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Voice lessons at

seattle jazz academy

Are you ready to unleash the power of your voice? Whether you aspire to hit soaring high notes, belt out soul-stirring ballads, or navigate intricate vocal runs with ease, the stage is set for you at Seattle Jazz Academy. Our voice lessons are tailored to cater to all levels, from beginners seeking to find their voice to seasoned vocalists aiming to refine their skills. Under the expert guidance of our talented instructors, you will embark on a transformative musical adventure, honing your vocal techniques, developing your unique style, and exploring the vast realms of vocal expression. Join us at Seattle Jazz Academy and discover the untapped potential within your voice. Get ready to captivate audiences, tell stories through song, and let your voice be the instrument that leaves an indelible mark on the world. The spotlight awaits you - are you ready to take center stage?

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Alex Baird

Voice Instructor

Alex was born & raised in Seattle, Washington, singing and playing piano from age 7. She spent three years in the Onions, one of Seattle’s finest high school vocal jazz groups at Seattle Academy, and played saxophone and piano in jazz band. Her father is local dueling piano player, Robert Baird, and her maternal grandmother, Peggi Griffith, was a singer in the 1950s-1960s, performing with Overton Barry, among others. Alex’s career has been highlighted by her releasing her first album, Lemon Tree, in May 2022, under Next Records, which now has over 1M listens on Spotify, and her experience performing as a guest artist at the Kobe Jazz Festival in Kobe, Japan, 2018, accomplished by her winning the adult division of the Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association Jazz Competition at Jazz Alley. One of her personal favorite experiences is returning to perform holiday music at the West Seattle Thriftway grocery store every year. 

 

Alex graduated with honors from the University of Northern Colorado 2020 with a B.M. in Jazz Studies, with a certificate in Music Technology and a minor in French. She was a member of two Downbeat-winning vocal jazz groups, NoCoVo and Vocal Lab in the esteemed jazz program at UNCo, and has studied with musicians including Kerry Marsh, Julia Dollison, Lauren Kinhan, Sara Gazarek, and more. She currently teaches, occasionally adjudicates festivals, and works with high school groups, and she performs regularly in Seattle solo, duo, and with bands including the Blue Wave Band and Nearly Dan. 

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Monica Parshotam

Voice Instructor

Monica Parshotam is a performer, songwriter, vocalist, and pianist from Seattle, WA. She began studying music at age five with classical and contemporary piano before discovering passions for composition, songwriting, vocal performance, and theater. Monica has performed as a solo artist and in numerous bands for over ten years, playing a vast range of genres from jazz, soul, and R&B to folk, rock, and musical theater. She is currently a band leader, keyboardist, and lead vocalist for collaborative seven piece neo-soul band, Hard Maybe, performing and touring regularly across the west coast.

 

Monica graduated from Western Washington University with focuses in music, theater, audio technology, and education & social justice. She has coached at multiple youth arts programs such as Bellingham Girls Rock Camp, Bellingham Children’s Theater, and LaVenture Middle School’s Migrant Leaders Club, encouraging performance and music as tools for self-empowerment. Through teaching Monica hopes to instill a sense of curiosity and perseverance in her students while exploring musical possibilities, concepts, and skill building. She believes in a holistic approach to learning music, and seeks to establish within each of her students a strong musical intuition, grounded understanding of music theory, and cognitive flexibility when it comes to playing jazz. 

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