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 Acadeny of Performing Arts - Roland Wyatt.
Having performed in and directed many jazz ensembles, musicals, non musical 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 for educational or professional purposes. A student of psychology and theology, I enjoy helping each student uncover their God given talents without imposing my own style on them, but rather to develop each one's unique individual gifts.
I look forward to building up my teaching and performing life here in Minneapolis using my effective eight-part method, drawn from many years of professional performing and study opportunity from exceptional teachers, privately, in groups, and master classes. Having just moved from Seattle to Minneapolis on February 27th 2018 I'm eager to accept new students.
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.
In my teaching, I enjoy tayloring many effective exercises games and materials from over 50 years of study to individual needs, while continuing to learn more new ways to get our desired results.
Though I am a strong believer in God's sovereignty, I never expect others to share my beliefs and respect wherever they are in their own creative and spiritual journeys, bringing out the best in each person, whatever their beliefs. My strong faith in, repect and love for people of all backgrounds and cultures is my greatest strength and I have been blessed to see many of my students blossom in wonderful ways while and after working with them.
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.
In home connects with student & invested in the transfer of musical knowledge
Abby is a very hard worker and enthusiastic teacher. She puts her heart into her work. She has much experience teaching ESL for many years.
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 an average 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 real 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 this lesson, such as developing vocal range/tone/power/musicality and/or stage movement, analyzing a dramatic/comedic script or character, or preparing an audition .
- 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 flautists),world renouwned 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 ! completed (Propodeuse) secondary English Teaching Certificate.
My average price per 1hr. is $50, ($37.50-3/4 hr.) plus transportation costs when traveling to students. Lessons scheduled for one hour can run up to 90 minutes by both the student's need and both of our time constraints.
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