Kelly Ash

Kelly A.

Seattle, WA

About Kelly A.

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Kelly teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: January 2007
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After years of teaching all levels, and many different styles of voice and piano lessons, I can tell you this-- I LOVE teaching! My students have ranged from 5 to 65, from classical piano, or jazz/pop piano, to pop/rock/jazz singing, to songwriting and/or ear-training, and no matter what we always have a great time. I guarantee that in our lessons, you will see progress almost immediately... but above all, learning music is FUN! A little extra info....
**In 2012 I finished a Masters degree at NYU in Jazz Studies, and recorded an album of some jazz, folk, and original music.
**I perform in New York City and Seattle, and I tour with my band a few times each year
**I taught jazz piano and voice lessons for four years at NYU and also through the New York Jazz Academy and Brooklyn Music Factory, from beginning to advanced, classical, pop or jazz -- and I teach rock bands how to learn music by ear and have fun playing with other people! I have also been teaching privately (independent home studio) since 2007.
**I organize and teach vocal workshop classes, where singers can learn how to work with a band.
**I joined the Cornish College of the Arts adjunct jazz faculty in Spring 2015!

I moved back to Seattle in April 2014 after being in NYC for four years -- completing my Master of Music degree (NYU), living, teaching, and performing in Brooklyn and Manhattan. NYC was amazing, and I'd love to share with you all of the cool things I picked up during my time there. From 2005-2010, I lived in Seattle and taught music lessons. I graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in Jazz Performance (voice) and performed a lot around Seattle-- from jazz clubs to concert halls-- performing pop, rock, soul, jazz and even working in a Steely Dan Tribute Band!! (your parents might appreciate that more than you do)

More than anything, I'm fascinated by the different ways that students learn and always love figuring out what kind of learning works best for YOU.

*** Lesson Details ***
I love watching my students progress and enjoy their music, no matter what style they enjoy or what level they are. I work with students to pick out music that they'll enjoy working on-- it's always more fun to learn songs you love!
I'm a pretty laid back teacher, but I work to inspire my students to try their hardest and do the best that they can do. I will provide you will the exercises, materials, and right level of songs to help you meet your goals, and together we can create a plan for our lessons.

In our lessons we will cover a variety of topics, including:

--Strong, Healthy TECHNIQUE so that you can gain a command of your instrument and play or sing whatever you choose. Through various EXERCISES you will develop strength, control, musicianship, and good habits.
It is important to develop a healthy technique so that you can sing whatever you want without getting fatigued or injuring your voice. We'll work on developing strong technique and finding your own unique SOUND-- we'll choose music that is right for your vocal style and music that YOU connect with so you can really express yourself.
No matter whether you want to play classical, pop, or jazz, you'll want your fingers to be strong and agile enough to get the sound that you want out of the instrument. With good technique you can play anything!

--Rhythm, subdivision, and groove

--Ear-training & Music Theory (chord qualities, pitch matching, easy transcription)

--Building your REPERTOIRE so that you have songs to play, and discussing techniques specific to each style of music you study

--Arranging or Communicating with a band (if that is something which interests you)

--Performance considerations.... developing confidence and personal expression!

My goal is to inspire students to play their instruments (or sing!), develop good habits and encourage healthy curiosity..... but most of all to Love Playing Music! 

*** Studio Equipment ***
full music room with 88 f/w keyboard with music stand, amp, microphone (if applicable), acoustic guitar, seating for parents.

I will provide lesson plans and corresponding handouts, exercises, examples, etc. If the student is taking piano lessons they should have access to a keyboard or piano at home. I also have a vocal microphone & amp to work on microphone technique.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz/pop piano and voice, and have a strong background in classical and jazz theory and technique. I typically design curricula which include technical exercises from my classical background and then focus stylistically on the genre that the student is interested in. I have extensive experience both performing and teaching in many jazz, pop, rock and soul styles-- I try to help the student find their unique voice while establishing a strong foundation of healthy technique.

Photos and Videos

"Do Not As I Do," original arrangement - Kelly Ash Band @ The Ellen Theatre, Bozeman, MT - July 2012


Jazz Faculty
Jan 2015 - Present
Jazz Night School - Seattle

Teaching jazz classes: Singing with Jazz Trio; Essential Skills for Jazz Vocalists; Beginning Arranging for Small Combo. Also offering private instruction.

