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Singing Lessons in Berkeley, CA

If you’re taking singing lessons in Berkeley, luck is on your side — there is a huge number of opportunities to experience performances, join others, or sing solo! Whether you already know what genre you want to specialize in or you still want to explore your options, there are many opportunities for aspiring singers in Berkeley.

Where to Listen Singers who are looking for inspiration to see where their skills could lead them one day should check out these groups based in Berkeley:

  1. Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble Called WAVE for short, the Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble sings medieval, Renaissance, and baroque music. All the women in the group are dedicated to providing authentic, high-quality performances at their concerts and outreach programs. (http://www.wavewomen.org/index.html)

  • La Peña Community Chorus Singing for peace, justice, and hope since 1978, La Peña Community Chorus was originally formed by exiles from Chile. Today, the group focuses on the struggles of Latin American people from numerous countries, including El Salvador, Mexico, Cuba, and Nicaragua. In addition to their public performances, they sing in elders’ residences, migrant labor camps, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, juvenile halls, and schools. (http://www.lapenachorus.org/whoweare/index.php)

  • Where to Sing 1. Jaguar Karaoke For a lighter approach to singing, practice what you learn during your singing lessons in Berkeley at Jaguar Karaoke. Reserve a room with friends and show off your pop, hip-hop, or R&B skills with a range of music, including new hits, classic oldies, and international tunes. (http://jaguarkaraoke.com/index_berkeley.php)

    1. Nick’s Lounge Open every night of the week, at Nick’s Lounge there is always a large karaoke crowd. It’s the ideal atmosphere for building your confidence to sing in front of strangers. (http://nickslounge.com/)

    Where to Do Both If you want regular practice, joining a singing group in Berkeley could be a great option. Before you decide to join, attend a concert to find exactly what you’re looking for.

    1. Berkeley Broadway Singers Fans of Broadway and classic tunes will love this group. The Berkeley Broadway Singers consists of 75 members, who put on free concerts every season, singing pieces from the 20s, 30s, and 40s — jazz songs, Latin music, blues, and other popular styles. As there are limited openings for this group, an audition is required to join. (http://www.berkeleybroadwaysingers.org/)

    2. Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra Berkeley Community Chorus perform classic music and pieces written by emerging composers in Berkeley with an orchestra and professional soloists. Attend a free concert or join them for their next performance — no audition is required. (http://bcco.org/)

    3. Sacred & Profane This chamber chorus performs a cappella music across a wide range of styles — medieval, contemporary, religious, secular, traditional, and folk. Auditions for Sacred & Profane are held every summer, but there is always the chance to attend a seasonal show at other times of the year. (http://www.sacredprofane.org/)

    4. Pacific Edge Voices Pacific Edge Voices is one of the most professional choral groups in the city, singing a cappella, jazz and pop. Only the best are able to pass an audition, but with singing lessons in Berkeley, one day you could be on stage with them. (http://pacificedgevoices.org/)

    If you want to make the most of your skills, you need to receive expert advice and training from a private teacher. Taking singing lessons in Berkeley will enable you to train your voice to the best of your abilities, help you pass auditions to join a professional group, and help you achieve your dream of getting up on stage.

    About Tracey H.

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    I've been singing for 17 years and have taught a wide range of students. I'm confident we can build a custom-fit program for your voice to address your unique strengths, challenges, and areas of growth.

    About Tracey
    I've been singing, performing, songwriting, and studying voice for 20 years. I attended Berklee College of Music, where I studied Voice/Vocal Performance, and earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance from Musician's Institute in LA. I've been teaching since 2006, and work with a wide range of contemporary genres with a focus on rock, pop, country, folk, Americana, R&B, blues, and soul. I like to take a "back-to-basics" approach to voice by helping students develop the core aspects of breathing/breath control, correct vowel placement/vowel tuning, and a focus on muscle memory as it relates to stretching the cords. I've been told my approach is simple yet effective, and a unique blend of classic concepts with a practical/modern approach to getting in tune with one's own unique voice. Currently a gigging musician and songwrite
    r in SF, I am in the trenches alongside many of my students, which gives me a unique perspective and empathy for the many stages of personal and career development as a musician. I have a lot of first-hand experience with the music business and what it means to manage a band and a DIY-career. Another area I specialize in (and which is probably the nearest to my heart!), is performance anxiety. Having overcome performance anxiety myself and gone on to be a bandleader and gigging musician, I have a close relationship to this and take a special interest in helping students overcome their own fears and anxieties, identify their own voice and identity as a singer, and taking the steps to develop that.

    Mostly, I aim to debunk the mystery that the voice can be shrouded in, and change it from being elusive and temperamental to something that students can feel in control-of and at-ease with. I've taught a wide range of students, from young kids to a Marine (true story!), so am comfortable dealing with an equally-wide range of goals and voices.

