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