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Portuguese

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

Are you looking to quickly learn and communicate in Portuguese? Are you traveling abroad to Brazil and need to speak to people for business or school? My courses in Brazilian Portuguese language immersion will teach you the basics of conjugation and vocabulary specific to conversational Portuguese that will get you far on your travels. With over ten years of experience in the study of Latin languages, and personal immersion experiences in Brazil and Mozambique, I've been able to hone and master the craft of learning language through immersion. I learned to speak Portuguese fluently in less than two months, and you can too! Let's get off book and into the beautiful, dynamic culture of Brazil!

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Kaya delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+

Teaching since:
2013

Hi!

I’m Kaya. I am a professional singer and entertainer, specializing in Jazz Music and Education. For five years I have played in a band singing in multiple languages such as Spanish and Portuguese, spanning genres such as Jazz, Gospel, Soul, Blues, Folk, R&B, Rock, Bossa Nova and Samba. I have a bachelor’s degree in Political Theory with a specialization in Latin languages and vocal performance. I play classical piano and classical guitar, in addition to vocal performance I have studied bossa nova rhythm guitar. I currently am teaching a residency to young students in Thailand called: "Voice and Rhythm"

I am a native New Yorker who grew up around people who spoke many languages from all over the globe. I am not a native speaker in Spanish or Portuguese, and so many of my peers would ask me: how is it you learned to speak these languages so quickly and so fluently? The trick to learning a new language begins with confidence. Just like learning a new instrument, you don’t want to allow the mechanism of your tool to trip you up when you want to communicate. Through techniques of active listening, immersion, and cultural integration, I have been successful at teaching students how to blossom within a new language, culture, and music.

Paulo Freire, Brazilian author of a critically acclaimed book on pedagogy once said: “The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.” When I teach, I like my students to be able to experience their own creativity within a new context, learning more about themselves through new eyes and perspective.

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Experience

Resident Artist/Music Educator
Aug 2019 - Present
Constellation Artist Program

Private Vocal Instructor
Jan 2017 - Present
Inner Voice

Vocal Instructor
Jun 2019 - Jun 2019
Girls Rock

Music Software Instructor
Jun 2013 - Aug 2013
Boy and Girls Club


Education

Political Theory
Aug 2007 - May 2011
University of Virginia

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Portuguese
Professional Proficiency
Spanish
Professional Proficiency

Affiliations

ASCAP
Jan 2011

ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.

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Your journey to conversational Brazilian Portuguese begins here!
Photo by Kaya B.
Photo by Kaya B.
"Voice and Rhythm" teaching residency
New York, New York

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Performance at the Emelin Theater
Kaya Nicole & Samba Soul

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Photo by Kaya B.

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