Senobia Smith West

Senobia S.

Manassas, VA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am an experienced performer and teacher of 16 years. Our lessons together are customized and catered to the needs and goals of you. Not only will you be singing your favorite style of songs in no time, but you will be building a great foundation for ear training, sight reading, technique, and more. Let's get started, shoot me a message to see if we are a great match!

About Senobia S.

I am a professional singer from Columbus, Ohio. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Musicology, specializing in Classical Voice Performance.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. My versatility, experience, and formal training help me to make the learning experience easy, stress-free and fun.Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach piano students of all different ages mostly beginner piano. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, to learn how to play contemporary music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student.

My personal passion is Jazz music but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician! Currently, I sing for two different Big Bands that gig around Winchester, VA. gigging regularly & produce artists for their own projects. I spent much of the past 7 years performing and touring Colorado, Alaska, and now Virginia.

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Madison L.
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My daughter had her first lesson this evening. Senobia is fantastic and my daughter really enjoyed her session. We will continue to use her. She gets to know what your goals are and really works to get you there.
Hands down, fantastic!

Posted Dec 3, 2018
Simone B.
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Senobia was knowledgeable and I appreciated her patience with my daughter as this was her first EVER vocal lesson. While my daughter was nervous, Senobia’s professional demeanor allowed my daughter to feel confident. She can’t wait for lesson 2.

Posted Sep 17, 2018
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She is the best voice teacher I've ever had! She brings me out of my comfort zone and teaches me safer techniques for singing that I never would have thought about. She makes me feel safe and allows me to shine with every class.

Posted Aug 10, 2018
Elizabeth P.
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Senobia, is a perfect teacher for my grandaughter. I only have mt grandaughter for 1 month and Senobia tailored her sessions to fit our needs and provide my grandaughter with the basics in singing along with pleasing songs to sing. My grandaughter will be able to build upon these lessons when she returns to her parents.

Thank you Senobia

Posted Jun 24, 2018
Kevin Q.
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I knew Senobia was the right teacher for me within moments of meeting her. She has a lightness of being that just melted away my nervousness about taking lessons.

As an adult beginner I really didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised at her ability to be both professional and fun at the same time. She makes sure I'm growing each lesson, but also stays sensitive to whatever unique challenges I may have. I see improvement in myself with each lesson, and have her to thank for the progress I'm starting to be proud of.

I would highly-recommend her to anyone. She is a professional, will make sure lessons are comfortable and fun, and is just all around a great person. I can tell she genuinely cares about my progress and growth, and I look forward to each new lesson.

Posted May 2, 2018
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Great working on breathing while singing.

Posted Apr 29, 2018
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I haven’t had much experience with singing but Senobia was still able to help me find my sound and style. She’s been very professional, and always punctual. I love working with her.

Posted Apr 3, 2018
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I came to Senobia specifically for her expertise in Contemporary music. I’ve been trying to branch out of classical and she helped me find the perfect music for my voice. I highly recommend her.

Posted Apr 3, 2018

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Lead Vocalist
Sep 2017 - Present

Yesterday Swing Orchestra

Lead Vocalist
Aug 2016 - Jun 2017

Fairbanks Community Jazz band

Professional Vocalist
Jul 2010 - Jul 2014

US Army


Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy - Contemporary Commercial Music
Aug 2017 - Present

Shenandoah University

BA Musicology specializing in Voice Performance
Aug 2005 - Dec 2009

The Ohio State University



Limited Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


CCM Institute 2018
Jul 2018

Shenandoah University

Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute Completed Sessions I, II, & III
Jan 2016

American Red Cross

Infant, and Adult CPR Certified
Vocal Performance
Dec 2009

The Ohio State University


US Army Good Conduct Medal
Jul 2013

US Army

US Army Service Medal
Jul 2010

US Army


National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jan 2019
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.
Voice Foundation
Aug 2018
The Voice Foundation is the world’s oldest and leading organization dedicated to voice research, medicine, science, and education.
Women In Music
Aug 2018
Women In Music is a non-profit organization with a mission to advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts through education, support, empowerment, and recognition. Our seminars, panels, showcases, achievement awards, and youth initiatives celebrate the female contribution to the music world, and strengthen community ties.
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Jul 2014
Through a variety of programs and services, VFW Foundation fills in governmental assistance gaps for troops abroad, military families back in the U.S. and America’s often-forgotten veterans. These programs support all branches of the military, are provided at no cost to the recipients and require no Veterans of Foreign Wars affiliation.
Army Bands Program
Nov 2011
Army Bands provide music throughout the spectrum of military operations to instill in our soldiers the will to fight and win, foster the support of our citizens, and promote our national interests at home and abroad.

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