    *** Lesson Details ***
    Well, my students tell me that I have the unique advantage of "being young/in touch with the real-world of the music business, but with real professional training and chops." That's about as good as I could have said it, I suppose! I like to pull from all the different facets of my experience and background to inform me as an instructor: formal education and training, as well as my first-hand experiences with my own band, my own struggles with performance anxiety, and my discovery of my own voice through the very methods I now teach to my students.
    What that means for you is that rather than focus on a rigid set of rules, we'll focus on your voice and custom-fit a program that is built from solid vocal technique coupled with specific tools to help you develop your own voice and style. I do truly believe in building a solid foundation for you to build your voice upon, but am unconventional in that I believe the best way to learn to sing is by breaking down what is actually going on in there- in a way that students can understand and interpret themselves. Nerd alert: Vocal technique can actually quite liberating and fun! Yes, we will teach you how to breathe correctly; yes, you will be singing scales. But the key is that you'll know why you're singing each note, and what is going to get you to sing those notes more effectively. I believe in hard work because the voice is a musical instrument; but I also believe in making it easily digestible and fun.

    In our lessons, you'll learn how to breathe correctly, test your vocal range, and start working on strengthening your head and chest voices to achieve some continuity in your range. We'll also develop the mask and what I like to call your "vendor voice." Oh yeah- it's good stuff. You'll have warm-ups and scales you can use on your own time to get ready for a gig or to continue strengthening the muscles.

    *** Specialties ***
    I have experience with a wide range of styles, but my main genres of focus are rock, pop, Americana, country, blues, soul, and R&B.
    I specialize in vowel tuning/correct vowel placement as a way to strengthen the muscles of the voice, in order to correct pitch/tone and solidify muscle memory as it relates to the voice as instrument. I teach from a "ground-up" approach, meaning I feel it's crucial for my students to understand how their voice works, why it works in certain ways, and how they can use vocal technique to their advantage as singers and performers. Building upon that strong foundation, I customize a program for each of my students to address their own set of strengths and challenges.
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    Gemma January 5, 2017
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    I had my first lesson with Tracey today and I can't wait to take more! I'm a person who likes knowing how stuff works, why we may do something a certain way, what I should be paying attention to etc etc, and I love that she is willing to break everything down and explain in a very relatable way. She's very patient, easy-going, and despite how uncomfortable it is for me to sing in front of others, she made me feel like she's truly there to go along the journey with me, to improve and discover my voice with no judgments. Tracey is the best!
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    Elizabeth N. August 4, 2016
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    Tracey is super nice. I was not with them in the sdudio when she was teaching my daughter . She said I could definitely stay there though. My daughter was very happy with her.
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    Elizabeth N. August 4, 2016
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    Tracey is super nice. I was not with them in the sdudio when she was teaching my daughter . She said I could definitely stay there though. My daughter was very happy with her. This was the first lesson she he
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    Tracey H.

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    San Francisco, CA 94117
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    About Maureen S.

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    Learn to match pitch and sing in tune.

    About Maureen
    •The styles I teach most often are jazz, classical and popular. Although I have studied many different genres, my specialties are saxophone and composition. I have studied with music teachers such as Anthony Braxton, Herb Pomeroy, Charlie Banacos, Jerry Bergonzi, Gary Burton, Joe Viola, Ken Pullig, John LaPorta, Hal Crook, James Newton and Ken Radnofsky. If you are enrolled by October, you have the opportunity to enroll in MTAC Certificate of Merit and Composer's Today programs and recitals.

    •9/1997 – Present San Lorenzo (CA) Unified School District Independent Music Teacher 9/1990 – 11/1997 St. Felicitas School San
    Leandro, CA St. John School Fiat School of Music Music Unlimited San Lorenzo, CA Pinole, CA San Leandro, CA Provide individual and group music instruction to people from age 3 to 99. Deliver instruction based on Music Tea
    chers National Association Certificate of Merit Curriculum for Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet and Piano. Incorporate Jazz
    Improvisation, Theory and Harmony lessons

    • Listed in Who’s Who Among International Professional Educators. • Listed in Who’s Who in American Education • Listed in Who’s Who Among American Women • Listed in Who’s Who in America • Six Lessons published in • Recognition for Self-Assembly Method Instructional Design Theory • Published article in OnCUE, Journal of Computer Using Educators

    • Krause Center of Innovation 2005-2006 EWYL Cohort Participant • Krause Center of Innovation 2006-2007 EWYL Fellows Participant • Iisme (Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education) Fellow 2004: Intranet Web Designer at Applied Materials using Macromedia Dreamweaver and Contribute • Alameda County Representative to the CTAP Technology Leadership Academy at the Alameda County Office of Education (2000). Co-leader of Staff Development Program for Grade 4-8 Technology Integration • Taught University of Phoenix class for Technology Integration • IMTC class teacher in FrontPage and MS Paint • Member San Lorenzo Unified School District Ed Tech Committee and Lorenzo Manor Elementary Ed Tech Committee. • Past District Web Page Coordinator and FrontPage Trainer • Participant in Intel Teach to the Future training • Provide opportunities for children to meet Technology Standards• Incorporate technology into the curriculum using desktops and wireless laptops, FL Studio, Cubasis VST 4.0, Music Ace, Band in a Box, Finale Notepad, Silver Burdett MIDI Connection, Windows Movie Maker, Microsoft Office Suite, recording and burning CDs, DVDs, etc. • Manage a High School Computer Music Lab. • MarcoPolo trainer.• Teach Music Technology classes after school for the Gifted and Talented (GATE Program).