Jazz Voice Faculty
Nov 2014 - Present
Cornish College of the Arts

Teaching private lessons (jazz voice) to undergraduate majors, as well as a vocal technique/artistry and music business course for ALL freshman vocalists (called "VOX"). Also teaching vocalists how to work with other musicians (band) to develop repertoire, musicianship, and style.

Jazz Voice Faculty
Apr 2012 - Apr 2015
New York Jazz Academy

Taught private lessons, vocal jazz workshops, small group classes, and summer workshops. Designed a comprehensive vocal jazz curriculum including ear training, rhythm/groove, musicianship, theory, and piano skills specifically designed for singers.

Jazz/Pop Piano & Voice Adjunct Faculty
Sep 2010 - Apr 2015
New York University

Taught private jazz/pop piano and voice lessons (and had some NYU students taking Skype lessons after I moved back to Seattle)

Voice Class - Adjunct Faculty
Sep 2013 - Apr 2014
LaGuardia Community College

Taught Voice Class (I/ II/ III) at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, NYC. Students focus on learning healthy vocal techniques, musicianship, reading/writing music, and developing style in pop/rock/R&B and contemporary music.

Voice Faculty/ Pop Band Instructor
Sep 2013 - Apr 2014
Brooklyn Music Factory

Taught private lessons and small-group pop/rock band classes through the unique, game-based teaching method at Brooklyn Music Factory. Our mission is to provide students with the tools they need to make music with others -- through fun, effective music-learning games. Six Key Musical Concepts each student develops: Groove - Melody - Harmony - Reading/Writing - Improvisation/Composition - Lyrics/Form


Master of Music - Jazz Performance
Sep 2010 - May 2012
New York University
Bachelor of Music - Vocal Jazz Performance
Aug 2005 - May 2008
Cornish College of the Arts
Associate of Music - Jazz Performance (did not matriculate)
Jan 2005 - Jun 2005
Southwestern Community College - School for Music Vocations

Languages Spoken

Limited Proficiency


Level I Certified - Somatic VoiceWork (™)
May 2013
Somatic VoiceWork(™) The Lovetri Method

an integrated method of singing training which uses voice science and vocal function to train singers to use their voices in any style -- but especially pop/rock and contemporary (non-classical) music.


Seattle-Kobe Jazz Vocalist Competition
Feb 2010
Seattle-Kobe Sister City Foundation


Jazz Education Network
Oct 2012

JEN was formed in 2008 to help bring together the jazz arts community. It hosts an annual conference with concerts presented by students and professionals, a student jazz festival, workshops, research presentations and an exhibition area with manufacturers, retailers, schools and other jazz related organizations. JEN also offers many educational programs, from an outreach program, to mentoring and scholarships.

27 Reviews on Kelly A.

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Ada Jun 22, 2017
· Singing · In studio Like her a lot.
Ada Jun 22, 2017
· Singing · In studio She is good.
Phaniraj Jun 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio Amazing Instructor. I leant a lot in a single class and looking forward to lean more from her.
Brittney H. Apr 3, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home She has talent n great techniques coupled wid education n experience!
Kim Jan 23, 2017
· Singing · In home Kelly was super enthusiastic about what she was teaching and helped a lot. I learned up to 5 things in one lesson--her breathing exercises and warm-ups were really great.

would recommend!!! -Alex (9 years old)
Yingdan Oct 22, 2016
· Piano · In studio As a beginner, I feel happy about what I have learned after 4 lessons with Kelly. I have made some progress and have the confidence that I will play well sometime soon.
Andrea Oct 8, 2016
· Singing · In studio I had a great time at my first lesson.
Ava G. Aug 17, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio Amazing, relevant and able to relate to my 8 year old and immediately be someone she looks up to. Highly recommended!
Lauren Jul 17, 2016
· Singing · In studio Kelly was knowledgable and friendly. I was nervous for my first lesson but she put me at ease.
Scott S. Apr 11, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio After meeting with Kelly and doing some voice exercises, I am certain that she can help me reach my goals. Kelly instils a healthy approach which will surely build confidence in any singer.
Thank You Kelly for your time.
- Scott
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