Member Information

Afton Hefley

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Personal Statement/Bio:

I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to pursue a more active career in music. I've studied music since I was 6 years old and haven't stopped since. I started with private piano lessons at 6, graduated to the flute in middle school, private vocal instruction from 16 on, and I essentially taught myself guitar for 11 years now.

Not a day goes by when I don't play some sort of instrument or am humming or whistling a tune. Music is a huge part of my life and feel that I need to share my knowledge and love for it with as many people as possible just as so many influential people in my life did for me. I've had amazing opportunities and am surrounded by renowned musicians who inspire me daily of which I am so grateful for.

I like to create an organic and personalized experience for all my students.

Education/Training:

Private tutelage:
Piano - 20 years
Flute - 7 years
Guitar - 11 years
Voice - 10 years
(all ranging from classical to contemporary)

Schooling:
-Tulsa Union High School, 2000-2004, choir, band, and orchestra
-Oklahoma City University, 2004 (one semester), for Vocal Music Education with Piano Emphasis
-The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences, 2006, in Tempe, AZ for technical degree in Audio Engineering and Music Business
-Berklee Music Online, 2009, Jazz Guitar
-American Orff-Schulwerk certified teacher from Chapman University, 2009

Teaching Philosophy:

I incorporate classical (tonal harmony) and contemporary music theory as well as ear training/aural theory into every lesson. This prepares the student to have a wide range and ability to play numerous instruments and essentially write or compose. I like to explore composition with my students and give them the building blocks to create on their own. We will sporadically have composition projects that we will work on in lessons and as homework. I often structure my lessons around the Orff-Schulwerk method by using speech, movement, singing, & body percussion. I am certified to teach the Orff-Sculwerk method from Chapman University. I will frequently use the Kodaly, Dalcroze, and Suzuki methods depending on the students own unique way of learning. I like to keep a healthy balance of these methods while honoring the student's unique learning style to help them become well rounded musicians who can adapt in any musical setting. I also teach beginning to intermediate levels of guitar, voice, and flute.

Music Programs:

* NBDA All-District 8th & 9th Grade Symphonic Band, 2000-2001 - Flute
* Church choirs, bell choirs, and soloist in OK, AZ, and CA
* All-OMEA State Mixed Chorus - Soprano I, 2002 - 2003
* All-OMEA State Mixed Chorus - Soprano I, 2003 - 2004
* Oklahoma University Honors Chorus, 2003
* Member/Soloist in YAVE (Young Adult Vocal Ensemble) at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Tulsa, OK, 2004 - 2005
* Women's Audio Mission
* Member/Soloist in Pasadena Pro Musica, 2007 - present
* Owner at Notfa Music as session musician, 2006 - present


Cancellation Policy:

If a lesson needs to be cancelled or rescheduled, the latest to do so is 24 hours prior. Failure to do so will result in a full charge. Please call or e-mail.

Promotions:

Books are normally provided by the teacher unless it’s a specialty book.

Lesson materials including instruments, instrument accessories, notebooks, etc. must be provided by the student.

About My Lessons:

Instruments:
Guitar, Piano, Flute, Voice

Genres:
Alternative, Chamber, Choral, Classical, Folk, Opera, Pop, Rock

Student Levels:
Intermediate, Beginner, Advanced

Ages Taught:
7 to 99

Lesson Held at:
Students Home

References:
Yes

Rates:
Contact For Rates

Years Teaching:
6