Arlys Alford

Arlys A.

Eden Prairie, MN
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Lesson Details

Improv Acting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As a voice teacher & performance coach, I work holistically to help you explore the accurate communication of emotions that comprise a sincere ability to relate a story to an audience. We explore character development along with delving into how the voice integrates physical responses to external stimuli. Working with acting skills can help us understand our relationship to others and our world in a different light. It's an excellent way to continue professional development in any field, as the ability to role-play helps you work with communication skills in a risk-free environment.

Improv acting helps you:

* Think on your feet
* Gain perspective on human behavior
* Deepen character development [current show or production]
* Roll with the changes in plot as dialogue changes
* Practice clear communication (perspicuity)
* Work with gestural communication & physical attributes
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Arlys additionally works as a role-playing improvisational actor for Federal Crisis Intervention Training programs. CIT offers law enforcement officials tools to help aid identify & potentially deescalate mental health & emotional issues in crisis situations to encourage non-violent resolutions.
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About

Arlys passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Arlys delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 6+

Teaching since:
June 1997

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:
* 20 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 POLICIES ***

Always know that any personal data shared will be held in strict confidence.

STUDIO HOURS: EDEN PRAIRIE Central Standard Time
Mon-Thurs 10:00am-8:00pm
Fri 10:00am-5:00pm
Sat 10:00am-2:00pm
Sun 4:00pm-7:00pm

TRAVEL
Cost for travel is $1 per minute.

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

*** 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].

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Experience

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

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

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

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

Education

Associate of Music
Feb 2011 - Present
Santa Monica College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

#1 Carnatic Music Instructor
Aug 2015
Thumbtack

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.

Photos & Videos

1st voice lesson ever! Listen to what she thought....
Red Giant live @ The Fine Line, Minneapolis
"Our World and Welcome Intuit"
Copyright 1998
Red Giant performing ALL I EVER 1998 @ The Fine Line in Minneapolis. I was lead vocalist, wrote vocals & lyrics.
Copyright 1998
Red Giant performing - OTHER THAN I - at The Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis - 1998. I wrote & sang lead vocals.
Copyright 1998
How to Sing Like A Pop Star: Tools & Tips
Performance example
Red Giant Unplugged @ Hennepin Center for the Arts
"Other Than I"
music: Kevin S.
lyrics: Arlys A.
FOXTV-"Performing As"
Arlys performs as Annie Lennox
Red Giant Unplugged @ Hennepin Center for the Arts
"All I Ever"
music by Kevin S., lyrics: Arlys A.
Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA.
Singing "Ah, Je Ris De Me Voir"
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54 Reviews

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Azalea K. Nov 18, 2017
Improv Acting · In home

We just had our first session with Arlys and she as awesome! My kids were a little hesitant at first but by the end they couldn’t wait to do another one!

Caelan P. Nov 12, 2017
Vocal Training · In studio

Great first lesson! As mentioned in other reviews Arlys made my daughter feel comfortable and at ease. Her knowledge and expertise are so evident. Looking forward to more lessons.

Stephanie Oct 18, 2017
Singing · In studio

Very kind and knowledgeable! My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her lessons with Arlys <3

Izzy Oct 11, 2017
Vocal Training · In studio

Instantly made my daughter feel at ease. Arlys seems really well suited for interacting with children and voice lessons. My daughter had a BLAST.

Paula D. Aug 25, 2017
Singing · Online

Eeraj J Qaisar Jul 19, 2017
Audition Prep · Online

Had a great time!! Got some great tips!

Alane G. May 20, 2017
Vocal Training · Online

Arlys' instruction was wonderful Even without the camera she was able to suggestion to my posture which improved my tone. Her instruction on vocal structure was insightful. I was very pleased with her suggestions for improvement. I highly recommend her class.

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Patricia F. May 12, 2017
Gospel Singing · Online

Arlys has increased my confidence tremendously. I would just like to give her a big high five. And a great big thank you.

Candace V. Apr 24, 2017
Singing · Online

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Patricia F. Apr 2, 2017
Gospel Singing · Online

Arlys was very supportive and understanding. She had some great tips.

Katie Ka Vang Mar 28, 2017
Singing · In home

I like Arlys a lot! I can't wait for more lessons.

Megan Pavot Mar 24, 2017
Vocal Training ·

Arlys is an amazing instructor! She was able to quickly find areas where I could improve and her tips made a difference immediately. She has experience in many different areas of vocal performance and can help you develop many aspects of your performance. Such a great experience. Would very highly recommend Arlys!!

