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Popular Opera Voice Teachers Near Lafayette

Margaret G.

San Francisco, CA
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Jeremy F.

San Francisco, CA
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Kathleen B.

Menlo Park, CA
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Margaret G. San Francisco, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Classical Voice, Opera Voice, Singing, Vocal Training

About Me

I am an opera singer and I teach and perform in and around San Francisco. I love teaching and sharing my knowledge of singing and the musical arts with others. I believe with the right instruction and determination anyone has the ability to sing!

I have training in classical singing as well as in musical theater, pop/rock, gospel and blues. In order to sing these different styles it is important to know how the voice works functionally so that it is trained properly and remains healthy. I use the Somatic Voicework The LoVetri Method because it is a body-based method of vocal training which draws from many disciplines, and is based upon voice science and medicine as well as traditional classical vocal training. It can be used for almost any singing genre such as musical theater, pop/rock, jazz, blues, and opera. I believe that learning how to sing is not only fun but also increases confidence, improves general music skills, and develops mind/body coordination skills.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons consist of breath and body work, vocal warm-ups and exercises, and work on songs.

These skills can help any singer become more aware of their voice and how their body works as an instrument. Students are trained, like an athlete, to build up vocal strength and stamina to sing songs and styles of their choice.

In addition to private lessons I host student voice recitals twice a year. Performing in the recitals is not required but encouraged. This gives students the opportunity to perform in front of family and friends and to share their lovely voice with others!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate music room with mirror, chairs, music stand, and keyboard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I use a 76 key Yamaha Keyboard at my home studio. I encourage the student to provide any kind of piano or keyboard with at least 61 keys if wanting lessons from their home.

*** Specialties ***
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have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.

Jeremy F. San Francisco, CA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Saxophone, Singing

About Me

Jeremy F. has studied with members of the San Francisco and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, and holds a Master’s degree in Solo Classical Performance from San Francisco State University. He has played with the Santa Cruz County Symphony, New Music Works, the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony, Coastal Repertory Theater, Symphony Parnassus, the UC Berkeley Summer Symphony, and has participated in numerous chamber music programs, most recently for the Santa Cruz Chamber Players Series. In August 2012, he premiered On the Wings of Love, a song cycle for tenor, clarinet, and piano by British composer Ian Vanbles. Jeremy took grand prize at the inaugural Wesley Farrand Day Piano Duo Competition in 2010, and was a finalist in last year's Solo Competition for the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle.

Jeremy currently resides in San Francisco and runs a private music studio. He is also an instructor for Skyline College, and maintains students throughout the Bay Area. He has taught music for several years, in both New York and California, having earned a music education degree from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.

Originally from Long Island, Jeremy moved to California to experience a different way of life and to get away from the winter. In addition to the clarinet, he enjoys opera, weight lifting, Joss Whedon, Dr. Who, the culinary arts, and roller coasters.

*** Lesson Details ***
Members of my studio are always at the top of their game. With a mix of challenging material, effective practice techniques, and a great deal of fun, I push my students to help create their own musical paths. For beginners, I equally emphasize fundamental pedagogy, music theory, and artistry, in a variety of musical styles. They learn correct breath control, posture, and sound production to facilitate good habits to last a life time. After 6 months, my students have always improved 10-fold, exhibiting confidence on performing, self-evaluation, and independent musical discovery.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room equipped with music stand, keyboard, instrument stands, metronome/tuner, computer for recording and listening, and other resources.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my instrument and certain copies of exercises. Students should have their own instrument, music, pencil, music stand, etc. Metronome and tuner preferred. Voice students must have a keyboard or piano.

*** Specialties ***
Gordon method-sound before sight, learning to hear music and create a beautiful sound and using reading and theory skills to enhance musical growth.
Chamber Music-learning to play with accuracy and nuance and learn musical roles in various pieces of literature.
Regular Warm-up/Technique Practice- establishing routines for students to focus on development of their voices or instruments in addition to the performance based literature, may include tone exercises, scales/arpeggios/chords, dexterity exercises, breathing, etudes, etc. Includes lots of pedagogical knowledge so students can have very focused at-home practice
Recording- lessons and practice sessions can be valuable to a student for self-evaluation and getting the most out of lessons to really hear what a teacher is suggesting after the fact.
Duets and other ensemble playing in the lesson to give the student to relax and not feel under pressure.

