Arlys Alford

Arlys A.

14 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
Average response time: 8 hours


Available internationally to students via Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.
All classes include techniques to help cultivate a calmly energized physical demeanor to help you enjoy singing, speaking publicly, auditioning & performing.

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.


*** 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!

VOCAL EXPLORERS: Please dress comfortably, bring water and your smile. :-)

*** Studio Equipment ***
IN-STUDIO: Lessons in separate "studio" room, electric piano, mirror, music stands, table for your water, chair. Also available: community room with TV & seating can be used as waiting area for parents during lessons.

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

* It helps a great deal if you are comfortable using a computer and not trying to learn two things at once
* If you are not comfortable using a computer, please plan to be patient and spend some lesson time being guided through setup
* Best results are with computers that have fast processors:
1) iPad have excellent connectivity
2) or, less than three years old
* You need to make sure you have a very fast internet connection to support the video and audio streaming. Please check with your internet provider to verify your connection is fast enough.
* Download the application (Skype or Google Hangouts) and test the connection with a friend prior to your first lesson

You are responsible for knowing if your connection will work, just as I am responsible for knowing that my connection will work.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Skype, Google Hangouts, Oovoo 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.

Photos and Videos

Kevin Schafer and Arlys Alford of the band Red Giant play an acoustic set at Hennepin Center for the Arts


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]


Associate of Music Feb 2011 - Present
Santa Monica College

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
English Fluent / Native Proficiency


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.

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14 Reviews on Arlys A.

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.
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.
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 !!!
Gabriel C. Jul 25, 2014
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Ms. army's is the best love Ya :)
Kutura B. Apr 26, 2014
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.
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.
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.
SusanLee Mar 6, 2014
Best voice lessons

My 12 year-old youngest daughter started voice lessons with Arlys last summer 2013 and she fell in love with it since. So, I joined two months ago, then my husband joined days after me. We are having so much fun learning to sing. Arlys is so amazing and so fun to be around. She has tons of patience. When we sing, she can hear our voices coming from the side of our cheeks or from our nose. I never knew this until I started taking voice lessons. It is so amazing to learn how to breath properly and to control our voices. We are so thankful that we found her. She is not just a voice teacher, she helps us learn to relaxed and have fun with learning. I hope that Arlys continues helping others enjoy singing. I also believe that if I can sing anyone can too.
Jason S. Mar 2, 2014
Verified Student
Amazing Teacher! Easy to understand, fun, and fast improvement!

I've had quite a few singing teachers in the past and have always had a lot of trouble understanding a lot of the concepts - the voice is very hard to visualize. It can be frustrating.

With Arlys it's different. She has a way of using metaphors, simile, and simple and fun exercises to get you to effortlessly understand and be able to perform the technical aspects of singing. I've been singing with her for a year now and have drastically improved my range, mix, tone, pitch, and confidence. I never thought I'd ever get this far.

I highly recommend Arlys for any other beginner/intermediate students such as myself that are passionate about singing but are hesitant.

I take lessons online through Skype from Abroad, and she always does her best to make sure our lessons work with my schedule. The teaching environment is as good as it gets for online lessons.
JUDY C. Feb 11, 2014
Verified Student
better singing progress!

I think the singing lessons with Aryls are amazing! I can feel and hear my voice getting fuller and louder and my self feeling more confident as I sing. The lessons are also versatile because I can apply them to singing but I can also apply to my own talking voice. She makes singing fun but at the same time, she takes teaching me seriously. What's especially helpful is, since I'm a science person, she explains the science behind the voice, which helps me look at the voice on a whole different level. I would definitely recommend her to anybody, as I have had a lot of progress with her.