Areni Agbabian

Areni A.

Northridge, CA

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have an MFA in Piano Performance from CalArts and so can help singers with theory, musicianship and also accompanying oneself on the piano.
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Areni teaches



Areni delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 14+

Teaching since:

I am a professional singer, pianist, songwriter and composer. I love what I do and I also love teaching people and inspiring them.

I laugh a lot and I have been told that my happiness is contagious.

I graduated from UCLA and California Institute of the Arts. I also lived in New York City for 7 years and like to think of that as my doctorate degree in life and music.

I have worked and performed with a number of musicians over the years, touring in major jazz festivals. They include Tigran Hamasyan, Ben Wendel, Nate Wood (Kneebody), Alex Cline, Austin Wintory (composer of Journey the video game), Tony Malaby, Michael Gordon, Qasim Naqvi, and Ann LeBaron.

I have recorded for Verve and Nonesuch Records and am releasing my second solo album in 2019!

Although I have mostly worked in jazz and experimental music, I sing all sorts of styles. I am an in-the-closet Broadway fan, as well as folk, pop and straight up classical art song. I also dabble in background vocals for rock bands sometimes.

I have also done intensive studies in Medieval chant particularly of the Armenian Apostolic church of Istanbul. I love early music!

Looking forward to meeting those who are interested and inspired to work with me soon! :)

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MFA in Keyboard Studies
Sep 2004 - Jun 2007
California Institute of the Arts
BA in Piano
Sep 1998 - Jun 2002


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Yoga Teacher
Sep 2010
Abhyasa Yoga Center (with Yogi J Brown)

Abhyasa Yoga Center closed down after 10 amazing years in Brooklyn, but information about J Brown can be found at


Caloste Gulbenkian Short Term Study Grant
Jan 2015
Caloste Gulbenkian Foundation

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Amy Jan 10, 2018
Singing · Online

My lesson with Areni was fantastic! She targets the areas I need work and has helped me to improve greatly in a short amount of time!

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