Ashley Rosales is an experienced music instructor and board-certified music therapist from Southern California. With two undergraduate degrees in Child Development and Music Therapy, Ms. Rosales uses music to engage and inspire her students in multiple areas of learning and development. She focuses on empowering students through motivating repertoire and flexible lesson plans, all the while bringing a positive and optimistic energy to each lesson!
Ms. Rosales has trained in voice and piano from an early age and quickly developed a love for music, theatre, and performing. She has performed in various musical theater productions including: Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman), Candide (Paquette), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Rona), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy), Les Miserables (Factory Girl), and Into the Woods (Rapunzel). She has been a vocalist in many professional ensembles around the world, including the award winning Marylhurst Chamber Choir from Lake Oswego, OR, which competed in the Grand Prix of Nations in Riga, Latvia and the Leonardo da Vinci Choral Festival in Florence, Italy. She was also apart of the Murrieta Valley Chamber Choir and has performed for the pope at the Vatican City in Rome, Italy. She has studied with Dr. John Haek, Pollyanna Hancock Moody, Dr. Justin Smith, Dr. Kathy Rundus, Candice Nicole Safstrom, Bill Paisner, and Jillian Stones.
Along with being a private voice and piano instructor with Music Abode, Ms. Rosales was also the choir director for an after school music program at the Orange County Educational Arts Academy where she was in charge of over 200 students. Here, she helped teach the students vocal theory, stage performance and sight-reading, using popular contemporary music and musical theatre selections. Ms. Rosales also organized bi annual recitals and performances where the students could showcase their musical talent through song and dance.
Ms. Rosales has had extensive experience working with children with special needs in both an educational and therapeutic environment. In music therapy, Ms. Rosales utilizes the nonverbal aspects of music to communicate with her clients and allow them to fully express in a safe and warm environment. Ms. Rosales also offers adapted voice and piano lessons to children with special needs and/or those who need adaptive ways of learning.