Priya Shah

Toronto Vocal & Singing Teacher

Priya ShahABC Academy of Music2018-11-12T12:46:56-04:00

Project Description

B.Mus (Carleton)
Master of Music Therapy (Laurier)

Priya Shah is a Calgary-born and Toronto-based vocalist, instrumentalist, improviser, music therapist, and contemporary composer. In Calgary, she sang in the Mount Royal Children’s Choir and had the opportunity to perform with Amy Grant and at various festivals across the city. She joined a vocal jazz group in high-school and soon developed a love for scatting and improvisation.

Holding a Bachelor of Music with Honors in Vocal Performance from Carleton University, and a Master of Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Priya has combined her love of performance with engaging in music with people of all ages and abilities. Since moving to Ontario, Priya has performed in bands and as a solo singer-songwriter and vocalist/improviser in Christine Duncan’s ‘Element Choir’ (Ottawa Chamber Music Festival), Kultrun World Music Festival (Waterloo), and Between the Ears Festival of Music and Sound (Kitchener-Waterloo). Priya is a member of two new music groups ‘On the Spot Collective’ and ‘Thelectric Breeze,’ the latter of which received a grant from the City of Ottawa to create an interactive outdoor concert leading up the Canada 150 Celebrations. Priya is an organizer of the Waterloo Region Contemporary Music Sessions, a festival for emerging and early career composers, performers, and improvisers.

Priya uses a person-centered approach to teaching. She believes in teaching the fundamentals of singing and focusing on proper technique while striving to identify and build on students strengths. Priya teaches a variety of styles including jazz, pop, rock, folk, soul, RnB, and musical theatre. In addition to voice, she plays the piano, guitar, ukulele, and accordion.

When Priya is not teaching, she works as a music therapist, performer, festival organizer, contemporary composer, and yoga instructor. She continues to write and compose original music. Priya is currently working on an EP to be released in late 2018.

Get to know Priya…Beyond the Bio!

Hobbies: Reading, going on adventures in the woods, and spending time with friends and family

Musical influences: Bjork, Sade, Michael Jackson, Portishead, and everything I hear around me!

Favourite food: Chocolate

Least favourite food: N/A

Favourite music: Mood-dependent, or Disney J

Favourite song: “Vienna” by Billy Joel, “Thank you for the music” by ABBA

Favourite movie: Alice in Wonderland

Favouirite movie music: Harry Potter

Favourite musical theatre/opera: Thoroughly Modern Millie

Best quote from your teacher: “imagine who you are singing to”

Favourite quote: “It’s not the note you play that’s the wrong note – it’s the note you play afterwards that makes it right or wrong.” – Miles Davis

Favourite book: Selected Short Stories by Mulk Raj Anand

Best thing about teaching at ABC: Getting to share my passion for singing!

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Oct 16, 2019

Mtabisi
Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15min/day
What to practice: “Somewhere over the rainbow” page 1 (verses 1 & 2)
How to practice it most effectively: hands together slowly, sing or hum while playing.

Ezra
Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15min/day
What to practice: “Mia and Sebastien’s Theme” & “Forest Drums” in the red book (Level 1) pg 36-37 for sightreading.

Daniela
Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15min/day
What to practice: “Dream a little dream of me” & “Fly me to the moon”
How to practice it most effectively: For “fly me to the moon” listen to a couple different versions – work on the notes at the end of each chorus: “in other words hold my hands” & “in other words darling kiss me

Anastasiya
Recommended minutes to practice: 10min/day
What to practice: piano – “Jazzy Joe” full song Piano Adventures 1 pg 53 (both hands)
Voice – “My Favourite Things” & “Maybe”
How to practice it most effectively: Listen to recording of “Maybe” from Annie – we will sing it in a lower key.

Kevin
Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20min/day
What to practice: “Time after time” (full run-through, slowly) & “Moonlight sonata” first 8 bars

Eliana
Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15min every other day
What to practice: singing “A whole new world”
How to practice it most effectively: practice the long notes at the end of “Whole new world” by using your arm to wave across (from left to right) while singing. Also listen to the Wicked soundtrack and see if there are any songs you love the most!

Jeremiah
Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15min/day
What to practice: C major scale, both hands separately & recognizing notes on the treble clef (spaces: FACE, lines: EGBDF) & bass clef (spaces: ACEG, lines: GBDFA)

Gianna
Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15min/day
What to practice: C major scale, both hands separately & recognizing notes on the treble clef (spaces: FACE, lines: EGBDF) & bass clef (spaces: ACEG, lines: GBDFA).

October 16th, 2019|

Oct 9, 2019

Mtabisi
Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15min/day
What to practice: “Somewhere over the rainbow” page 1 (verses 1 & 2)
How to practice it most effectively: hands together slowly, be careful of times when the RH moves position
Sing or hum while playing.

