Learn how to develop and strengthen your voice to sing classical and operatic repertoire that is appropriate to your voice and level. Songs may include classical art songs, opera arias, and some classical musical theater.
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.
Gabi B. February 8, 2015
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.
Robin W. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
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.
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!!
Classical technique from the Italian school, repertoire based on voice type, age, and ability level.
Hi! My name is Jessica and I would love to be your voice and/or piano teacher! I have been studying and performing classical music for 21 years. My relationship with music started at age 9 with the Contra Costa Children's Choir and I have maintained my classical vocal studies ever since. Along with my vocal studies, I studied classical piano privately with Keith Snell for 7 years, competing and achieving high marks in regional competitions. I went on to receive her Bachelor's degree in Music at Mannes College of Music in New York City and finished my education at the San Francisco Conserv
atory of Music, where I received my Masters, receiving training in vocal pedagogy and physiology, as well as vocal performance. I graduated from SFCM in 2009 and immediately began perusing both a teaching and performing career.
I have maintained an active voice and piano studio since 2011 and also teach with Village Center for the Arts, giving private lessons as well as working with their In School Outreach Programs, teaching Beginning Piano Class and Musical Theater Workshop. Other teaching opportunities include Vocal Master Class with Acalanes High School Women's Ensemble, voice instructor and Alto section leader for Occidental Choral Retreat with Volti SF, Music Instructor with Gymboree, and volunteer pre-school music instructor at Fairmount Elementary in SF.
I am an active performer in the Bay Area as well, performing with the new music ensemble Volti, Lyric Theatre San Jose, Opera on Tap San Francisco, Urban Opera, West Coast Opera Works, San Francisco Baroque Opera, and Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute (BASOTI). I have also been employed as a performer on the east coast, making my professional debut with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in 2011 and singing the title role in Handel’s Radamisto with The Manhattan Opera Studio in August 2014.
During my many years studying music, I was inspired by several amazing teachers. They are responsible for making me the artist and musician I am today. My mission as a teacher is to pass on the wonderful knowledge and passion that was given to me onto a new group of eager young minds. I am truly a self proclaimed music dork and proud of it! I am a fun, patient, passionate teacher and am very excited to be a part of the TakeLessons team!
*** Lesson Details *** In my lessons, I feel it is important for my students to have fun and to and enjoy the learning process. However I believe in order for both student and teacher to get the most out of the lesson, practicing at home is extremely important and I expect my students to do so. I will always send them home with a goal or assignment that should be reached or completed by the next lesson to the best of the students ability.
For my voice students, we always begin with breath. Proper breathing is the foundation for all good singing. Then we move on to warming up both the voice and the body. During warm-ups, we will focus technical concepts such as breath control and support, vowel placement, and optimum vocal production. In most lessons (time permitting) we will work through a piece of music, one of their choosing or, if needed, I will recommend a piece. We finish each lesson with a review of the concepts we discussed during the lesson and practice goals for the week. For my piano students, I begin with finger placement and keyboard awareness. Depending on the students age and level, we will use both a music book and a music theory book (for very young students, I will hold off on the music theory and focus mostly on finger placement and keyboard awareness). Each week, I will assign two pieces of music and pages in the music theory book (again depending upon student's age and level). Students are expected to prepare the assignments by practicing at home and have them ready at the next lesson.
Communication is something very important to me as a teacher. I want my students to feel comfortable expressing their needs and/or concerns, musically or otherwise and hope they would appreciate me, as the teacher, to do the same.
*** Studio Equipment *** Upright piano with seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide music and have a portable electronic keyboard.
*** Specialties *** Classical voice is definitely my specialty. I believe good classical technique is the basis for all good singing and can be applied to genres such as musical theater and jazz. The only vocal styles I am NOT comfortable teaching are belting, pop or rock style vocal production.
Abigail B. August 8, 2015
Online Verified Student
The online lesson is something to get used to but Jessica was very kind and patient with my daughter! Looking forward to more lessons!
Christine G. April 28, 2014
Classical Voice Verified Student
Patient and encouraging
I'm always impressed with how Jessica is patient with our 7 year old daughter and still is able to draw her out and motivate her when she is tired from school. Jessica always finds creative ways to be inspirational. Both my husband and I drive 15 miles to be able to have Jessica teach our little girl. We think she is worth it. She has been flexible and always tried her best to work within our schedule and has even driven out to our house to cover a lesson when things didn't work out in the schedule.
Kellian D. March 11, 2014
Piano Verified Student
Jessica is teaching piano and voice to my 10 year daughter, and I am so impressed with her skills as a teacher. She is patient, encouraging, and inspiring, and her love for both music and teaching is apparent. She is also extremely knowledgeable about music theory and uses a teaching method that's very effective and gets students actually playing music right away, without shortchanging their long term development as musicians. Jessica is a rare find, plus she comes to our house for lessons!
With a Masters degree in vocal pedagogy from Holy Names University and twenty years of teaching experience, I can assist you toward better technique and artistry in a safe and enjoyable environment. I love teaching and I love helping students discover skills and musical enjoyment.
