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Popular Singing Teachers Near Lafayette

Arrica R.

Oakland, CA
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Kristina B.

San Francisco, CA
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Elizabeth P.

San Bruno, CA
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Arrica R. Oakland, CA

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Recording, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

I was born and raised in Los Angeles but I've just recently relocated to the Bay Area. I am a Professional Musician/Songwriter/Vocalist teaching songwriting, voice, and performance technique as well as a combination thereof. I began singing at a very young age for anyone who would listen (so my parents tell me) and began taking music lessons shortly thereafter. I am now a USC graduate and have also studied music privately for over 25 years as well as at the esteemed Vocal Power Institute. I've professionally released several albums and I am grateful to have had my music featured/licensed by Starbucks, NBC, The CW network, NikeWomen.com, and MTV. I've toured extensively playing to audiences across the country and have had the honor of sharing the stage with artists ranging from Conor Oberst, Inara George, Johnette Napolitano, Martha Wainwright, to Jackson Browne. I have experience teaching both adults and children, and enjoy teaching beginning as well as intermediate to advanced students. In addition to teaching privately, I have experience teaching children through my volunteer work with The Girls Rock Alliance, a non-profit organization that aims to teach young girls about self-confidence and self-expression through music education.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am easy-going, friendly and I believe that developing a great student/teacher rapport is the key to making the most out of the time we spend together. The curriculum I utilize is specifically designed to meet the student's individual needs. Initially we'll spend time assessing where you are and where you'd like to be. Most importantly, we'll set goals and create a lesson plan that will allow you to attain them. We'll work on basic techniques (or intermediate to advanced depending on skill level), for example - breath support, vowel placement, posture, relaxation, the fundamentals of song structure and music theory. We'll also work on the psychology of performance and eliminating any unwanted tension that may arise. We'll choose songs to work on that you'll enjoy singing, or analyze the songs you love in order to discover and/or improve upon your own songwriting abilities.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Front music studio area w/ guitars, computer with protools, keyboard, microphone, pa system, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a small keyboard and/or guitar

*** Specialties ***
My main musical styles that I perform and teach are Pop, Rock, Folk, and Americana/Country. I specialize in creating a lesson plan that suits the needs of each individual student.

Kristina B. San Francisco, CA

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

Kristina has been singing, acting, and performing since the age of 4. She studied under the well-known and respected vocal coach, Donna Prypin, on Cape Cod, Massachusetts for at least 11 years. Kristina then went on to study Opera with Don Wilkinson, of the Boston Symphony for 1 year, and with him gained excellent range and breathing techniques. Kristina was then accepted to Berklee College of Music, where she attended for 2 1/2 years studying under some of the world's greatest teachers. She learned extensive Ear Training, Harmony, Jazz Improvisation, Counterpoint, Arranging, Performing, Music Business, Music Therapy, and intense vocal coaching. After college Kristina went on to teach Special Education students with a specialty in using Music Therapy techniques to help students learn. She then moved to San Diego, California, where she worked as a Mental Health Practitioner for children ages 6 ~ 12, and again worked extensively with her students using Music Therapy practices.

Currently, she has released her first solo album (September 2008) titled, Mermaid Tattoos. Kristina can teach ages 4 ~ 100 and is patient, creative, flexible, enthusiastic, and passionate. She will focus especially on helping students attain their goals whether it's to be on stage winning Grammy awards, or just learning to sing and perform for fun. She can help students learn Pop, Country, Jazz, Indie Rock, Classic Rock, Musical Theater, and even their own musical genre. She also teaches guitar, and acting as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
Kristina is extremely creative, patient, kind, open-minded, passionate, laid-back, but sets excellent and attainable goals with the student, and absolutely loves music. Depending on each individual student, lessons will center around correct vocal breathing, exercises, music theory, songwriting, guitar, acting, and learning different techniques in order to meet personal goals. Each student is taught individually and with their own personal needs as the focus.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have state of the art microphones, amps, guitars, a keyboard, IPod radio (students can bring them to share music), and of course a computer.

*** Specialties ***
Voice, Guitar, Vocal Technique, Performance, Range, Improvisation, Music Theory, Songwriting. I specialize in Pop/Rock/Jazz/Country/Indie Rock and Musical Theater genres.

Elizabeth P. San Bruno, CA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Singing, Vocal Training

About Me

Soprano Elizabeth P. is a Pennsylvania native now living in San Francisco paradise. Raised by a family of accordionists, she resisted the family tradition and proclaimed a love for singing. Elizabeth is 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.

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 Touriere (Suor Angelica), Amy (Little Women), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Carmela (La Llorona), and Gerhilde (Die Walkure).

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.

Skye A.

Berkeley, CA
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Roz H.

San Francisco, CA
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Lauren G.

