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Adina Vlasov2020-12-31T12:43:57-05:00

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B.Mus (Humber) in-progress

Adina is a singer-songwriter based in Toronto completing her Bachelor of Music degree at Humber College in vocal performance. Trained classically in piano since the age of 5, she has branched out into pop and jazz as well.

Vocally she is well-versed in many genres including jazz (she loves to scat!), musical theatre, pop, singer-songwriter, country, R&B, and acappella. She has 7 years of choir experience in both chamber and jazz styles. Adina has been writing and singing original songs since the age of 12, and has two singles as well as an EP out on all platforms under the artist name Adina V.

She has performed all across southern Ontario singing with the Toronto All-Star Big Band, as well as at various venues in the GTA with her own jazz duos and trios. As a member of the Cawthra Park Chamber Choir she performed at Roy Thompson Hall with the TSO for two years in a row. At Humber College she is part of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble led by Lisa Martinelli; this group performs advanced repertoire at events like the Ontario Vocal Jazz Festival.

Adina has been teaching music for the past 7 years and loves helping students meet their personal goals while fostering a love of music that lasts forever!

Get to know Adina…Beyond the Bio!

Hobbies: reading, puzzles, video games, painting

Musical Influences: Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Doris Day, Joni Mitchell, Taylor Swift, John Mayer

Favourite Food: Pad Thai

Least favourite food: eggplant

Favourite music: Indie rock and folk

Favourite song: All I Need by Jacob Collier ft. Mahalia & Ty Dolla $ign

Favourite movie: Matilda

Favourite movie music: The Pirates of the Caribbean theme

Favourite Musical: Dear Evan Hansen or The Last Five Years

Best Quote from your teacher: “It’s an amazing and wonderful experience to be able to be intentional about, in the moment, making music”

Favourite Quote: “Even as we are, we are becoming”

Favourite Book: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy – Stieg Larsson

Best thing about teaching at ABC: Sharing and fostering a love of music with students of all ages

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Sunday, June 20th, 2021


Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day

What to practice: Beyblade Burst Turbo (piano and singing), March on D-E-F, Mister Bluebird

How to practice it most effectively: For March on D-E-F and Mister Bluebird, we are introducing treble clef notes D, E and F. Note which of these letters are in the spaces (D and F) and the lines (E). When we are stepping, like in these songs, on the staff notes will move from line to space or space to line. On the piano we just play the very next letter (up or down). These songs are just for RH! For Beyblade Burst Turbo, please try playing the chorus (“Gonna take the victory…”) with both RH and LH. The LH chords are:\

  • “Gonna take the victory” C major, G major
  • “Bursting out in overdrive” E minor, D major
  • “The warrior will take the lead” C major, G major
  • “Beyblade burst turbo” A major, B major

Then it repeats for the second half! Please remember that LH’s C major and E minor chords come in before the RH melody. You can try singing the melody with lyrics along with the RH melody (take LH out while singing just so you don’t have to focus on 3 things at once!).



Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes a day

What to practice: Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu

How to practice it most effectively: You can start off by playing this song hands separately – there is a lot of repetition in the melodic ideas! LH does the same 5th – step up pattern for almost the entire piece, you just have to check if the bottom note is G or low D. Remember that your accidentals last for a whole bar. G is the home note and our key for this piece – RH is often coming back to that 2nd treble clef line. There are many semitones in this song (like from A# to B, or F#-G-G#-A). As always, please try to follow the written fingerings, and use your clef sayings for the lines and spaces if you need help figuring out a note! Feel free to revisit songs like Rockin’ Robin or Bye, Bye, Love over the break. Thank you for your hard work and have a great summer!



Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15 minutes a day

What to practice: Old Uncle Bill, Love Somebody, reading ahead in your book!

How to practice it most effectively: For Old Uncle Bill, LH is playing together intervals (either a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th) while RH has the melody. RH make sure you hold your dotted half note while LH plays underneath. For Love Somebody, be really careful with the direction each hand is moving in when they play together. RH, do your best to play connected under the slurs. You’re absolutely ready to read ahead in your book this summer, as you move into playing with intervals like 5ths. Thank you for all your hard work and enjoy your summer break!

June 21st, 2021|

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021


Recommended minutes to practice: 10 minutes a day

What to practice: various warmups, My Girl, Butter, reviewing any old songs we’ve done as well as singing other favourite songs with lyric videos!

