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About Sven O.

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San Francisco, CA

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highly structured instruction in vocal technique—personalized for your individual needs—for measurable long term results

About Sven
Hi, I'm Sven and I love helping people learn to sing!

I'm a singer and choral conductor with 20 years experience as a full-time performing musician. I have taught class voice and individual singing lessons at the New England Conservatory of Music and have been a Teaching Artist with San Francisco Opera for nine years. As artistic director of Lacuna Arts (SF), I conduct the 24 voice a cappella Chorale and present workshops in ear training, sight singing, and music theory for choral singers. My students have gone on to major in voice performance at the college level and to perform as soloists with local choruses.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach classical singing technique based on a scientific knowledge of vocal anatomy and the physics of sound—and not on flashy gimmicks.

Through guided practice, you will learn to:

-take a long
, slow breath that expands the ribcage before starting to sing
-initiate the vocal tone with an onset that is neither breathy nor pressed
-manage breath efficiently so you never feel like you "run out" of air in the middle of a phrase
-connect from pitch to pitch and vowel to vowel for a seamless legato
-sing any dynamic from piano to forte
-increase your vocal range from top to bottom with balanced resonance and smooth register transitions

If you study with me, you will learn why common expressions like "breathe from the diaphragm" are essentially meaningless (we can only breathe from the diaphragm). And you will come to understand why things like trying to "bring the sound forward" or "send the voice to the back of the room" are physically impossible (sound doesn't move like that).

Whether you are interested in singing opera, choral music, or musical theater, you will learn a foundational classical singing technique that will allow you to make the artistic choices you want with confidence, poise, and finesse. Students must be serious about improving their singing and commit to a minimum of 60 minutes of at-home practice between lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, upright Kawai piano, sitting area, mirror, music stand, Edirol/Roland digital recorder

*** Travel Equipment ***
Must have piano

*** Specialties ***
classical, opera, and "legit" musical theater
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Lawrence November 8, 2018
· Classical Voice · In home
Very good!
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Daniela R. January 9, 2018
· Audition Prep · In studio
I don't usually write reviews cause I am always afraid they'll sound fake (because my complements always sounds super corny), but after reading this disclaimer, please know that this is as sincere review from a very very pleased student, who decided to write this because It's is the best way to repay someone that completely went out of his normal lessons activities to help me out with my very specific requirements.

I rate Sven 5 stars because aside from being a very educated (musically and socially speaking) person, he also welcomes you into his class with a mix of kindness and funny personality super willing to teach you but at the same time wanting to push you and get the best out of you.

I was very impressed by how much knowledge he always has in his hands, with his wonderful credentials but mostly with how motivating it was to be learning from someone you feel knows what he is doing, and because of that, earns your respect and makes you want to work harder and make the best out of the lesson.

As I mentioned before, I went to Sven with the very specific goal of preparing my portfolio to apply to my dream music school, and not only he gave me the confidence to arrange my existing material, he motivated me to create new material.

Not only I completed my task but I gathered months of knowledge in a matter of 2 weeks.

Very happy and thankful to have had the opportunity to study and work with him.
Super recommended as a teacher, and very cool person :).
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Rachel October 19, 2017
· Singing · In home
Sven has a wonderful gift in being able to break down concepts and offer concrete guidance which I so appreciate as a beginner.

He is very organized and has a deep knowledge and passion for his work.

He is without a doubt, a top-notch instructor.
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Sven O.

San Francisco, CA 94117
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About Paige P.

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Richmond, CA

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Singing has been my passion since the age of 4. The voice is very special - it empowers us to live the lives we desire, communicate with others, and express ourselves. It is my mission to help others discover and develop their voices, thereby freeing them to use it as they choose.

Beyond the functional voice, I teach performance skills, musicianship, music reading, foreign language diction, phonetics, and so much more! I have a Bachelors in Music Education, a Masters in Performance, and a performance resume ranging from jazz to opera.

I love working with singers of all ages and experience levels. I know how to engage with children and adults alike for a productive, enriching musical experience, so whether you are a sings-all-the-time 2nd grader, a recreational karaoke buff, a devoted choral singer, or an operatic baritone, you have a place in my studio.

About Paige
I'm so happy to meet you! My name is Paige, a California transplant from Texas by way of Tennessee. I've taught since 2007 and enjoy teaching singers of all ages and experience levels.

I have a Bachelors in Music Education with a K-12 certification in Vocal Education, as well as a Masters in Performance. I have a strong musical background, having sung in the Texas All - State Choir, University Interscholastic League, and National Association of Teachers of Singing.

