Abby van Spronsen

Abby V.

Seattle, WA
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Lesson Details

Flute

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
At age 12, I wanted to play piccolo in a marching band. though I was soon to be inspired by the amazing young musicians of the Seattle Youth Symphony and camp Orchestras under Maestro Vilem Sokol. Then thrilled to join them after having the good fortune of training with the then Seattle Symphony flute/piccolo players- Sidney and Adele Zeitlin, I began as a classical flute and voice major at WWSU in Bellingham.
My growing attraction to theater, then jazz, led me to Seattle UW San Francisco S U drama departments, while studying and playing every improvisational style of music from Brazilian to free form and pop/rock with many artists such as Paul Horn, Bobby McFerrin, Mark Murphy, Chuck Sher (Sher Music publisher), touring with renowned bebop vocalist, Jon Hendricks from the west coast to NYC,

Since then, I have performed voice, flute, and picollo in my own and others' numerous classical, jazz, pop, and theater ensembles, for over 45 years, teaching flute and voice since age 17 at SF's Blue Bear School of (pop/rock/and jazz) Music and public/private schools in USA as well as the Netherlands.

Emphasizing freedom of expression built on a solid knowledge of good technique, tonal color, intonation, music theory, and ear training exercises, develop my flute students in conjunction with choosing a repertoire to use and expand on each student's individual musical tastes.
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About

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Abby delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 1976

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 from NYC Broadway, David Tigner- SF Opera, Davida Kagan-Seattle Opera, and Roland Wyatt-
Manhattan Transfer coach /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 50 years directing, acting, and musical experience, including 15 years working successfully as an ESL educator, my experience has allowed me to help any student achieve their personal and/or professional goals.

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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, musical theater, and flute as well as private voice and flute lessons in several local community music, theater schools. I also coached the leads in the most nationally acclaimed musical theater high school in the Netherlands- (productions- Beauty and the Beast and The Newsies)

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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

English/ Dutch
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Toddler Tunes and Music in Me course completion
Aug 2016
Harmony Roads

Music teaching method, based on Yamaha, for ages 2 till 5 completed and certified

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

Photos & Videos

vocal quartet "LOVE VOICES" - Abby van Spronsen-alto
Abby Van Spronsen's Introduction Video
The BOOMER-RANG trio- video by Devin Creisler- Abby van Spronsen-flutist, vocalist, Jim Parfitt- bassist, Kaaren Moitoza pianist, vocalist
At the end of 16 years of living in the Netherlands.

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BETS (Business English Trips Seattle) provided us with 5 enthusiastic ESL students from Tokyo Japan- 2/8/16 to 3/10/16 .

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IWON (International Women of Oost Nederland) at Hebron Dutch/Indonesian Evangelical  Church. 5 friends, grew to 30 who still meet.

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Abby's Farewell to the Netherlands concert

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My daughter and I in London with one of our greatest musical inspirations "Stevie Wonder" ( Mme. Tussad's Wax Museum...lol)

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12 Reviews

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Elizabeth D. Jul 15, 2017
Singing · Online

Wonderfully encouraging and knowledgeable.

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.

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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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.

Marc May 15, 2016
Vocal Training · In home

connects with student & invested in the transfer of musical knowledge

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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Kaaren May 15, 2016
Music Performance · In studio

I have played music with Abby for over 30 years. She is enthusiastic about her musical ideas for a performance;she is hard working before and during rehearsals; she enjoys people and interacts with them in a friendly and concerned manner. I have heard some of her music students perform and observe that she has imparted these skills to her students based on the performances I heard. I highly recommend her for any teaching position she aspired to as I believe she would carry these attributes into any teaching situation she encountered.

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Beverly May 15, 2016
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I know Abby as an experienced, enthusiastic and motivated teacher, who is passionate about teaching English as a second language. Her methods are creative, often involving drama and music, to appeal to a broad range of students.

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