    • Member Music Educators National Conference • Member Technology Institute for Music Educators. Lesson plan published on their Web Site. • Member California Music Educators and present music technology sessions for educators at the Bay Section Conferences.

    • Deliver instruction in the area of the curriculum pertaining to National and District Music Standards. • Create and implement lesson plans, rubrics and assessments. • Organize and produce Winter and Spring Concerts. • Experience working with children with challenging behaviors and disabilities (Special Day Class and Continuation School).

    • Provide children with learning experiences that promote their cognitive, social and emotional development.  • Experience in teaching students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. • Communicate with parents. Handle record-keeping of grades and attendance. • Work cooperatively with other education professionals. 

    • Organize and produce Winter and Spring Recitals, including County Recitals for the National Guild of Piano Teachers. Communicate with parents. Handle advertising and record-keeping of tuition payments. • Vice-President of the Alameda County Branch of the Music Teachers Association of California. Attend Board meetings and plan guest speakers • Licensed Kindermusik instructor for children ages 18 mos. to 7 years. • Students chosen for State and County Honors Recitals. • Listed in National Honor Roll, National Guild of Piano Teachers; Member Music Teacher’s National Association. • Taught Undergraduate Musicianship class as a Graduate Assistant at Mills College.

    •Professional Freelance Musician 9/1984 – 12/1995 Boston, MA; Bay Area, CA Performed own compositions and others works in various styles in innumerable local venues and clubs such as The Oakland Museum, Yerba Buena Gardens, The Valencia Café, Trans America Building, the Marriott Hotel, as well as in Las Vegas. She have performed with musicians such as Vijay Iyer, Anthony Braxton, MC
    Hammer, Luciana Souza, Lloyd Nibbs (Skatalites), Fred Lonberg-Holm,
    Andy Borger (Norah Jones), Stuart Popejoy, Aaron Stewart, Sheila
    Sofian, William Calhoun (Living Color), Sean Kennerly (Samiam) and Joey Cheezhee.• CD Recording on Curious Pogos Records:Frederick Lonberg Holm’s “Theory of Motion”. • Composed music on Sheila Sofian’s Animations “Faith and Patience” and “Secret Rage”. Won 15 awards in International and National Film Festivals. Broadcast on WHYY TV12 and WYBE TV35 Educational Stations. • Honorable Mention in Composition: City of Oakland Creative Arts Fellowship. • Live Performances on KPFA, KNBR and KALX radio stations.

    •EDUCATION Ph.D. in Education (10/2013). Specialization in Professional Studies Capella University Teaching Credential: K-12 Single Subject Music 8/1999 Chapman University GPA 3.9 US-CA-Concord Master of Fine Arts degree in Electronic Music and Recording Media with an emphasis in Composition 5/1992 Mills College GPA 3.64 US-CA-Oakland Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging 5/1987 Berklee College of Music US-CA-Boston GPA 3.59 Cum Laude

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    I am interested in teaching you what you need and want to learn so that you achieve your dreams. Please note that I only take serious students who will practice at least 30 minutes every day or 35 a day 6 days a week at home. I would like you to keep a log of how much you practice. This will enable you to make progress through the curriculum as you will be a beginner for the first 3.3 years, an intermediate for the next 3.3 years, and then an advanced student for 3.3 years. I will give you assignments to do over the week, and the next week we will go over them, learn something new and get new assignments. It takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert!

    *** Studio Equipment ***
    Currently I am converting my detached garage into a music studio with keyboard and instruments. There is a sitting room where parents can wait for their children. In the meantume, we will have lessons in my living/dining room.

    *** Travel Equipment ***
    Metronome, CD Boom Box

    *** Specialties ***
    Jazz, classical, popular, saxophone, composition, music, flute, clarinet, piano, violin, trumpet, trombone, french horn, tuba, baritone, oboe, songwriting, recording, children's music Composition
    Arranging
    Songwriting
    Reading and Notating Music
    Music Software such as FL Studio, Band in a Box, Reason and GarageBand. Bring your laptop to lessons!
    Music Theory
    Improvisation
    Minor Key Harmony
    Extended and Secondary Dominants
    Tritone Substitution
    Modal Interchange
    Altered Dominant Scale
    Diminished Harmony
    Non-Functional Harmony
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    Dahlia M. April 25, 2018
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    Maureen is patient, methodical and focused. Great first lesson. I am very encouraged.
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    Maureen February 23, 2018
    · Violin · In studio
    I highly recommend Dr Maureen Spanza . She has been wonderful with teaching my granddaughter
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    Kristina B. March 1, 2017
    · Violin · In studio
    Wonderful teacher.. very happy
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    Maureen S.