Danville, CA
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Skye A. Berkeley, CA

Subjects Taught

Singing

About Me

I am a classically trained soprano with a special passion for folk songs. I also love to work with my vocal students on musical theater and pop styles.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons start with gentle physical stretches and breathing exercises. I will lead you through a series of vocal warm-ups, starting with very simple lip trills and progressing to longer scales and arpeggios. If you choose, then we will work on ear training and sight-singing to help you understand your printed music. After that, we work on songs we choose together, based on what music you are passionate about singing and what repertoire level seems right for you. Through your songs, we will work on diction, phrasing, breath support, tension, and the joy of interpreting a song in your own way. I provide basic accompaniment on piano or guitar.

*** Studio Equipment ***
in-home studio w/ f/w keyboard, music stands, electronic equipment, plenty of street parking w/ seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in folk, musical theater and classical song literature.

Roz H. San Francisco, CA

Subjects Taught

Piano, Singing

About Me

What’s special about learning music is every person’s musical journey is their own. My musical journey started on piano, which included singing and accompanying on piano (choir and chorales), and also learning clarinet, and violin.

It was clear in high school that my music journey would be through piano performance. I studied piano performance at UC Davis with Lois Brandwynne as well as accompanied the UC Davis Chamber Singers (Al McNeil, conductor) and for master voice instructor Stephanie Friedman (Mezzo Soprano). I discovered contemporary music while in a jazz fusion band "Melange" and also co-leading the UC Davis gospel choir (With Calvin Lymos) and landed at Berklee College of Music studying music composition, arranging, and ensemble performance graduating with a Bachelor’s of Music.

Professionally, I have played keyboards and sung back-up vocals at wedding gigs and special events. I have performed with chamber groups, classical soloists, and performed contemporary music with great musicians here in the Bay Area. After starting a family I took a long break. However, I am now back into music full time focusing on voice and piano instruction.

My style is teaching music in an accessible way that provides a thorough foundation to help you meet your goals. Giving you the confidence to truly express yourself no matter your level of playing. Whether this is a hobby, or you are seeking performance at a higher level, or a beginner that always wanted to learn but never had the time (and now you do!), I am here to help get you started on your way to your musical journey. Let’s get started!

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons for piano entail the use of established piano series books at the appropriate level for the student. Music theory in addition to coverage of basic piano skills are covered. A beginning student should expect within 3-6 months (based on their efforts) should be able to play simple songs, play with both hands, and be able to read music at an basic level.

Lessons for voice entail using material that is from an established voice teacher and music curriculum that extends from beginner to music college level. Learning correct techniques for breathing, learning scales for agility of the voice, and song interpretation/ material that is of the interest of the singer or enhances the learning of the material the singer wants to learn. For example, learning some basic elements of the blues enhances the singer wanting to learning pop, rock, jazz or R&B. At the 3-6 month point the voice student (based on their efforts) should be able to produce a reasonable tone, have a strong understanding of good breathing techniques, be able to sing simple songs at a basic level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
For voice (Highly prefer to teach at my studio or Voice Studio) I provide live piano accompaniments and pre-recorded accompaniments, microphone, record lessons for students to take home and listen to later. At the Voice Studio: Electronic Keyboard, microphone, live or recorded accompaniments, recorded lessons For piano lessons: I provide a Mason and Hamlin upright piano in excellent condition.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For piano the student provides the piano. For voice the student needs to provide a piano or keyboard. I bring my computer that can record the lesson as well as access other vocal training material.

*** Specialties ***
Voice: Pop, Rock, Jazz

Piano: Classical, Pop, Rock

Lauren G. Danville, CA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Singing

About Me

-Teach beginners to advance
-Ages 10 and up
-I travel to you

Hi! My name is Lauren and I have been in love with music for most of my life. Since I was six, I have been singing in one way or another. In middle school I was in the school choir and I performed in a number of band concerts as a vocalist. In high school, I starred in our school's production of "Once Upon a Mattress" as Princess Winnifred the Woebegone. By senior year, I was approached by various faculty to perform our national anthem at three different school events including the NCS Women's basketball championship games. Later that year, I was unanimously chosen to sing our National Anthem at my high school graduation. In college, I started taking lessons in opera and fell completely in love with it. I performed in multiple recitals and was asked to perform in numerous charity events by my school's esteemed faculty.
Though my education is still in progress at Cal State East Bay, I have been teaching for the last five years. My way of teaching is very natural and it is very focused on not pushing the voice. Those who have studied with me would say that I am focused and that I have great attention to detail. I am very good at preparing students for vocal juries and auditions.

*** Lesson Details ***
A typical lesson with me will focus on correct breathing technique as well as properly focusing the tone to achieve sound and volume without pushing the voice. In my lessons, if it hurts to sing, then you're doing it wrong and that is when we stop and fix the issue to gain better technique for performance longevity. Though I am classically trained, I have studied other forms of singing and am very open to whatever my student longs to sing. I am a firm believer that practicing at home is half the journey in achieving one's musical goals, therefore I will provide a homework assignment after every lesson for the student to continue to build on what they learned in session. While I am focused, I also want my students to have fun and that is why i strive for a comfortable, open environment that fosters open communication between teacher and student.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I travel with my keyboard to accommodate those students who don't have a piano.

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