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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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Jessica W.

Lafayette, CA
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Margaret G. San Francisco, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Opera Voice, Singing

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 am classically trained, which means I use classical singing technique as my method of teaching. This technique can be used for almost any singing genre from musical theater to rock to jazz to blues to 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. My teaching is based on classical vocal technique, which includes:

Body Alignment
Breath and Support
Voice/Breath Coordination
Diction
Acting and Performance Techniques
Artistry and Musicality

These skills can help any singer become more aware of their voice and how their body works as an instrument. I allow my students to choose their singing style/genre and I help them incorporate classical technique into their music.

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 show off their singing skills!

*** 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.

Jessica W. Lafayette, CA

Subjects Taught

Classical Voice, Musical Theater, Opera Voice, Piano

About Me

Hi! My name is Jessica and I would love to be your voice and/or piano teacher! My relationship with music started at a young age. I have been singing since the age of 9 when I joined Contra Costa Children's Choir and have studied classical voice for 13 years. It was around the same time I began singing that I began studying the piano and continued my studies for 7 years. I went on to receive my Bachelor's degree in Music at Mannes College of Music in New York City and finished my education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where I received my Masters. I graduated from SFCM in 2009 and have been performing and teaching ever since. I am an active performer in the Bay Area, where I have performed with the new music ensemble Volti, Lyric Theater San Jose, The Manhattan Opera Studio, Opera on Tap San Francisco, Urban Opera, West Coast Opera Works, San Francisco Baroque Opera, and Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute (BASOTI). As a member of Volti, I attended bi-annual choral retreats where I have been privileged to teach voice to a group of very talented High School students. I also spent two years teaching Music and Play&Learn through Gymboree, conducting classes with children ages 0-5. During many years studying music, I was inspired by several amazing teachers. They are responsible for making me the artist and musician I am today. My mission as a teacher is to pass on the wonderful knowledge and passion that was given to me onto a new group of eager young minds. I am truly a self proclaimed music dork and proud of it! I am a fun, patient, passionate teacher and am very excited to be a part of the TakeLessons team!

*** Lesson Details ***
In my lessons, I feel it is important for my students to have fun and to and enjoy the learning process. However I believe in order for both student and teacher to get the most out of the lesson, practicing at home is extremely important and I expect my students to do so. I will always send them home with a goal or assignment that should be reached or completed by the next lesson to the best of the students ability.

For my voice students, we always begin with breath. Proper breathing is the foundation for all good singing. Then we move on to warming up both the voice and the body. During warm-ups, we will focus technical concepts such as breath control and support, vowel placement, and optimum vocal production. In most lessons (time permitting) we will work through a piece of music, one of their choosing or, if needed, I will recommend a piece. We finish each lesson with a review of the concepts we discussed during the lesson and practice goals for the week.
For my piano students, I begin with finger placement and keyboard awareness. Depending on the students age and level, we will use both a music book and a music theory book (for very young students, I will hold off on the music theory and focus mostly on finger placement and keyboard awareness). Each week, I will assign two pieces of music and pages in the music theory book (again depending upon student's age and level). Students are expected to prepare the assignments by practicing at home and have them ready at the next lesson.

Communication is something very important to me as a teacher. I want my students to feel comfortable expressing their needs and/or concerns, musically or otherwise and hope they would appreciate me, as the teacher, to do the same.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano with seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide music and have a portable electronic keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Classical voice is definitely my specialty. I believe good classical technique is the basis for all good singing and can be applied to genres such as musical theater and jazz. The only vocal styles I am NOT comfortable teaching are belting, pop or rock style vocal production.

Elizabeth P.

San Bruno, CA
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Kathleen B.

Menlo Park, CA
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Frank R.

Concord, CA
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Elizabeth P. San Bruno, CA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Singing

About Me

Soprano Elizabeth P. is a Pennsylvania native who recently moved to San Francisco paradise. Raised in a family of accordionists, she resisted the family tradition and proclaimed a love for singing. Elizabeth now works as a classical vocalist and a private voice teacher.

Elizabeth teaches singing to adults and children of all genres€”from rock to opera. Her students have pursued music careers and gone on to college music programs. Elizabeth prides herself on building healthy voices and confident individuals.

As a professional soprano, Elizabeth has performed across the U.S. and Europe. She has been featured twice as a soloist with the Accordion Pops Orchestra at Philadelphia€™s Kimmel Center. She has premiered three song cycles by composer Stephen Senderoff. Elizabeth has participated in numerous training programs, most recently the Opera Academy of California. Since coming to the Bay area, Elizabeth has sung with Verismo Opera, Opera Cultura, and West Bay Opera Chorus. Her opera credits include Rosine (Signor Deluso), Leonora (The Beautiful Bridegroom), Miss Silverpeal (The Impresario), First Tourière (Suor Angelica), Amy (Little Women), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), and Carmela (La Llorona).

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Music from Gettysburg College and a Master of Music from Duquesne University. A consummate scholar, she graduated summa cum laude from both institutions and was granted membership into Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Kappa Lambda. Elizabeth received the Anna Marie Budde Award and the French Cultural Counselor Award for her baccalaureate achievements.

*** Lesson Details ***
My responsibility as a teacher is to build a healthy, beautiful voice with every student. That means fostering good technique in and beyond the lesson. I ensure, first of all, that my students feel physically comfortable when they sing. Secondly, I give my students the tools to advance their voices, through vocalizes, technical know-how, style, and body awareness.

With each student I draw upon the natural beauty of the voice. Every voice has a distinct quality that makes it captivating. My studio is a positive environment for personal growth. I encourage my students to embrace their own voices and to be proud of their accomplishments. After all, singing should be fun!

When I teach, I take into consideration everything that a well-rounded singer needs. The singer should be well versed in different languages and different musical genres. The singer should have a consistent tone across all registers and all vowels. The singer should have both agility and legato. The singer should be expressive on stage. The voice should be focused, energized, healthy, and pleasing to hear.

Personal reflection plays an important role in the learning process. I expect my students to think critically about their voices and about the art of singing. I encourage honesty and positivity in these reflections, believing that this fosters a safe learning environment for the student. During the lesson, I frequently ask questions that enable the student to identify proper technique. If a student says, €œYes, it was much easier to sing it that way,€ then I ask, €œBut why was it easier? What did you feel inside? What did your body do?€ After the lesson, the student reflects about what she has learned and what she did well. This reflection emphasizes accomplishment, so that the student may track her progress and feel uplifted at the end of each lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is equipped with an electric keyboard, an iPod player, a karaoke machine, and a computer. There is room for parents to sit comfortably.

*Please inform me if you are allergic to cats.*

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have a piano or keyboard in the home.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, opera, soprano voices, French opera & art song, French diction

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!

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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