Cecilia Cai

Cecilia C.

San Jose, CA

About Cecilia C.

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Cecilia teaches: Ages 8 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: May 2008
Last sign in: Within two months


I earned my B.A. in Music with a minor in Italian Studies from Santa Clara University. I am currently getting my master's degree in education from Santa Clara University while working on a high school teaching credential. I have taught students from 5 year old to 70 year old and I studied classical singing with the most renown singers and teachers. I also had special training in music multiple times in Italy. I helped many people with pitch issues, tone quality, musicality, performance, and acting. My students were able to build their confidence; they turned from beginners to performers. I have performed with many great singers around the world and have experience singing in opera productions, choirs, solo recitals, to name a few. The knowledge my students get are the essence from not only all my musical experience, also all my teachers and colleagues' essence.

I set my expectations high for all students. Students are expected to learn all the assigned music and practice throughout the week. Music is fun but it also takes a lot of work. However, students' progress will vary. As long you are eager to learn, passion about music, diligent with the work, you will far exceed even your own expectations.

Most of my students improve tremendously in a short period of time. I not only teach them singing, phrasing, and language, but I stress vocal techniques, emotions behind music, acting in character, and performing as a professional.

Photos and Videos

"Nedda, Silvio!" from opera, I Pagliacci


Contracted Artist and Secretary General
Dec 2015 - Present
The Voice of Harmony Artists

Principal Artist
Feb 2015 - Present
Verismo Opera

Student Teacher
Sep 2014 - Present
East Side Union High School District

Children's Chorus Director
Aug 2014 - Jan 2015
Bayshore Opera

Apprentice singer
Jun 2014 - Jul 2014
Redwoods Opera

Teaching Assistant
Mar 2014 - Jun 2014
Santa Clara University voice class

Assistant Music & Art Therapist
Sep 2013 - Dec 2013
Residenza Arzaga per Anziani (Hospice in Milan, Italy)

Individual Contractor tutor
Jun 2012 - Sep 2013
The Buddy System

Math, Chinese language, Music, and SAT tutorer

Oct 2010 - Aug 2013
SCU A Cappella


Master in Education
Jul 2014 - Present
Santa Clara University School of Education and Counseling Psychology
M.A. Teaching
Jul 2014 - Present
Santa Clara University
Music - Vocal Performance
Sep 2010 - Jun 2014
Santa Clara University
B.A. Music
Sep 2010 - Jun 2014
Santa Clara University

Languages Spoken

Chinese Cantonese
Limited Proficiency
Chinese Mandarin
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Substitute Permit
Aug 2014
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

9 Reviews on Cecilia C.

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Jimmy D. Aug 25, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I have confidence in my teacher. I already learned a lot in my first lesson. I am looking forward to my second lesson and maybe many lessons later in future.

Jimmy Yang
Katia Jul 20, 2016
· Singing · In studio
She got my voice flowing more smoothly in the first lesson! She really knows her technique and how to properly treat your voice :)
Agnes T. Jun 23, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Allegra M. Apr 27, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Was able to improve my vocals in one lesson! She seems very committed to helping me!
Chun Y. Jul 8, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Cecilia was a quick study of singing level and able to connect well with our child to bring out his very best effort.
Sheri H. Feb 4, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Great with kids. Tries to accomplish singing lessons in what the student likes to sing in which makes the lessons fun.
Martin B. Jan 22, 2015
· Singing · In studio
She's great
Alex R. Jan 6, 2015
· Singing · In studio
I'm male and sing baritone, but Cecilia's knowledge expands across all voices. Each week pushes you, and each lesson she is consistently helping me with my singing technique/habits. This challenging nature is exactly what you want in a private teacher in order to truly improve. Her skills and experience are also what made me choose her as a vocal coach. I will definitely continue to take lessons from her.
Emma Z. Oct 13, 2014
· Singing · In studio
Great teacher ! Enhance the lessons' interest by personal experience besides professional teaching. Also good at choosing songs that best fit for the student
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