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Tracey H.

San Francisco, CA

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 17 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 one unique voice. Currently a gigging musician and songwriter 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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
PA/monitors, keyboard, microphones.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I am traveling to you, I bring a laptop and small set of speakers on which to play recorded scales and pull up songs for song work. I also have a portable digital recorder to record lessons if that is desired.

*** 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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Niki I. June 13, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Tracey is so good at making you feel comfortable. Obviously singing in front of someone, especially while they are critiquing you, is something that scares a lot of people and might make them shy away from taking lessons, but Tracey is the coolest person ever and in the handful of lessons I've had so far she makes me feel more comfortable and confident each time. I highly recommend her!!
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Julia J. May 6, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
One amazing teacher!

Tracey is a phenomenal voice teacher and I highly recommend her! She's organized, professional and very musically talented. But more than that, Tracey is extremely adept at communicating the subtle and hard to grasp vocal techniques that are so difficult to put into words. In addition to using analogies, she's great at using visual cues (drawings, arrows, notation# and relating vocal movements to colors, physical movements and sensations. She was more than willing to adapt her lessons for me so that I can gain the best understanding.

I have had other teachers in the past, and while they were all talented and very nice, only Tracey has been able to help me improve my singing voice. I improved more in 3 lessons with her than I did in 8 months of lessons with a previous teacher.

Tracey is also very kind and patient #very necessary with beginners!) and very good at correcting without criticizing. She went way out of her way to accomodate my schedule and even comes to my house for the lessons. I think she's the best and I'm sure you will too!
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Tracey H.

Tracey H.

San Francisco, CA 94117
(2)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Margaret G.

San Francisco, CA

Learn how to sing in any style of your choice. I use a mixture of classical technique, voice science and medicine, sound healing, and the Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method to help singers develop and find their voice. These techniques can be used for all styles of vocal expression including musical theater, pop/rock, R&B, blues, Disney, and opera.

About Margaret

I am an opera singer who enjoys exploring all styles of vocal expression. I perform and teach in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area. My greatest passion is helping others learn how to sing and find their voice. I believe with the right instruction and determination anyone has the ability to sing!

I teach using a mixture of classical technique, voice science and medicine, sound healing, and the Somatic Voicework™ - The Lovetri Method. I teach any style that interests the student, such as musical theater, pop/rock, jazz, blues, and opera. I believe that learning how to sing is not on
ly fun and energizing, but also increases confidence, improves general music skills, and develops mind/body coordination skills.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons consist of breath and body work, vocal warm-ups and exercises, followed by in-depth work on songs.

These skills can help any singer become more aware of their voice and how their body works as an instrument. Students are trained, like an athlete, to build up vocal strength and stamina to sing songs and styles of their choice.

In addition to private lessons I also host biannual student voice recitals. Performing in the recitals is not required but encouraged. This is a great opportunity for students to gain performance experience and sing in front of family and friends!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate music room with mirror, chairs, music stand, and keyboard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I use a 76 key Yamaha Keyboard at my home studio. I encourage the student to provide any kind of piano or keyboard with at least 61 keys if wanting lessons from their home.
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Gabi B. February 8, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I had only 3 lessons with Margaret, so although it is a bit premature for a review, (and I am sure she is well worth a five star), I want to say that she is wonderful. She has good knowledge of voice training and technique for improving. She has new ideas and always prepared for what I am looking for in a lesson. Thanks Margaret.
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Robin W. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Excellent

Margaret is a skilled and encouraging teacher. She is always enthusiastic, upbeat and engaged. She offers a variety of ideas and physical demonstrations to illustrate what needs to be learned. I am so grateful to have found her! I could not ask for anyone better.
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Cheryl S. February 11, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
LOVE LOVE LOVE HER

Margaret is such a good teacher!!! My daughter has been going to her for a month now and she looks forward for her lessons every week!! My daughter has learned a lot. She puts fun in her teaching and my daughter enjoys it every week. I have no regrets in choosing her!!
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Margaret G.

Margaret G.

San Francisco, CA 94115
(12)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Elizabeth P.

San Bruno, CA

The Singing Track offers flexibility for the singer who just loves to sing many styles! In addition to Broadway and Classical, I have taught pop, acoustic, rock, R&B, techno, and karaoke singers! Whatever your style, I'll help you reach your singing goals!

