Ariel Pisturino

Ariel P.

Glendale, CA

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Ariel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:
November 2010

Hi! My name is Ariel. Thank you so much for looking at my profile. Here is some information about my educational background, performance career, and how I believe I benefit students.

I was heralded as an “impressive young…discovery” by the Los Angeles Times in 2010 when I made my operatic debut with Long Beach Opera as Nancy T’ang in Adam’s Nixon in China. I have performed roles such as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen, First Woman in Cherubini’s Medea, Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Giovanna in Verdi’s Rigoletto. I have been a soloist with the Blackbird Music Project, and I regularly collaborate with composers in the Southern California area. I was a fourth place winner in the Palm Springs Vocal Competition and am an OperaWorks alumna. I have a Masters degree from the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music and I have a Bachelors degree from Northern Arizona University. I also completed a teaching internship at the California Lutheran University.

My style of teaching is tailor made for each student because everyone has different goals and needs. I focus on making singing fun and painless while setting a strong technical foundation. My goal for the student is to take away technical issues so they can be musically expressive and show the world who they are.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back teacher. My hope is that students will feel improvement in their lessons and it will motivate them to practice. In my opinion, the lessons should be fun, educational, and safe.

My curriculum is based on the needs of the student. In general, I always begin with breathing techniques. Breathing is the foundation of singing and so I tend to spend some time trying to show the student the most efficient and most effortless technique. Then I move on to what I have learned from my own voice teacher, and I will teach the students what are called "vocal function exercises." These are a series of gentle warm ups that teach the student a combination of breath pressure, resonance, and eliminating physical tensions within the neck, chest, and back. Then I move on to incorporating these ideas into repertoire. I like to decide repertoire with the student based on their preferences and their skill level. Generally I like to give the student one classical piece in a foreign language and one musical theater piece, but this is not set in stone.
I hope that after a few months the student will have an understanding of breathing, beginning vocal technique, and some repertoire we have been working on.

All of this said, ultimately I do not hold students to my own expectations. I want them to learn at their own pace and not feel they need to be at a certain point after a certain amount of time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room. Keyboard. Seating for parents. Cats.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide sheet music and I expect the student to provide a keyboard or piano.

*** Specialties ***
I teach a method that is very simple and allows the student to express themselves musically and to have fun.

My expertise is Opera but I can teach all styles of singing.

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Teaching Intern
Jun 2009 - Jun 2009
California Lutheran University

To complete my internship, I taught lessons to many different ages and prepared them to sing one classical piece and one musical theater piece in a concert in order for the students to complete the program. I also taught a Music History class to the students which covered the periods from the beginning of music until present day.

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Masters Degree in Voice
Aug 2007 - May 2009
University of Southern California
Masters Degree in Voice Performance/Opera
Aug 2007 - May 2009
University of Southern California
Bachelors Degree in Voice Performance
Aug 2002 - Dec 2006
Northern Arizona University


Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Completion of Teaching Internship
Jun 2009
California Lutheran University

I completed a teaching internship by running and teaching daily voice lessons and teaching a music history class.


4th Place Winner
Dec 2008
Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition

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7 Reviews

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Maya F. Jan 19, 2017
Singing · In studio

My daughter really enjoyed the lessons.Ariel is a great voice coach.

Amy May 17, 2016
Opera Voice · In studio

I think Ariel is pretty great! Patient, talented and has a great way of explaining exercises to get the correct result. Each lesson I take, I notice improvements and am positive she will get my voice to its full potential.

Kate V. Oct 14, 2015
Singing · In studio

first lesson went well. lots to learn for my 10 year old granddaughter. she was a bit nervous, but she will get used to the lessons in the future. Ariel was very kind, patient and cordial.

Samantha Oct 8, 2015
Opera Voice · In studio

Ariel is a true professional with passion, Very patient and knowledgable in her craft. Great understanding of the body surrounding the voice helping me better improve my sound with more strength and less strain! The awareness I have already is so helpful. Ariel teaches with the individual student in mind at all times.

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Charlotte T. Jul 27, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio

The experience was really great. I was comfortable, Ariel's instruction was easy to understand, and I am looking forward to having more lessons.

Arpine B. Feb 28, 2015
Singing · In home

I have had a great experience taking lessons with Ariel. She is a great teacher and makes everything so easy to understand and do. I do highly recommend her to those who wish to improve their singing and take it to the next level!!!!

Cristina H. Nov 9, 2014
Singing · In home

My daughter looks forward to her voice lesson every week. Ariel is awesome!

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