Arlys Alford
Eden Prairie, MN
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Arlys Alford

Arlys A.

Eden Prairie, MN
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
In a world full of chaos the challenge is to find a practice that helps you calmly balance your physical & emotional being that you can instantly use anywhere. We will explore and personalize tools intended to help you calmly energize yourself using techniques utilized by singers, actors and public speakers to conquer stage fright & audition nerves.

Briefly, my method for teaching meditation practice is simple and straight forward with focus on a very specific breath exercise with the intent to pull all our physical and mental focus to a central point, helping to distract our 'less quiet' self into being a bit more quiet. The sessions are personalized to each individual's needs, meaning you can meditate from the couch, a comfy chair, or the floor in full lotus position. My environment is optimized for visual beauty and comfort in order to provide a welcoming and nurturing space to meditate. Primarily, we investigate removing restrictions to meditation, to help uncover a practice that works best for you.

* Dress comfortably so you can stretch and move, as needed
* Bring a recording device to record the session (to preserve details and explanations)
* (Optional) Bring a notebook for you to record any personal observations

About Arlys A.

UPDATE 8/30/2021:
In-Person lessons for vaccinated students, only. All students will now be required to wear appropriately fitting masks for in-person lessons that must remain over the entire nose and mouth and chin. Once you sign up for lessons, you'll receive detailed information on the masks that I've found have the best breath and resonance support, making it much easier to breathe, speak and sing with more ease. Safety protocols: My studio has a HEPA air purifier running at all times and we maintain over 6 feet of distance when singing.
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.

* 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.

MY STORY: In 1997, between performances and my own artistic studies, I took on my first voice student after sharing the story of my vocal journey with a friend whose young cousin was sharing a similar experience of vocal fatigue after singing, but lacked the tools to address it. I didn't actually intend to start a teaching career, but the ability to help someone change their vocal output so dramatically became such a glorious thing to experience that the seed to teach was planted. Even after moving to Los Angeles in 2000 to focus on performance, my teaching skills burst through when my fabulous voice teacher requested me for her regular substitute at Culver City and Santa Monica Music Schools [2008-2012]. 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 singers who step out of the chorus to land their 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.


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

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 an email, phone call or text
- Lessons not cancelled w/24-hour notice are the responsibility of the cancelling party to makeup


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86 Reviews
Courtney B.
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I had such a wonderful first time experience with Arlys that left me feeling refreshed and excited! Arlys has a way of being her authentic self and making you feel comfortable and confident all at the same time. Right away she had some very insightful things to teach me on singing that I will remember to put into practice. Can't wait to go to my next lesson! Thanks Arlys!

Posted Sep 6, 2021
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Arlys was friendly, encouraging, and offered a lot of great information. My daughter is excited for her next lesson!

Posted Apr 16, 2020
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Arlys is great. She's obviously very experienced and a good instructor. I've never taken singing lessons before, so I don't know what to expect, but I felt relaxed and comfortable with her.

Posted Jan 16, 2020
Anne R.
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Very helpful!

Posted Jan 16, 2020
Paula D.
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Arlys is a very patient, compassionate, knowledgeable, and inspiring songwriting teacher, and I am learning a lot from her. Definitely several points above average!:)

Posted Dec 4, 2019
Rock S.
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Thoroughly impressed! Arlys brings a unique style to teaching that is authentic, intuitive and highly effective.

Posted Apr 25, 2019
Dean R.
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Arlys listened well and focused on what my goals are, where I wanted to go with these lessons. I really enjoyed it, she made it fun.

Posted Apr 25, 2019
Alfreda B.
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I have experienced improvement in my confidence after 5 lessons with Arlys as compared to a decrease in confidence after working with another instructor for near one year (not a TL instructor). I now realize the ability to sing and play piano does not automatically equate to the ability to teach and most especially, the ability to teach someone who was not born a natural singer (such as myself). Arlys is that instructor that embraces where you are and understands the anatomy of the vocal instrument and the science behind making beautiful music (no matter your skills or lack-of). Arlys brings to the table a multitude of experiences that support her teaching style and learning for students with diverse singing backgrounds or no singing background. In a recent session with Arlys, I was introduced to "rock star monitor" which after incorporating it into our lesson, was a boost to my confidence and performance. Arlys is one of my favorite 5 instructors and the only one I am working with one-on-one at this time. I look forward to each lesson and hope she will continue with this teaching platform for a long time to come.