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    San Leandro, CA 94577
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    About Donna D.

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    Voice students can expect to learn how to produce tone beautifully, using correct posture and breathing, and proper vowel production, rhythmic precision, pitch accuracy, carefully formed phrases, and musical and stylistic interpretation. But beyond technique is the amazing art of communicating with other people the wonders of the music. You should expect to make good progress in all of these areas in just a few weeks. I hope you will come with serious interest in developing your beautiful voice.

    Repertoire might include folk songs, art songs and arias from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, as well as compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries. Songs might be in English, or possibly in Italian, Latin, German or French, if you interested. We would sit down together and decide what dreams and goals you have, and then choose music to get you going down the path to those dreams and goals.

    You can expect to have learned several new songs, and to have brought them

    About Donna
    I love to sing, and I have a passion for teaching students to sing well. I have sung in choruses all my life, and have been inspired by fine conductors and great composers. I am certain that music enlivens my life like nothing else, and it can do that for everyone. Whether you sing in the shower, or in the choir, or with a few friends, or in an opera, you can find your song.

    Learning to play the piano, from the very beginning, or picking up where you left off in the past, will bring a spark to your life. Whether you want to play for yourself or some friends, or want to get on track to becoming a concert pianist, music will enrich your life.

    My students develop an appreciation for music of the Renaissance up through the 21st century. They are willing to delve into exciting territory while learning to read music, establishing confiden
    ce in their own musicianship. They discover the music within themselves, while learning the technique necessary to be the best musicians they can be.

    I enjoy teaching high school, middle school, and elementary students as well as adults. I Love teaching beginners. I am trained in vocal pedagogy, music theory, music history, repertoire, performance practice and methods.

    My formal education:
    B.A., UC, Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa)
    M.A., Occidental College
    M.S. Pepperdine University
    Lifetime General Secondary Teaching Credential

    Teachers and mentors:
    Howard Swan, Mary Jones, Edward Lawton, Robert Commanday, Roger Wagner, Linda Anderson, Boyd Jarrell, Paul Smith.

    In the last twenty years, I have enjoyed being a participant in music at the College of Marin, through choral, vocal, opera and piano classes. I currently serve as volunteer assistant to the Director of Choral Activities.

    I am particularly proud of my experience as instructional aide and coach for music students with disabilities at the College of Marin, including students with developmental disabilities and autism.

    Past classroom experience:
    Long Beach Unified School District, Choral Music Teacher
    Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, Choral Music Teacher
    Low Heywood School and King School (prep schools), Stamford, CT, Choral Music Teacher

    *** Lesson Details ***
    Voice students can expect to learn how to produce tone beautifully, using correct posture and breathing, and proper vowel production, rhythmic precision, pitch accuracy, carefully formed phrases, and musical and stylistic interpretation. But beyond technique is the amazing art of communicating with other people the wonders of the music. You should expect to make good progress in all of these areas in just a few weeks. I hope you will come with serious interest in developing your beautiful voice.

    Repertoire might include folk songs, art songs and arias from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, as well as compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries. Songs might be in English, or possibly in Italian, Latin, German or French, if you interested. We would sit down together and decide what dreams and goals you have, and then choose music to get you going down the path to those dreams and goals.

    You can expect to have learned several new songs, and to have brought them to performance level in the first 3-6 months. If you have a goal to learn music for an audition, contest or festival, that can happen.

    Piano students can expect to learn everything about the keyboard, posture, proper use right and left hands, scales, chords, arpeggios, and fun exercises leading to good technique, rhythmic accuracy, speed and fluency. Playing beautifully, with artfulness and expressiveness will be priorities.

    Repertoire might include beginning to intermediate compositions from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, as well as compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries. We would sit down together and decide what pieces to choose which would help you get on a path to your musical dreams and goals, and what would be appropriate for your age and development as a musician.

    You can expect to be playing pieces with 2 hands within a few weeks, and perhaps a melody with chords, if you are a beginner. Degree of difficulty will depend upon your age, experience and development, but even very simple songs can be played musically, with grace.

    Of utmost importance to me is that every student learn to read music, and develop an understanding of music fundamentals. The level of sophistication will depend upon age and experience, but learning good musicianship is essential. At the same time, opportunities for creativity to develop through improvisation could be on the horizon for you. It is important to me that you want to learn and and want to become the best you can be.