You will learn vocal technique tailored to your needs. Some areas we may focus on include vowel shape, space, breath support, forward placement, register blending, muscle relaxation, and vocal anatomy.

About Elizabeth

Soprano Elizabeth P. is a Pennsylvania native now living in San Francisco paradise. Raised by a family of accordionists, she resisted the family tradition and proclaimed a love for singing. Elizabeth is a classical vocalist and a private voice teacher.

Elizabeth teaches singing to adults and children of all genres ”from rock to opera. Her students have pursued music careers, entered college music programs, and performed in their communities. Elizabeth prides herself on building healthy voices and confident individuals.

Elizabeth has performed across the U.S. and Europe. She has be
en featured twice as a soloist with the Accordion Pops Orchestra at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center. She has premiered three song cycles by composer Stephen Senderoff. Elizabeth has participated in numerous training programs, most recently the Opera Academy of California. Since coming to the Bay area, Elizabeth has sung with Verismo Opera, Opera Cultura, and West Bay Opera Chorus. Her opera credits include Rosine (Signor Deluso), Leonora (The Beautiful Bridegroom), Miss Silverpeal (The Impresario), First Touriere (Suor Angelica), Amy (Little Women), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Carmela (La Llorona), Gerhilde (Die Walkure), and Lucy (The Telephone).

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Gettysburg College and a Master of Music degree from Duquesne University.
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Angelique C. January 26, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
We have had the pleasure of knowing Elizabeth for the past few years during which she has taught singing to our daughter, Katia, at home. Not only is Elizabeth knowledgeable, she is patient, thoughtful and considerate of her students. She puts nervous singers at ease while encouraging them to explore their full potential. We are most fortunate to have Elizabeth as Katia's singing instructor as our daughter really looks forward to her weekly lessons.
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Jennyfer H. January 24, 2013
Verified Student
Liz is great!

I'm quite nervous when it comes to singing and Liz is managing to put me more at ease with me and my voice. She is very amiable, gracious, and knowledgeable. She does her best to help me find my voice and points out where I could improve without making me feel awful or pressured. In just the few lessons I've had with Liz, I think I've made some great improvements that I can hear and feel when I sing, with Liz being enthusiastic about trying to push the boundaries of my voice gently while assisting me in reaching my full vocal potential.
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Laurie T. November 13, 2012
Verified Student
Good teacher.

My daughter had few singing teachers, Elizabeth is one of the best. She is nice, knowledgeable, very patient. The technique from her is really helpful.
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Elizabeth P.

Elizabeth P.

San Bruno, CA 94066
(5)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Angel V.

San Francisco, CA

Contemporary & Classical Music

About Angel

Angel V. is a Singer/Songwriter born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on January 23, 1982. Son of Natividad Perez, a professional puertorican singer, and Angel A. V. From an early age Angel V. was exposed to music and to different Latin genres such as Salsa, Merengue, Pop Ballads, and Spanish Pop Rock among others. Angel started his formal music training at the age of 13 at the School of Fine Arts of Puerto Rico, even though he had been singing since he was 8 years old at different talents shows and events in Puerto Rico such as weddings, school programs, private and charity events and events sponsore
d by the Government of Puerto Rico.

Angel graduated with honors from the School of Music of Puerto Rico in 2000 and was accepted to and attended the University of Puerto Rico, Bachelors of Music. At the University of Puerto Rico, Angel founded Sueño Latino, an organization of 40 students dedicated to music, dance and theater. From 2000 to 2001, Angel V. managed this organization and performed at numerous events sponsored by the University of Puerto Rico during that year. In 2001, Angel was accepted and transfer to the School of Music at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Bachelors of Music Performance (Classical Music). While attending University of South Florida, Angel kept cultivating his love for the Latin genres he grew up with and was a guest artist at different clubs in the Tampa Bay area, as well as in the city of St. Petersburg, where he performed songs in the Latin styles that he loves so much. Angel also performed with the University Singers, USF Choir at the Tampa Performing Arts Center on two different occasions during the 2001-2002 academic years. His voice teacher at the time, Dr. Kay Lowe, dubbed Angel her “young Ricky Martin” a famous puertorican Pop Star.