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Kay M. Mar 15, 2017
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 M. Mar 2, 2017
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.

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.

Paula D. Feb 20, 2017
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.

Paula D. Feb 13, 2017
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!

Sheena Feb 1, 2017
Singing · Online

This was my first lesson ever, and Arlys made me feel more than comfortable. Great lesson!

Marina Clapp Dec 7, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Arlys is so absolutely incredible! She is so knowledgeable and encouraging!! I feel so comfortable, relaxed and motivated in her space and presence. Feels like home to me! I am learning SO much, and can easily apply what I've learned in my daily life. I don't need to see anyone else to know she is my favorite and the best. I instantly knew that even before I met her! Her Bio and experience are everything of who she is, down to earth, caring, intelligent, so experienced, witty, supportive, really I can keep going. She is dear to my heart!

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Christina S. Dec 6, 2016
Singing · In studio

Great first lesson, going back next week:)

Lori Weihn Nov 30, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Arlys is an amazing teacher and human being. I am 45 and was so afraid of singing as I had been shamed as a 13 year old in choir by the teacher that I ended up only mouthing the songs for the rest of the year and had not sang a lick in public since. I really enjoy singing but my shame and fear of being horrible and off key kept me from singing at parties, holidays and even in front of my husband. I still do not have the courage to sing in front of him yet but heck, this is just lesson 1. Arlys made me feel at ease and taught me that I do have a voice that wants to come out. I feel comfortable with her. She knows how to teach technique as well as theory. She makes it easy to feel comfortable and yearn for more lessons. Can't wait to see her again! It's like a spiritual awakening for me. Thank you Arlys!

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Danae R. Nov 3, 2016
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.

Ita N. Sep 13, 2016
· 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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Eleanor Hutcheson Aug 15, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Our daughter has been taking lessons with Arlys for many months. We are very impressed with the progress she's been able to make with Arlys and will continue lessons with her. We highly recommend her.

Erica S. Aug 10, 2016
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.

Erin Eggert Aug 9, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Arlys is an exceptional teacher and an amazing person. My daughter, Erin, is taking voice lessons with her, but so much more. Arlys is helping Erin find her pitch making incredible progress the first day) and gain confidence, decreasing her anxiety. She knows exactly what Erin needs to build her skills and continue growing. We feel like we have found a friend and a mentor in one beautiful person, inside and out! Thank you, Arlys, for being so incredible.

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raihane Jul 7, 2016
Singing · Online

Full of enthusiasm and really patient, Arlys is a great teacher. I'd recommend her to anyone!

Bob B. Jun 15, 2016
Public Speaking · Online

Ms. Arlys is a great teacher! She always keeps me engaged and makes all lessons interesting and full of knowledge that I can learn. Additionally, she honed my persuasive speech skills, helping me project my voice, talk in the correct tone of voice, maintain eye contact with my audience, and flow when I speak. I have learned so much with Ms. Arlys and made leaps of improvement in my writing and verbal presentation. She always spends time to take notes for me and during our class so I can review them and understand the key points of each lesson Ms. Arlys has with me.

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Sam R. May 11, 2016
Singing · In home

Sam really enjoyed his lesson , thought Aryls was a nice person . He is looking forward to his next lesson .

Ella Apr 27, 2016
Singing · In home

Made my first lesson very relaxed and comfortable, I learned alot in the first lesson already and look forward to the next one! From:Ella

Ally H. Mar 17, 2016
Broadway Singing · In home

What a great first lesson! Arlys is very smart, witty and talented. My daughter enjoyed her first instruction and can't wait for next week!

Dave Grebin Feb 24, 2016
Vocal Training ·

First lesson went great. I'm encouraged about continuing..

Nataliya Ishkova Jan 15, 2016
Vocal Training · In home

Excellent

Issabelle A. Jan 8, 2016
Improv Acting · In home

Arlys is so talented and has so much experience, you can see this in her teaching. Probably one of the nicest people you will ever meet!

Solena Dec 28, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio

Arlys is extremely fun and easy to work with and has great teaching techniques! She also provides resources to be used outside of individual lessons which are really helpful to reference after the sessions are over. I had a great experience with this teacher and highly recommend her!

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Jeremy Dec 22, 2015
Singing · In studio

I had no formal or informal voice training before taking lessons with Arlys. I knew I was at a point where my voice had to improve if I wanted to continue leading in a musical setting. And I knew that if I was going to take voice lessons, I would go with the best instructor possible.

It was clear to me right away that Arlys was the best choice I could have made for an instructor. I noticed a difference in the way I sang the day after the first lesson. By the third lesson, the way I sang was completely transformed. Now I can hardly describe how much my voice has improved from day one.