When I am not teaching, I actively perform in the Greater Bay Area, singing jazz, choral music, and opera.
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Dana August 16, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
I leave every lesson with some new tidbit as well as confidence that I've learned more about my voice and the song I'm learning.
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Olesia August 16, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Good knowledge and good exercises! Paige has great experience and ability to connect!
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Srinika August 14, 2017
· Classical Voice · In home
Paige is awesome! She helped me find my range and use my voice without straining. I highly recommend Paige Patrick whether you are a professional singer, trying out for a school audition, or just want to feel much more confident in kareoke
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Paige P.

Richmond, CA 94804
(7)
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$42 / 30-min

About Evelyn S.

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San Francisco, CA
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I believe with a healthy technique, awareness of the entire body as an instrument, and patience, you can sing anything. I love exploring and helping a student develop their unique voice and musical expression! I have explored a variety of musical genres, from classical, musical theater, jazz, and pop and calls on those experiences as I work with each unique voice to bring out the very best in my students.

I have performed nationally and internationally with both opera and musical theater. Notable experiences include performing with the iSING! International Young Artists Festival in Suzhou and Beijing, China, the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute in Montréal, Canada, and the Festival of the Aegean Greek Opera Studio in Syros, Greece. I have taught voice and general music privately for over 7 years now.

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Evelyn S.

San Francisco, CA 94107
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$59 / 30-min

About Gwendolyn K.

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Oakland, CA

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I access singing and speaking through movement and resonance. We discover the way your body moves freely, opening up the breath and getting it to flow freely. Then we discover how to access your resonance with that freely flowing breath. Singing and speaking comes easily from there. Lessons with me are a combination of yoga class, anatomy lesson, and actually making sound. I find that if we see our voices as another part of the body that we're training, we see that singing is a movement technique, and looking at it that way actually gives us the freedom to make art with it.

About Gwendolyn
I'm an opera singer with seven years of stage experience in Germany and the US, including top houses like the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Komische Oper Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, and, since moving to the Bay Area, I have worked with Opera San Jose and Lamplighter's Theater. I have a MA in singing from the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin, and I have taught others to sing since 2014.

I am also a 200 Hour Certified Yogalign teacher. Yogalign teaches the body how to come into natural, functional, comfortable alignment and strengthens it to stay there. I use it while teaching voice, but I also love to teach it on its own.

In voice lessons, I constantly incorporate alignment practices because we use our whole bodies to produce sound. A free breath, which means good alignment, is the foundation of good voice technique.

I believe
that singing is a movement practice like any other. When we move our legs and feet properly, we move through the water, and we call that swimming. When we use our breath and our resonance properly while our vocal chords vibrate, we call that singing. It is all a matter of coordination, one we either naturally understood in childhood, or one we must be taught. It is my joy to guide people to this knowledge of their voices.

With public speakers, my goal is to help people feel at home in their bodies and command the room with their voices while giving presentations. I have given seminars teaching scientific researchers in Berlin and Potsdam, helping them to present results in ways that are both informative and inspiring.

Students in each area can expect to progress steadily week to week, provided they do the assigned exercises in between. The voice, the body, and language skills are all muscles we must train daily to expect any progress.

I look forward to working with creative students who have a passion for self-discovery and honest self-expression. Let's have fun!
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Monet January 30, 2019
· Vocal Training · In studio
Gwendolyn is my first vocal coach. She is helping me to access the power and confidence in my speaking and singing voice. Using full body movement and vocal exercises she opened up a world of singing for me that I never knew before. She has helped me to discover my body as an instrument (crazy right?!). Gwendolyn has a tremendous amount of knowledge on the mechanics of the body, the way sound is made in our bodies and of course music! I am more powerful and confident in my voice than I have ever been. Gwendolyn is amazing!!
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Monika January 17, 2019
· Yoga · In studio
Working with Gwendolyn brought forth several break throughs even after just one session. She intuitively guided me into alignment, and with such efficacy & ease, my connection to body and breath continues to deepen now, months later. The work I've done on my own or with other teachers came to a (an aligned, you could say) clarity while working with this gifted teacher - definitely recommend!
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Joanna January 16, 2019
· Yoga · In studio
Gwendolyn is the best! I loved her yogalign class. She’s so warm and open and made me feel really comfortable just being myself and trying new things.
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Gwendolyn K.

Oakland, CA 94610
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$50 / 30-min

About Annette B.

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Aurora, CO
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Any level of voice lessons available.

About Annette
I am a musician who loves to have fun! Music lessons should never be boring or super strict! I encourage my students to learn while being compassionate and energized.