    *** Studio Equipment ***
    I have a piano and computer with Finale at my home. I provide music and practice sheets, etc.

    *** Specialties ***
    For voice, I teach classical style, including posture, breathing, tone production, vowel production, phrasing, diction, appropriate style and performance practice, and music reading. Materials I use include everything from folk songs to arias, and 16th century to contemporary compositions, in English, Italian, Latin, French and German. Voice is my primary interest. I am also competent to teach beginning theory, and beginning piano, both classical and standard popular, including improvisation from charts (melody, chords).
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    Kylie July 19, 2017
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    I really enjoyed working with Mrs.Donna she
    was a very sweet, patient and skilled teacher.
    She taught me the skills of becoming a more well
    developed singer and I had so much fun learning with her.
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    Lori May 9, 2017
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    My first and second lessons were wonderful and I am inspired by Donna's dedication, knowledge and patience. I feel that I can learn to build on these lessons and sing with confidence.
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    Lori G. May 1, 2017
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    First lesson: I feel encouraged and inspired!
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    Donna D.

    Donna D.

    Corte Madera, CA 94925
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    I teach the basics of pop vocal technique to beginning and intermediate singers, as well as have a studio in which I can record the student's vocals.

    About Peter
    Whether piano, voice, songwriting/composition, music theory or music production, I bring all that I have learned and developed as a musician to the lesson in the interest of the student’s growth.

    Whether we work in classical, jazz, or pop, We focus on what will directly fit your individual goals. We can cover the full spectrum of technique, theory, ear training, sight-reading, and performance. What emerges over time is tailor-made program suited to your needs and goals.

    A little bit about my background: I have studied with over 12 music professors, both in the classroom and individually for 6 years at Saddleback Community College in Orange County. I’ve studied a number of styles while composing for and performing in various small ensembles, including:  world music, classical, pop, jazz, and musical theatre. I continue teach, produ
    ce and compose music for myself and other artists as well.

    I look forward to getting to know you!
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    Wick A. February 23, 2018
    · Piano · In home
    Great instructor. Friendly, easy to understand, talented and can teach piano, theory, composition, etc.
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    Susan December 8, 2017
    · Piano · In home
    My 10 year old son loves playing little riffs on the piano but really didn't want lessons for fear it would be too much like school. Peter has been awesome about tailoring the lessons so that my son can choose the Music he likes and move forward from his place of interest. Peter is a skilled and gifted pianist, and my son is totally inspired to keep playing and put in the work to improve.
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    Leyla November 30, 2017
    · Piano · In home
    I have been working with Peter for a little over a year and although I'm moving away, I will be continuing my sessions with him over video. Over the past year, I've had the most incredible mentoring experience with Peter and would highly recommend him to students of all ages. I used to play piano as a kid and quit when I was in middle school, and Peter has helped me regain, maintain and build on my skills. He takes measures to keep me accountable in my practice and also nurtures and encourages me creatively -- his experience as a composer comes in handy and we have dope jam sessions. In addition to his musical teaching practice, Peter is also training in somatic and trauma healing modalities that infuse his work with students with care and attunement. I know some parents who work with him keep him around their kids as a life coach and buddy as well as a music teacher. He's the best and I will miss seeing him every week in person!
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    About Danielle L.

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    Whether your goals are for personal enrichment or professional growth, your lesson will be personalized according to what's important to you.
    I LOVE to teach, and appreciate my wee ones just as much as my elders...those who consider themselves "tone deaf" as much as my advanced students. As far as Special Needs go - I feel we *ALL* have special needs....every child and every adult! ;)

    As the creator and producer of San Diego IndieFest and Say It Records, I have a unique understanding of the industry, and love to share that with my students.

    About Danielle
    Hello Students / Parents!

    I specialize in providing a fun, inspiring and safe space for each student to reach their goals - whether that be for the novice singer whose been wrongfully told they shouldn't sing, the more experienced singer looking to do more with their music, or the budding songwriter, actor or speaker looking to develop the talent and drive they feel within them.

    I always remember the inspiration and patience I received from my best teachers, so I strive to provide exactly that to my own students. I sing and teach most vocal styles, with the exception of opera and screamo, and utilize my studio to create a supportive, empowering experience singing, speaking, writing and recording. I absolutely love teaching both children and adults and look forward to learning how to best support each one of my students in their indi
    vidual path toward realizing their potential.

    Here's a bit about my background and musical experience:

    Bachelors of Fine Arts degree (Theatre/Voice) from United States International University Graduated Valedictorian
    Chula Vista School of Creative and Performing Arts Graduated Valedictorian
    Workshops and studying with Bill Doyle, Roy Mote, Andrew Barnicle, Jack Tygett, Leanne Summers, among others.

