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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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I'm not currently taking beginner students. Please refer to my studio partner Melissa:
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Intermediate
Learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics and how they apply to singing. Develop skills for matching pitch as well as generating sense of pitch internally. Work to control and sufficiently support your breathing. Explore the elements of tone and diction that really make your singing sound good.

About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on voice/singing, guitar, bass, drums, piano, and ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Melissa though. Please check out her profile:

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My Background

I've 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 cla
sses 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. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have opportunities to perform for friends and family at my studio every few months. Once or twice a year we'll also stage a larger event off site for more individual students and bands classes to perform.
Adult students also occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Music Stands

*A P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, Ukulele, Banjos, etc

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console and Yamaha organ

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, Saxophone, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Wan C. January 5, 2019
· Ukulele · In studio
I am a senior student and Jesse knew what was needed to develop a course of classwork and homework to enable me to have more fun with the melodious ukulele. I appreciate his clear, concise, and congenial approach — serious, mindful, and leisurely.
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Ricky R. December 16, 2018
· Violin · In studio
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Vanessa October 22, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I like these singing classes
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About James B.

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Basic Musicianship, Tone/Pitch, Range, Fundamentals, Audition Prep

(At this time, any music related lesson must be given a the client's home or mutually agreed upon location. Piano/keyboard must be available.)

About James
I have 20 years of experience as a tutor. I have had my own private tutoring business. My area of expertise is math (basic arithmetic to“ pre-calculus); however, I have tutored in English (grammar and writing), Computer science (Word, Works, Windows OS, and other general computer problems), as well as other subjects. In addition, I also have 15 years of experience working with after school programs both as a tutor and as a recreational instructor. My recreational activities consisted of cheer leading, dance, computer science, graphic design, music (singing), and board games. I have worked with children of all ages.

NOTE: I'm trying to do more online sessions for my students. If you need in-home tutoring please ask before booking and give a the days & hours that work for you. ALSO, I DO NOT DRIVE!!! Please ask about my availabil
ity and tell me where you live prior to booking me!!!

*** Lesson Details ***
Tutoring sessions are 1 hour minimum to 2 hours maximum (depending on subject).

Basic sessions may consist of the following:
Review of current or past trouble spots
Homework help
Test prep and/or review
Extra practice exercises

Single and multiple subject sessions are possible depending on tutor assessment and availability.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Clients should bring any/all textbooks, class work, tests/quizzes, and teacher's note to all sessions.

Additional learning aids (games, worksheets, books) may be added to session if needed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Clients should bring any/all textbooks, class work, tests/quizzes, and teacher's note to all sessions.

Additional learning aids (games, worksheets, books) may be added to session if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Math (Elementary to High School)
Writing (Creative and Essay)
Music (Voice - Basics)
Computers (Basic Literacy & Various Programs)
Other
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Pia November 10, 2015
· Arithmetic · In studio
James and I worked together for 4 months at an elementary school tutoring 3-5 graders in math and english. James is professional, intelligent, and creative. It was a pleasure working with him. He cares very much for the youth in our community.
We've stayed in touch via email and are developing a friendship I hope lasts a life time. He is good people.
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gregory N. October 30, 2015
· Singing · In home
james is a good voice instructor with many years of experience to share with you to get you to be the best singer you can be.
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Sherita N July 1, 2015
· Study Skills · In studio
James is an excellent instructor that has tremendous amount of patience with the most difficult students. He is also very skillful in academics especially English and language arts. He has the unquie ability to break the assignment or steps down for the student to learn on his/her individual level! A great pleasure to work beside him !
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James B.

James B.

Oakland, CA 94606
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$30 / 60-min

About Deborah R.

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All lessons are tailored to the needs of each individual student. I work on a very technical basis but at the end of the day, singing should be fun. Work we do will help you expand your vocal range and your technical chops.

