Vivienne Aerts

Vivienne A.

Brooklyn, NY

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Vivienne delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2001

Vocalist, pianist, composer, educator and producer Vivienne Aerts has an international performance experience performing on stages in The Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, and the US, sharing the stage with both national and international Jazz icons such as Lee Konitz, Kenny Werner, Chris Potter, John Patitucci, Joe Cohn and Florian Weber. In 2009, Vivienne released her first album “Roofgarden” in the Netherlands under her own label. Her second album “Polaroid” (a snappy Jazz a cappella EP) was released in 2012, recorded and produced with Australian electronic producer Geoff Baker.

During her studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston she worked with renowned Jazz artists such as Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci and Joanne Brackeen. In addition to her degree in Vocal Performance from Berklee, she also has a degree in Choir Directing and a Bachelor and Master's in Clinical Psychology from the Netherlands. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Berklee, Vivienne was hired to work for pianist Kenny Werner and the Berklee Effortless Mastery Institute, focussed on 'how to let the music play itself'.

Vivienne has been residing in New York City since April, 2015 where she gave a debut performance at the infamous Blue Note Jazz Club and is currently working on her third album. Her music is available on her website www.vivienneaerts.com and on Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon.

TEACHING STYLE
As a vocalist, composer, pianist and educator who is passionate about teaching, Vivienne believes in sharing her joy for music with students of all ages and she is adept in all styles of music. Vivienne has been teaching private piano and voice lessons all over Europe for the last 15 years. For the last five years, Vivienne has also been teaching songwriting and improvisation workshops at the University of Leiden (Netherlands) and at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Vivienne has a wide variety of students and lesson plans, from the absolute beginner to advanced and professional students. She is known for successfully preparing students for Berklee College of Music auditions since she has been a Berklee Student/Alumni Ambassador for several years.

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Experience

Assistant Kenny Werner - Berklee Effortless Mastery Institute
Sep 2014 - Present
Berklee College of Music

Choir Conductor
Sep 2007 - Present
various

Several choirs including; DAC Project Choir Rivierduinen (a mental health institution) (NL) (’11-current) / Shantykoor de Ringvaartzangers (’10-’12) Vocal coach Damesverband (’10-’12) / Girls’ choir ‘Leidse sleuteltjes (’09-’12) / Dutch pop choir ‘leedvermaak’ Leiden (’07-’12) / Jazz Close Harmony Group Vocalzz Delft (’07-’10)

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INDEPENDENT EDUCATOR
Jan 1995 - Present
various

Masterclasses at institutes like INHolland University, NL. Teaching and coaching private students (voice, piano, songwriting, mindful improvisation). Workshop week songwriting & recording and mindful Improvisation at Leiden University (Summer ’12’13’14’15’16, NL). Berklee College of Music.

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INDEPENDENT VOCALIST PERFORMER
Jan 1995 - Present
various

Performing internationally as a vocalist and composer, currently working on third album.

Education

Vocal performance
Jan 2012 - May 2014
Berklee College of Music
BA degree - Jazz and pop Choir Conducting
Sep 2009 - May 2011
Dutch Conservatory
BA + MA Clinical Psychology
Jan 2006 - May 2011
Leiden University, the Netherlands
Vocal performance
Sep 2006 - May 2009
Royal Conservatory The Hague and Codarts Rotterdam

Languages

Dutch
Fluent / Native Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Fulbright Scholar
Jan 2012
Fulbright
Zoetermeer Jazz Award
Sep 2010
Zoetermeer Jazz Award
Umbria jazz scholarship award
Jul 2007
Umbria jazz scholarship award

Photos & Videos

Original song by Vivienne Aerts
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Original song 'Why wouldn't you' by Vivienne Aerts
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Original song 'Smile' live performed by Vivienne Aerts and Jon Davis on the piano at Rockwood Music Hall, Nyc
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7 Reviews

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Karen Aug 10, 2017
Songwriting · Online

She's very knowledgeable and an expert in Songwriting. I learned so much!

Cathy Aug 10, 2017
Jazz Voice · In studio

Vivienne is a super professional, patient and knowledgeable teacher. We work on improvisation, jazz standards and vocal technique and I really love my lessons with her. Highly recommended!

Jude Aug 10, 2017
Vocal Training · Online

Vivienne is a very knowledgeable teacher and she helped me a lot with breathing techniques. I was astounded how effectively she could teach this through the computer. Thanks vivienne!

Elliott Griffin Mar 14, 2017
Piano ·

Just starting our 6 year old on piano lessons and Vivienne is incredibly patient and professional. Even after 4 lessons the basic fundamentals of reading music and becoming comfortable with the keys are apparent when he practices at home. Her home studio is super close to the subway station and there's a great playground right across the street for when you arrive early or afterwards. We plan on continuing his learning with Vivienne, she's fantastic!

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Jasmine Hill Jan 3, 2017
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Vivienne is amazing and really knows her stuff. She makes you feel comfortable and really puts a lot of attention into the homework she gives while you are outside of class.

Christian Cardinal Oct 14, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Vivienne is a great teacher and mentor with real life experience and she definitely knows her Theory!!!

Would definitely recommend to anyone, beginner or expert, looking to improve vocal resonance and overall singing abilities.

Ted Steinebach Aug 11, 2016
Jazz Voice ·

Viv is a true professional during my lessons with her. Right from the start, she knew precizely what to work on and I've gained so much more self confidence and steadyness in my voice!

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