Glynis Davies

Glynis D.

Long Beach, CA
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Glynis delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:
August 2004

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), her BA in Jazz Studies: Vocal Performance at CSU Sacramento, and her Masters in Jazz Studies: Vocal Performance at the Bob Cole Conservatory at CSU Long Beach. She teaches college and high school vocal jazz ensembles as well as many private students in many areas of music.
*** 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 most their own repertoire, since it is very important for them to be motivated and enjoy their assignments 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 are in my house with my upright Yamaha piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a keyboard, but it is necessary to have a piano or keyboard at home to pracitce on if you are a piano student.

*** 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.

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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

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

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

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

Make You Feel My Love from my Graduate Recital April 2014
You Don't Know What Love Is from my Graduate Recital.
Photo by Glynis D.

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Performing with PST at CSULB

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Directing my group Jazz and Tonic at the Oceanside Jazz Festival.

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Performing with PST at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

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29 Reviews

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Christopher Sep 19, 2017
Piano · In studio

She's super awesome. She completely understands musics, which comes in handy because she'll teach you some theory from time to time during a lesson. And it's a huge plus that she's really understanding and nice.

Candice newland Jun 18, 2017
Singing · In studio

Very knowledgeable and went about and beyond during my serious time constraints

Gretchen S. Jun 15, 2017
Piano · In home

Glynis is the best teacher! As an adult student, I have unhappy memories of childhood instructors with punishing demeanors, who would give you a hard time with every mistake. Glynis is the most supportive, encouraging teacher I've ever had. I especially appreciate her rigorous background (Master's Degrees in music, a lifetime of piano and music theory) and her familiarity with the pieces I'm interested in learning (Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, Bach, Chopin). She has introduced pieces to me that I hadn't heard before, that I now love to play. It's so nice to be able to sit at the piano and play something that actually sounds like an adult playing!

Glynis is very adept at tailoring her teaching methods to what I need on that particular day. Sometimes I haven't had a chance to practice as much as I'd like, and she is very patient, helping me based on where I am in that moment. When I do have the time to work more diligently on a piece, she listens thoughtfully, praising the good parts and offering gentle suggestions on how I could improve. She sometimes will paint visual pictures for me of how the music should sound ("make it sound like children running through a meadow"), which is silly but also useful! Glynis knows how to bring out the best in my playing, and shows genuine enthusiasm when I master something hard. My playing has dramatically improved over the past few months, and I've really enjoyed spending time with Glynis at the piano.

I'd recommend Glynis to any adult looking to improve their piano skills. She is absolutely fantastic.

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Jenner R. Jun 13, 2017
Piano · In studio

Glynis is able to not only quickly assess where a student is at in his or her skill level, but also where that will fit with what the student's goals are for music education. She easily and smoothly integrates both practice and theory into the lesson while incorporating fun at the same time!

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alix F. May 26, 2017
Piano · In studio

I attempted to learn piano years ago as a child and recently decided to take lessons again now that I am an adult. Glynnis is a fantastic teacher. She is well versed and skilled in not only playing the piano, but teaching it as well-something not all piano players are able to master. She is patient, dedicated, and enthusiastic about her students’ progress. I have only been taking lessons a few short months and already I have seen my skills improve. I thoroughly enjoy our lessons each week and look forward to my continued growth in this skill.
I would highly recommend her to anyone that would like to learn to play the piano. You will not be disappointed.

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Tyler May 23, 2017
Piano · In studio

I am 23 years old and have been taking piano lessons with Glynis for close to a year. I can honestly say that my progress over this year has been amazing! As an adult beginner who never played the piano before, I was a little worried that it was too late for me to start learning but I was definitely wrong! Glynis has made it possible for me! She lets you go at your own pace so as not to make you feel overwhelmed or to become too frustrated and give up. Glynis never makes you feel hopeless if you do not get something right away which is something I'm sure any beginning pianist would be grateful for. She is always kind and helpful whenever I do not get something right away and is able to demonstrate it by playing it herself to allow me to know what it should sound like. She always incorporates some sort of theory into our lessons as well which allows me to better understand what I am actually doing on the piano which has helped my growth extensively. She lets you pick pieces that YOU want to learn and will help you through every step of the way to learn it. Glynis has showed me that I can tackle more challenging pieces by learning them line by line and starting slow which keeps me eager and determined to keep practicing! Glynis is the BEST! I look forward to taking lessons with her for years to come!

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Edgar M. Feb 13, 2017
Singing · In studio

It was a really nice experience. ...My instructor is very knowledgeable, and very patient. ...I felt very relaxed, I'm looking forward to my next class. ..