Arlys is very helpful and encouraging in every lesson, and really knows her stuff when it comes to singing. She also allows her students to play an instrument while singing if they are interested in that, which is helpful to me.

I would recommend Arlys to people who want to dive into voice lessons for the first time like I did. I would also recommend her to anyone looking to take their singing skills to the next level and beyond.

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Clara R. Aug 17, 2015
Singing · In studio

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

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

A great teacher for my teenage daughter.
Arlys, I am so glad I found you through takelessons website.

Thanks.

Malayna G. Apr 12, 2015
Singing · In studio

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

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

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

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

Ms. army's is the best love Ya :)

Kutura B. Apr 26, 2014
Singing ·

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
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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
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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.

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SusanLee Mar 6, 2014
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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.

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Jason S. Mar 2, 2014
Singing ·

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.

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JUDY C. Feb 11, 2014
Singing ·

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.

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Laura C. Dec 1, 2013
Singing ·

Arlys is a exceptional & knowledgeable teacher

Arlys is an exceptional and knowledgeable teacher. Our online lessons take place once a week and are 30 minutes long. With her help, I was able to make significant progress even with zero time for extra practice at this time in my life. She is always supportive and gives advice based on my own case — she truly listens to my concerns. After a few months (with very little independent practice) I feel confident singing around other people, something I wasn't sure I would overcome! I am finally ready for my first karaoke! She has also helped me prepare for a speech at work. I find her knowledge of science very informative and her voice relaxation techniques often work to relax the whole body and mind. Love it!

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Kaitlee F. Apr 26, 2013
Broadway Singing ·

AMAZING Teacher

There are so many good things I could say about Arlys. I came to her with only a few weeks to prepare for an audition and with no previous lesson experience. In only the four and a half hours she taught me, I feel like it made a huge difference. She has wonderful teaching techniques that she learned professionally, but she's also wonderful at learning along the way. She work with you and suddenly there's a whole new way she finds to teach you. She seems to learn from every lesson she teaches and is so obviously enthusiastic about what she does. Even outside of our lessons, she did a bit of research into my audition song to try and find a way to make it easier to learn. She even called me after my audition to see how it went.
Her wonderful teaching skills aside, she's also great at making you feel comfortable. I went to her full of anxiety and within the first few minutes I was immediately comfortable around her. She also was able to teach me an amazing meditation technique that's not only calming but also makes you more alert, something none of my therapists for my anxiety were able to do.

In short: She knows what she's doing, she learns along the way, she's so easy to relax around, and she shows a great deal of care for her students.

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john J. Mar 29, 2013
Singing ·

Arlys is a truly gifted teacher and singer with a contagious passion for singing and music!!

I began taking weekly singing lessons with Arlys on November 23,2013. As a result of our lessons my voice has quickly transformed from struggling to stay in key and hitting notes to a strong and confident instrument to accompany my guitar playing. Arlys is a amazingly gifted teacher and singer!! She has a true passion for music and art which was transparent from the moment I met her. She is very friendly and approachable. With in our lessons she does a excellent job of blending the scientific aspects of singing with proper body mechanics and posture with the elements of emotion and artistic expression. In addition she tailors each lesson to my individual understanding and ability. It is truly a pleasure to learn from Arlys! Our lessons are equal parts, vocal exercises, singing and laughing! I would highly recommend Arlys to singers of all levels and abilities. Thank you so much Arlys I truly appreciate all the wonderful work you do!!

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Sharrilyn E. Feb 25, 2013
Singing ·

Effective and Fun!

I am a woman in my 40s with very little formal vocal training. I sing very part time in a cover band (mostly 80s & 90s rock). I have had weekly half-hour singing lessons with Arlys for the past 16 weeks. In just this short time, I have experienced a dramatic transformation in my voice and confidence. I have learned how to warm-up my voice, stand and breathe correctly, form vowel sounds to enhance pitch and tone, transition more easily through chest and head voice, and I have added at least 4 notes to the upper end of my “performance range.” My stamina has increased as well. I can now easily sing without tiring or vocal fade-out for 90 minutes or more. Arlys’ strengths are her knowledge of how anatomy affects the voice, her ability to explain techniques in a variety of ways (so that at least one of them clicks for me), a prodigious sense of humor, flexibility, and a passion for both teaching and her own continuous learning. Arlys is delightful, and I wholeheartedly recommend her for anyone who wishes to sing better, especially shy singers, young people, and those who need to know “why” or “how” something works.

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