I currently am a music director at a Catholic church where I sing and play the piano, although my music experience is much more extensive. My primary instrument is the oboe (I have a B.M. degree in oboe performance), but I also play and teach the violin, piano and voice.

As well as music directing and teaching, I am a huge theatre nerd! I love musicals especially and my usual role is director or stage manager. I can offer pre-audition lessons to help you prepare for anything you may have coming up : )
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About Patrick H.

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San Francisco, CA

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I approach my teaching by finding every singer's true and honest voice, and then exploring ways to make that voice as free and beautiful as possible. In the course of our lessons I will utilize techniques to explore breath control, resonance, range and freedom of not only the voice, but the body's ability to express while performing.

Every person that is capable of speech is capable of singing beautifully, and I fully embrace that mantra as a teacher. With that approach, I teach a wide variety of styles, ranging from Music Theater to classically informed Operatic Singing. Let's make some music!

About Patrick
I am an opera singer here in the Bay Area, with Professional Stage experience in Opera, Music Theater, Choral Work and Spoken Word. Most recently I've performed on stage at San Francisco Opera, West Bay Opera, Lamplighter's Music Theater and Pocket Opera! I also regularly work with Education Outreach Organizations such as the San Francisco Opera Guild, to bring opera to Elementary schools around the Bay Area.

I love working with students of all ages and have been teaching since my undergraduate in 2010. Speaking of school, I hold a Bachelor of Music from The Pennsylvania State University in Voice with an emphasis on Vocal Pedagogy. I also hold a Master of Music from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where I continued my work in Pedagogy and Vocal Anatomy / Physiology.
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Deanna May 4, 2019
· Vocal Training · In home
Although my daughter did not work with Patrick long he was so encouraging and worked with my daughter and gave her tools to grow and work on. We hope to work with him again very soon as schedule permits. Thanks again for the confidence build for my daughter!
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Andy January 2, 2019
· Classical Voice · In studio
A brilliant voice and a wonderful understanding of how the voice mechanism works, Patrick really communicates with his students and provides clear but masterful instruction. I always feel like I understand a bit more every time I discuss music with him.
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Whitney December 31, 2018
· Classical Voice · In home
Patrick has been a colleague for mine for over 4 years now. He is a fantastic teacher with a solid vocal technique, and I have seen him work with students of all ages and skill levels. He curates his teaching to suit each individual student and helps them grow and forge their own path into singing in a positive, affirming atmosphere. He is personable and kind, and I could not recommend him more.
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Patrick H.

San Francisco, CA 94116
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$50 / 30-min

About Victoria R.

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Pleasant Hill, CA
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Hello and congratulations on your decision to find the RIGHT voice teacher for your unique needs. I have been teaching voice for 27 years, both locally and internationally, and have studied voice for 40 years. I teach all styles, ranging from classical to musical theater, R&B to pop and jazz. I can help you cross-train and learn to sing multiple styles authentically. I also still study voice and perform frequently (again, classical to classic rock), so I understand the needs of all types of singers. I challenge all of my students at their own particular levels by prescribing vocal exercises for quick and longer term solutions, then applying it to their chosen songs. Our lessons are always fun! I treat all of my students like they are going to be on the big stage, regardless of experience, and also provide regular performance opportunities for them.

About Victoria
Do you want to MASTER YOUR VOICE (meaning *really sing*)..., or do you want to sound like everyone else? Find the RIGHT teacher for yourself (Pleasant Hill, CA or online)! Master your voice and make your mark as a unique singer, not as a cookie cutter version of every other singer in the world! I have been teaching beginners through seasoned professionals (teens to adults, including seniors) for 27 years in styles ranging from Opera to Pop, both locally and internationally. I have studied voice for 40 years from some of the most renowned teachers in the world (and still continue to study)! I perform regularly in Classical, Pop and Classic Rock. My teaching style is fun, straightforward and informative. I am an expert in diagnosing your vocal issues and giving you both quick fixes and long term solutions. Find your true voice! Sin
g multiple styles healthily and authentically! Overcome tension, vocal fatigue and fear so that you can finally reach your maximum potential.

I have had many students win competitions at the local, regional and international levels; and pursue careers in singing, teaching and/or conducting. I also love helping beginning singers find and free the voice that lies within them. Every one of my students is important to me, and I treat them all like they will be on the big stage, whether it is a goal or a dream!