Rasy Dec 15, 2016
Singing · In studio

Great teacher, My son now can sing great. She is very patient and professional. She has full of knowledge, I enjoy her very much as my son teacher.

Adeline Oct 20, 2016
Piano · In studio

Glynis makes lessons fun while teaching technique. She is a gem!

Brenna P. Jul 6, 2016
Singing · In home

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.

Linda S. Jun 14, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio

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

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

Very, good,

Breezy Long Mar 20, 2016
Piano · In home

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

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.

Isabella R. Feb 18, 2016
Singing · In studio

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

Excellent teacher!!

Genesis W. Jan 14, 2016
Singing · In studio

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.

Bethany Price Aug 14, 2015
Singing · In home

Glynis teaches both voice and piano to my 12-year-old son. She makes both subjects fun and finds a wonderful blend of theory (which we believe is very important) and practical application. She is helping him build strong technique, and helping him navigate the tough transition years for boys who sing as their voices change. We love her and have already successfully recommended her to friends, who are also really enjoying her teaching!

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Patricia Jul 17, 2015
Piano · In home

Glynis is a wonderful piano teacher! Our son has been taking lessons with her for about 5 months, and he has learned so much in such a short period of time. She makes the lessons fun, is engaging and patient, and able to keep a 7 year old focused, which is a feat in itself! After a bad experience trying group lessons, our son loves piano and looks forward to his lesson with Glynis each week.

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DJ P. Jun 15, 2015
Singing · In studio

Glynis was awesome. DJ was very comfortable with her and they worked on both voice and piano during the hour. He thought she was fun and I was very impressed with the emphasis on warmups, proper breathing techniques, basic finger position in piano and theory work. She covered it all, and still made sure DJ felt listened to and had fun. He is already looking forward to the next lesson.

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Nora R. May 27, 2015
Piano · In home

Thank you so much for teaching my son with so much professionalism and knowledge of music. He's playing piano beautifully because you've taken the time to help him expand and understand music.

I would like to share a YouTube video link of David's first gospel performance at a kids convention.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqUmzZxVSTw

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Renay F. Apr 29, 2015
Singing · In studio

Glynis is a fabulous teacher! Wonderful balance of encouragement and thoughtful evaluation to help her students thrive...My daughter (14) adores Glynis's enthusiasm, energy and guidance to grow and challenge herself to develop her skill level in singing. Glynis is flexible and great at communicating and accommodating ever changing schedules. Amazing teacher, highly recommend!

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Cesia R. Apr 23, 2015
Piano · In home

Glynis is a great teacher! I was a bit nervous, feeling a bit on the older side, lol, to begin piano lessons but she is very patient, encouraging and works at my pace. I'm learning a lot and definitely recommend her.

Nery F. Jan 16, 2015
Piano · In studio

Thank you Glynis for being a wonderful and patience instructor. Melissa is happy to have you as her teacher. She loves to go to your place for piano and singing lessons. In over a year she has learn so much. She is very excited every time she moves into a different level. Thank you for being such an awesome person.

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Laura D. Jan 8, 2015
Piano · In home

We love Glynis! Glynis has a delightful, cheerful personality. She is a very engaging teacher for our 8 year old daughter, Kate. Kate is learning a lot about the piano, playing the piano, and music theory. Glynis is prompt in getting to the lessons on time and responding to text messages. We appreciate Glynis' musical talent, teaching skills, and also that she is easy to communicate with on scheduling issues.
We have four musical kids and have had MANY music lessons and music teachers. I am credible in saying Glynis is a GREAT Music Teacher!

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Kimberly S. Nov 26, 2014
Piano · In studio

Wow, if your are looking for an amazing teacher you have found her. Glynis not only knows a lot about music but you can see her passion for it in the way she teaches. She helps you to master the music and the theory behind it so you can really appreciate and excel at what you play. I would suggest her to anyone.

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Maybellene C. Nov 17, 2014
Piano · In studio

My 12 year old daughter loves her lessons with Glynis! My daughter says she makes everything seem so simple during her lessons. Glynis is very patient when teaches and she has also been very helpful at accommodating our crazy work and school schedule. Glynis also was open to teaching my daughter a piano piece that we picked out. We really lucked out finding a great piano teacher!

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Nora R. Dec 2, 2013
Piano ·

Excellent Piano Teacher!

I love my piano class. I'm learning a lot. I'm happy with my teacher. She's fun and I love to hear her play the piano. I want to play like her. I'm thankful to have found a great piano teacher.

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