Mélanie Hélène Bonis, known as Mel Bonis (1858 – 1937) was a French composer of the late Romantic period.
She composed works ranging from piano solos to duets to masses and chorales.
She had a great talent for music from an early age and began learning the piano independently. As a teenager, she began to study at the Conservatoire, where she shared classes with great musicians of the time such as Debussy and Gabriel Pierné.
Mel Bonis wrote sheet music for piano, organ, chamber, orchestra, and piano pieces for children. Composing music for beginning pianists was something uncommon before the Romantic era.