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Raffia Music Studio Director
Artist/Vocalist: Raffia Thomas
Raffia is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College Of Music where she obtained a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. Raffia is an R&B Soul/Jazz Artist who has performed with recording artists such as Christina Aguilera,Toni Braxton, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine of Maroon 5, The Jacksons, Bastille, and many more! Schedule your lesson with Raffia today!
A veteran in the music industry, Valerie Pinkston started her career as a vocalist/songwriter and producer in Detroit, Michigan. She began recording professionally with Detroit’s own, Anita Baker and Soul/R&B self-contained group Chapter 8. After recording several albums as lead vocalist with Chapter 8, she was recognized as a consummate vocalist/songwriter/ arranger and performer.
With over 20+ years in the industry, Valerie has appeared on many nationally syndicated shows such as, The Grammy Awards, The American Music Awards, The Emmys, The NAACP Awards, American Idol along with many film, TV, and theater productions. In addition, Valerie has had the opportunity to perform for two sitting Presidents, Bill Clinton & Barack Obama.
She has proved herself as a diverse vocal force called upon by some of the greatest recording artists of our time such as; Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, Carole King, Patti LaBelle, Josh Grobin, Seal, Whitney Houston, KISS, Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah, Anita Baker, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, BB King, Miguel, Lenny Kravitz, Patti Austin, Goo Goo Dolls, Gavin DeGraw, Chaka Khan, Michael Buble, Neil Diamond, Ledisi, Lisa Fischer, Jason Mraz, Alicia Keys, Beck, Sara Bareilles, Annie Lennox, James Ingram, The Crystal Method, Morrissey, The Zac Brown Band, Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles, Bette Midler, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Hudson, Lionel Richie, George Benson, Eric Benet, Al Jarreau, Natalie Cole, and many more...
Emily has been playing the violin for 21 years. As a high school student she played with the Iowa All-State orchestra and the Des Moines Youth Symphony. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Iowa, studying violin. During college, Emily played a number of concerts with the Cedar Falls/Waterloo Symphony in addition to performances with the UNI Symphony Orchestra. Emily then attended Southern Methodist University and received a Master of Divinity degree. She now serves as a pastor and continues to enjoy playing violin in worship settings and for weddings.
C.C. Cecil Thomas Jr.- Co Director of RMS
Bass Instructor/Studio Recording
C.C. Thomas Jr. is a professional musician who has worked in the music industry for over 35 years. He has a vast amount of experience in many different areas of the music business such as production, arranging, programming, editing, mixing, composing, sound design and live performance. C.C. is an Emmy nominated songwriter and is currently the musical director for Diana Ross in addition to several other local and regional artists in the Los Angeles area. His primary instrument is bass guitar. C.C. is the co-founder of Sound Vision Entertainment Inc., which is a music production company that provides studio recording, production and engineering services to recording artists and musicians.
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Ms. Raffia is a music guru... she has the qualities any parent could appreciate when it comes to teaching a child all of the fundamentals of music. She has a gift and enjoys sharing it.
"My daughter enjoys being taught by Raffia. She says she is extremely nice teacher, patient and fun."
"Raffia is an amazing music/voice teacher. She encourages, nurtures, and pushes my daughter to excel. I would recommend her to anyone. We absolutely love her!"
" I began studying with Raffia earlier this year and I've already come so far. I have sang all my life but Raffia is helping me polish my technique and teaching me how to actually read music. Raffia also helped me land my new job working with an LA based agency singing at weddings and special events so now I can officially call myself a professional musician. Raffia is kind, calm, and patient all necessary attributes for a good teacher. Raffia also received a degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston which gives her an air of confidence and professionalism because she really knows and understands music. I consider Raffia a mentor to me. It's refreshing to meet someone with hands on experience in the music industry who is willing to give truthful advice. I think actually rooting for your student's success in life is what separates the good teachers from the great ones. Raffia genuinely cares and it makes all the difference. "
" Miss Raffia provided voice lessons for my 8 year old daughter Kate about a year ago. The job was at Miss. Ford's house and the house was always looking nice. The lesson was 30 minutes long once a week. We called her Ms. Raffia instead of Ms. Ford. The lesson started with vocal warm ups, then Kate sang the song she learned the previous week during which Ms. Raffia would give her input and critics to help Kate control and hit the high notes. The lesson would usually end with the selection of a new song for the following lesson. Miss Raffia always help Kate pick the song that was appropriate for her voice and her age.
Miss Raffia was always on time with her appointment, polite and welcoming. Miss Raffia helped with Kate more than just a voice lesson, she provided Kate with examples from her performing experience that helped Kate her stage present in live performance. "
"Raffia Music studio is a fantastic place. They are friendly, knowledgeable, patient, and overall wonderful people. My son has been going there for five years. His growth in both singing and playing the piano have been amazing."
"Coming in with no voice or piano experience was daunting to begin with. However, the uplifting and informative guidance i received from Raffia really motivated and inspired me. A year and four months later, I find myself still inspired and motivated to keep growing and learning."
"Raffia is professional, knowledgable & great to work with❣️My daughter enjoys going to her Voice lessons and has grown since she first started at age 12. She is now 15. I highly recommend & trust her with my daughter, she guides her without changing her style. She’s an amazing personal & professional role model!"
"My daughter is taking piano lessons for six months and my two girls are practicing chores for almost a year. It is a pleasure to be in Raffia Music Studio, it's a safe and fun place for my girls"