Margaret G.

Margaret G.

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11 Reviews
San Francisco, CA

About Margaret G.

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Male Ages Taught: 5 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 5 to 99

Overview

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 ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite
have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.

Photos and Videos

"Les oiseaux dans la charmille" or "The Doll Song" is from Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann.

Experience

Voice Teacher Sep 2011 - Present
SF Community Music Center

Private voice instructor

Voice Teacher Aug 2005 - Present
Private: Magvoice

Private voice instructor

Stage Director Sep 2013 - Dec 2013
SF Community Music Center

Opera and Musical Theater Workshop Class

Opera Workshop Production Assistant Aug 2009 - Jun 2010
San Jose State University: School of Music

Education

Masters of Music: Opera Voice Aug 2008 - Jun 2010
San Jose State University
Bachelors of Arts: Anthropology Sep 2003 - Mar 2008
University of Washington
Bachelors of Music: Opera Voice Sep 2003 - Mar 2008
University of Washington

Languages Spoken

German Limited Proficiency
Italian Limited Proficiency

Awards

2nd Place Winner May 2010
San Jose Opera Guild Competition
Scholarship Winner May 2009
San Jose Woman's Club
1st Place Winner May 2009
San Jose Music Club Competition
Concerto Competition Winner Nov 2008
San Jose State University

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing Mar 2012
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.

Student Reviews

Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 11 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Margaret is a skilled and encouraging teacher. She is always enthusiastic, upbeat and engaged. She offers a variety of ideas and physical demonstrations to illustrate what needs to be learned. I am so grateful to have found her! I could not ask for anyone better. March 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LOVE LOVE LOVE HER Margaret is such a good teacher!!! My daughter has been going to her for a month now and she looks forward for her lessons every week!! My daughter has learned a lot. She puts fun in her teaching and my daughter enjoys it every week. I have no regrets in choosing her!! February 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Professional Instruction Margaret is a great teacher and an experienced professional. She can provide instruction with praise and make the experience enjoyable and worthwhile. Would wholeheartedly recommend Margaret to prospective students. January 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by The right singing teacher for me. Margaret is awesome! She can really find my problem and give me specific instruction. It's very important for the music teacher finding out the way to motive and help students find the right singing spot. October 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Patient, knowledgeable, and all around awesome! I'm brand new to singing, and could not have hoped for a better teacher. I was initially very nervous about singing in front of someone else, but Margaret is very kind, and professional, which made it very easy to loosen up and learn/practice. Cannot recommend her more highly. February 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lovely Energy and Professional Instruction Margaret gave me a couple of lessons via an Amazon.com special deal.In just two lessons she helped me with a couple of issues I had with my voice and gave me some great exercises to help me.Highly recommended! July 11, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Amazing Teacher Margaret is wonderful! I was nervous at first, but now I look forward to my weekly lessons. I feel completely comfortable singing in front of her and she gives great input. June 23, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fouad A. I have been singing since I was a child. Margaret showed me the right way to sing, from breathing techniques, how to resonate my voice and more..Now I can start to see a difference in my recordings. May 30, 2012