Christine J.

Christine J.

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14 Reviews
San Francisco, CA

About Christine J.

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Male Ages Taught: 9 to 75
Female Ages Taught: 9 to 75

Overview

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

Photos and Videos

Laeticia's aria, from The Old Maid and the Thief, by Menotti. .

Education

MFA in Music. Graduated with distinction for leadership and academic achievement Jan 2013 - Dec 2013
NDNU
Fellow in Vocal Performance Jun 1991 - Sep 1991
Music Academy of the West
BA in Music, minor in Humanistic Psychology with honors Jan 1981 - Jun 1984
SSU

Languages Spoken

IPA (lyric diction). All languages Professional Proficiency

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing Mar 2009
NATS

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

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14 Reviews on Christine J.

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Aletheia C. February 12, 2014
Singing
Skilled, caring and fun teacher!

I am so happy to have started classes with Christine. In the couple months I've been working with her I feel a huge improvement in the quality of my singing and comfortabity with technique. Christine has tailored our lessons to meet my exact needs. She's an expert in classical voice and her depth of knowledge means I'm learning about musicality, composers, technique, and performance. She is a fantastic teacher, fun to be around, and has empowered my voice more than any other teacher I've worked with! I'd highly recommend Christine.
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Lorraine H. December 11, 2013
Singing
Great for a beginner

I came into these singing lessons with zero singing experience, and it's been really positive. Christine helped me to feel comfortable right away. She's been engaged with what I've wanted to learn, and put thought into customizing instruction for me.

We talk about listening for harmonies in different types of popular music, how to train my ear to hear, suggestions of different recordings to listen to, and even a bit of music theory. I have some historical music experience (violin), and she's found ways to connect the singing instruction to what I already know. I'm now (attempting) to learn a folk song she's suggested, and found myself surprised to be able to learn and observe quite a bit through the process-- and begin to pull it off-- I think. :)

I see several reviews here from trained singers, but wanted to chime in that Christine has been great for a very untrained student as well!
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Bronya F. November 27, 2013
Singing
Great Teacher

Christine is an incredibly generous person who deeply cares about her students' needs. She carved out time for me from her own performance rehearsals when I was under a lot of pressure to measure up for a performance that was just around the corner.

She is extremely encouraging and positive, and she knows the techniques to get your performance level higher or to expand your range.

I would definitely recommend her.
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Carey C. October 31, 2013
Singing
Christine is an excellent teacher, anyone is lucky to have her!

I came to Christine as a trained singer who hadn't sung for years. She has been wonderful for me, completely understanding and supportive of the adjustments that I am having to make as an out-of-practice, and older (than I was) singer. She has a wealth of knowledge and helps me see things from different angles. She has been able to "get my head back into the game," and I wasn't sure if that was possible. She is extremely experienced, and loves all kinds of voices. Her goal is to take every student as an individual and give them what they need to succeed. She teaches all age groups and is able to adapt brilliantly. Fantastic!!
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Jean D. October 28, 2013
Singing
I was so lucky to find her!

Christine J. was exactly the teacher I needed at exactly the right time. I know that she teaches many younger students without a lot of musical training, and I am sure she does a great job. But I needed a teacher who could meet some pretty specific needs: I'm a trained musician and I already know a lot about my voice. I needed some very specific coaching from someone who would be able to listen to me and not be condescending. I had no time to waste, I already had had a unfortunate experience with someone who was not a good fit.

Christine is a TALENTED, EXPERIENCED MUSICIAN, she listened to me, understood exactly what I needed from her, and focused her instruction to that specific need. She understands vocal production, and knows exactly what to say so that I understand what she is trying to get me to do. In just a few months my voice has improved beyond my hopes. She has a sense of humor, is caring and helpful, and a complete professional. Word is getting around, so make an appointment while she still has openings! You won't regret it.
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Carrie B. September 17, 2013
Singing
Great teacher!

Christine is a wonderful, caring, natural teacher. She motivates and inspires me. I truly enjoy her as a teacher and highly recommend her. She is able to see what I need and communicate it in a way that inspires me. I look forward to going to my voice lessons.
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ravina G. April 20, 2013
Singing
great and easy to work with!

I started my lessons with Christine when I was 15 (a few months ago, now 16) and I started out really ashamed of my voice and scared to sing out loud, but after the first few lessons I was already much more comfortable. I thought I would never be able to sing and wanted to see if lessons would help, and they did! She knows exactly what fits the student best, but doesn't push you to a genre you don't want to sing in. It's a good, safe environment to be in and I never feel judged or laughed at, because it's only constructive criticism which helps me, as a student grow.
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Allison M. April 18, 2013
Broadway Singing
She's so awesome

I absolutely love her she is teaching me about my voice better than anyone else.
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Karen C. January 21, 2013
Singing
Terrific teacher for voice and presence

Christine has taught my 9 year old daughter for six months. She engages her in learning singing, suggesting music to prepare and keeping my daughter focused during the sessions. She did an excellent job preparing my girl for an audition: although it was her first try out ever, my daughter sang clearly and confidently and made call backs. Christine had clearly communicated how to dress, how to act, and the intangibles about the audition process that made my daughter feel ready.

Christine is reliable, always ready at lesson time.
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Viktoria O. December 15, 2012
Singing
Christine is awesome!

Christine is teaching singing to my 12-year-old daughter, who has shown great improvement from when we just started. Christine also helped my daughter prepare for an audition for the Sound of Music, in which my daughter was cast! I recommend Christine for anyone looking for professional and fun vocal lessons.