Posted Apr 17, 2019
Alfreda B.
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I am beyond excited because I am beginning to understand my instrument and taking this knowledge and applying it through practice, correction and repetition.
Thank you Arlys, I am so happy you decided to teach and thrilled that I found you!

Posted Feb 21, 2019
Alfreda B.
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So awesome! I learned so much and looking forward to my next lesson with Arlys. I love the academics behind a subject along with demonstration and then the application. Thank you!!! I'm smiling.

Posted Feb 7, 2019
Jackie J.
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I first met Ms. Arlys on the Take Lesson and after just listening to her structure in how she was teaching, I know right then and there she was the kind of teacher I was looking for in help me find my own sing voice and not to mimic a singer but to find your own voice, my first was awesome and wait until I can explore more of her techniques.

She reminds me of my vocal coach in school

Thank You

Posted Jan 31, 2019
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Such a great first class. Arlys made me feel very comfortable. Already purchased more sessions!

Posted Jan 30, 2019
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Love the lesson!

Posted Jan 17, 2019
Shawn Z.
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Really took her time and helped me to really find my exersise and to find my voice

Posted Jan 7, 2019
Shawn Z.
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really works with you to get you to have the right exercise for your voice

Posted Jan 1, 2019
Shawn Z.
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very great teacher and she works with you to get you to the right point for your voice

Posted Dec 28, 2018
Shawn Z.
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she is a really great teacher

Posted Dec 18, 2018
Brian J.
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Very friendly and knowledgeable, plus a killer piano player. I would definitely refer her

Posted Dec 4, 2018
Dr. Rob
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Arlys was absolutely wonderful. Not only did she help with with speech delivery, tone, speed, pitch, etc but she took time out to get to know me personally to get an idea of my personal goals as a public speaker.

She took my information and helped me formulate a plan according to my needs. She took my old presentation and helped me to change it to make it far more powerful and compelling. My presentation went from mediocre at best, to a solid well accepted presentation. In fact, when my presentation was done, I had two separate decision makers ask me to present with their companies.

Posted Dec 3, 2018
Robert L.
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Arlys was awesome for our first lesson.

Posted Oct 1, 2018
Sarah M.
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Phenominal instructor - she knows so much about the voice and how to access the sound correctly. She is a pleasure and really tries to accomadate her students. She finds true joy in seeing them succeed!

Posted Jul 12, 2018
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Arlys was very supportive and provided truly actionable techniques.

Posted Jun 25, 2018
Wee Ling
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Arlys is great and very professional voice/singing teacher. I had a voice surgery and was having challenges singing without pain, my range was also limited. After taking lessons with Arlys, it has just been so much joy singing and Arlys has a very personalized way to teach! Now, I have no pain, I have wider range of singing, and my control over singing has expanded. I wouldn’t go back to sing the old way again! In addition, Arlys is very professional and I always feel like the 60 minutes of lesson is fully utilized unlike some other lessons I have taken. I would highly recommend Arlys if you want to have fun in the journey of expanding your gift of singing and unique voice that each of us have been given! I am so glad I invested in this.

Posted Jun 5, 2018
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Very valuable lessons to help with my everyday speaking voice & presentations!

Posted Jun 5, 2018
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Friendly and helpful! I enjoyed the lesson very much!

Posted May 1, 2018
Wee Ling Y.
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Started my online lesson with Arlys today after attending the group lessons. Arlys certainly demonstrate that she has the knowledge & experience. More important she is able to teach & correct the fundamentals and principles clearly. Looking forward to increase the correct engagement of my diaphragm, singing range and volume without hurting my vocal cords & throat! :) Thanks for your jokes and passion!

Posted Feb 9, 2018
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Thank you!

