Kelly Ash

Kelly A.

Seattle, WA

About Kelly A.

Kelly teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: January 2007
Last sign in: Today

Overview

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, 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 just finished a new 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 for six years out of my home.
**I organize and teach vocal workshop classes, where singers can learn how to work with a band.
**I am joining 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 assess 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.
(Vocalists:)
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.
(Pianists):
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), seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
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. Where appropriate I can also bring a vocal microphone 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 a curricula which includes 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

Experience

Jazz Faculty

Jan 2015 - Present
Seattle Jazz Night School

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 - Present
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 - Present
New York University

Taught private lessons (still have some NYU students taking Skype lessons)

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

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.

Education

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

Jan 2005 - Jun 2005
Southwestern Community College - School for Music Vocations

Languages Spoken

Italian

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

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.

Awards

Seattle-Kobe Jazz Vocalist Competition

Feb 2010
Seattle-Kobe Sister City Foundation

Affiliations

Jazz Education Network

Oct 2012
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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.

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22 Reviews on Kelly A.

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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.
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Andrea Oct 8, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I had a great time at my first lesson.
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Ava G. Aug 17, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
Amazing, relevant and able to relate to my 8 year old and immediately be someone she looks up to. Highly recommended!
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Lauren Jul 17, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Kelly was knowledgable and friendly. I was nervous for my first lesson but she put me at ease.
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Scott S. Apr 11, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
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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Danielle Hyatt Mar 21, 2016
Ear Training · In studio
Verified Student
We worked on technical exercises that focused on the intonation areas I wanted to improve. I have a lot to practice.
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Saher P. Mar 13, 2016
Songwriting · In studio
Verified Student
Kelly keeps my 12 daughter energized about song writing!
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Daphne S. Jan 27, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Kelly has been working with my 10 year old daughter. Kelly brings enthusiasm and knowledge to each lesson creating an atmosphere of fun and learning. She's great!
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Hailund P. Jan 12, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
It was my first voice lesson with Kelly and the overall experience was a positive one. I look forward to working with her on a weekly basis.
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Teresa Basich Nov 15, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Kelly is fantastic to work with! She obviously knows her stuff and has helped me break out of my comfort zone a bit in just the few lessons we've had. After years away from music, I'm glad to be getting back on track and am thrilled to have Kelly as my guide.
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