Cindy Hospedales

Cindy H.

Brooklyn, NY
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About

Cindy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2003

Regardless of where your musical interests lie, I can help you improve your skills! Growing up, I fell in love with playing and singing all styles of music! I've delved into classical, jazz, R&B, soul, gospel, reggae, soca, pop and musical theater, and I can teach you how to apply proper technique to the genre(s) of your choice!

If you're looking to become a better singer, we will focus on finding the beauty and power in your voice in a healthy manner. Vocal health is an important component of everything I teach, and I work to eliminate strain and vocal fatigue. We will work on balancing your vocal registers to give you control over the troublesome middle range. With a healthy foundation in place, we will fine tune your skills by addressing pitch accuracy, vocal control, phrasing, dynamics, expression and microphone technique.

If you're interested in playing piano, you will learn how to read music and/or play by ear. You'll learn scales, chords, arpeggios, sight-reading, and basic music theory. For singers who are interested in piano, I've developed a great technique to teach you how to accompany yourself.

For songwriters, I can help you write stronger lyrics and set them to music appropriately.

In general, I'm pretty upbeat and fun. However, I expect you to practice. When you practice, you hear and feel the difference and everyone's happy! If you don't practice, you'll remain in the same place, and it's frustrating for everyone. :( Please, please, please practice! :)

My degree in music education and wide range of experience allows me to accommodate different learning styles. I have a knack for breaking down seemingly difficult or mysterious concepts in a way that's easy to understand. I also understand the demands of being a full time musician, and can offer advice to students who are interested in going that route.

I would love to help you enhance your enjoyment of music by making it fun and easy for you to learn!


*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano
Yamaha keyboard
Music Stand
Full length mirror
Library of great music
Music theory workbooks
Manuscript paper

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, R&B, Musical Theater, Gospel, Pop

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Experience

Vocal Arranging
May 2015 - Present
Private Center

- Providing vocal guidance and support for artists during recording sessions
- Leading clients through a thorough vocal warmup
- Helping artists with phrasing, diction, intonation and connecting with emotion to enhance the final product

Vocal Coach
Apr 2015 - Present
Jazz Drama Program

- Leading vocal warmups, guiding students (ages 9-21) through vocal improvisation and teaching repertoire while guided by the principles of Somatic Voicework (tm)

Rosebud Choir Director
Oct 2013 - Present
Vanderveer Park United Methodist Church

-Direct a youth choir, with children ages 7-12
-Select age-appropriate repertoire, lead rehearsals, and play piano for Sunday services

Music Teacher
Sep 2013 - Present
Private Center

Lead weekly music workshops for young children ages 2-10.

Piano, Voice Teacher
Jun 2011 - Aug 2013
Piano and Organ Distributors

Taught private piano and voice lessons to students of all ages

Minister of Music
Jun 2012 - Jul 2013
Love Faithfully Ministries

Selected appropriate repertoire for the praise team, led rehearsals, worked individually with soloists, played keyboard for Sunday services.

Choral Director
Aug 2009 - Jun 2013
New Hanover High School, New Hanover County Public Schools

-Taught beginning, intermediate and honors level choral classes
-Taught vocal technique using classical, jazz, musical theater, R&B and gospel styles of music

Piano, Voice Teacher
Aug 2005 - Jun 2010
Triangle Music School

Taught private piano and voice lessons to students of all ages

Piano Teacher
Jun 2009 - Aug 2009
Lyon Park Senior Citizen Center

Taught group piano lessons to senior citizens

Education

Masters of Arts In Teaching
Jun 2008 - Aug 2009
University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bachelor of Arts in Music
Aug 2003 - May 2006
North Carolina Central University

Certifications

Somatic Voicework™ The Lovetri Method (Level III Certification)
Jul 2014
Shenandoah University

Level III training of Somatic Voicework™ The Lovetri Method focuses on repertoire, problem solving, and voice medicine.

Somatic Voicework™ The Lovetri Method (Level II Certification)
Jul 2014
Shenandoah University

Level II training of Somatic Voicework™ The Lovetri Method focuses on diagnosing and fixing weaknesses in the voice.

Somatic Voicework™ The Lovetri Method (Level I Certification)
May 2014
The City College of New York

Somatic Voicework™ The Lovetri Method is a body-based method of vocal training which draws from many disciplines. It is based upon voice science and medicine as well as traditional classical vocal training, complementary modalities such as yoga, movement, dance, acting, and speech training, and various body work approaches. Level I training focuses on the functional principles of voice science and medicine.

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Awards

Best Supporting Actress
Jun 2012
Thalian Association (Wilmington, NC)

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2012

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

National Association for Music Education
Sep 2009

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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Photos & Videos

Debut single/music video
Performing at Stage 72 at The Triad, NYC, June 2015
"Your Daddy's Son" from Ragtime, Thalian Association, Wilmington NC  2012
Performing at The Bitter End in NYC, March 2014

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Featured performer, "Jazz at the Mansion", Bellamy Mansion, Wilmington, NC June, 2012

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Performing the role of "Deena" in Dreamgirls, Wilmington, NC 2013

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12 Reviews

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Vanessa Jul 13, 2017
Singing · Online

I am writing this review for people like me to read :)

When I first started taking singing lessons, I thought there was no way I could really ever be able to sing. Cindy has helped me to do things that I didn't think possible - sing in key, sing different notes, and relax and enjoy it. I would give her 6 stars if I could!

