Anastasia Marie
Asheville, NC
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Anastasia Marie

Anastasia M.

Asheville, NC
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Experienced teacher of 5 years, I have taught strings in the schools as well as in my private studio. I specialize in working with beginners and intermediate students grades 5-12, but adults are welcome too! We use a body-oriented approach to help students play the violin with ease and clarity. This approach includes a mix of Alexander Technique, body mapping, Suzuki pedagogy, Karen Tuttle Coordination, and my somatic movement education curriculum. However, we also equally rely on ear training. Whether you're reading notes for the first time or playing by ear, we do ear training. Through this method, you become more comfortable playing the violin, and with dedication, you learn how to become your own teacher. Ready to get started?

About Anastasia M.

I am a singer, violist, voice coach, music educator, somatic movement educator, and interdisciplinary artist. I hold two degrees: a Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont and a Bachelor of Music from the UNC School of the Arts.

Born and raised in Memphis, TN, I grew up singing gospel and R&B. I also learned how to be a musician on the viola through the public schools. I played in Memphis Youth Symphony and started gigging around town when I was 14 years old. When I left home, I pursued a diverse education in animal studies, environmental studies, and music.

Eventually, I built a career in music and education. I perform regularly with Asheville Symphony and as the regular featured musician for the Asheville Storytelling GrandSlam and the Moth Radio Hour. I have also studied several modalities in voice training, including Estill Voice and the McClosky technique.

Currently, I am training in the Alexander Technique. My memberships include the National Association for Teachers of Singing, the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, the Voice Foundation, and the Association for Body Mapping Education.

I live on the ceded land of the Cherokee in Asheville, NC with my loving husband and our two dogs. My pronouns are she/her/hers.


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An Ya is an amazing musician. She doesn't only teach people like me how to sing. She's out there in the real world... playing her viola and singing in front of crowds throughout the region. In my experience with An Ya, she adapted my vocal lessons to work specifically on areas where I was struggling. She always seem to drill down to the real root of the vocal problem I was having and helped me improve. I wasn't able to stick with lessons as long as I had hoped, due to conflicts with my work schedule. However, I came away from my time with An Ya with better control over my diaphragm and a stronger "head" voice. Thanks to An Ya, I'm a better singer than I was before.

Posted Feb 4, 2021

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Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance
Aug 2014 - May 2017

UNC School of the Arts

Bachelor of Science in Integrated Natural Resources
Sep 2003 - May 2008

University of Vermont



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Voice Foundation
Oct 2020
The Voice Foundation is the world’s oldest and leading organization dedicated to voice research, medicine, science, and education.
Voice and Speech Trainers Association
Oct 2020
VASTA is an international organization whose mission is to advance the art, research, and visibility of the voice and speech profession. Goals: SERVE the needs of voice and speech specialists, teachers, and students in training and in practice. ADVOCATE for those who work and study in the field. PROMOTE the vital role of voice and speech specialists for all professional voice users. BROADEN public understanding of the nature and importance of voice and speech use and training. CREATE opportunities for ongoing education, and the exchange of knowledge and information among professionals in the field. CULTIVATE diversity within our membership, and encourage a liveliness of thought and opinion. UPHOLD and advance excellence in voice and speech.
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Feb 2020
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

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