With 30 years teaching experience, I'm friendly and interested in helping my students succeed in learning piano and theory and discovering the joys of playing all kinds of music.
I hold a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University. My students participate in 1 or 2 recitals per year and receive awards for doing so.
Piano, Singing, Acting, Music Theory, Songwriting, Speaking Voice
I have been teaching music for over 15 years. In regards to piano training, I began taking classical piano lessons at the age of five and continued for 11 years. I performed at Valley Fair Mall, Sherman and Clay stores, churches and concerts etc.
In regards to vocal background, I performed her first vocal solo at the age of five. At the age of 15, I founded the Notre Dame Gospel Choir. By the second year the choir grew to over 50 voices. Following graduation in 1999, I was hired back to continue directing the choir. By the time of my departure in 2004, the choir had grown to over 100 voices and was deemed as the largest club on campus. This choir performed at many events across Northern California which included: Christmas in the Park, churches, schools and opening for the world renowned group, Chanticleer. They also performed at Disneyland in their Magic Music Days Program three consecutive years. In addition I direct the 200 voice California Northwest Jurisdiction Youth Choir for . She received numerous awards and scholarships as an individual performer and choral director/ private vocal coach.
I have a B.A. in music with an emphasis in vocal performance from Santa Clara University where I also reinstated the University’s gospel choir with an annual event (Gospelfest) bringing in 1,000 persons at its prime. After being away from SCU since my 2004 graduation, in 2011, I was rehired at SCU to conduct the choir once more.
I have worked with persons ranging from preschool to University students W.C Cupe Elementary school, Carden Academy of Santa Clara, Santa Clara Christian School to name a few. I have many solo performances under her belt; San Jose Ballet performances of Nutcracker (ahh girls), Operas held at Santa Clara University, duets with gospel legends such as Andre Crouch just to name a few. I believe that music teaches discipline, confidence, respect and love. Currently, I am the founder and director of a recording children’s choir named Joyful Noise Bay Area Children’s Choir which ranges in age from 6-17 This group operates under my husband and I's 501c3 non-profit organization, Youth Utilizing emPowerment and Praise, I am a songwriter, arranger, teacher, coach and most importantly a lover of music and music education.
Singing, Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice
Catherine D. has worked with musical theater and opera companies regionally and internationally. She has performed in a variety of musicals and operas, including The Music Man (Mrs. Paroo), Honk!ˆ (Henrietta), Once Upon A Mattress (Lady Rowena), Once On This Island, Miss Saigon, Aida, Singing In The Rain, Seussical the Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chess, Die Fledermaus, and Cosi Fan Tutti. Along with Janae Mariant, Catherine co-directed and starred as Jane Watson in the independent film Shirley Holmes and Jane Watson: The Murder In The Park. She has been a regular performer at the Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano, CA where she recorded an album of songs celebrating San Juan and its history, entitled “Back to Capistrano,” with songwriter and playwright Gary McCarver. She recently was lucky enough to see another country’s perspective of musical theatre while working on the brilliantly acclaimed production of Blood Brothers at the Q in Queanbeyan, Australia, just outside of the nation’s capitol of Canberra (hailed along with Les Miserables as the show with the most heart-stopping final 15 minutes). Catherine holds teaching credentials in both Theatre and Dance through California State University: Fullerton and has extensive training in voice, acting, and dance (jazz, tap, ballet, modern, salsa, samba, ballroom) through the Grande-Goodsell Institute for the Arts and Humanities. She has taught acting, singing, and dancing skills for over six years with ages 8-adult with Children’s Musical Theatre of San Jose, Southern California Institute of Music, and Del Obispo Elementary School. She is so grateful to her friends, family, and angel of a voice teacher Jill Grande-Goodsell for their unending love and support.
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Trumpet, Ukulele, Banjo, Trombone, Tuba, Upright Bass
I have been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. More recently I've also started teaching online lessons via Skype with Take Lessons as well.
I received my Bachelor of Music Education with Honors from New Mexico State University in 2008. During the course of my degree I had a special focus on classical guitar and composition, but completed a program certifying teachers for band, orchestra, choir, and general music from kindergarten to high school. I also received my Level 1 Orff certification (music education for small children) from the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Violin, Broadway Singing, Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Percussion, Saxophone, Songwriting, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Upright Bass, Viola
Hello, my name is Chris. I am currently a Jazz Studies major at San Jose State University. I began my musical journey at Dartmouth Middle School. I played saxophone, and was only mildly interested in music. I stayed in music in high school, but remained only mildly interested until my Sophomore year. I discovered the trumpet and began to listen to Louis Armstrong, and became obsessed with jazz and mastering the trumpet. In just 2 short years, I had studied enough trumpet to travel South America with the San Jose Youth Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra. After my South American tour, I decided to teach privately and share my talents with the world. I won a scholarship to San Jose State for music excellence in 2009, and joined the Spartan Marching Band. While in this prestigious organization I performed in Olympic Stadiums, Disneyland, and all over San Jose. I am currently working toward a Bachelor of Music with a dual emphasis in Music Education and Jazz Studies from San Jose State. I work for TakeLessons.com, and Manzana Music.
In addition to in person lessons, I teach online. Online lessons use Skype, which provides students with a convenient opportunity to get high quality music lessons. I have personally received lessons online from the highest level of professionals. I recommend online lessons to anyone who is not able to attend in person lessons, or prefers the convenience of online lessons.
Singing, Broadway Singing, Opera Voice
I am a tenor that recently earned his MA in music from San Jose State. I completed my BA in Music from Fresno State. I am currently earning my teaching credential in music and love to help students reach their singing potential. As an undergraduate student (and in high school) my voice was classified from everything from bass to tenor and this led me down some tricky roads. This experience has helped me understand that the voice is constantly changing and the only way to survive is to have a solid technique. The technique I teach is strongly rooted in classical singing, but with this foundation you will be able to know your voice well enough that you can sing whatever genre you like without damaging your voice.
As a performer I love to perform many different styles. My training is rooted in classical training and I have many operatic roles under my belt. I also love musical theatre and made my professional musical theatre debut last summer as Seaweed in Hairspray. I also love to sing R&B and pop in my free time.
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