How to practice it most effectively: The warmups we have done include:

  • “ooh” unpitched slide (just start on a comfy middle note, and slide gently up and down, getting a little higher & lower each time)
  • “na na na” C-D-E, E-D-C warmup (then moving into other notes as the bottom note)
  • “ooh-ah-ooh” sliding warmup (can be small, C-E-C; or big C-G-C)

For My Girl, try to have a little, almost silent “H” before the “I”s so it’s gentler on your voice. In the chorus, the lead singer only does the first “My girl”, the other echos are background vocals. Note that the “hey, hey, hey”s are slightly different the 2nd time. If you do want to sing Butter along with the lyric video, just make sure you do a warmup that extends a few notes beyond C4 since that high note comes back again and again. Have a great summer break and thanks for singing with me!



Recommended minutes to practice: 10 minutes a day

What to practice: various warmups, Do a Deer, So Long Farewell, revisiting songs like Monster, If I Can’t Have You, Shake it Off as well as any others you enjoy, and songwriting!

How to practice it most effectively: The warmups we have done include:

  • skips warmup (C-E-G-E-C, then moving around to other notes as well) on “na na na” or “ma ma ma” (make sure the vowel is nice and open).
  • sliding down warmup (can do G to C, then moving down in your range) on “Hah” – the “H” at the beginning is important to achieve an open/forward sound quality.
  • singing a C major and G major scale (saying letters or saying do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do).

For Do a Deer, continue to sing the ends of phrases (like “sun”, “run”, etc) with open vowels. Make sure you end these long notes early enough that you have time to breathe before the next phrase. For So Long Farewell, please use the video I sent you so you also have the verse (the beginning part) of the song. The word “auf wiedersehen” is pronounced “aw-vee-der-sen”. For all those long tones near the end on “good-bye“, please make sure you get a nice big belly breath in before singing them. Thanks for all your hard work and enthusiasm in class – have a great summer!


June 22nd, 2021|

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021


Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20 minutes a day

What to practice: 5-note major warmup (going up), 3rds sliding warmup (going down), Loyal Brave and True (karaoke), Half-time Show

How to practice it most effectively: This week for your 5-note major vocal warmup, try using just the vowel “ah” (no consonants) and go up and back down. Please keep your vowel and throat nice and open to avoid any strain. The new warmup starts on E and C, with the top note playing first. You’ll start on “ya” then slide down to the lower note on an “ah”. Each time, the two notes move down by a semitone to the next closest note. For the beginning of the verses in Loyal Brave and True, your starting note is an A flat below middle C (pretty low! Try your best). Please play yourself this note before those sections. A section to isolate is on the word “loyal”, since there are many notes on the same vowel. This starts on middle C; try to sing this word/phrase slowly a few times before singing the full karaoke. Anytime there is the “wa-ter” or “ar-mor” melody, make sure you flip from your chest voice to your head voice for the full effect. Our one piano piece will be Half-Time Show so we can get all the details like holding whole and half notes their full values, playing those 3 notes all together in bars 3 and 7, and doing the down-up staccato articulation in the last line.



Recommended minutes to practice: 10 minutes a day

What to practice: C 5-Finger Warmup (page 5), and Firefly

How to practice it most effectively: The C 5-Finger warmup uses both hands playing together in C position – see if you can look mostly at the music, trust that your hands and fingers are in the right spot! The first two bars are steps while the third starts skipping. As the week goes on, you can try to speed the warmup up little by little. For Firefly, the melody goes between the two hands in C position. Please be extra careful watching your steps versus skips. The bass clef saying we learned this lesson was: Good Birds Don’t Fly Away – these are the 5 lines from bottom to top (G, B, D, F, A). See if you can have this saying memorized for next week!



Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day

What to practice: Ferris Wheel (review song), and Young Hunter

How to practice it most effectively: For Ferris Wheel, the last detail to work on is really connecting between skips in bars 1-2, 5-6, and 13-14. There should be a split second where both notes/fingers are playing at the same time before the earlier one lets go. For the ending, see how it sounds when you hold the pedal down for the whole last line (the entire length of the bracket). For Young Hunter, start this piece hands separately – RH please use your Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge and FACE sayings to help; you are in a new position (E position). For this piece, let’s do the repeat. The middle line is a back and forth pattern for both hands, and the last line is just like the first! Once notes are feeling comfortable, please add in the bouncy staccatos.



