love to come to their lessons with John Melnick and Patrick Dugan. They have made a lot of progress within the past 2 years. We will continue to recommend the studio.– Lucy D.

Come learn more about taking piano lessons from our exceptional Musical Expressions instructors!