Carolyn Rynex

Carolyn R.

Phoenix, AZ
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Lesson Details

Music Performance

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Stage Performance Skills, Vocal, Piano
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Carolyn delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 1988

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 performed as soloist in recitals and concerts throughout the US, and have sung professionally with many choral ensembles. 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 or grand piano, mirrors; space for parents to sit/wait; repertoire

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

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Staff Singer/Soloist
Sep 2010 - Present
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Soloist and Soprano Section Leader

Private Music Teacher
Jan 2010 - Present
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Teach Private Voice and Piano lessons to all ages and levels, 5 and up, beginner through advanced.

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.


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


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Music K-12
Oct 1982
Illinois Board of Education

Certified music teacher for Kindergarten through 12th grade.


Co-Winner, Herford Dissertation Award, 2016
Sep 2017
American Choral Directors Association


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.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by Carolyn R.

Some of the stellar students from our most recent studio recital in May!

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

Musetta in La Boheme

Voice Recital, 2008

Michaela in "Carmen", Sieur du Luth Festival, 2007


19 Reviews

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Maureen Oct 25, 2018
Singing · In studio

First of all Carolyn is the sweetest person ever. On top of that, she will work on proper technique at every lesson. She has noticed and worked on singing techniques that my past teachers have never addressed to me before. She will also take the time for you to understand the reasoning behind the technique. She also is great at picking out songs that fit your vocal range! One of the best teachers for sure!

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Yitao C. Dec 16, 2017
Piano · In studio

Carolyn is a very nice instructor. She is very patient and knowledgeable. I learn a lot from her and enjoy every lesson.

Bryana S. Aug 30, 2017
Singing · In home

Great first lesson! Carolyn was awesome !

Jon R. May 3, 2017
Piano · In studio


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...

Alfredo R. Jan 31, 2017
Singing · In home

Wonderful experience, she is a fantastic professional teacher

Sarah Dec 20, 2016
Piano · In home

she is a great teacher.

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!

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.

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.

Russ Young Jun 22, 2015
Singing · In studio

Looking forward to the next lesson!

Kelly H. Jun 9, 2015
Singing · In studio

Great first lesson!

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.

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Maddie R. Jan 12, 2015
Singing · In studio

I have been going to lessons with Carolyn for over a year now and I can say from experience she is one of the best! You can tell she is incredibly passionate about what she does. I have had previous teachers with music and so far Carolyn is my favorite I've had! It's a pleasure to work with her and I have learned and improved a lot in the little time I've seen her. Overall very good instructor, I highly recommend her as a teacher.

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Catherine J. Nov 24, 2013
Piano ·

Wonderful, patient, skilled educator.

Carolyn is a wonderful teacher. Very in tune with me as a student. Very motivating. I have not only learned a great deal with her as my instructor, but I am also inspired by her talent, dedication, enthusiasm, and fully supportive nature. Every lesson is a great experience.

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StephenC1 Mar 11, 2012

Carolyn is very patient and picks up on what I'm having trouble with.

MaryS2 Feb 18, 2011

Mrs R is a wonderful teacher. She is encouraging and patient. She is a very good instructor of music and my 12 year old son enjoys her tremendously. I never in my wildest dreams that my son could learn to play the piano so beautifly. Thank you Mrs. R.

TessyB Feb 17, 2011

Awesome teacher

My 9 year old son has been studying piano with Carolyn R. for a few months now. Not only does he really enjoy his lessons but he has already learned quitea lot. Carolyn R. is a very patient and dedicated teacher who knows and cares about teaching young children. She makes it easy and fun to learn new skills.My son and I are truly grateful to have her as our teacher.

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