Adria Francani

Adria F.

East Amherst, NY

About Adria F.

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Adria teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: February 2006
Last sign in: Within two months

Overview

Hi! My name is Adria and I would love the opportunity to coach as many vocalists as I can here in the Western NY area! I currently hold three NYS teaching certifications (in Music Education K-12, Childhood Education 1-6, and Students with Disabilities 1-6). I attained a Bachelor of Music Degree from University of Miami where I majored in Vocal Jazz Performance and minored in Jazz Piano. The University of Miami provided incredible opportunities for me to study and perform with jazz greats such as Kevin Mahogany and Kurt Elling. I am so appreciative to everyone I met there because it really molded me and prepared me for a professional career in music.

I received a Master of Science in Education Degree from CUNY Brooklyn College where I dually majored in Childhood Education (grades 1-6) and Students with Disabilities (grades 1-6). I ascertained a Master of Music Education Degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. For 10 years, I taught at a public elementary school in Brooklyn. There I taught General Music classes, directed a Chorus, created/produced/directed two musical productions every year and helped my 5th grade students prepare for their junior high talent tests...all while having the honor of teaching private lessons to students for whom I can scaffold individualized instruction. Recently, I moved to the Western NY area (where I grew up) and I currently teach Vocal and General Music to Middle School students! I direct four Choruses, and I'm very much involved in NYSSMA and helping my students prepare for All County and All State!

I have over 20 years of professional performing experience: since the age of nine, I have been performing and recording music. By the age of 14, I released two albums in the USA and Canada. I have a plethora of training and knowledge in all areas of performance and the music industry. My experience, education, and abilities as a musician enable me to motivate and support my students in reaching levels far beyond their goals and expectations.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very passionate teacher, as I am passionate about our art. I believe in scaffolding lessons in order to meet the needs of my students. Each lesson will be driven to meet my students needs/ goals. Students of mine will be expected to practice each week and complete special assignments that will help them grow as artists. These assignments will be interesting and useful. Our lesson structure will always begin with tailored vocal exercises, then we will work on personal repertoire, followed by a reflection portion at the end. Students will be expected to keep all lesson materials in a 3-ring binder.


*** Specialties ***
SINGING of allll types! Commercial Singing (r&b, pop, rock, etc), Jazz, and Musical Theatre are some genres/areas in which I specialize. Also, I am a songwriter so I can support my students in that area as well.

Photos and Videos

An early morning gig.....

Experience

Teacher
Sep 2016 - Present
Public Middle School in Western NY Area!

I direct 5th Grade Chorus, 6th Grade Chorus and 7th & 8th Grade Chorus and I love it! I also teach General Music to 5th, 7th and 8th graders! I am very involved in helping my students prepare and participate in NYSSMA All State and All County!

Teacher
Sep 2006 - Jun 2016
NYCDOE

I have taught Special Education for 3 years, and for the past five years, I've taught Music in a public elementary school in Brooklyn. In addition to teaching Music classes, I direct a Chorus, support/prepare 5th graders throughout their pursuit of talent placement for Middle School and write/produce/direct two musical productions a year for my students.

Education

Master of Music Education
Sep 2009 - May 2011
Teachers College Columbia University
Master of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education
Jun 2006 - Jun 2008
CUNY Brooklyn College
Bachelor of Music
Aug 2001 - May 2005
University of Miami

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Music Education, Professional Certificate, K-12
Sep 2011
NYS

This certification enables me to teach Music to students in grades K-12.

Childhood Education, Professional Certificate, 1-6
Sep 2006
New York State

This certification enables me to teach students "general education" in grades 1-6.

Students with Disabilities, Professional Certificate, 1-6
Sep 2006
New York State

This certification enables me to teach students with disabilities in grades 1-6.

Awards

Quarterfinalist
May 2015
Grammy Music Educator Award!
Honorable Mention
May 2014
Bay News / Brooklyn Daily

Affiliations

Nashville Songwriters Association International
Jun 2015

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade association. Established in 1967, the membership of more than 5,000 active and pro members spans the United States and six other countries. NSAI is dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music.

Music Teachers National Association
Jul 2014

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

National Association for Music Education
Mar 2014

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 1996

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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Sean P. Jul 18, 2014
· Singing · In studio
I needed to find a vocal instructor because I'm the lead singer of a rock band. My struggle was keeping my voice strong between shows because after a gig, my voice was always scratchy and hoarse. Adria taught me how to use my voice as an instrument. I immediately learned remedy warm-ups and how to sing healthier. I never really had a technique to my singing, but she built one for me and tailored it to my unique style and need. She didn't try to change my sound, like some vocal teachers I've met in the past. She taught me how to optimize my voice in many different ways and she taught me how to speak better (which was a total game changer). She knows her stuff, and this fact is backed up when she teaches and sings. It's hard to find teachers who can change your life, and I'm really honored to have found such a teacher in Adria.
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Celia R. Jul 17, 2014
· Singing · In studio
Adria is very knowledgeable about music, singing, songwriting, etc. You can tell right away, because she gives the best feedback and like.... she's an amazing singer herself!

From my first lesson, she just knew what to do to help me- from breathing to phrasing to dynamics to posture to song choice to expression- she continues to bring out the best in me. She inspired me to perform music I write too, which was huge for me. I never had the courage to actually share my songs with anyone and she brought that out of me! I'm SO happy I found Adria, because of her I'm a million percent more confident in my vocal and songwriting ability!
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jacqueline F. Jul 16, 2014
· Singing · In studio
I always dreamed of being able to sing and my mom got me some lessons for Christmas. I was so nervous to sing in front of anyone , because I never really did before. Well, Adria put me right at ease!! She encouraged me and made me feel comfortable. She is always so nice and helped me to stop doubting myself so much. I'm sooo happy I found Adria for my vocal coach because every week, she makes me feel special and good about myself! She even encouraged me to get involved in my church choir, which I was always afraid to try-out for. I did it though, and I got in!!! Adria will help you become a better singer, even if you never sang in front of anyone before like me. Oh, and her studio is really nice too!
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Mary D. Jul 16, 2014
· Singing · In studio
Miss Adria helped me prepare for musical auditions at my school and she changed my whole life! She boosted my confidence and got me ready not just vocally, but mentally for the big audition. She helped me to find songs that really suited my voice and helped me shine! She helped me build my range and taught me ways to strengthen the parts of my voice that I felt would crack. Miss Adria will be my favorite teacher forever because she really believes in her students, and helped me to believe in myself!
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Jennifer S. Jul 16, 2014
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Adria is a great vocal coach! We found her online last September when my 13 year old daughter, Caroline, told me she wanted to audition for a performing arts high school. We met with her and right from the start I knew she would be great. She has a caring and warm personality. She knows how to provide constructive criticism that enabled my daughters vocal ability and confidence to flourish. I have already recommended Adria and will continue to do so.

Absolutely Awesome!!!!
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