Abby van Spronsen

Abby V.

Seattle, WA

About Abby V.

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Abby teaches: Ages 8 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: June 1976
Last sign in: Within two months

Overview

Due to my maternal grandfather's work as a Chicago vaudeville orchestra leader, from early childhood, the performing arts have been in my blood. Starting to study classical flute at age 12, then playing in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras and taking professional jazz/classical flute workshops/master classes, I've been teaching and playing all styles of music professionally since my 20's.

Vocal study began at age 15 with some great artists/educators in SF, Seattle, and Europe, including Bobby McFerrin, Mark Murphy, Adrian West, Davida Kagan, and Roland Wyatt (coach of the Manhattan Transfer/ Voice department director NY Academy of Dramatic Arts. Through many teaching years, I've developed a very successful, uniquely simple 8 part method to help cross cultural individuals and groups sing optimally from their hearts. For all levels from beginners to professional. the necessary basic vocal techniques can be taught effectively in 4 to 8 lessons, though the process of becoming a successful artist continues during one's lifetime.

With a BA in Theater Arts from SFSU, and over 30 years directing, acting, and musical experience, as well as 10 years working successfully as an ESL educator, My experience has allowed me to help any student achieve their personal and professional goals.

Photos and Videos

Abby Van Spronsen's Introduction Video

Experience

ESL teacher/tutor

Aug 2006 - May 2015
Pius X College- the Netherlands

Successfully created and taught the first English speaking lesson plan for two Dutch 8th and 9th grade gifted bilingual students.

Vocal technique, pop singing,musical theater, and flute class teacher

Oct 2003 - Aug 2008
Vivace Uitzendbureau ( music teacher's employment agency)

In the Netherlands I taught classes in pop singing, vocal technique, and flute as well as substitute teacher for private voice and flute lessons in several local community music schools. I also coached all the leads in the best musical theater high school productions, nationally, of Beauty and the Beast and The Newsies.

Education

Dutch as a second Language (NT2 diploma II), Propadeuse- 2 year ESL -secondary teaching TEFL ESL Bridge Certificate,

Aug 2008 - Oct 2010
ROC Hengelo, Hogeschool Arnhem/Nijmegen- the Netherlands

BA Theater Arts

Jan 1974 - Jan 1976
San Francisco State University

Languages Spoken

Dutch

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Bridge TEFL Certificate

Mar 2014
TEFL Online

completed ESL on line course

Professional Education Certificate

Feb 1999
State of Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction

Emergency Substitute Teacher Oak Harbor and Coupeville School Districts - Whidbey Island Washington

Awards

Junior Speaking Contest (2) regional winning students

Mar 2009
European Platform
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12 Reviews on Abby V.

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Na Oct 12, 2016
English · In studio
Abby is an excellent teacher. She tried her best to help me understand English by providing me examples, explaining detail, revising grammar, and so on. Besides teaching me English, she shared her own experiences with me. She told me how people can get through difficulties.
She is not only a real teacher in English, but also in life.
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MARLE May 23, 2016
Singing · In studio
Abby van Spronsen is an excellent teacher, who has helped me develop my voice and musical style before and during my Conservatory studies. She really takes time for her students and because of her musical background she knows about many different styles, from jazz to pop to musical and even classical music. She knows how to use this knowledge well in her classes and loves to teach, which makes her a very inspiring voice teacher. I have learned a lot during the time that I took classes from Abby.
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Lewis May 18, 2016
Singing · In studio
Abby gave me singing lessons, in which she educated me on a level that fitted me best.
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Yvonne May 16, 2016
Stage Performance · In studio
I know Abby as a professional voice, flute, english, music and musical teacher! I saw several of her shows and concerts.She is also a great netwerker and started here the international ladies club of East Nether lands, we still meet e very month,help eachother when needed, as it is not always easy living in another country as a foreign lady, be cause of Abby we also celebrate Thanksgiving in our club! We sure mis her here and I wish her all the best in her homecity of Seattle Wa.
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Yvonne Green Pothaar May 16, 2016
In studio
I know Abby as a great voice,flute and language teacher,While living in Holland she started the international woman of East Netherlands club, to help foreign ladies to survive in this sometimes difficult part of Holland. We still keep on meeting e very month and help eachother when needed.Because of Abby our American ladies can cooke their turkeys for theThanksgiving we also celebrate here!She is a great netwerker and last but not last musicaldirector, I saw several of her great shows and concerts and she is a very professional lady,we sure mis her here,and wish her all the best for a well deserved future in her homecity Seattle.
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Hendrik de Boer May 16, 2016
Musical Theater · In home
Herewith I state that in the last years I had the pleasure and honour to work together with Abby. She supported me by teaching voice lessons as a lead singer in a Dutch pop band. Furthermore I joined her acting classes for several years to perform in musicals, also directed by Abby, as an actor and dancer. She has been really important for me to develop my talents and succeeded by her own very constructive and pleasurable way of teaching !!
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Mary Lou May 15, 2016
ESL
Abby is a very hard worker and enthusiastic teacher. She puts her heart into her work. She has much experience teaching ESL for many years.
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Marc May 15, 2016
Vocal Training · In home
connects with student & invested in the transfer of musical knowledge
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Chuck May 15, 2016
ESL · In studio
Abby is a multi-talented, positive person and her enthusiasm for life is communicated to her students. Having lived abroad for many years, she is intimately familiar with the problems of developing fluency in a second language. She is a real people-person and is able to connect with any student that comes her way.
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Joanne May 15, 2016
ESL
Abby is my colleague and has been teaching for many years. Her experience in teaching music and voice has made her a caring, encouraging and dedicated teacher. She has the patience and interest in her students to gain their respect, friendship and collaborative learning. As an ESL teacher, Abby has the necessary skills and knowledge to teach our new English speaking students. They will be prepared for useful conversations, curiousity towards the language and the fearlessness to speak freely.
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