Kathleen B. Menlo Park, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Singing

About Me

I am a classically-trained opera singer. I have a Bachelors and Masters in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy (teaching), and have sung professionally in the U.S. and Europe. I have sung Opera, Operetta, Musical Theater and Concerts, as well as choral and cantorial singing. I have been a finalist and winner of vocal competitions in both the United States and Europe.
I have been teaching voice since 1980, and have worked with students of all ages, from 14 to 75. I have also directed and designed for musical theater and opera. Because I love singing, I want to bring that to my students as well, whatever kind of music they want to sing.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST Credential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach classes.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that learning how to breath is the key to good singing. After 3 months of study, my students will have learned how to breathe, which improves both their singing and speaking voices. Good breathing is the key to good singing and a healthy voice. With a healthy, well-trained voice, my students can be valuable members of any vocal ensemble, and enjoy their singing, For solo singing, good breathing is most important, whether singing opera, musical theater or pop music, because it gives a beautiful, full quality to the voice.
I always begin a lesson with warm-up exercises, to check breathing and vocal placement. Once the (vocal) engine is warmed-up, then we begin to sing. I try to get to know my students, so that, together, we can choose music that will enable them to reach their goals and is both fun and challenging for them to sing.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST Credential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach classes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate studio with Piano
I have a MacBook Pro laptop computer + stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If a student wishes to have on-site lessons, I require that a piano or keyboard be available for the lessons.
I usually travel with my MacBook Pro laptop computer & stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Specialties ***
I am a trained opera/oratorio singer, but I teach Broadway, Pop, choral and classical singers.

I have had many international students who didn't speak English well. Music is an international language that helps me communicate with all of my students!

Christine J.

San Francisco, CA
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Donna B.

San Francisco, CA
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Frank R.

Concord, CA
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Christine J. San Francisco, CA

Subjects Taught

Classical Voice, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

Who Am I?

I am a fabulous teacher. Really! Designated by Take Lessons as a "Student Favorite," fourteen of my students have written about their excellent experience s studying with me in the student feedback section here.

As a member of NATS (National Organization of Teachers of Singing), I hold my teaching skills to a high standard. No matter what kind music you like to sing, I can help you become more comfortable and have lots of fun! Maybe you want to experiment with pop, jazz or rock? Maybe you like current Broadway hits? Come visit me. Lets play with your favorites, and enjoy! My primary focus is classical, which is the foundation for all healthy singing.

Beginning Theory and Composition? I can get you started. Need to shore up your sight reading & sight singing? I can give you the tools you need.

I just directed a comic opera, The Old Maid & the Thief at my university. It's in English, so have no fear. I teach in San Francisco, and am in the process of relocating my Peninsula studio..

I love singing. It fills my life with transcendent joy as nothing else. I thrive on performing. It feeds my soul to offer my gifts to my audience. I know that for a few hours I have transported them from their daily lives to another world just by using my voice and commitment to the text, and that brings me such pleasure. The natural progression from these first two is the call to share my experience as a teacher of voice, and performing techniques, as well as beginning composition and popular songwriting.

What I Have Done & What I Am Doing?

I cannot remember a time in my life when I did not sing and perform. At the core of my being I am singer. Being a singer informs every aspect of my life. If a day goes by without singing I just don't feel right!

I began performing professionally as a teenager in Los Angeles, and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for college. After receiving my Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University. I majored in music performance, and excelled in that institution's highly regarded opera workshop program, led Peggy Donovan Jeffry and modeled on the principles of Boris Goldovesky.

I moved to San Francisco to work with my coach and new teacher, and soon began entering and winning major local, national and international competitions and being cast in principal roles in local and regional opera companies, and solo vocal parts in oratorio works.

I was a finalist twice each for the San Francisco Opera Center Auditions and the Merola Opera Program of the San Francisco Opera. I was finalist twice in the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions, and won first runner-up. I won a national audition for an apprenticeship in the prestigious Glimmerglass/New York City Opera Young American Artists program. While there I performed Violetta in Verdi's "La Traviata" (directed by the delightful Sir Jonathan Miller), Adina in in Donizetti's "The Elixar of Love",and the Female Fan in William Schumann's "Casey at the Bat." The following summer I was awarded a fellowship at the highly competitive Music Academy of the West where I sang Alice Ford in Verdi's "Falstaff" and studied voice with Marilyn Horne. The next summer I went to Austria to study with Professor Joseph Wallnig, head of the vocal music division of the famed Universitat Mozarteum.

Among my roles are all the great Mozart and bel canto heroines, and repertoire of Puccini, Verdi, Strauss and Stravinsky and Britten.

In addition, I am a lyricist-songwriter, and a member of the America Academy of Composers, Artists and Publishers (ASCAP). I've been a member of the Recording Arts Academy and have sung for films and popular recording artists, and has some voice-over work.

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What Do I Do?
For Singers:
Every voice is different because every body is different. Unlike instrumentalists who pack away their tools at the end of the day, we carry our voices with us. This is an important distinction. How we feel physically and emotionally effects our singing. Our age, our musical experience (or lack of),our educational background, our family and social situations- the great mixture of things which makes us the special people we are. Therefore as a teacher, I teach each student individually, taking into account all these variables.