Ezra
Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15min/day
What to practice: “Mia and Sebastien’s Theme” measures 1-8 & “Runaway Rabbit” in the red book (Level 1) pg 33 for sightreading

Daniela
Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15min/day
What to practice: “Dream a little dream of me” & “Edelweiss”
How to practice it most effectively: for both, stand while singing for control and proper breath support. Practice extending phrases in “Edelweiss” and having lots of air to carry through til the end.

Anastasiya
Recommended minutes to practice: 10min/day
What to practice:
Piano – “London symphony” full song Piano Adventures 1 pg 52 (both hands)
Voice – “My Favourite Things”
How to practice it most effectively: For “My Favourite things” focus on the chorus: when the dog bites, when the bee stings… using your diaphragm
Also listen to the recording of “Million Dreams” and practice along.

Kevin
Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20min/day
What to practice: “Mia and Sebastien’s Theme” – page 2 (hands together slowly) & “Moonlight sonata” first 8 bars
How to practice it most effectively: count the beats aloud (eighth notes) and go slowly

Eliana
Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15min every other day
What to practice: singing “A whole new world” & “Somewhere over the rainbow”
How to practice it most effectively: practice singing looooong notes in the chorus of “a whole new world” e.g. “a whole new woooooooooooorld”

Jeremiah
Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15min/day
What to practice: C major scale, both hands separately & recognizing notes on the treble clef (spaces: FACE, lines: EGBDF)
Also finding all the C’s on the keyboard, using the ‘doghouse’ trick.

Gianna
Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15min/day
What to practice: C major scale, both hands separately & recognizing notes on the treble clef (spaces: FACE, lines: EGBDF) and sight-reading short songs.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

October 9th, 2019|
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April 11, 2019

Carol
Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15min/day
What to practice: “Shallow”
How to practice it most effectively: practice singing chorus like we discussed; sing “ha” for each syllable first, using the diaphragm, then sing one “ha” per phrase, working to maintain momentum and breath support. Also listen to recording to familiarize with notes in the ‘bridge’ section (the wooah’s)
See you this Sunday at 2:30pm for a m-u lesson.

Daniela B.
Recommended minutes to practice: 10min/day
What to practice: “Firefly” full song (16 bars)
How to practice it most effectively: practice one half at a time (measures 1-8 and then 9-16) a few times each, and then put it all together. We might choose this one to do at the recital!
See you in two weeks on April 25th! (I am away next Thursday)

Harlowe
Recommended minutes to practice: 10min/day
What to practice: “Happier” on piano
How to practice it most effectively: follow your sheet with the notes we wrote down today! Next lesson we will finish writing the notes for the whole song. Practice at home by putting a sticker/tape with ‘C’ on middle C and then you can find the rest of the notes from there.
See you in two weeks on April 25th! (I am away next Thursday)

Daniela G-N
Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15min/day
What to practice: “Hold on” & “Roses” by Shawn Mendes
How to practice it most effectively: practice along with the recordings to get the right phrasing and melody. We will aim to choose one for the recital!
See you this Sunday at 4:00pm for a m-u lesson.

Sarah
Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15min/day
What to practice: Practice “Dream a little dream of me” and “long and winding road”
How to practice it most effectively: For “Dream…” listen to Ella’s version and 1-2 others. Get ideas and familiarize with the bridge section.
For “long and winding road” practice along with recording and think of how you want to shape it (phrasing) and how to end it.
See you this Sunday at 3:15pm for a m-u lesson.

April 11th, 2019|

April 4, 2019

Carol
Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15min/day
What to practice: “She used to be mine”
How to practice it most effectively: exaggerate vowels in all words hitting the high notes. practice experimenting with singing the high parts in your head voice as well as building up phrases using your diaphragm.
use the warm-up of an octave (ha, ha, ha 1358-87654321)

Daniela B.
Recommended minutes to practice: 5-10min/day
What to practice: “Firefly” the new section (bars 9-12) as well as bars 1-8
Also practice C major scale.

Harlowe
Recommended minutes to practice: 5-10min/day
What to practice: “Happier” in Am (starting note is E)
How to practice it most effectively: start with E, and see how much you can grasp of the melody! Next week we will write out the rest in notation and practice note identification.

Daniela G-N
Recommended minutes to practice: 15-20min/day
What to practice: the 4 Shawn Mendes songs we covered today – narrow down to 2 options. We will work on two and choose one for the recital.
How to practice it most effectively: practice along with recording – practice along with playing chords on the piano.

Sarah
Recommended minutes to practice: 10-15min/day
What to practice: “I thought I saw your face” – practice along with recording and on your own, with starting note.
Also practice “Dream a little dream of me” -listen to 1-2 recordings to get a sense of different styles and keys.

April 4th, 2019|
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