Mike Melendez obtained an AA degree and completed a certificate program in private music teaching from Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa CA in 2009. After high school Mike started working with children. He received his Infant/Toddler/Pre-school Teachers license in 2001 and spent over 10 years working in Childcare Centers. He has also worked with k-12 graders in a special needs program in MA.
Mike studied Spanish guitar under Berit Strong (MA) and Richard Glen (CA). Over the last 22 years he has played guitar and bass in many bands on both coasts of the United States. Currently, Mike is a full time solo performer and also performs with the local groups Big Mama Lu, Brian Chaffee and The Players, and Jubilee Gardens. He joined the JOMP Faculty in January of 2017