Arlys Alford

Arlys A.

17 Reviews
Minneapolis, MN

About Arlys A.

Background check: Last verified 07/07/2014
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Arlys teaches: Ages 6 and up
Teaching since: December 1998
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

**COMING TO EDEN PRAIRIE, MN STARTING JULY 1, 2015**

SESSIONS CAN BE SCHEDULED SAME DAY [Contact Arlys directly]

**Available internationally via Skype, Google Hangouts, Go2Meeting, etc.

All classes include techniques to help cultivate a calmly energized physical demeanor to help you enjoy singing, speaking publicly, auditioning, dancing, acting & performing. I use multifaceted exercises to help you find and feel the difference in sound immediately, and we follow-up by with learning daily exercise protocols that help develop the muscular structure to create an easily sustainable vocal resonance.

My name is Arlys, and my vocal exploration began at age three singing solos at church. As a teenager, I performed with the concert choir and madrigal singers under the tutelage of Hal W., a teacher who affected me so deeply with his love of classical choral music that it changed my life, although I wouldn't realize it until much later. As a young artist, I wrote, sang and performed with numerous original rock, pop, funk & blues bands; simultaneously acting, singing, dancing or choreographing stage musicals.

Early on in my career I was lucky enough to get a private session with Jeannette LoVetri who first introduced me to Alexander Technique exercises that I use to this day, provided important information about the biology of the vocal system - beginning to change the way I thought about using my voice. Then, through overwork & improper vocal techniques I destroyed my voice. With the help of professional classical vocal instructor Bonnie F., I began the long process of rebuilding my voice from the ground up. My blessed teacher encouraged me endlessly, showing interest in how my dance background influenced my training, my posture and understanding of the exercises presented.

Bonnie noted my passion and desire to comprehend and translate classical singing practices and more importantly how they applied to all styles of music. She encouraged me, in turn, to begin coaching others. To that end I wound up studying with her for 6 years.

In 2000, I moved to Los Angeles and continued diversifying my voice and my training as a voice coach working briefly with Kathryn Grimm and Darlene Koldenhoven, and eventually studying Italian bel canto techniques with Linda Mitchell, rediscovering my classical voice by singing opera arias for the first time, and with a new found coloratura soprano range. The voice is such an amazing instrument, and because of its personal nature it can also be the most challenging.

My teaching style is infused with the knowledge that students of voice must be treated with great care, love and encouragement. Between performing and my own artistic studies, I have been teaching privately for over 15 years, mostly via referrals from other students, and substituting for my voice teacher at Culver City and Santa Monica Music Schools. After 12 years in Los Angeles, I have relocated back to my hometown of Minneapolis to guide other vocal explorers to unleash their authentic voice.

Arlys

*** Lesson Details ***
* Have you always wanted to sing?
* Would you like to speak with more ease without losing your voice?
* Would you like to consistently breathe more deeply and feel the expanse of your breath?

Our voice is the most personal expression we can share, and our breath is our life force. I feel very passionate about helping others create their own 'toolkit' of exercises that encourage proper posture and ease of deeper breath support; with vocal exercises that guide the vocal explorer to finding their most perfect resonance and pitch control. The end result is the ability to sing and speak easily, freely, and with confidence!

I am passionate about helping you find your unique voice. I believe the voice is such an amazing instrument and can be the most challenging to work with, psychologically, since it is so very personal and therefore must be treated with great care, love and encouragement.

I incorporate my experience with dance, Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi and other forms of physical exercise with bel canto vocal training to help me create a personalized set of tools for each student.

Since we only get the one instrument, my goal is to help you understand how your instrument works, and how best to care for it so that you can sing for years to come!

It's Your Journey!
Take It!

*** Studio Equipment ***
IN-STUDIO: Lessons in separate "studio" room, electric piano, mirror, music stands, table for your water, chair.
Waiting Room: Parents/loved ones can lounge in the large comfortable community room; read a book, lounge in the sun, watch TV.

