Abby's Performing Arts, ESL, Mental Health/ministry

Abby's Performing Arts, ESL, Mental Health/ministry

5.0 (10)
5 hires on
1 employee
43 years in business

About this pro

A seasoned performer and educator in the performing arts, with an emphasis on singing, acting, and flute since 1976, as well as ESL since 2000, I have worked many years in San Francisco, Seattle, and throughout Europe, teaching and leading all student ages and levels. With a BA in theatre arts minoring in music, I've also studied privately with some of the greatest artists of our time including Bobby McFerrin, Mark Murphy, Eve Roberts, Broadway's Adrian West, Davida Kagan, Paul Horn, Minneapolis Chamber Orch. flutist Adele Zeitlin, and the vocal coach of the Manhattan Transfer/former head of NYC Academy of Performing Arts - Roland Wyatt.

Having performed in and directed many jazz ensembles, musicals, legit theater Productions, independent film and recording projects, I also coached my 2 daughters, Daavia and Shena van Spronsen, as well as several other students to become professional singers/actors in the Netherlands and USA. Other than performing musical theater, jazz, classical, and gospel genres, nothing gives me more pleasure than to help others achieve their PA or English language development goals, whether personally and/or professionally.

A student of psychology and theology, I enjoy helping each student uncover their God given talents without imposing my own style or beliefs on them, but rather to develop each one's unique individual gifts as they wish.

I look forward to building up my work here in the Phoenix area using my effective eight-part teaching method, drawn from many years of experience. 

 Helping others develop and enjoy their own creative abilities is one of my favorite things to do in life. I get much satisfaction from being even a small part of any student's personal and/or professional growth, revealing how much they can accomplish as they fully explore all of their inevitable gifts. Since my faith has been life saving for me, I know all obstacles to our dreams can be overcome.

In my teaching, I enjoy tayloring many effective exercises games and materials from over 50 years of performing and study to diverse individual needs, while continuing to learn more new ways to get our desired results. My respect and love for people of all backgrounds and cultures has blessed me to contribute to the lives of many of my students, who blossom in wonderful unexpected ways.

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Chandler, AZ 85286
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10 Reviews


  • Grace

    Abby was always able to see my true potential even when I was unable to and doubted myself.

  • Lisa Silmser

    Ms. Abby is very responsive and works to be sure that our daughter is getting exactly what she needs from her lessons. Musically, we have seen her grow in technique and confidence during her time with Ms. Abby.

  • Linda Roloff

    Abby is awesome. She is working with my daughter. My daughter has developed so much more confidence in both her singing and acting ability in only a few sessions. She has one more to go and Abby is going to show.

  • Faith Jara

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I tell new students that the first " getting acquainted" lesson will either be 1/2 hour longer than the rest, or if preferred, they can answer some background and goal oriented questions by phone before starting. Depending on the age, experience, level, and goals of the student, lessons run from 45 to 90 minutes, with a minimum of once per week. Though professional coaching sessions can also be biweekly, monthly, or when needed to be arranged (TBA), regular weekly lessons are usually needed to experience any tangible progress.

The first 1 to 6 lessons are to explain, demonstrate, and experience the basic techniques and theories needed, varying according to the student's level, goals, and/or abilities to grasp the material. This includes a combination of physical, emotional, and creative/imaginative exercises designed to achieve the particular goal for each lesson, such as developing vocal range/tone/power/musicality and/or stage movement, analyzing a dramatic/comedic song,script, or character, or preparing for an audition .    

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

- B.A. in theater Arts/music from minor San Francisco State University

- Private study with jazz/classical artists Sidney and Adele Zeitlin (Minneapolis/St. Paul SO flutists),world renowned  jazz singer/director St. Paul Symphony Orch. - Bobby McFerrin, jazz vocalist and flutist- Mark Murphy, Paul Horn,  Broadway and SF/Seattle opera stars- Davida Kagan, David Tigner, NYC Academy of Dramatic Arts voice dept. chairman/coach of Manhattan Transfer- Roland Wyatt, and many more.

- ESL certified, Harmony Road Toddler music teaching certified, College level Dutch as Second Language - Diploma, Phase I completed (Propodeuse) secondary English Teaching Certificate.  

Ms in mental health and ministry to be completed 12/18/19 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My average price per lesson (1hr.+) is $50, ($40 - 3/4 hr.), for beginning students under 12 ($30 - 1.2 hr.) plus transportation costs when traveling up to 25 miles to students. 

How did you get started teaching?

Born into a vaudevillian family, after singing all my life and  playing flute from ages 13 to 17 in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras and summer camps under Maestro Vilem Sokol, I began teaching flute privately. By then, I had sung chorus and leads in 5 community theater musicals. After UW roles, Theater Arts BA from SFSU, summer stock at PCPA, ACT, and vocal study breakthroughs from top professionals, I taught popular and jazz voice/flute at Blue Bear School of Music from 1976 to 1981. While Continually performing myself, I have always taught and directed performers, also giving lessons in English, ESL, math, and public speaking, in Seattle, the Netherlands, Minnesota, and now in Arizona.

Lessons offered

Acting Classes Choir Teachers Child Acting Lessons Improv Acting Classes Jazz Dancing Classes Shakespearean Acting Classes Scene Study Classes Speaking Voice Training Spoken Word Lessons Stage Performance Training Theater Acting Classes Voice Acting Classes Arrangement And Composition Lessons Audition Prep Lessons Broadway Singing Lessons Christian Gospel Lessons Classical Voice Lessons Composition Lessons Ear Training Lessons Flute Lessons