“I have always been fascinated by the endless possibilities that the voice has as an instrument. My experience in jazz, improvised music, classical music, Latin American styles and live electronics has made me aware of the importance of creating a versatile instrument. One that would give you the freedom to make any artistic choices you want, without limiting yourself. And that is why I include in my teaching improvisation, rhythmic training, songwriting, and ear training techniques as well. I love leading my students to the process of discovering their musical personality. To be independent. To train their voice to be the instrument of their own imagination.” SR.
With over 20 years of teaching experience and international recognition as a performer, composer and producer, Sofía Rei has developed unique tools and methods to help her students develop their voice, musicianship and artistic vision. She teaches master classes, residencies and clinics around the globe on topics including improvisation, vocal technique, rhythmic and melodic training and songwriting.
Clive Davis Institute
Sofía holds a Masters Degree in Jazz performance from the New England Conservatory (Boston, MA). She has been a faculty member of and/or has developed educational programs for Berklee College of Music (Voice and Songwriting Departments), the New England Conservatory, Brooklyn Conservatory, the New York Jazz Academy and Carnegie Hall among others. She has taught masterclasses and seminars at top institutions in the US, France, Spain, México, Puerto Rico, Panama, Argentina, Colombia, Perú and Ecuador. She is currently working for Berklee Global Initiatives and is a faculty member of its itinerant program Berklee Latino, directed by Oscar Stagnaro and Javier Limón. She co-founded Berklee’s Latin America Vive Music Festival, now in its 8th year of existence, which showcases the talents of young student composers and performers.
Since September 2018 Sofia has joined the faculty of the prestigious, forward-thinking Clive Davis Institute of NYU Tisch (New York University) as a full-time Assistant Arts Professor in the Performance and Musicianship area. The Clive Davis Institute provides students with the necessary skills — business, creative, and intellectual — so that they can emerge as visionary creative entrepreneurs in the evolving music industry. Sofía developed New Perspectives in Latin Music, a new course for the institute that integrates aspects of music appreciation and rhythmic training while exploring the broad stylistic diversity of Latin American music today. Visit her NYU profile.