    "After seeing Danielle, I was impressed with her intensity as a performer. Her ability to get behind a lyric was stunning, she lives every line. As an artistic performer, I've yet to see better."
    -Tony Ferguson / Interscope Records: No Doubt, Bush, Fisher

    My original band, Danielle and The Masses, has been recording and performing live since 2001. We are endorsed by Ani Difranco, The Black Eyed Peas, The Bruce Hornsby Band, and have shared the stage with artists as Jamie Foxx, CAKE, Metric, En Vogue, David Byrne, Berlin, Margaret Cho, Cyndi Lauper, Jonatha Brooke, Beth Hart, Semi Precious Weapons and more.

    I have written and performed music and voice over for Ace Ventura, Nutty Professor, VH1, various TV shows and independent documentaries, Eveoke Dance Theatre, among others, as well as having recorded eight professional CDs of various styles on various record labels.

    For over ten years, my record / production company, Say It Records has been producing socially conscious music events throughout San Diego and Southern California that promote independent music, film, art, community and human rights. I also co-own Durga Sound, a teaching and production studio, with producer Alicia Champion, as well as San Diego IndieFest, a powerful community event which promotes and supports music, film, art and civic engagement.

    I have a great time utilizing my contacts in the industry to help my students get work/ press / entrance into the schools of their choice, etc. For example, I'm happy to report that just last year we were able to book eight musicians on GLEE, as well as lots more in other capacities including using their music in commercials and film and helping them get cast in local theatre and accepted into arts-centered schools.

    *** Lesson Details ***
    I start on the first lesson by becoming clear about what the new student's goals and desires are from there, we start developing technique to achieve those goals along with having fun right away doing what they came for - singing, writing, voice over, acting or using a combination of these things be it for professional purposes or personal fulfillment. Every lesson is personally customized to meet the specific goals of each student. As a teacher, I'm encouraging and fun, passionate and positive. While I'm definitely not "strict", I do appreciate focus and drive. However, I often work with people who have special needs and are working on developing those very things. I'm especially good at helping people through progress plateaus, roadblocks, stage fright, loss/ stress. Using music as a means of release and healing - for both kids and adults - is something I do a lot of and am very comfortable with.

    As far as technique is concerned, I focus on utilizing posture, correct breathing and developing relaxed, strong support, so that the muscles are developed properly. We want the voice to develop without stress, enabling the student to constantly grow while steering clear of any injury that can happen as a result of straining, not to mention other habits that manifest when we sing without proper technique.

    I strongly encourage students to record their lessons on a mobile device so they can practice easily on their own, and so they eventually have a record of how far they've grown.
    We mostly use tracks to develop repertoire, prepare for auditioning and performances, and to have fun singing the music that excites each student the most.

    *** Studio Equipment ***
    Apple Mac Pro Quad Core running OS 10.8.3
    Avid Pro Tools 10 HDX
    Propellor Reason 4.0
    UA 2-610 Microphone Pre-amp
    UA LA-610 Microphone Pre-amp and Compressor
    UA Teletronix LA2A Compressor/ Limiter
    Behringer ADA 8000
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    *** Specialties ***
    Using music, writing and voice as a means of expressing yourself, growing as a performance artist, coping in challenging times, as well as a means of going professional and earning income are all areas I specialize in. Utilizing proper technique and learning how to sing / speak safely is also an area I focus on a great deal.

    Learning precisely what each student wants is the key factor in my decision on how to achieve their goals. For example, using Speech Level Singing is definitely entrenched in my teaching, but I may not highlight it as much for those who want a more classical sound.

    I excel with the following: first timers, very young kids, students working through stage fright, artists looking to develop their own original project, those seeking growth in their process of writing / recording / performing, those who are interested in using music and / or writing as therapy as well as with amateurs who've always wanted to do something musical but who think they are "too old" or too "untalented/short/tall/ fill in the blank" to try. I believe we all have something to say with our lives - finding the voice within you can be an incredibly powerful and transformative experience!
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    She is efficient, precise, and fun! Learning a ton!
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    Matthew January 6, 2018
    · Singing · In home
    The first lesson was a gauge my interests and expectations of the private vocal lessons so we could build a understanding of how to shape my lessons to fit my personal goals and needs. We progressed to breathing exercises, facial muscle exercises, and did a quick song that I felt comfortable singing for Danielle to hear my current vocal strengths and areas to focus for improvement.
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    Areas of expertise are primarily classical voice and musical theater. I have over 15 years of formal vocal training and am a working professional singer with a growing performance career. I use my training in musicianship, theory, and music history, as well as acting and dance to help students with all aspects of music-making and performance in addition to vocal technique.

    About Alix
    I hold a both Master's and Bachelor's degrees in music, and have studied with singers who have had international careers and performed with artists who have performed at major opera houses around the world. I myself am an active performer of classical vocal music with a growing career. I teach both classical and musical theater to beginners of all ages, stressing healthy use of the voice and having fun!
    Regardless of my availability calendar, please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or about scheduling a lesson as I often do have flexibility. I look forward to hearing from you!
    *** Lesson Details ***
    -Lessons involve the building of vocal technique through exercises, followed by working on song repertoire.
    -Children under 10 work on their own curriculum combining building musicianship skills along with vocal technique
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    -Initial trial lessons are encouraged, but students who wish to continue should be able to commit to regular lessons.