In 2003, as if he hadn’t done enough, Angel got accepted to the most prestigious School of Music in the United States, Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Today, Angel V. holds a Voice Performance / Music Business degree with a minor in Piano from this institution. Angel had the opportunity to study music with singers that had worked with A list names such as Whitney Houston, Madonna, Oletta Adams, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder among others. At Berklee, Angel made his concentration on Pop Rock/Pop Ballads in Spanish and English. During his years in Boston, Angel performed at the Boston Encore Piano Bar, Club Café, and Concerts in the Park at the Boston Commons.

Currently, Angel lives in San Francisco, CA where he is pursuing his career as a recording artist and recording his brand new single entitled “Amor Mio” or “My Love” a romantic, yet powerful acoustic ballad that talks about the beauty of being in love and finding your true love. "Amor Mio" is expected to be released in 2015 and will be available for purchase on iTunes. He also teaches voice and piano privately.

What to expect on your first lesson?

On your first lesson, I will evaluate and determine your proficiency playing piano or singing. We will talk about the areas that will need to work on to help you become a stronger singer and/or piano player. I like to tailor private lessons to my client's goals and what they need to become stronger musicians, capable of facing today's music industry demands. Each of my clients come from different backgrounds, some of them have been playing music for many years before they see me for the first time as their vocal coach or piano teacher, others have no prior experience playing piano or singing. Whether this is your first time as a voice student or piano student or you have taken lessons before your first lesson will be very important in the process of determining your goals, strongest assets as a musician and the areas that will need to work on to help you improved.

How long before you see any progress?

Most of my clients are able to notice some progress during their first lesson. My unique, encouraging, fun and caring approach to teaching speech level singing technique and piano make it easy for my clients to feel comfortable and let their talent soar. Now, every client, if they practice 30-45 minutes, twice a week, outside their lesson they will see improvement in their singing technique and/or piano technique within the first three or four lessons.
What levels and styles do I teach?

Voice:

Speech Level Singing: Beginners through advanced.
Styles: Contemporary Music, Classical Music & Musical Theater.

Piano:

Beginners through Intermediate.
Contemporary Music & Jazz.

Thank you for visiting my Takelesson.com profile.

Angel

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ryea W. August 27, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Angel makes the lesson fun for my daughter while working on her technique.
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Pilar D. August 5, 2014
Verified Student
I just finished my final lesson with Angel and he has brought my voice to a whole new level. Angel taught me so many skills that I will use for the rest of my life. He has a way of patiently getting your voice to where it needs to go to thrive. I can't thank him enough for all the work we did together!
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Pilar D. July 19, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Angel is a dream! At our first lesson I told Angel that I couldn't even sing Happy Birthday, he calmly and patiently assured me that I could and by the end of our first lesson I was singing a Gloria Estefan song. It was kind of magical. Angel makes you feel 100% a home and comfortable so you can focus on the singing.
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Angel V.

Angel V.

San Francisco, CA 94124
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Olga C.

San Mateo, CA

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

“Described by critics as possessing “a pure, strong soprano with phrasing of sumptuous elegance” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “a voice focused and alluring... subtly expressive” (Opera 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, Illinois Opera Theater as Tosca, and with Cedar Rapids Opera, Gold Coast Opera and Opera North as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, with 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 I returned following summer in the title role of Aida. From 2006 till 2010 I performed with touring company Teatro Lirico d’Europa all over United States in multiple performances of Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Aida, La Boheme, Turandot, Le Nozze di Figaro, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana. I appeared in title roles with local opera companies like 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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Jaslyn K. July 11, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Love Olga's teaching style. While she focused on fundamentals and techniques, she made it fun and easy to understand for my 6 1/2 year old. She introduced an engaging and age-appropriate song for my little one during the first lesson and my girl couldn't stop singing it on our whole way home! Very much looking forward to more future lessons!
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Svetlana K. November 26, 2014
Classical Voice · In studio
Olga is a great teacher and an experienced professional. She have been teaching my daughter last two years. I can say that it was enjoyable and worthwhile experience. I think she is kind of teacher who is in the talent-finding and talent-development business. She helped my daughter to come out of her shell and gain more confidence.
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Olga C.

Olga C.

San Mateo, CA 94401
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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