About Deborah
ABOUT ME:

Deborah R, is a versatile Mezzo Soprano having studied Opera, Theater, Music and Dance she is known for her exciting, high energy performances and for creating memorable and endearing characters. With a uniquely flexible voice, as comfortable in Verdi as it is in Rossini, she has delighted audiences around the world with her rich timbre and sparkling coloratura.
From her beginnings as a young musician in the San Francisco Bay Area, she has toured internationally, with a variety of musical ensembles in concert halls such as: Santori Hall in Tokyo, Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. Most recently, Ms. R was a featured soloist at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing where she performed with the Peoples Liberation Army Orchestra. She has given recitals in Mexi
co and across the United States, giving voice to her research into the lesser known Art Songs of great Classical composers.
In the summer of 2008, she created the role of Principessa Louling under the baton of Bruno Riggacci in the World Premier of his one act opera €œDodici personaggi in cerca di voce.” Some of her opera credits include Cendrillon, Die Fledermaus, Hansel and Gretel, Griffelkin by the late great Lucas Foss and West Coast premier of the new opera Miss Lonelyhearts. With Orchestra she has performed Handel’s Messiah and Brockes passion, Durufle’s Requiem and this past summer, she was the featured soloist with the Capriccio Chamber Orchestra in their toast to Vienna.
Ms. R is the recipient of several awards including the Schoenfeld Award from the Holt Memorial Scholarship Competition and 1st place in the Pacific Musical Society Competition made famous by its first winner, violinist Yehudi Menuhin.
Ms. R holds a Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with international opera diva Mignon Dunn, and a Bachelors from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. She has performed in Masterclasses with Karen Morrow and Luana Devol. She is also a featured vocalist on several independent film soundtracks.
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James June 22, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Professional, knowledgeable and funan
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Valeria K. June 8, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Specific & clear in her instructions, open to feedback, patient and encouraging, courteous and respectful - not to mention a great singer. Looking forward to future lessons with Deborah.
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Jeeyun March 16, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I was pretty nervous about taking a singing lesson, as it's something I've never done in my life. I'm so thankful I got connected to Deborah. She's a fantastic teacher and taught me so much about how our body works to produce sounds when singing and what I am doing. From the first lesson I was already given helpful tips and ways to practice things on my own! I'm looking forward to more lessons with Deborah.
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Deborah R.

Deborah R.

Palo Alto, CA 94303
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$45 / 30-min

About Astrid C.

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I teach vocal lessons for all ages and all experiences. I want to help people understand how their voice works, how to use it well and to ultimately enjoy singing. My lessons (can) include breathing exercises, warm-up exercises, sight-singing, ear training and then working on a specific song. Each lesson is crafted to my students goals and desires for personal growth and knowledge.

About Astrid
Teaching is my passion. Over the last few years I have worked with some amazing students of all ages. My youngest student was 2 years old and my oldest student is in her 70's and I absolutley love that! I have experience working with children with learning difficulties and students who get frustrated really easily. I love helping students fall in love with music, like I did growing up with my music teachers and professors. I am passionate about music and passionate about my students learning and excelling in their craft. I enjoy working with all ages and all types of music abilities. As a teacher I really push my students to understand music itself and spend time going over theory, which is super important. I would love to help you or your child grow and learn in their music abilities and hope to hear from you soon!
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Patricia T. September 27, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Very patient teacher.
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Stuart Cutt March 30, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Astrid was wonderful
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Janice P. January 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
Astrid is a great teacher. She is patient, clear, and works so well with my six year old daughter. I highly recommend her.
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Astrid C.

Astrid C.

Pinole, CA 94564
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$30 / 30-min

About Ashwini S.

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Children in the age group of 5-15 years are trained in
Basic SHLOKAS
Sri VishnuSahasranama Parayana
Sri Lalitha sahasranama Parayana
Hanuman Chalisa
Ashtakas
Bhagavad Gita

Students will be guided to contest
Every year 5/6 students won prizes at Gita Championship held at ISKCON of Silicon Valley, Mountainview, California

About Ashwini
Hindi being a National Language Of India. Most of the parents in the USA are willing to make their children Hindi literate along with communication.
I take the privilege to help them to reach their goal.
As Hindi is a foreign language, it will certainly help high schoolers to raise their credits.

Hindi is taught from the basics
1)Vowels and consonants
2) bharakhadi
3) samyukta vyanjan
4) simple words and sentences
5) with in 6 classes students will be able to read and write simple words and sentences
6) then first grade CBSE textbook will be started, by giving word meanings followed by question and answer, fill in the blanks
7) after the completion of portions upto 25 marks, one work sheet the same pattern of test paper will be given followed by the test
8) after 4 tests one annual exam for 100 marks will be conducted. All your s
cores will be registered
9) Hindi Grammar will be taught as and when needed
10) all communication will be purely in Hindi
11) textbooks are available upto 5 grade
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Vanessa P. November 24, 2018
· Singing · In studio
She is a really good instructor.

