Brayton Arvin
Hackensack, NJ
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Brayton Arvin

Brayton A.

Hackensack, NJ
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
There are a number of reasons someone may wish to take music lessons. Whatever the specific reason, striving to achieve one’s “artistic truth” is the goal. My holistic view of education is to help a student find his/her own individual “voice” as a singer and a creative artist. I believe the role of an educator is not to relay information in a detached context, what I call teaching “at” a student, but to lead that student in a discussion of the music, pulling information from the student in a collaborative effort between two or more individuals. It is my goal to facilitate an emotionally safe environment for students to take risks, make mistakes, listen critically, and articulate his/her thoughts. We work towards freedom of expression and letting go of fear. Fear is the single greatest enemy of any artist: If you're afraid of how your music will go, you won't be making art.
A healthy mind, body, and spirit all work together to make a strong, whole individual. The development of critical thinking skills is essential to any student with whom I am teaching.
When a student is able to become critical of their own work and of others, he or she may apply the knowledge and skills to what everyday life outside the music studio or classroom. To develop a student’s mind and curiosity will help make that individual a more well-rounded, knowledgeable, and self-aware artist.
My passion is to help people unlock their artistic potential, so that they can create the art they want in the way they want.

About Brayton A.

I am a classically trained lyric baritone, experienced voice teacher, performer, and arts administrator. As a performer, I have sung operatic and musical theatre roles at regional opera companies around the United States. I have appeared as a featured soloist with orchestra in concert and performed solo art song recitals. I particularly love collaborating with composer colleagues to commission new vocal concert works.

I am a former President and Vice-President of the Indiana University student chapter of NATS and coordinated the New Voice Educators Symposium in 2016. I maintain a private studio, and my students have have been accepted to music degree programs at Indiana University, Bloomington; Roosevelt University-Chicago College of Performing Arts; University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem; DePauw University; Indiana State University; Indiana Wesleyan University. I have presented academic papers on "The Songs of Ernst Bacon," "Technical Faults Related to Intonation," and "Learning to Workshop Opera."

I am currently completing his Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University, Bloomington - Jacobs School of Music, where I previously earned my Master of Music degree. I earned his Bachelor of Music (cum laude) from Ball State University. I have studied voice privately with renowned teachers Heidi Grant Murphy, Dr. Robert Harrison, Carol Vaness, and Dr. Craig Priebe and vocology and vocal pedagogy from Dr. Brian Gill, Dr. Brian Horne, and Dr. Meryl Mantione.


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Matty J
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Brayton is incredibly talented and passionate about his craft. This is very evident as he continues to share his talent through vocal coaching. I walked into his office without any prior vocal coaching, and walked out not only as a better singer, but musician as well. Brayton does a wonderful job of not only making sure you are physically singing well, but also mentally as he instructs you in music theory and anatomy of the voice. Brayton and I discussed my goals as a vocalist and went right to work the next day to achieve them. His pacing is very well thought out. I never felt like I was rushed or dragging during my time with him. Although I was lacking in experience at the time, Brayton never looked down on me and met me at my level and pushed me to the success I dreamed of. Thanks to Brayton, I was able to continue my dream of attaining a Bachelors degree in music and becoming vocally competitive. I can not say enough good things about Brayton's skill, talent, and dedication as a vocal coach. I would highly recommend him to any signer, at any level or age. Please, do yourself a favor and reach out to him soon! I was SO happy I did!

Posted Oct 15, 2020

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Voice Teacher, Music Career Consultant, and Arts Administrator
Aug 2012 - Present

Brayton Arvin (Self)

• Teach private voice instruction to students of varying ages and styles • Instruct on vocal health and general vocology/voice science • Provide music literacy instruction • Coach performance interpretations • Consult with aspiring professionals regarding audition packages, social and multimedia, career paths, and social network connections

Artist Management (Vocal)
Apr 2017 - Jun 2020

Opus 3 Artists

• In conjunction with Manager, co-managed 21 artists of department’s roster, coordinated logistics, acted as liaison for scheduling, travel (international and domestic), housing, ground transportation, visas, merchandising, interviews, ancillary and special events, recordings and broadcasts • Negotiated and advanced over 150 contracted performance and outreach engagements a year with renowned international presenting organizations • Managed department-wide contract systems for over 40 artists and attractions, ensuring accurate and up-to-date information across company-wide database • Managed artists’ financial details: payment schedules, tax documents and waivers, budget expenses and reimbursements, invoices and commission statements • Maintained and distributed promotion and publicity, programming, and personal information of over 40 artists • Provided comprehensive administrative support to the Senior Vice-President/Manager and Associate Manager for arrangements of business trips and meetings, and preparation of associated notes and materials


Doctor of Music
Aug 2013 - Present

Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music

Master of Music
Aug 2011 - Dec 2013

Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music

Bachelor of Music (cum laude)
Aug 2007 - May 2011

Ball State University



Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


2nd Prize
Dec 2016

American Prize - Opera Division

Graduate Assistantship
Aug 2014

Indiana University, Bloomington - Jacobs School of Music


Opera America
Jan 2018
OPERA America draws on resources and expertise from within and beyond the opera field to advance a mutually beneficial agenda that serves and strengthens the field through programs in the following categories: Creation: Artistic services that help artists and companies increase the creativity and excellence of opera productions, especially North American works; Presentation: Opera company services that address the specific needs of staff, trustees and volunteers; Enjoyment: Education, audience development and community services that increase all forms of opera appreciation.
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Sep 2013
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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