Glynis Davies

Glynis D.

Long Beach, CA

About Glynis D.

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Glynis teaches: Ages 7 and up
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Teaching since: August 2004
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Overview

Glynis has been reading music since before she knew how to read words. Her mother started teaching her piano lessons at age 3, and she started taking voice lessons at age 7. She learned from an early age to practice every day. She has taught all levels and ages of piano and voice for many years. Glynis specializes in jazz voice, but has a very strong classical and musical theatre background. She is an arranger, composer, educator, and singer. She received her AA in Professional Music from SWCC, school for music vocations, then got her BA in Jazz Studies, Vocal Performance at CSU Sacramento. She is currently working on her Masters in Jazz Studies, Vocal Performance at the Bob Cole Conservatory inside of CSU Long Beach. While studying she is the Graduate Assistant for Christine Guter, and directs the 2nd vocal jazz ensemble, Jazz and Tonic, at the school.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching philosophy is to have a safe, positive, fun, and effective learning environment for all of my students. I believe it is important to be a well rounded musician, therefore I love my students to have a solid understanding of what they are doing. I strongly encourage all of my students to learn theory along with piano or voice, so they understand what they are doing. Each student is unique, therefore each student has a different lesson plan. I do expect that my students will practice during the week in order to grow, since this helps them reach their goals. I do let students pick some of their own repertoire, since it is very important for them to be motivated during the week. I can teach from early Baroque music to modern day and everything in between. Music is expression, therefore I believe it is very important for my students to love what they are working on.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in my apartment with a keyboard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a keyboard, but it would be easier if they had one.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz voice, with a strong background in classical and musical theatre. I also specialize in piano, music theory, songwriting and arranging.

Photos and Videos

Make You Feel My Love from my Graduate Recital April 2014

Experience

Vocal Jazz Ensemble Director

Aug 2016 - Present
Fullerton College

I direct both vocal jazz ensembles, teach advanced vocal styles and improvisation, and teach lessons at Fullerton College.

Jazz Voice Music Specialist

Aug 2015 - Present
Downey High School

Voice and Piano Instructor

Oct 2014 - Present
Private Studio

Voice and Piano Instructor

Jun 2005 - Present
Self Employed

Musical Director of Performing Ensembles

Feb 2015 - Jun 2015
Palos Verdes Performing Arts Conservatory

Voice and Piano Instructor

Aug 2013 - May 2014
VRMA

Director of Jazz and Tonic (vocal jazz ensemble)

Sep 2012 - May 2014
CSULB

I was the graduate assistant at CSULB and got to direct the second vocal jazz group at the college.

Voice and Piano Instructor

Jul 2010 - Jul 2013
McLaughlin Studio

Education

Masters of Music in Jazz Studies, Vocal Performance

Sep 2012 - May 2015
CSU Long Beach

Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies, Vocal Performance

Sep 2006 - Dec 2010
CSU Sacramento

Associates of Arts in Professional Music

Aug 2004 - Jun 2006
Southwestern Community College School for Music Vocations

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

1 semester of the Credential Program

May 2011
CSU Sacramento

I took all of the undergraduate music education classes at CSU Sacramento, then did 1 semester of the Credential Program before deciding to get my masters degree instead.

Awards

Outstanding Performance of Graduate Latin Group

Apr 2015
Downbeat Student Music Award

Outstanding Performance of Graduate College Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Apr 2015
Downbeat Student Music Award

The Vocal Jazz Achievement Award

May 2014
CSULB

Best graduate large vocal jazz ensemble

Apr 2014
Downbeat Student Music Award

Outstanding Performance of College Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Apr 2009
Downbeat Student Music Award

Affiliations

National Association for Music Education

Sep 2012
NAFME

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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21 Reviews on Glynis D.

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Adeline Oct 20, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Glynis makes lessons fun while teaching technique. She is a gem!
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Brenna P. Jul 6, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Glynis was flexible and tailored her teaching style to fit our daughter. She is great with kids. Our 8-year-old is really looking forward to the next lesson and she couldn't stop singing after Glynis left.
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Linda S. Jun 14, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Glynis, has been a great teacher for my daughter Sophia. Sophia caught on quickly and really enjoys her lessons. Glynis is very calm and explains lesson well for her to understand.. She also enjoys hearing Glynis sing the tunes of the songs. It's been a joy having her as her teacher.
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Laura D. Apr 1, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Glynis was absolutely fabulous as a piano teacher for my daughter. She is calm, sweet, prepared, and knowledgeable. Always prompt and never late. Her teaching style helped my daughter improve incredible amounts over two years. It also helps that she is flexible with scheduling, and she smells great too!
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Korina A. Mar 31, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Very, good,
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Breezy Long Mar 20, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Glynis has made this experience exactly what I needed. As an adult who works full time and hasn't had a piano lesson in decades, I was initially unsure what to expect. Glynis masterfully assessed my ability, my available time and my goals, and she tailored a 20-lesson program perfectly suited for me. Most importantly, she pushes me when I need to be pushed, gives me a break when I am overwhelmed, and reminds me to focus on my original goals and motivation when I am being too hard on myself. I want piano to become a free-flowing outlet and stress-reliever, not another source of stress for my inner perfectionist. Glynis listens to what I need and lets her own love of music do the rest. She goes above and beyond the lesson book by adding instruction tips and tools--musical theory, demonstration, scale exercises, variations on simple pieces (e.g. jazz rhythms/beats), etc. I look forward to each lesson, and she makes me want to make time to practice between lessons so we can make the most of our time together. I am grateful to Glynis for all she has done and would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to learn piano at his/her own pace. I myself am about to sign-up for another batch of lessons, and wouldn't want them with anyone but Glynis.
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Jamina E. Feb 23, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Glynis is great! My 10 year old daughter enjoys taking piano lessons with Glynis. She is patient, reliable, and makes lessons according to my daughter's abilities/needs. I highly recommend her.
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Isabella R. Feb 18, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Glynis has been an inspiration to my 14 year old daughter. She has more confidence in herself and loves to attend her singing lessons with Gynis. My daughter has shown so much improvement from when she first began her lessons. I would recommend Glynis to anyone who is interested in taking singing lessons. My daughter is looking forward to going to high school and singing in the chorus program. Thanks Glynis.
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Nora R. Feb 12, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Excellent teacher!!
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Genesis W. Jan 14, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Glynis is young, hip and knowledgeable. We discussed the areas I want her to work on with my Daughter and she went right to work. I'm looking forward to seeing her grow under Glynis' tutelage.
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