    *** Specialties ***
    -opera
    -lieder/German art song
    -"legit" musical theater
    -young children

    Home Studio Note: I teach out of my home, which is also home to two cats. They can be kept out of the music room, but people with serious cat allergies may be bothered.
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    Lorenzo September 20, 2017
    · Opera Voice · In studio
    Alix is truly a phenomenal teacher! She is compassionate, nurturing, and seeks to improve her student's vocal abilities. All of our lessons have been thorough, educational, and certainly insightful. I have become such a better singer in only a few short lessons, and look forward to becoming a master in the next few!
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    Julie July 11, 2017
    · Singing · In home
    Alex is an exceptional teacher. My 13 year-old wished for voice lessons for such a long time, and I'm so pleased Alix is working with her. She is helping my daughter improve her technique (breathing, posture, range, etc.), while keeping lessons positive and encouraging, and finding music that my daughter enjoys. When Alix demonstrates what she is describing- WOW, what a voice! My daughter looks forward to every lesson, and if it's possible, loves to sing even more since she has been learning with Alix.
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    Grey M. June 22, 2016
    · Singing · In home
    Alix was a delight. My 7 year old has been begging me for signing lessons and she came in ready for him! Professional and loving
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    I believe that the most important in singing is the opportunity to use your voice the way you want and feel in order to express yourself. No matter what style are you singing the vocal technique is fundamental.
    My students develop technique, voice strength and vocal range, so they are able to express themselves as artists in various musical styles depending on their personalities.

    About Olga
    Latest news:
    You can see me performing with Opera San Jose in Classical Series in the Park in Redwood City on July 22/2018

    Three of my students passed Certificate of Merit with honors this spring , one of them was chosen to sing at convention in LA this Summer.

    *****
    Described by critics as "flawless in her singing" (Cultural World Bilingual ), "natural singer with beautiful colors...sings wonderfully, communicating the excesses of passion and emotion, the quick contrasts of mood , with grace and conviction" (San Jose Mercury News); possessing “a pure, strong soprano with phrasing of sumptuous elegance” (San Francisco Chronicle), " dazzling high notes are piercing without being ugly" (San Francisco Classical Voice), "beauty of her voice is outstanding...it has power to set the theater ringing, but it also has a wealth of color...
    Her stage presence...is magnetic" (Peninsula Reviews), "Her mezzo tones...evoked memories of Maria Callas' spell-binding rendition" (San Jose Mercury News),
    Olga was announced the Best Leading Female Singer in North East in season 2006-2007 by Opera Online.
    A native of Russia, she appeared on the stages of the Bolshoi Opera (Maria in Mazeppa, Prilepa in Pique Dame, Brigitta in Iolanta, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Musetta in La Boheme, to name a few), Kazan Opera Theater (Mimi in La Boheme), Stanislavsky Opera Theater (Micaela in Carmen), and Malmo Opera Theater in Sweden (Musetta) before emigrating to the U.S.A., where she appeared with Hawaii Opera Teater as Mimi in La Boheme, San Francisco Lyric Opera in title role of Aida, West Bay Opera and DiCapo Opera in New York in the title role of Manon Lescaut, Opera San Jose and Illinois Opera Theater as Tosca, and with Cedar Rapids Opera, Gold Coast Opera,Golden Gate Opera and Opera North as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, with San Francisco Opera Merola Program and Tampa Opera as Musetta in La Boheme. In autumn of 2009 she appeared in Cairo as Tosca and, in spring of 2010 debuted it Italy at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo as Carlotta in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten, where she returned following summer in the title role of Aida. From 2006 till 2010 Olga performed with touring company Teatro Lirico d’Europa all over United States in multiple performances of Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Aida, Carmen,La Boheme, Turandot, Le Nozze di Figaro, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana. Olga appeared in title roles with local opera companies like Opera San Jose (Tosca),;; West Bay Opera (Manon Lescaut, La Forza del Destino), Livermore Opera (I Pagliacci), Martinez Opera (Madama Butterfly), Golden Gate Opera (Madama Butterfly, Suor Angelica, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana), San Francisco Opera Company (Aida)
    Olga appeared with Orchestra Sinfonica Romana at the concert stage of Santa Cecilia in Rome and Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Verdi Requiem, Quatar with Gala concerts, Opera Santa Barbara in an evening of music by Giocomo Puccini, DiCapo Opera (Rachmaninoff’s Francesca da Rimini), in Russia at the Nizhny Novgorod Concert Hall for Bach’s Mass in B-minor, at the Grand Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory for Mahler’s Sympony No. 4 and for Orff’s Carmina Burana, Moscow’s Cathedral Catholic Church for Bach’s Easter Oratorio, as a featured soloist for both the Notti Musicali Modenesi Festival and Costa Rica’s XIII Festival de Musica Credomatic; and as a featured soloist for the political-cultural event entitled “Days of Russian Culture in Bulgaria, jointly sponsored by the Russian and Bulgarian Ministries of Culture and attended by the presidents of both countries.
    In 2002 Olga participated in San Francisco Opera Center Merola Opera Program for young singers and sang Musetta with Western Opera on tour.

