Arlys Alford

Arlys A.

Eden Prairie, MN

About Arlys A.

Background check: Last verified 07/07/2015
Arlys passed a background check on 07/07/2015 that included the following:
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Arlys teaches: Ages 7 and up
Teaching since: June 1997
Last sign in: Yesterday


Take a deep inhale.....relax your jaw and exhale on "aaahhh". That's how we begin, by relaxing and finding your "aaahh!" space with exercises designed to connect the heart to the science of voice & movement. There is no berating in this environment, only encouragement and learning how to embrace one's sound and love your voice!

Singing & dancing improves our quality of life. Let me help you find an easier way to promote your best posture, easiest breath support, best resonance and pitch control.

My experience with dance, Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi and other forms of physical exercise are infused with bel canto vocal exercises to help you reach your singing, speaking & movement goals.

I offer to you:

* 18 years teaching experience
* 12 years personal private vocal studies
* 12 years living & working in Los Angeles
* A lifetime of performing experience
* Cross-trained: dance, choreography, yoga, Tai Chi, commercial & improvisational acting

ENJOY LIFE MORE! All classes include techniques to help you cultivate a calmly energized physical demeanor that FEELS SO GOOD.

*** 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, or watch TV [see photos below].

MINNEAPOLIS: Lessons in private home, upstairs in music rehearsal space on 3rd floor, couch, music stand, mini-piano [see photos below].

I DO TRAVEL!! My travel rate is NOT A FLAT FEE.
Cost for travel is charged at the same rate as the lesson.


Photos and Videos

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


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.


Associate of Music

Feb 2011 - Present
Santa Monica College

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


#1 Carnatic Music Instructor

Aug 2015


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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18 Reviews on Arlys A.

Clara R. Aug 17, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable, and a wonderful person. I felt the difference in my control and range after just a few lessons with her.
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.
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.

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.
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.