When a new student comes to see me for the first time, I ask a lot of questions and I listen carefully. Why are you here? What are your goals? Sometimes there is no clear answer to these, and that's okay! Singing is all about process. In fact, it is a lifelong process. Sure, you may have an audition of concert to prepare for, but the fabulous thing about singing is that no matter what our experience, be it beginner or seasoned professional, we are constantly learning and evolving. Isn't that fantastic?

Come join me. We will have fun, and learn together how you can best enjoy and succeed in you singing.

I encourage students to record their lessons, keep a small pocket notebook for taking notes, and create a binder with copies of your music that you bring to lessons. For opera-classical students, I will recommend a specific lyric diction book.

For Theory, Composition and Music History:
I enjoy beginning students. I've had moms bring their weary young piano students to me because they were losing their love of music over the strict demands of the piano studio. I take what a student is learning from piano, and show them how to connect the dotes so they see the BIGGER picture. We have fun, and those kids become more active learners with their piano teachers.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Primary studio is in a home in the front of the house with 2 keyboards, mirrors, with windows across the front. It is on the ground floor with seating available.

Secondary studio is in Belmont, CA.

*** Specialties ***
When performing any style of music as a singer, the most important thing one can present is a dedication to the words. The words serve the music. Meaning the words will naturally color one's voice, and the audience will feel an authenticity from the singer.

I also believe that muscle memory plays a great part in developing a healthy technique; this requires patience of both student and teacher, time to create new habits, and trust that one's instinct is most often correct.

Donna B. San Francisco, CA

Subjects Taught

Classical Voice, Opera Voice

About Me

DONNA B., mezzo-soprano, has sung Opera, Concerts and Recitals all over the world. In the US, her performances have included San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Music of the Baroque in Chicago, San Diego Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Kentucky Opera, Utah Opera and Portland Opera. In recital, she has been heard nationwide in a recital for National Public Radio, on the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, and on the Schwabacher Recital Series in San Francisco. Her recording of Corpus Evita , by Carlos Franzetti, has been nominated this year for a Grammy Award. Miss B. is a specialist in the music of Mozart, Handel, Rossini and in the orchestral music of Mahler. A graduate of the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL, she holds a Master of Music degree in Voice, and undergraduate degrees in Music Performance and Music Education from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. Aside from her 25 years as a working professional singer, Miss B. also maintains an active Voice studio, and tutors students in Music Theory, too.

I love to sing, and as you can see from my Biography, I'm very active. In addition, I have been teaching private Voice for over 15 years, to students of all levels, though I will only teach voice to students aged 16 and above. I love the one-on-one experience of helping students realize their full potential, developing healthy singing technique, making the most of their natural abilities AND, I can also help the singer who comes to me with bad habits or vocal damage.

To me, each singer is an individual and I welcome the opportunity to design an individualized course of study for each one. I stress breathing and support, clear and free production of sound and a relaxed, colorful tone. I have also been teaching General Music to Kindergarten through 8th Graders and have a child of my own, so I think I understand how young students learn best and how they think.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons begin with vocalizing on single, sustained notes. Technical issues are raised and monitored, as is breath support and control. Next, the student sings an arpeggio, appropriate to his/her level. The final part of the warm-up is scales, again, appropriate to the student's level. If the student is advanced enough, we then proceed to repertory. If not, we work on exercises by Vaccai, Concone or Marchesi until such time as the technique is solid enough to proceed to repertory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand Piano

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite
have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest
feedback rating from students.Opera voice, voice, singing, music theory, Italian
Bel canto technique, freedom from tension, clear vowels, deep breath support. I am positive, patient and creative in trying to help each student reach his/her full potential, while maintaining the highest artistic standards.

Frank R. Concord, CA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Singing

About Me

Frank is passionate about sharing the natural method of singing with students of all ages.

Frank received a Bachelor of Music in Voice performance from Indiana University, and is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (Posture Awareness in Action).

He has taught vocal music at Elementary, Intermediate, High School and College levels.

His students have won college scholarships and muscic awards.

Frank has performed leading roles in Broadway shows, Light Opera and Opera.

His experience as a vocal musical specialist in schools has helped to shape of method of instruction that is fun, easy and yields amazing results.

*** Lesson Details ***
Frank's lessons are focused on achieving the students goals.

Students choose songs meaningful to them along with songs the teacher recommends to broaden their muscial appreciation and vocal skill. Styles of music include: folk, show, pop, classical.

Interpretation and acting skills are developed.

Students learn the language of music (rhythm, pitch, symbols ) through games and activities.

Students will find their voices getting stronger and more beautiful through increased awaremess of posture, diaphramatic breathing, and vitality of jaw movement. This creates a wonderful sensation of freedom and relaxation. In 3-6 months time the student will experience an increase in range, beauty and power. I can guarantee your most beautiful and powerful voice with perfect high notes in 3-5 years of regular lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano and Keyboard

*** Specialties ***
All styles of music except woman's chest voice (belting).
very strong with children's voice training and classical ,especially
opera. Natural method of singing using awareness of posture.

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