Complimentary 10 minute phone consultation available. Let me answer your questions or discuss your goals!
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Mika R. February 12, 2019
· Singing · In home
Super!!!
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Tom January 2, 2019
· Vocal Training · In studio
Over the years I've taken voice lessons to improve core skills. Not all voice teachers are the same! I started with Ms. Rapanan’s group class just to check out her skills and style of teaching. I discovered a truly great teacher who integrates her long-earned breadth and depth (classical to pop) styles of singing into her teaching methods. This is rare! I truly enjoyed her challenging and inspiring me to push my limits. And, she's fun to work with. She has a high-energy positive teaching style. Maybe what I like most is that she personalized my lessons; taking into account my particular voice, style, and, limitations/strengths. I have not found these teaching attributes elsewhere; knowledgeable with great command. Since she is a serious -but loads of fun- teacher, I totally endorse her for serious and committed students.
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Jeff January 1, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Victoria Rapanan is a solid vocal technician who transforms voices. She can really diagnose vocal issues and provide specific and clear solutions in a fun and creative manner. Her students are excellent singers. Victoria is also a magnificent performer. I give her my highest rating in all categories.
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Victoria R.

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
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$60 / 30-min

About Evelyn S.

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San Francisco, CA

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Experienced teacher of 7 years. I find a student's unique gift and let it shine through their music! I build a solid foundation in my lessons, so a student can sing/play/write any style of music and reach their specific goals. I provide all of the tools necessary to hone their craft, from technique, musicianship, theory, and performance skills. Whether you are an aspiring professional or music is your hobby, all backgrounds are welcome! I set high, yet attainable expectations for my students, all while being patient and understanding of the exciting learning process!

About Evelyn
Experience music teacher of 7 years. I find a student's unique gift and let it shine through their music! I build a solid foundation in my lessons, so a student can sing/play/write any style of music and reach their specific goals. I provide all of the tools necessary to hone their craft, from technique, musicianship, theory, and performance skills. Whether you are an aspiring professional or music is your hobby, all backgrounds are welcome! I set high, yet attainable expectations for my students, all while being patient and understanding of the exciting learning process!
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Evelyn S.

San Francisco, CA 94109
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$50 / 30-min

About Cliff R.

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San Francisco, CA

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I am very patient and believe that with hard work and dedication, anyone can learn to sing! I have a piano at home and can train you to deliver amazing performances. You'll be ready for karaoke in no time!

About Cliff
I have over 20 years' experience in singing and vocal performance which includes a Bachelor's degree in vocal performance from Bucknell University. I have taught numerous a cappella groups and was a member of several vocal ensembles in the Bay Area, including the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and San Jose Choral Project.

I'm comfortable primarily teaching beginners, and am very patient and disciplined in my approach to singing. Preferably we'd be doing a series of warmups and vocal exercises prior to actually singing songs, but we'll get there! I have a bedroom in my house with a piano that we would use as our own private "studio," and I can also travel to your desired location if need be!
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Margaret March 16, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Cliff is very knowledgeable about singing, and is a patient and encouraging teacher. He gives great feedback that is clear and to the point, and motivates me to do my best. Highly recommend!
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Cliff R.

San Francisco, CA 94116
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About Evelie P.

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Berkeley, CA
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I have been singing since I was a baby, according to my mother, my first music teacher. I thought it was mother's pride till I held a 10-month old baby, sang to her and she sang back to me. I have been teaching since the age of 14 and have over 40 years experience singing professionally. With my university chorus we traveled 2 months throughout the States and culminated with concerts at the Kennedy Ctr Washington D.C. & Lincoln Ctr, NY. I sing in 34 languages covering most genres from classical to musical theater, choral to folk-rock, Brasilian jazz & standards to alternative & world music. My approach is holistic, incorporating multidisciplinary subjects with lots of fun ways to learn, explore and express yourself. Tune in!

About Evelie
I am a singer-songwriter, arranger, guitarist, band/chorus/ensemble director, music teacher and consultant with over 50 years experience in the music business. With my university chorus, I sang at the Kennedy Ctr Washington DC & the Lincoln Ctr, NY. I have 3 sold out albums and new material for a triple album that I'm currently in the process of producing. My ensembles play for conventions, conferences, fairs, festivals, school assemblies, and special events. I also bring my music to assisted living, elder & memory care facilities, nursing homes & rehab centers, even prisons.

My style of teaching is holistic, multi-disciplinary, patient, inclusive & fun. I teach singing, guitar, hand drums (and small percussion instruments), ukulele. The practicum comes with theory.

Singing in 34 languages covers a variety of genres. Name it, we'll exp
lore it.

All ages are welcome. Even old dogs can learn new tricks. :-) Shall we debunk this saying?

Looking forward to hearing from you. Let's dive in!
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Evelie P.

Berkeley, CA 94710
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$50 / 30-min

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