Gaw V.

Gaw V.

24 Reviews
Sacramento, CA

About Gaw V.

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Male Ages Taught: 1 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 1 to 99


Gaw is a voice artist, music teacher, and arranger local to the Sacramento area, specializing in styles such as Jazz, Pop, R&B, and Classical. She began her music experience with the baritone at age 12, and eventually learned to play the violin, trumpet, French horn, piano, and percussion. She received her B.M. in Jazz Studies and currently working on her Master in Voice Performance at California State University of Sacramento.

Gaw sings locally in various Sacramento venues, such as Shady Lady, JB lounge and Capital Garage. She won multiple Downbeat Awards with vocal jazz ensembles at Sacramento State. She performed with Schola Cantorum under the direction of Dr. Donald Kendrick and performed with world class choir RSVP (Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace). Gaw played brass with the championship level drum and bugle corps, Mandarins and Blue Devils A.

Gaw is a positive, personable, and enthusiastic teacher. She began teaching music in 2004 at VAPAC (Visual and Performing Arts Charter), and she taught percussion for several years at C.K. McClatchy High School and a season with Folsom High School. She directed C.K. McClatchy High School choir and was the student director for Sac State vocal jazz ensemble Vox 2 for many years.

She is a currently a graduate assistant and the new director of vocal jazz ensembles at Sacramento State. She also teaches privately in Sacramento and Roseville.

*** Lesson Details ***
"I love teaching because it's worthwhile to see my students succeed in something they really work hard for. I believe that every student has their own unique way of learning music. I am patient and understanding, so my lesson plans will be based on the student's ability, personal interests, and goals. We can work on songs that range from Bach to Ella Fitzgerald, Rolling Stones to Adele and Taylor Swift. Music is fun and rewarding. With me, students will develop a strong music education to help them succeed while having fun."

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Vocal Jazz and pop. I also specialize in marching percussion and concert percussion. I was a brass player throughout high school and college. My music methods include basic music theory and ear training.

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Master of Music Performance Sep 2012 - Present
Sacramento State Universtiy

Languages Spoken

English and Hmong Professional Proficiency

Student Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 24 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Teacher My daughter, who is 12, learned so much from Gaw. She improved greatly under Gaw's instruction. I highly recommend Gaw for anyone looking for a teacher for their kids, or themselves! She was honest, but kind, and really encouraged my daughter to reach her potential. You will no be disappointed with her. April 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gaw is a Knowledgble, Caring and Talented Music Teacher My 5 year old daughter has been taking vocal lessons from Gaw for the past 4 months. I am always pleasantly surprised as she continually teaches new techniques each week. What a great musical foundation my daughter will eventually have. additionally Gaw is always encouraging and supportive especially when my daughter wanders off key. Thanks Gaw for your inspired training and support. March 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gaw is past awesome! Gaw is amazing! My daughter loves her weekly lessons. She is patient and encouraging. I thought it was just the chemistry between her and my daughter until I saw her working with all the children in her recital. Her talent and ability to bring out the best in her students is truly a blessing. May 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gaw is Great! Because my daughter is so young (6yrs old) I was especially worried that we may not be presented with an instructor who is equipped with the patience and grace it will take to successfully teach a child of her age. To my surprise Gaw was exactly what we needed. With her extensive background in music and experience with teaching young children, my daughter loves learning piano, and that’s all that I could ask for. I would recommend Gaw to anyone, young and old, who would like to learn piano. April 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fun Teacher for Kids Gaw is sp good with kids - my 8 year old daughter loves her and looks forward to the weekly voice lessons. Gaw understands and knows how to work with kids. She makes lessons fun and interesting. She recommended that I sat through the first lesson with my daughter, and after every lesson she gives me guidance to work with my daughter at home. July 9, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lessons are going really well with Gaw. I love her methods and her constant encouragement! July 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Gaw is very patient with my 6 year old and she is having a great time learning from her. June 27, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Oh my goodness! I don't think I have enough room to properly describe how incredible Gaw is! She is everything an amazing instructor should be and more: knowledgeable, patient, knows how much to challenge you, with such an amazing personality! Just in the short time I have been taking lessons, I have improved so much! June 2, 2012