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Sabrina M. Feb 18, 2016
Piano · In studio

Cindy is no doubt the ONE when it comes to piano and voice lessons. I have had piano and vocal lessons with other previous instructors in the past, but often felt discouraged, misunderstood and frustrated. However, Cindy literally brought my passion for piano and singing back to life! She's extremely knowledgeable and passionate in her expertise, and she's FUN! I look forward to each and every lesson. I have been taking lessons with Cindy for almost a year now, it's the best decision I have made, and looking forward to many more. I've seen the improvement in both my piano and singing techniques, and learned so much. She is an inspiration to work with and committed to helping you achieve your goals as long as you put in the work and practice. Cindy is invested in your results and growth, once you start you can't stop.

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Zaida R. Dec 20, 2015
· Online

She's pretty amazing. The perfect teacher in that she evaluates you and then makes a lesson plan based on this evaluation. She's the first vocal coach I've had do this. The woman is amazing.

Zaida R. Dec 20, 2015
· Online

She's pretty amazing. The perfect teacher in that she evaluates you and then makes a lesson plan based on this evaluation. She's the first vocal coach I've had do this. The woman is amazing.

Renell B. Oct 9, 2015
Singing · In home

Where do I start?.. First off, let my say that Cindy is my very first vocal coach..and the search stops with her. The teacher/student chemistry we had was great from the very first lesson. She is great at listening to your concerns and helping you come up with the appropriate solutions. Coming into my 1st lesson, my biggest challenge was with breathiness..and Cindy attacked that right away by teaching me the proper breathing and warm up techniques. I also learned the difference between head voice and chest voice and when it is necessary to use them. I highly recommend Cindy as a vocal coach and I'm looking forward to continuing my lessons with her in the future.

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Linda J. Apr 24, 2015
Piano · In studio

My son has been taking private classes with Miss Cindy for a few months, first voice and then piano lessons. He has taken piano lessons before at another school, but he wasn't enthusiastic about it, he didn't look forward to taking class and it was a struggle to get him to practice.

The biggest compliment I can give Miss Cindy is that when I ask my son how his class went, he says "fun"!! He practices everyday . . . without prompting. He's always eager to play for anyone who'll listen. He really enjoys the piano and he especially enjoys taking lessons with Miss Cindy. If you're trying to find you're child's passion, Cindy's Music School is a good place to start.

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Alex S. Jan 21, 2015
Singing · In studio

Cindy has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to singing and teaching in various styles. She has really helped me improve in the specific areas that I wanted to work on. I've already recommended her to my friends!

Karen H. Jan 7, 2015
Singing · In studio

My daughter just finished her first 5 lessons with Cindy and they have been great! My daughter really enjoys working with her. I just purchased another set of 5 lessons!

David S. Nov 2, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio

Me being a contemporary vocalist(pop/r&b) with previous instruction, Cindy has been a much needed breath of fresh air. I've trained with other instructors and she is by far one of my favorites. They say a great singer is a great listener and Cindy proves this theory by attentively listening to your concerns and providing you with practical solutions. Her warm, energetic and passionate personality helps you feel more comfortable with trying new techniques without feeling embarrassed.

I studied classical technique with previous instructors and I found that it wasn't very effective for my style. Cindy immediately noticed this and has began to re-work my technique with challenging exercises that I can feel and HEAR the results from during studio sessions and live performances...which is where it counts honestly, and that makes me very happy.

I love to constantly push myself to be better and I feel like Cindy understands exactly how to do that, which is why I feel confident in my decision of choosing her. I would definitely recommend her with glowing stars to any one in any style that is in search of an excellent teacher.

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Charlene W. Oct 31, 2014
Music Theory · In studio

Six words describe Cindy. I WISH I DISCOVERED HER SOONER! She is exactly what I was looking for in a music theory teacher for my son. The chemistry between them is fantastic. She customizes the lesson to my son's needs. I have seen a major difference in a short period of time, with his sight reading, playing by ear, playing scales and chords. I would definitely recommend her and will be taking lessons as long as she is teaching.

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Amanda B. May 20, 2014
Music Theory · In studio

Ugh Music Theory is very difficult, but she made it so muchhhh more easier. She is very patient and kind. I love that she made sure i had a understanding of the concepts and notes. I would definately recommend her. I wish i discovered her sooner ! I had a great experience working with Ms.Cindy

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Letitia C. May 16, 2014
Singing · In studio

What a great teacher! She has made me see my own potential....and has made me want to practice!! Cindy enjoys teaching and it shows.

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