ONLINE VOCAL EXPLORERS PLEASE NOTE: Technical issues can sometimes make online classes frustrating for all parties. These tips can help minimize frustration:

* General computer proficiency: use sites like YouTube for free instructions on how to use Skype, GoogleHangouts or Go2Meeting

* If you are not comfortable using a computer, please plan to be patient and spend some lesson time being guided through setup

* To obtain the clearest connection, use a newer smartphone, iPad or late-model laptop

* Use a secure site like www.speakeasy.net/speedtest to identify your internet upload and download speeds

* Download the application (Skype or Google Hangouts) and test the connection with a friend prior to your first lesson

Accountability: We are equally responsible for knowing if our internet connections will work.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Skype, Google Hangouts, Oovoo, Go2Meeting or other web video-conferencing tools.

*** Specialties ***
My specialty is helping you find the healthiest way to access your voice, speaking or singing. Whether it's pop; rock, Broadway belting or classical Italian bel canto singing, my focus is to help you find your authentic voice.

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Arlys also spent many years in the Information Technology industry, specializing as a software application trainer, computer technician and project manager. [Resume available upon request]

Photos and Videos

Red Giant Unplugged: Kevin Schafer & Arlys Alford @ Hennepin Center for the Arts "Other Than I" music: Kevin Schafer lyrics: Arlys Alford

Experience

Voice Teacher/Vocal Coach Jun 2009 - May 2012
Culver City Music School

This is the 2nd location that my voice teacher used me as her substitute when she would go on vacation.

Voice Teacher/Vocal Coach Jun 2009 - May 2012
Santa Monica Music School

My voice teacher used me as her substitute teacher whenever she went on vacation.

[This is about the highest honor I think a voice teacher can give a student/voice teacher]

Education

Associate of Music Feb 2011 - Present
Santa Monica College

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing Jul 2014
NATS

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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17 Reviews on Arlys A.

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Scott T. Jun 16, 2015
Speaking Voice · In home
Verified Student
Arlys has given me valuable insights into developing my speaking voice and helping me to find a comfortable pitch and rate. After only 3 lessons I have improved dramatically. I recommend her highly. Very sincere and professional.
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Raji T. May 11, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
A great teacher for my teenage daughter.
Arlys, I am so glad I found you through takelessons website.

Thanks.
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Malayna G. Apr 12, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Arlys goes ubove and beyond expectation. I am so very thankful that she is my grandaughters instructor.
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Jordan L. Mar 11, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Arlys is an absolutely fantastic teacher. She really makes you feel okay in your skin, and encourages you to step outside your own boundaries and really find ways to truly improve your vocal performance. I still use exercises she taught me in the lesson pack I bought. She will be with you every step of the way with words of encouragement. You will take something away from working with her.
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Talia B. Feb 24, 2015
Dance · Online
Verified Student
My English is not perfect but she knows how can she get what you mean :) She's patient, has good technique, and an outgoing personality. I highly recommend!! So far I've only had 3 lessons with her but I booked a few more so I can continue to grow as a dancer. I am so glad to chose her. I am so thankful her to make me fell better.
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Robin T. Dec 10, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I am very pleased with Arlys' & her vocal teaching skills , She is very experienced at what she does & the techniques she uses to teach me & after each lesson I notice enhancements in my voice , I started doing karaoke 10 months ago with no teaching skills , I started vocal lessons last April , switched my teacher to Arlys' last fall & I am so satisfied with her & each time I go out singing now I get so many compliments , She is very knowledgeable at what she does & I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a vocal coach !!!
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Gabriel C. Jul 25, 2014
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Ms. army's is the best love Ya :)
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Kutura B. Apr 26, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
she`s a really great teacher

Arly has really helped me. I have seen improvement before I started taking lessons and to now. She`s professional, supportive, and sweet. I wish I couldve spent more time with her because she really helped me find a way to make my voice pop.
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ThaoD Mar 6, 2014
Great Vocal Coach

I am glad that I chose Arlys as my vocal coach. After the first couple lessons, I feel the difference in my voice. I am able to connect my diaphragm with my singing. I am so excited and looking forward to improve my voice further more. I recommended Arlys to beginning singers - she will guide you right on and make sure your breathing/singing/postures are applied correctly.
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Kurt M. Mar 6, 2014
Verified Student
Fun & Relaxing

Hi my name is Kurt M, I started taking lessons with Arlys A in October 2013 and I realy look forward to lessons with her. She is very professional and fun at the same time. she has a wide vocabulary and is able to customize each lesson to meet the individuals needs. Since working with her I am more confident in my singing and I am very positive about my future in music.