Carolyn Rynex

Carolyn R.

Phoenix, AZ

About Carolyn R.

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Carolyn teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 1988
Last sign in: 4 days ago

Overview

I am an experienced voice and piano teacher with 25 + years of teaching experience.

I am passionate about teaching, and my experience includes teaching voice and piano to elementary through college students, in academic settings and in my home. I love working with people of all ages.

As a soprano, I have sung professionally with many choral ensembles, and have performed as soloist in recitals and concerts throughout the US. I have appeared in musical theater and opera productions in leading roles. I have also been a college choir director and voice teacher.

In addition, I have performed as piano soloist in various settings, and piano accompanist for choirs, singers and instrumentalists in church, contest and concerts.

Recently, I earned my Doctorate in Music from Arizona State University.

My studio is where I share my expertise and passion for music with private voice and piano students. My approach is that music should be fun and satisfying. I want students to have the enjoyment of accomplishing great things, and build on their natural abilities and love of music. I look forward to meeting you, and seeing where your musical talents can take you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Each voice lesson begins with a warm up: movement:, stretches, breathing, and relaxation while focusing on good posture. Following that we continue warming up the voice with appropriate vocal exercises. If desired, we can spend time sight singing (reading music). Then we will turn to your chosen piece(s) of music. You could bring in a song or aria of your interest, or I could suggest pieces that I feel suit your voice. Some areas that I like to focus on in are relaxation, posture, breathing, support, use of registers, placement, growing your voice in size and range, intonation (pitch), tone color, clarity and consistency. My ultimate goal is to help students sing with musicality and expressiveness.

For piano, we may begin by working on things like hand position, posture, relaxation of the body and then exercises, including scales and chords. We may also incorporate music theory.
After a warm-up, we will focus on chosen music. I like to use music literature that is appropriate to the student's level, which gives enjoyment, and also increases breadth of knowledge and expertise. For beginning students, there are many good series available that I like to use, such as Bastian or Alfred.

Its very important that students feel comfortable in their lessons. I am sensitive, flexible and open to individual likes and dislikes, and any thoughts or concerns you have. These are your lessons and I am committed to helping you get the most out of them!

*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in large living room with upright piano, mirrors; space for parents to sit/wait; repertoire

*** Specialties ***
Opera, classical, musical theater

Photos and Videos

Musetta in "La Boheme", University of Minnesota, 2005

Experience

Staff Singer/Soloist
Sep 2010 - Present
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Soloist and Soprano Section Leader

Teaching Assistant/Faculty Associate
Sep 2011 - May 2014
Arizona State University

Taught Choir and Conducting Classes

Voice and Piano Instructor
Sep 2006 - May 2009
Lake Superior College

Taught private Voice, Piano, and other music classes

Graduate Teaching Assistant/ Faculty Associate
Sep 2005 - May 2006
University of Minnesota

Taught private Voice lessons

Voice Instructor
Jan 1992 - May 2003
College of Lake County

Taught Private Voice and Coached Musical Theater Productions

Elementary Music Teacher
Sep 1984 - Jun 1987
North Chicago Schools

Taught Vocal Music to kids Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Education

Doctoral of Musical Arts, Choral Conducting
Sep 2011 - May 2016
Arizona State University
Master of Music, Vocal Performance
Jan 2004 - Sep 2006
University of Minnesota

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Music K-12
Oct 1982
Illinois Board of Education

Certified music teacher for Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jan 2016

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.

American Choral Directors Association
Feb 2012

Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

15 Reviews on Carolyn R.

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Nick V. Mar 25, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Carolyn is excellent teacher .
My son is learning a lot in voice training and piano.
He looks forward always for that class...
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Alfredo R. Jan 31, 2017
· Singing · In home
Wonderful experience, she is a fantastic professional teacher
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Sarah Dec 20, 2016
· Piano · In home
she is a great teacher.
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Lori Dec 8, 2016
· Singing · In studio
She was very encouraging and helpful. She taught me how to make my voice stronger and gave me constructive criticisms as needed. She was very nice and always had a smile. She was very patient with me, and I would not hesitate to go back to her if I decide to take more lessons.
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Rebecca Nov 30, 2016
· Singing · In home
She is everything I was looking for and more! In just an hour, my voice tonality had shifted to a deeper, richer, fuller sound. I was given some exercises to practice in the interim before our next lesson. I'm elated!
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Serena Aug 24, 2016
· Singing · In home
She was very encouraging. I felt very comfortable with her. I felt like she was being honest with me when I felt like I wad doing something wrong.
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Nadia Z. Jul 10, 2016
· Singing · In home
First lesson went wonderfully. Carolyn is obviously a talented singer, musician and teacher. I'm extending future lessons to 1 h as 45mins is just not enough time.
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Russ Young Jun 22, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Looking forward to the next lesson!
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Kelly H. Jun 9, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Great first lesson!
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Amara B. Jan 14, 2015
· Singing · In home
Where can I start I don't Know but what I do Know for sure, this lady is very kind and patient. She's a great teacher who has lots of patient with me. I am so glad I have you as my instructor thank you Carolyn R.

Instruction is always individualized and positive. She always looks for what you do best and helps you develop your strengths. She works with you to overcome your weaknesses. Taking classes with her is a great pleasure.
Carolyn Rynex
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