Interview with Melina Shadman (@melinashadman.official)


Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I have been interested in music since childhood. I attended piano class when I was 14 years old. I completed all the music theory and performance of advanced songs (classical music). I performed in 4 recital concerts. I also performed in a show in my college. I have a massive passion for music. In college, I studied biology, and now I am going to the dentistry field. My music path is on the side of becoming a future dentist. I love performing different songs on the piano (international, classical, pop, and many more). I love to play different kinds of songs where my audiences can enjoy the music. Sometimes I do a voting poll, and my audiences tell me what styles to play. I love to see my audiences want the type of song I play on the piano for them.
Can you share the most exciting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
One interesting story was when I shared my piano on social media. Then, many people wanted me to instruct their kids piano. It was fascinating for me to begin training the students on the music theory of piano. From that point, I was able to gain more students for teaching them piano. It was a feeling of pleasure to see them play the song that I instructed them. I also worked with singers where the piano cover was from me, and the vocal body was from them.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
I would recommend to my colleagues to improve each time. If I only focus on playing a song from one composer, the page will be constant for the sample. There won’t be a form of dynamic in it. I change my style each time and improve the post to gain more audiences and for my audiences to enjoy a new and unique version.
None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
Yes. My piano instructor Dr. Said Khadiri. I took his class for three years; he guided me through many things. He told me passion is where it all begins. “When passion comes, everything flows beautifully and positively” -Dr. Said Khadiri.The first day I went to his class, he told me if I had attended a piano class before. I said no. He said you are very talented and your talent is unbelievable. After two months, I was able to perform in his recital concert. Even in his recital concert, he told the audience how my talent is unbelievable. He was surprised that I was learning very fast. I didn’t practice that much. There were weeks where I practiced for one or two days per week only. (Average practice hour and day involve six days per week for 1-2 hours each day). Also, my dad is a pianist as well. So I got my talent from the genetic field from my dad. Dr. Said Khadiri told me that my talent from passion and genetics made a beautiful combination in me. I believe that if there is no influencer in your life, then the level you would achieve would be in a lower percentage than having an influencer in your life.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I decided to share my success to become a piano teacher on the side of being a pianist. I also decided to share my talent on social media to see my skill and enjoy the songs I play. I now work with singers by creating the piano cover. I love when my audiences get excited when I want to share a new piano post. Many of them tell me that when they listen to my piano playing, it gives them a feeling of relaxation and happiness. I want to make sure that my success brings goodness to the world by providing them with beautiful music that would allow them to enjoy it. We know-how people need music to reduce stress, have positive energy, enjoy, relax, and many more in this world.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
My favorite quote is, “Open different doors; you may find you there that you never knew was yours. Anything can happen” -Mary Poppins.
When I was a child, my passion was in science and music. At first, I loved listening to pieces a lot. Then, I saw my dad playing the piano, and I wanted to try as well. When I tried playing the piano, my dad told me, “Melina, I can see and sense that you have extreme talent. I should put you in a piano class.” That is where the story of (becoming a pianist) started. In science, there was one day that I had to go to the dental office. I first liked the office design (the colors were like toothpaste colors). Then, when I was waiting for the dentist, I looked at the equipment. In my mind, I was telling myself that I wish I were the one who used the kits to treat the patient’s teeth. From that day, I started getting interested in the dentistry field. That made me interested in majoring in Biology to explore the different areas of science (Cell Biology, Biochemistry, General and Organic Chemistry, Physics, Genetics, Human Anatomy & Physiology, and many more). I also shadowed General Dentists and Oral surgeons to explore the field of dentistry. I saw that I have a passion for it. This shows how we must open different doors to see what force belongs to us.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
My main social media is my Instagram page @melinashadman. (Where I am active the most and many of my followers are here)
If there are people who do not have Instagram, I have a telegram channel where I share my piano playing (https://t.me/melinashadman)
I also have a youtube channel (https://m.youtube.com/user/shadmanmelina/featured)
I also have a Facebook page (Melina’s Piano Studio) if you don’t have Instagram, telegram, or no access to youtube.
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
I am glad to have passion in two beautiful fields.

  1. Science/Dental
  2. Music