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Ashley M.

(800) 417-4620

4.8 out of 5 (5 student reviews)

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Voice Teacher

Influences: Lucia Popp, Diana Damrau, Anna Netrebko, Dawn Upshaw, Beverly Sills, Kristin Chenowith, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, The Andrews Sisters, The Civil Wars, Sarah McLachlan, Sara Bareilles, Dolly Parton, Mindy Smith, Sarah Evans, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Adele, Michael Jackson, and many, many more artists! I have had experience on both concert and theatre stages in Musical Theatre and Classical singing, have been a hired Jazz, Pop, and Classical singer, and am highly trained in Classical and Operatic singing.

Piano Teacher

Influences: Educated in music theory and basic piano skills

About Me:
I am currently working on a second Master's Degree in Vocal Performance, as well as an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy at NYU Steinhardt.
Music, to me, is much more than notes on a page- it is an universal means of expression and has the potential to touch people in different ways, performer and audience alike. Because of this perspective, I enjoy working on character analysis through both text study and musical focus. The basis of my technical approach is predominantly centered on breathing. I appreciate a wide variety of genres and welcome students to bring in music that they are interested in learning. I cater to each student's expectations in taking lessons, as well as their individual technical, musical, and performing needs.

Elementary School, Pre-teen, Teenage, Adult

To inquire about lessons with Ashley, please fill out the Inquiry Form on this page, or call us at (800) 417-4620.


  • Professional vocalist for an array of events, including weddings, funerals, church services, commencement and Baccalaureate ceremonies, alumni dinners, and sporting events in both New York and Illinois. [2006 - 2014]
  • Choir Minor co-teacher and a Unit Director of high and middle school campers at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. [2014 - 2014]
  • Adjunct Professor of voice lessons to non-major undergraduate students at New York University Steinhardt. [2013 - 2014]
  • Choir Minor teacher and a cabin counselor of middle and late-elementary school campers at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. [2013 - 2013]
  • Teacher of private voice lessons to community members and students in the Charleston, IL area. [2009 - 2013]
  • Business manager for the Eastern Symphony Orchestra, Concert Choir, and University Mixed Chorus of Eastern Illinois University. [2011 - 2013]
  • Substitute teacher of a variety of subjects including choir, general music, foreign language, religion, mathematics, and study hall in the Rockford and Charleston, Illinois School Districts. [2010 - 2012]
  • Participant in Music in the Marche, a summer opera program that takes place in Italy. [2012 - 2012]
  • Participant of Musical Theatre and Opera workshops throughout my time in both Illinois and New York universities. [2007 - 2013]
  • Volunteer Performer in a variety of roles at Starlight Theater, a community theater based in Rockford, IL. [2006 - 2011]


  • Degreee is in progress, Classical Voice (Master of Music ), New York University
  • Degreee is in progress, Vocal Pedagogy (Advanced Certificate), New York University
  • Graduated, Vocal Performance and Literature (Master of Arts ), Eastern Illinois University [2014]
  • Graduated, Music Education, Vocal (Bachelor of Music ), Eastern Illinois University [2010]

Studied With:

  • Rosa Vento [2013 - 2014]
  • Dr. Marilyn J. Coles [2006 - 2013]

Seminars and Workshops Attended:

  • Science of the Voice, 2nd International Voice Symposium [2014]
  • Dianna Heldman, New York University [2013]
  • Dr. Seth Killen, Eastern Illinois University [2012]
  • Matthew Polenzani , Eastern Illinois University [2010]
  • Brian Downen, Eastern Illinois University [2008]


  • K-12 Teaching Certificate, Eastern Illinois University [2010]


  • Dean's Scholarship - New York University [2014]
  • Adjunct Professorship - New York University, Steinhardt [2013]
  • Selected Paper Presenter at the Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference - Newberry Library, Chicago [2013]
  • Award for Excellence in Student Research - Mary J. Booth Library, EIU [2012]
  • Graduate Assistantship - Eastern Illinois University [2011]
  • Cum Laude - Eastern Illinois University [2010]
  • Golden Lyre Award - Eastern Illinois University [2009]
  • Talented Student Award - Eastern Illinois University [2006]

Recent Performances:

  • Romance, NYU Opera Scenes [December, 2014]
  • Lessons and Carols Concert, St. Francis Xavier [December, 2014]
  • Staff Showcase Recital, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp [August, 2014]
  • Lessons and Carols Concert, St. Francis Xavier [December, 2013]
  • Night Caps, NYU Opera Scenes [October, 2013]
  • Staff Showcase Recital, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp [August, 2013]
  • Departmental Honors Recital, EIU [May, 2013]
  • Graduate Recital, EIU [April, 2013]
  • Mozart's Women, EIU Opera Scenes [October, 2012]
  • Non-Degree Recital, EIU [April, 2012]
  • Hansel and Gretel, EIU Opera [October, 2011]


  • Dean's Scholarship [2014]
  • Talented Student Award [2006 - 2010]
  • Golden Lyre Award [2009 - 2010]

Student Reviews for Ashley

4.8 out of 5 (5 reviews)
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4 out of 5 Great - September 1, 2014

By Adan, Voice Lessons

Very helpful and encouraging teacher. Helped me a lot.

5 out of 5 Voice Lessons with Ashley - August 25, 2014

By Gwen, Voice Lessons

I had an amazing experience taking private lessons with Ashley through the NYU Steinhardt non-major voice program. Ashley is super positive and encouraging, she made me feel comfortable in every lesson. I feel that I improved by leaps in bounds - both because of the wide variety of constructive warm-ups and exercises she added to my toolbox, and the supportive environment she created in the practice room every day.

5 out of 5 Excellent Experience - August 22, 2014

By Avital, Voice Lessons

Ashley is a wonderful teacher. She's very patient and very knowledgeable. She's also easygoing and makes you feel comfortable, and she tailors the strategies she uses based on your needs and abilities.

5 out of 5 Great instructor - August 21, 2014

By Kat, Voice Lessons

Ashley was a wonderful vocal instructor, and it's apparent how knowledgable and passionate she is about music. She spends the time to cater to individual students learning styles and needs. She was fun to work with and clear her about expectations! Her approach in teaching music, not only focuses on the vocal aspects of music, but also in the the creation and understanding of the lyrics and notes.

5 out of 5 Good Work! - August 21, 2014

By Annella Kaine, Voice Lessons

Ashley was a great teacher - very kind and seemed to move at a pace tailored to arc individual student. She gave helpful exercises for practicing outside of class. She asks to hears your thoughts on your progress and explains what she is trying to accomplish as opposed to just telling you to do this or that with a reason why.

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