Recommended minutes to practice: 20 minutes a day

What to practice: Minuet in A Minor, Bb major chords of the scale, and I’ll Be Seeing You (melody)

How to practice it most effectively: For the Minuet in A Minor, be on the lookout for recurring patterns with certain intervals and notes. This one just needs a bit more time to become fluid between bars. As a warmup, please play all the 4-note chords of the Bb major scale – a good way to do this is to think of the letters first (all white keys), then cross-reference with the key signature (Bb and Eb). The qualities of the chords will always be: Imaj7, II-7, III-7, IVmaj7, V7, VI-7, VII-7b5 (we prefer to use Roman numerals when labelling because too many numbers would get confusing!). Once you’ve played through these chords of the scale, go through I’ll Be Seeing You and mark which chords in this song are of the scale (diatonic) – you’ll notice a fair number of them are not, not because of the roots, but because of the qualities not aligning with the Bb major key signature. When playing the melody of this piece, don’t worry too much about fingerings or rhythms, it’s more about the notes and intervals.



Recommended minutes to practice: 20 minutes a day

What to practice: F major scale hands together, Interval warmup (page 19), 7th St. Blues, and Land of the Silver Birch

How to practice it most effectively: Keep it up with the F major scale hands together – please remind yourself of your key signature/accidentals before beginning the scale! On Bb, RH plays with finger 4 and LH plays with finger 2. For the Interval warmup, you can do the transposing into G and F major, as well as even try putting the hands together if you’d like! 7th St. Blues is a short song which you can slowly speed up throughout the week. Bar 2 and 6 have syncopations with accents on them. The main song this week is Land of the Silver Birch: please start this piece hands separately (especially for RH) paying close attention to the rhythms. The repeat sign takes us all the way back to the 2nd line of the piece. Towards the end of the week you can try this one with the pedal for a cool sound.

July 29th, 2021|

Preferred Books for Adina’s Students

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Alfred's Basic Piano Library Lesson Book 1A

Cover of Alfred's Basic Piano Library Lesson Book 1AThis easy step-by-step method emphasizes correct playing habits and note reading through interval recognition. Lesson Book Level 1A begins by teaching basic keyboard topography and fluent recognition of white key names in relation to black keys. It focuses on simple rhythms and prepares students for intervallic reading with entertaining songs that focus on “same,” “stepping up” and “stepping down.” It then introduces lines and space notes in treble and bass clefs, melodic and harmonic intervals of 2nds, 3rds, 4ths and 5ths, and graduates to reading on the grand staff. It also introduces the flat and sharp signs. This course is most effective when used under the direction of a piano teacher or experienced musician. Songs Include: Balloons * Batter Up! * The Donkey * A Friend Like You * Hand-Bells * A Happy Song * Horse Sense * Totem Pole Song * It’s Halloween! * Jingle Bells! * Jolly Old Saint Nicholas * July the Fourth! * Just a Second! * Love Somebody * Merrily We Roll Along O’er the Deep Blue Sea * Mexican Hat Dance * My Clever Pup * My Fifth * My Robot * Old MacDonald * Old Uncle Bill * Play a Fourth * Raindrops * Rain, Rain! * Rockets * Rockin’ Tune * Rock Song * Sailing * Sea Divers * See-Saws * Skating * Who’s on Third? * Willie and Tillie * Wishing Well * The Zoo

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Alfred's Adult Basic All-In-One

Book 1

Alfred's Adult All-in-One Book 1 Cover

Alfred’s Basic Adult All-in-One Course is designed for use with a piano instructor for the beginning student looking for a truly complete piano course. It is a greatly expanded version of Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course that will include lesson, theory, and technique in a convenient, “all-in-one” format. This comprehensive course adds such features as isometric hand exercises, finger strengthening drills, and written assignments that reinforce each lesson’s concepts. There is a smooth, logical progression between each lesson, a thorough explanation of chord theory and playing styles, and outstanding extra songs, including folk, classical, and contemporary selections.

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The Brown Scale Book

The Brown Scale Book

This essential resource includes all major and minor scales, triads, arpeggios, dominant sevenths, and chromatic scales organized by key. A favorite for decades, The Brown Scale Book belongs in every student’s library.

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The Real Vocal Book


Cover of The Real Vocal Book

The Real Vocal Book has many of the selections from Volumes 1 and 2 of the instrumental Real Books, but now with complete lyrics added to the pre-existing melody line. This edition features 300 essential songs arranged for low voice, including: Alfie * All of Me * Autumn Leaves * Bewitched * Bluesette * Don’t Get Around Much Anymore * Fever * Georgia on My Mind * Misty * Moon River * My Funny Valentine * Satin Doll * and more. Looking for a particular song? Check out the Real Book Songfinder here.

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