*** Lesson Details *** I split lesson time between vocal exercises design to build technique and repertoire, incorporating new skills and developing artistry.
*** Travel Equipment *** If I travel to the student's home, the student should provide the piano
*** Specialties *** I teach classical vocal technique and s
ome musical theater (light belt)
Sansa A. June 15, 2015
Opera Voice ·
In studio Verified Student
otgo S. January 15, 2015
In home Verified Student
I am very glad that I found a good teacher. Perfect for me, perfect for anybody who wants to sing professionally. Teacher Audrey is very professional, nice and artistic. She explains what's the logic behind and what's going on when we sing as well as singing practice. So far I have only had three classes but I feel more confident and it improves the quality of my everyday life as well. Being taught by Audrey is helping tremendously not only singing but also other areas as well. If you need a singing teacher she is number one.
As a professional opera singer with international career I have performed with opera companies and in opera houses all over a world, gained a lot of singing and acting experience and successfully share my experience with my students. I enjoy helping beginners to make first steps in singing, but also work with emerging professionals who need little correction, professional advise and an honest opinion to rely on.
“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, 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.
Rick T. November 19, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Olga is very motivational and inspirational! Olga is very serious about music and let 's you know how passionate she is toward being a great teacher for you. I feel she is dedicated to music and has lifted me up to do my best ! Thank you for this great opportunity !!
Irina M. November 14, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Olga is a very experienced and knowledgeable teacher. I always enjoyed her lessons, and saw real and quick changes of my voice. The progress was obvious, and I would highly recommend this voice teacher to anyone.
Marina November 9, 2015
Classical Voice ·
Olga is an amazing teacher. Due to her great efforts, my daughter's voice has improved tremendously. She is a very passionate teacher who truly cares about the success of her students. She has a deep expertise in voice-training that she is able to clearly communicate to her students. We are fortunate to have her as our voice teacher.
I provide a fun, supportive and creative environment for my students, exploring music with enthusiasm and finding new ways of approaching the voice to facilitate a healthy technique.
I teach students of all ages and levels, and all musical genres. I believe that in order to sing any kind of repertoire (whether it be rock or opera), you first need to understand and work on the fundamental principles of singing; body alignment, breath support and a clear, resonant tone.
Originally from Gainesville, Florida, I started studying piano at the age of 6 and then started voice lessons around t
he age of 8. I started mainly with musical theater and pop music, and it wasn't until high school that I left Gainesville to pursue a more rigorous arts education at Interlochen Arts Academy. There, I discovered my love for opera and classical music, and then went on to receive my Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory, and my Master of Music from San Francisco Conservatory.
Studying and performing music has been such an integral part of my life, and I have a lot of enthusiasm and energy to teach aspiring musicians!
Chelsea M. September 2, 2014
Classical Voice ·
Emily is an amazing teacher. She is super supportive and very knowledgeable. She has helped me open up my voice so much. I love how she structures her lessons--we do exercises in the beginning and then we work on musical and acting details in my songs in the second half. She challenges me but is encouraging all the while. She also has a great way of keeping things simple and straight forward. I would recommend her to anyone who would like to find more ease and enjoyment in singing!
Students are raving about their Opera Voice instructors on TakeLessons.
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oice, which he uses to combine into something beautiful that you never would have believed would come out of your mouth. His patience and ridiculous analogies have greatly helped me and I thoroughly recommend him to anyone who wants a better, more comfortable singing voice."
Tampa, FL teacher:
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"Dan is an excellent singer and an excellent teacher. Those two don't always come together in the same person in my experience. Dan is very encouraging a
nd has helped me very rapidly to make improvements after not singing for several years. The learning process has often been a frustrating experience for me. Dan is very helpful in keeping me focused on what's working so I don't get too fixated on what is not yet working. He helps me with my technique for what isn't working so I hear improvements every week. I would highly recommend Dan to anyone who wants to learn great vocal technique and build their confidence as a singer!"
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"Stacey is a talented teacher
Stacey is a very talented teacher with a great knowledge of repertoire, languages and musicality. She is a fine teacher for
any student who is serious about improving their vocal technique and musical skills. Stacey also understands the world of singing at the college level and beyond. She is prepared to help a student succeed and successfully prepare themselves for the demands of college auditions or a professional career."
Cincinnati, OH teacher:
Review by George
"I had 3 lessons from her. She is a very patient teacher; her instruction is progressive and methodical. I really enjoy learning things I had no idea befor
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Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Jay
"Michelle and Robert are wonderful patient and professional. My daughter 15 years old benefited greatly from the many techniques (classical and operatic)
taught by Michelle and Robert. They always stress the importance of vocal health, even incorporating stretching, proper exercises, breathing, and proper vowel sounds. Not only did they prepare my daughter vocally but taught her facial structure, posture and how to add her acting and emotion into her signing while still having a great projection. An added benefit being instructed by this wonderful duo is having the knowledge from both female and male seasoned professionals. I highly recommend you meet with them at least once and see the difference. I can't wait to see them again. Jess and Sophie"