Arlys Alford

Arlys A.

Eden Prairie, MN

About Arlys A.

Background check: Last verified 07/05/2016
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Arlys teaches: Ages 6 and up
Teaching since: June 1997
Last sign in: Today

Overview

Are you a singer or speaker who would like a more powerful, authentic voice? My focus is to assist you in finding an easier way to sustain your best posture, breath support, resonance and pitch control by bringing awareness to existing vocal habits while providing a hands-on experience adjusting those habits. My mission is to help you find your most relaxed & elongated posture, breath support, full resonance and best pitch control.

My specialty as a professional voice teacher is Contemporary Commercial Music [CCM] which encompasses genres & sub-genres from Pop, Country, Hip/Hop, Folk, Rock, R&B, Soul, Gospel, EDM [electronic dance music], etc.

I grew up singing freely and naturally until I destroyed my voice thru improper, frequent overuse. I believed my career was over, but it was just starting. Private lessons with vocal professionals coupled with academic studies rebuilt my perception of how I was generating sound and their training gave me back MY VOICE, for which I am forever grateful. I combine knowledge from these studies and my own vocal exploration to re-build my voice in exercises that I share with students of voice.

I CAN HELP YOU REACH YOUR GOALS: My cross-training in dance, yoga, Tai Chi, commercial & improvisational acting provides a well-rounded platform from which to deliver information, guide vocal explorers and also help develop talent.

EXPERIENCE:
* 18 years teaching experience
* 12 years living & working in Los Angeles
* A lifetime of performing experience
* 12 years personal private vocal studies master teachers of bel canto & contemporary singing techniques.

LIFE SKILLS: No matter the subject, my focus is also teach skills that can be extrapolated into any area of your life. Life Skills focuses on eradicating negative self-talk and expanding communication skills that help develop confidence, enhancing daily life.

Between performing and my own artistic studies, I have been taking the occasional private voice student since 1997, mostly via referrals from friends and other students. While living in California, one of my voice teachers requested me as her regular substitute at Culver City and Santa Monica Music Schools from 2008-2012, which I felt deeply honored. She said she trusted me with their voices, which encouraged me into full-time voice teaching practice. In June 2012, I returned to Minneapolis and began teaching in my home studio through music services like Take Lessons. Past projects include producing a vocal showcase at The Ritz Theater, musical direction & choreography for a school's 2016 production of the Wizard of Oz; assisting students to prepare for local & national auditions like La Banda, The Voice & American Idol; prepping singers for studio recordings and congratulating a new student who's stepped out of the chorus to land her first lead role!

I am forever grateful to all of my teachers, past and present, for their valuable gifts of knowledge, skill, grace and compassion.

ENJOY LIFE MORE! Singing & dancing improves our quality of life.

*** STUDIO EQUIPMENT ***

EDEN PRAIRIE: Lessons in separate "studio" room, electric piano, mirror, music stands, table for your water, chair. Parents/loved ones can lounge in the large comfortable lobby area, drink free coffee/hot chocolate, read, use the free Wi-Fi, or watch TV [see photos below].

*** STUDIO POLICIES ***

STUDIO HOURS: EDEN PRAIRIE Central Standard Time
Sun: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Mon-Thurs: 10:00am-9:00pm
Fri: 10:00am-5:00pm

PHONE CALLS, EMAILS & TEXT WILL BE REPLIED TO DURING STUDIO HOURS.

TRAVEL:
Cost for travel is charged at the same rate per hour, as the lesson itself since I am unable to teach other students when in transit.
Exception: Travel is included for In-Studio Coaching to Success sessions

CANCELLATIONS
Mutual 24-hour advance notice agreement states both parties will respect the difficulty of planning schedules by providing 24-hour notice to change a reserved lesson time.

* Cancellations within 24-hours of lesson require a phone call or text
- Lessons not cancelled w/24-hour notice are the responsibility of the cancelling party to makeup
- True emergencies are exempt

Photos and Videos

1st voice lesson ever! Listen to what she thought....

Experience

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

Los Angeles: Substitute for my voice teacher during her vacations.

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

Los Angeles: Substitute for my voice teacher during her vacations.

Education

Associate of Music
Feb 2011 - Present
Santa Monica College

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

#1 Carnatic Music Instructor
Aug 2015
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Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jul 2014

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.

37 Reviews on Arlys A.

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Kay M. Mar 15, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · Online
Arlys gave me my first singing lesson in a group class for vocal warmups. She's an excellent instructor and takes the time to explain not only the exercises, but how the voice works and where the sound should be coming from. She made a complete difference in how I approach singing in just one lesson. One of the best things about her is her positive attitude. She was constructive and encouraging to everyone in the class. I look forward to more lessons with her!
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Leila Mar 2, 2017
Verified Student · Vocal Training · Online
I took a group class with Arlys and it was a great experience! She is a wonderful singer with the most amazing energy.
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Deepa Feb 23, 2017
· Singing · Online
I took a group class online with Arlys and learned a lot about how I could improve the range and tone of my voice through various exercises. It was very informative and I look forward to taking more classes with her.
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Paula D. Feb 20, 2017
Verified Student · Classical Voice · Online
Very helpful, and the added benefit of the opportunity to learn about how to use Audacity. We found a good vocal exercise for me to use.
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Paula D. Feb 13, 2017
Verified Student · Classical Voice · Online
Very helpful, Arlys knows how to start where I am at and what exercises and throat remedies I should use.
I feel a lot more hope about my voice and singing improving!
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Sheena Feb 1, 2017
· Singing · Online
This was my first lesson ever, and Arlys made me feel more than comfortable. Great lesson!
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Christina S. Dec 6, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Great first lesson, going back next week:)
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Danae R. Nov 3, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · Online
I took a group lesson with Arlys on Takelessons Live - it was fantastic! She was very enthusiastic and helpful. She was also very funny! I encourage anyone who wants to learn new tricks to sign up with her.
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Ita N. Sep 13, 2016
Verified Student · · In home
I found her personality to be so infectious! And she taught me warmup techniques I have never seen despite being in choir virtually my whole life. I love that she has a dance background and places such an emphasis on knowing your body. I think she's a great human being as well as a gifted teacher, and I highly recommend her!
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Erica S. Aug 10, 2016
Verified Student · Vocal Training · Online
A wonderful and enthusiastic teacher!!! Will be requesting her in the near future. She really help me understand my vocals and how to extend my vocal range as far as hitting high notes.
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