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Broadway Singing, French Horn, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Trumpet, Violin
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.
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"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."
Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Child Acting, Choir, Christian Gospel, Classical Voice, Composition, Conducting, Dulcimer, Ear Training, Fiddle, Gospel Singing, Kazoo, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing, Theater Acting, Viola, Violin, Vocal Training, Voice Acting
I grew up in a household of 9 where music was always center stage. We would sing as a family in different venues and were often called the VonTrapp family. I have enjoyed singing and performing from a young age. I began studying flute at age 8, after scoring highest in the harmony listening exam and began formal violin lessons at the age of 9. I studied all genres including, fiddle, classical, musical theater and 20th century. I have continued to study violin since then and have performed in many orchestras and small groups, such as Honor Orchestra, the Paradise Symphony, the Yuba College Orchestra, Yuba-Sutter Oratorio Society Orchestra and more. I have been concert master and first stand in many of these. I have also soloed in many and have been the first violinist in quartets for countless weddings and other events. I have also played in numerous pit orchestras for musicals.
I have been in choirs and soloing since I can remember. I have performed and soloed in choirs such as the Yuba-Sutter Oratorio Society, CSUS Chamber Choir, the CSUS Women's Choir and more. I have toured to Victoria, Montreal, Ottowa, Oregon and Washington. I have also been in opera productions such as The Magic Flute, Peleas and Melisande and Die Fledermaus (The Bat) with CSUS Opera. I am a recent recipient of the Saturday Club Scholarship, a prestigious award, and have won many competitions (some repeatedly) both vocally and with violin, such as the Tri-County Competition, Young Artist Competitions, and the California Soloist and Ensemble Competitions. Additionally, I have performed musical theater repertoire and have performed as lead in musicals such as Beauty and the Beast and Into the Woods. I have also soloed repeatedly with the Yuba College jazz band and at churches all around.
I have earned my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from CSU Sacramento. I have my Associates Degrees in both Music and Early Childhood Education from Yuba College.Additionally, I have obtained my certificate of completion of training from Music Together, an organization which trains teachers to teach Basic Music Competence (both in tonality and rhythm), and am currently teaching this curriculum.
I have been teaching music privately for over ten years to all ages, genders and abilities. Additionally, I have taught ages 0-5 years in a preschool setting for 7 years and am extremely familiar with developmentally appropriate practices for both preschool school age, as I am a site supervisor at a child development center with a preschool and after school program. I have had many adult students as well and encourage adults to enrich their lives with music at any age! Additionally, I have experience teaching parent child classes and am familiar with how to teach to the particular needs of each family and student.
I'm extremely excited and looking forward to growing as a professional, both teaching and performing, in both the areas of violin and voice and to be instrumental in your musical growth too; I can't wait to share my passion with you and to ignite your passion for music too!
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I have been teaching since 2002 and have loved every minute of it! I teach all ages. I tailor my style of teaching to each student's goals and to what works for you. If you want to learn Taylor Swift music, I won't be giving you arias. On the other hand, if you wish to study classically, I have repertoire appropriate for you. I teach fiddle, classical, orchestral, 20th century and more for violin students and have experience with jazz, classical, musical theater, pop, religious, spiritual, choral, 20th century and more vocally.
For violin students, I use the Suzuki method as a pushing off point, a tried and true method used in many countries across the world, though I have other repertoire including fiddle, orchestra, small ensemble, solo, concertos, Christmas, and more. For vocalist, I start with the book, Adventures in Singing. I also have warm ups and exercises to keep you vocally healthy. I will teach you anything you want to learn! I also teach how to read music, theory and harmony, depending on your interest and tailored to your current skill level.
I am encouraging and knowledgeable. I will meet you at your current level, be that beginner, intermediate, or advanced. My students can look forward to being encouraged and growing through their time with me. I don't have preset ideas about where you should be in 3-6 months, nor do I have a one size fits all teaching style. Instead, I will work with you individually so that you will become the best musician you can be, meet your goals, and increase your enjoyment and appreciation for music.
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Lessons in open space, digital piano, music stands, violins available for rent, music, staff paper and computer
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I expect my students to provide the instrument with all of it's accessories (ie shoulder rest, rosin, bow and case) along with the appropriate level Suzuki book. I have instruments available for rent. My voice students should bring their own music also. I have an electric piano in my studio along with music stands. Of course, every student must have a pencil an come ready to have fun learning! :)
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Suzuki, solfege, art songs and arias, reading music, fiddle, classical, healthy vocal technique and musical theater. I am very good at working with any age.
I am confident to provide you with the skills needed to enjoy playing violin: I have eleven years of experience in violin performance, three years of teaching experience,and participating in variety of musical ensembles, orchestras, and musical theater productions. I am currently a music student in college and working on my degree in music.
I will create a learning environment, help to discover your musical talent and make your dreams come true about music.
I believe that "time is valuable". I guarantee to give the productive lessons, core skills needed with the positive outcome in a very short time.
only a compassionate teacher can be your true friend.
I am here to take your hands and push you steps forward toward your dreams.
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My lessons are totally based on individual needs, abilities and long term goals. I believe that combining learning and earning experience give music student the outstanding result. I give so many performance opportunities to my students throughout the community. this can help them to combine their skills with experiences and use them for their future. for beginners I fundamentally use SUZUKI STYLE and also my own personal style of teaching.I give an specific syllabus to my students about the materials needed to be learned in each level of violin performance. also this gives them a very clear clue about what is expected to be mastered in each level. so this way students can feel success and see the bright path to proficiency in violin. for intermediate levels I usually use kaiser etudes, sonatas and concertos which are recommended for this level. in the advanced level, we start to learn all Bach sonatas and partitas, plus working on valuable etude books like Kruetzer or Rod. also concertos will be offered to my students based on their skills and level of advancement in this level of teaching.
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Piano, stand, metronome, recording equipment, sound acoustic
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Instrument, learning materials
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
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