Senobia Smith West

Senobia S.

Manassas, VA
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Lesson Details

Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Students can expect to advance their musicianship skills in note reading, ear training, and sight singing, all while learning the Music Theory.
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About

Senobia passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Senobia delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2008

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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Experience

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

Education

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

Languages

French
Limited Proficiency
Italian
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

CCM Institute 2018
Jul 2018
Shenandoah University

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

CPR
Jan 2016
American Red Cross

Infant, and Adult CPR Certified

Vocal Performance
Dec 2009
The Ohio State University

Awards

US Army Good Conduct Medal
Jul 2013
US Army
US Army Service Medal
Jul 2010
US Army

Affiliations

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.

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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.

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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.

Photos & Videos

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Performing "Im here" from the Color Purple at the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute
Military Event
Performing Summertime wit Orchestra at a Private Event
Before a performance with the Shenandoah University Big Band

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Waiting to go on stage with the US Army Band for the Holiday Concert

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7 Reviews

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Simone B. Sep 17, 2018
Vocal Training · In studio

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.

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Jade Aug 10, 2018
Classical Voice · In studio

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.

Elizabeth P. Jun 24, 2018
Singing · In studio

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

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Kevin Q. May 2, 2018
Singing · In studio

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.

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Dezerie Apr 29, 2018
Singing · In home

Great working on breathing while singing.

Jamie Apr 3, 2018
Vocal Training · In home

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.

Ashley Apr 3, 2018
Jazz Voice · In studio

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.

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