Posted Jan 24, 2018
Aeon C.
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she is so cool .we both have so many things in conman i love to sing my hart out with her:)

love Aeona C. 10 years old

Posted Jan 4, 2018
Paula D.
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I have been taking voice lessons with Arlys since February 2017 and have noticed significant improvement in my singing and speaking voice, which is really something for me because my voice quality was not very good to begin with. Arlys is skilled, knowledgeable, patient, creative(thinks outside the box), and very professional. Definitely several points above average-I would highly recommend her as a teacher!

Posted Dec 15, 2017
Azalea K.
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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!

Posted Nov 18, 2017
Caelan P.
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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.

Posted Nov 12, 2017
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Very kind and knowledgeable! My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her lessons with Arlys <3

Posted Oct 18, 2017
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Instantly made my daughter feel at ease. Arlys seems really well suited for interacting with children and voice lessons. My daughter had a BLAST.

Posted Oct 11, 2017
Eeraj J Qaisar
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Had a great time!! Got some great tips!

Posted Jul 19, 2017
Alane G.
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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.

Posted May 20, 2017
Patricia F.
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Arlys has increased my confidence tremendously. I would just like to give her a big high five. And a great big thank you.

Posted May 12, 2017
Candace V.
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< 3

Posted Apr 24, 2017
Patricia F.
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Arlys was very supportive and understanding. She had some great tips.

Posted Apr 2, 2017
Katie Ka Vang
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I like Arlys a lot! I can't wait for more lessons.

Posted Mar 28, 2017
Megan Pavot

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!!

Posted Mar 24, 2017
Kay M.
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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!

Posted Mar 15, 2017
Leila M.
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I took a group class with Arlys and it was a great experience! She is a wonderful singer with the most amazing energy.

Posted Mar 2, 2017
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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.

Posted Feb 23, 2017
Paula D.
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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.

Posted Feb 20, 2017
Paula D.
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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!

Posted Feb 13, 2017
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This was my first lesson ever, and Arlys made me feel more than comfortable. Great lesson!

Posted Feb 1, 2017
Marina Clapp

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!

Posted Dec 7, 2016
Christina S.
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Great first lesson, going back next week:)

Posted Dec 6, 2016
Lori Weihn

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!

Posted Nov 30, 2016
Danae R.
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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.

Posted Nov 3, 2016
Ita N.
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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!

Posted Sep 13, 2016
Eleanor Hutcheson

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.

Posted Aug 15, 2016
Erica S.
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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.

Posted Aug 10, 2016
Erin Eggert

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.

Posted Aug 9, 2016
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Full of enthusiasm and really patient, Arlys is a great teacher. I'd recommend her to anyone!

Posted Jul 7, 2016
Bob B.
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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.

Posted Jun 15, 2016
Sam R.
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Sam really enjoyed his lesson , thought Aryls was a nice person . He is looking forward to his next lesson .

Posted May 11, 2016
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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

Posted Apr 27, 2016
Ally H.
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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!

Posted Mar 17, 2016
Dave Grebin

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

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Issabelle A.
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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!

Posted Jan 8, 2016
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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!

Posted Dec 28, 2015
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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.

Posted Dec 22, 2015
Clara R.
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Very knowledgeable, and a wonderful person. I felt the difference in my control and range after just a few lessons with her.

Posted Aug 17, 2015
Scott T.
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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.

Posted Jun 16, 2015
Raji T.
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A great teacher for my teenage daughter.
Arlys, I am so glad I found you through takelessons website.


Posted May 11, 2015
Malayna G.
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Arlys goes ubove and beyond expectation. I am so very thankful that she is my grandaughters instructor.

Posted Apr 12, 2015
Jordan L.
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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.

Posted Mar 11, 2015
Talia B.
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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.

Posted Feb 24, 2015
Robin T.
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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 !!!

Posted Dec 10, 2014
Gabriel C.
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Ms. army's is the best love Ya :)

Posted Jul 25, 2014
Kutura B.

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.

Posted Apr 26, 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.

Posted 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.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Kurt M.

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.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Jason S.

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.

Posted Mar 2, 2014

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.

Posted Feb 11, 2014
Laura C.

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!

Posted Dec 1, 2013
Kaitlee F.


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.

Posted Apr 26, 2013
john J.

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!!

Posted Mar 29, 2013
Sharrilyn E.

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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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.


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Feb 2011 - Feb 2013

Santa Monica College



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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