    Currently Olga devotes herself to voice teaching and performs locally."
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    Tejashree June 6, 2018
    · Classical Voice · In home
    Olga is very passionate, patient and persistent voice teacher who strives to bring the best in her students. My daughters 10 and 12 started taking lessons with Olga an year ago. We saw phenomenal difference in both of their singing abilities in just few classes. Moreover my 10 year old daughter passed with flying colors ‘The certificate of merit -level 3’ exam and got selected to sing at the MTAC convention. Thank you Olga for your persistence and hats off to your patience. If there is tiny bit of constructive feedback it would be to seek help on organization skills, but being a mom myself I totally can discount that for your caliber of music.
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    Yachen August 29, 2017
    · Singing · In home
    The lesson was very helpful! I look forward to more!
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    Too early to tell how it will go.
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    San Mateo, CA 94401
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    M.M (Masters of Music, music performance).

    BM (undergraduate degree, music performance).

    Liv is an energetic, fun love teacher who is very much loved by her students. Liv teaches private lessons for voice of all ages and abilities and with a variety of styles. She is committed to helping students to build the technical skills of their instrument, giving them a solid foundation for which musical expressions can be projected.

    Liv teaches singing in the genres of Classical, Pop, and musical. As a professional singer, she understands the importance of proper vocal training and musicianship training and uses solfeggio, theory, sight-singing and rhythmic exercise extensively in the lessons. Liv is currently a voice faculty in Music Land School of Music in its San Ramon and Foster City Campus. In addition, she also works for Piedmont Children Choir— teaching one on one vocal lesson, music theory and assist in conducting the training department.

    She also helps students preparing ...

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    Levels Taught: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

    Ms. Liv earned her M.M. (Masters of Music) in music performance, and her undergraduate degree on Music performance. A member of Music teachers' association of California (MTAC) and a faculty member of U.S Beacon artist association.

    Liv is an energetic, fun love teacher who is very much loved by her students. Liv teaches private lessons for students of all ages and abilities and with a variety of styles. She is committed to helping students to build the technical skills of their instrument, giving them a solid foundation for which musical expressions can be projected.

    For Piano lessons: Ms. Liv is passionate about teaching and sharing musical ideas of piano playing. In her lessons, she like to create musical games to help students learning the music fundamentals. She teaches dynami
    c balances, phrasing, musical forms, and incorporates melodic singing in piano playing. She also helps students preparing for the exam for the Associated Board for the Royal School of Music (ABRSM).

    *YOU CAN LEARN ALL KINDS OF MUSIC:
    CLASSCICAL, JAZZ, CHURCH MUSIC, POP, CONTEMPOARY AND MORE…

    *We give lessons to all ages from preschool (4 years-old) to adults!
    *Student Recitals, Music Festivals, and Standardized Music Exams including ABRSM and CM.

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    Dublin, CA 94568
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    Everyone can learn to sing. With roots in gospel music and a background in classical/opera as well you will have a broad spectrum of training and singing styles to gleen from. We will find your voice and strengthen it! You will learn to own your voice and to hown your craft. Let’s sing together!

    About Adia
    ​ADIA AZIZA GRIFFITH (SOPRANO) is a native to the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended Notre Dame de Namur University, from which she graduated with a Bachelors of Music. Adia has performed in multiple productions; Oaklahoma, Genevieve, Understudy of Guilletta in The Tales of Hoffman, Mrs. Page in Merry Wives of Windsor, Mrs. Nordstrom in A little Night Music, The Mother in Amahl & The Night Visitors, and played the role Musetta in La Boheme. Adia has also performed as soloist with "Viva La Musica", international touring choir under the direction of Shulamit Hoffman and with the Winchester Orchestra singing excerpts from Henry Mollicone's Gabriel's Daughter. Adia remains active in her community and has sung for San Francisco's "Memorial for the Homeless," the City of Oakland's tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King and various youth, women em
    powerment workshops and church conferences throughout the Bay Area. Taking it from the church house to the opera house; from gospel to opera are just two genres she can't love more. Adia also enjoys teaching voice and song writing as well. She strives to uplift others through positive music that inspires and brings light in every situation.
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    Vallejo, CA 94590
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    I sing well.

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    San Francisco, CA 94117
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