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Vanessa
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Eliot S. September 20, 2018
· Hindi · In studio
Ashwini is very kind, patient, and teaches according to your level. I highly recommend!
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Jasmine July 26, 2018
· · In studio
Taking Mrs. Ashwini as a tutor was definitely an interest boost in the subject I needed help upon. She explains concepts thoroughly and is patient to student’s needs. She takes time for her pupils, and encourages curiosity in the pursuit of knowledge. Her dedication to education truly allows one to learn.

Thank you, Mrs. Ashwini, for helping me to succeed! You make a positive difference in teaching, I wish the best for you!
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Ashwini S.

Cupertino, CA 95014
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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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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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Jonas January 15, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Gwendolyn is really amazing. She gave me the courage to experience my voice in a new way. With a lot of respect for my level we worked together on my ideas and she helped me a lot to conect more with my body. Yoga for the voice! Thanks a lot.
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Gwendolyn K.

Gwendolyn K.

Oakland, CA 94610
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$50 / 30-min

About Nico P.

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My lessons are built-up from a person's natural voice. It is genuine and has much more character than trying to unnaturally mold someone's voice. I teach various techniques with accompanying exercises for both group and solo vocal performances.

I enjoy building confidence in singers across multiple levels of experience, with the final goal of making them proud of their own voice and style.

About Nico
Recent UC Santa Barbara Grad from the East Bay.

I am a singer that took on the ukulele 9 years ago. Over the past 3 years I played around Santa Barbara performing local gigs & busking on State Street.

I like to challenge the preconception that the ukulele is a "toy" and expose people to what can be achieved on a small, 4-stringed instrument. I am constantly thinking of new ways to add life to my performances and arrangements.

My current goal is to share my love for the instrument through teaching & videos.
Music and performing have always been part of my life since I was 4 years old. It took me 20+ years, and 4 years for an Economics degree, to admit to myself I want to pursue and share my love for music.
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Joshua January 17, 2019
· Singing · Online
Awesome teacher! Gave great criticism and support for a beginner like me.
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Jessica October 9, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Polite, punctual and helpful. My daughter is loving her lessons. Thanks Nico!
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Nico P.

Nico P.

San Ramon, CA 94582
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$45 / 45-min

About PARTHASARATHY V.

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Sanskrit Slokas (hymns) generates a lot of internal peace and happiness. Visit vedantapeetam dot org for more details on our courses.

About PARTHASARATHY
I teach Carnatic and Sanskrit slokas to children from 5+ years. I ve been teaching slokas to children for the last 10+ years in Sunnyvale. I teach small slokas. I also teach Vishnu sahasranamam to 8+ year children.
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Sunnyvale, CA 94087
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$42 / 30-min

About Patrick H.

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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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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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San Francisco, CA 94116
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About Victoria R.

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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. I also offer affordable group classes that are fun, informative, and suitable for all budgets.

About Victoria
Would you like to sing freely - with more power, stamina, breath control and fun? I have taught locally and internationally for 27 years, and studied voice for 40 years. I teach beginners through advanced professionals in all styles ranging from Opera and Musical Theater to Pop and Jazz! I have trained with some of the finest and world renowned Master Teachers and Vocal Pedagogues that have molded my teaching.

You can finally overcome your vocal obstacles, eliminate vocal tension, add more resonance and depth, and have more fun singing! I can help you find your *true voice* and explore your full potential. Being a true “vocal detective” and vocal technician, I develop and prescribe vocal exercises based on your individual needs, and then apply it to your song. I teach you how to practice correctly, and we both witness the prog
ress and steady growth.

Perhaps you want to cross-train and explore other vocal styles? Maybe Classical to Pop, Musical Theater to Opera, and more? Great! I love cross-training singers! I can teach you the tools to sing in other genres smoothly and authentically.

I can help you with audition preparation or putting on a stunning (killer) performance. My students regularly win prizes in competitions. Many have gone on to pursue professional careers in performance, or as voice teachers and choral conductors. I also provide consistent performance opportunities and offer affordable group voice classes.

Every singer is unique. Singing is the most personal art form. It is my privilege to bring out the natural voice that lies within you and develop it to its fullest potential.
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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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