Colleen Mahal

Colleen M.

San Jose, CA
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Lesson Details

Music Performance

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
A Grammy award winning singer, Colleen has been teaching voice for over 10 years. She utilizes classical technique to train artists who perform both classical and commercial styles of music, including musical theater, R&B, pop, gospel, rock, alternative, country, musical theater and jazz. Colleen performs throughout California with Prime Time A Cappella.

VOCAL TRAINING

She has been trained in contemporary technique by Seth Riggs, vocal coach to Michael Jackson; as well as Linda Septien, vocal coach to broadway greats like Sutton Foster, Audra McDonald, Andrew Rannells and Norm Lewis. She's taught top pop stars Beyonce, Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, Demi Levato, Ryan Cabrera, Kidz Bop Kids, Miley Cyrus and many many more top stars. With me you get the very same methods these stars are trained with.

Colleen has been trained in classical technique by Sherri Greenawald, director of the Grammy winning San Francisco Opera’s Merola program.

STAGE PRESENCE
Great performing is not only about your instrument but about how impactful you are as a performer. Learn to have great stage presence and that "wow factor" through staging, movement, facial expression, connection to the material and most importantly, how to connect with your audience.
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About

Colleen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2005

Colleen is a Grammy award winning recording artist and has been teaching music to ages 6 and up for 10 years.. She also performs around the bay area. She currently teaches music in Redwood City for KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program), a national organization of charter schools known for their rigorous high standards. Colleen Teaches out of her home in downtown San Jose as well as online through Skype and FaceTime.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Colleen has taught students of all ages and abilities. While teaching elementary school, she led over 250 singers in school wide performances. While teaching middle school, her four choirs won multiple awards and gained a reputation for giving top quality performances. While teaching high school she led a district wide masterwork performance that featured singers from three high school choirs, accompanied by a full orchestra. Her top high school choirs toured California and won best overall at the California Music Educators conference. Her adult students have gone on to great heights, winning recording contracts, lead roles and awards. Her students have won movie rolls, singing competitions and some have even become YouTube viral sensations.


TEACHING METHODS:

Classical technique: Colleen has studied classical technique under Sherri Greenawald, the Grammy winning Artistic Director of the San Francisco Opera.

Contemporary technique: Colleen has studied with some of the top voice teachers in the music industry. She studies directly from Linda Septien, a legend in the music industry. Linda is ranked as one of the top 5 talent coaches in the world. Some of Linda's students include: Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Ryan Cabrera and Hunter Parish and more. She is an adviser for American Idol, The Voice and America's Got Talent. Colleen continues to pass on Linda's stellar methods to her students.


WHAT TO EXPECT

Voice lessons consist of a tailored curriculum created specifically for each student, targeting areas that will have the most impact for each individual artist. Learn to expand your range, using your diaphragm properly; learn scatting, breathing techniques, belt, mixed voice and head voice. Learn how to add texture and style to your performance.
Great entertaining is also about presentation, visual energy and staging. Learn how to be an all around entertainer through timed movement, staging and story telling.


YOUR FIRST LESSONS

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It would be great if you could come to the first lesson with a song you can perform, one you can sing either on your own without music or using a karaoke track from YouTube.

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Experience

Soloist
Jan 2015 - Present
Prime Time A Cappella

Member of the award-winning a cappella group Prime Time. Performing both nationally and internationally.

Music Teacher
Jan 2007 - Present
Mahal Entertainment Studio

I've loved teaching for years. Watching a student grow and discover their talent brings me a deep joy and fulfillment. I put my whole heart into my students.

Chorus Member
Aug 2009 - Nov 2016
San Francisco Symphony

Singing with the San Francisco Symphony has been a life changing experience, including winning three grammy awards.

General Music Teacher
Sep 2013 - Jun 2015
Payne Elementary School

Experience in teaching ages 5-10. Vocal music, instrumental music and music theory.

Soloist
Jan 2011 - Jan 2015
San Francisco Choral Artists

Performing and recording world premiers and choral classics.

Vocal Music Teacher
Sep 2012 - Jun 2013
Moreland Middle School

Had a great time teaching middle school students. I gain expertise in work with ages 11-13. I am experienced in teaching prepubescent or developing voices and boys changing voices.

Musical Theater Vocal Teacher
Sep 2011 - Jun 2013
Prospect High School

Lead rehearsals for Prospect High Schools annual musical. Help teach leads their parts and taught non-singers how to sing in four part harmony.

Vocal Music Teacher
Sep 2011 - Jun 2013
Prospect High School

A great experience of teaching students ages 14-18. We won top ratings with ACDA and CMEA as well as regional competitions.

Education

Vocal Performance
Jun 2007 - Jun 2011
San Jose State University
Music Education
Jun 2007 - Jun 2011
San Jose State University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

1st Place Vocalist
Mar 2015
Harmony Sweepstakes with Prime Time A Cappella
Three Time Grammy Award Winner
Jan 2009
Best Classical Performance, Best Choral Performance, Best Sound Engineering

Affiliations

American Guild of Musical Artists
Jan 2011

An American labor union that represents 8,000 current and retired opera singers, ballet and other dancers, opera directors, backstage production personnel at opera and dance companies, and figure skaters.

American Choral Directors Association
Jan 2007

Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

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National Association for Music Education
Jan 2007

National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers.

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Photos & Videos

Learn about my teaching methods and hear from some of my students and their parents.
Winning three Grammy awards for one CD has been the highlight of my singing career so far.

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I am one of seven amazing vocalists with the award winning a cappella group, Prime Time.

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Teaching has been a passion of mine for years.  Watching a student grow and discover their talent always brings me joy.

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Playing around with our grammy awards!

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A snap shot of San Francisco Symphony's performance of our three time grammy award winning CD of Mahler's 8th Symphony.

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Performing at Little Lou's BBQ in Campbell, CA.

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Making it to the next round of auditions with America's Got Talent!

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Recording studio with Grammy award winning recording engineer Bill Hare.  He works with Pentatonix!
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9 Reviews

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Lilly R. Jul 6, 2017
Singing · In studio

She made us feel 100% comfortable taking our daughter to her first lesson . I definitely recommend her if anyone it's looking for someone. I drove almost 1 hr to her spot but well worth it .

Michelle Jan 30, 2017
Singing · In studio

I love Ms. Colleen! She is so nice and she really helped me with my audition. I can match pitch better and she helped me move more and I sound much better!

Ricardo Jan 27, 2017
Vocal Training · In studio

My son is 9 and Colleen has been seeing him once a week. She has him on a program where he sings everyday with homework. She has a professional recording studio in her home and records exercises that she sends my son home with. She is a very good teacher. She is clear and kind and always has something new to do.

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Sarah Jan 27, 2017
Singing · Online

I started working with Colleen to learn American songs. I sing folk and traditional songs and I wanted to learn some fun pop songs. I've never sung pop or belt style before and she had me singing correctly in 10 minutes. She is so sweet and knowledgeable. I continue to take lessons with her and I recommend you do too!

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Keisha Dec 1, 2016
Broadway Singing · In studio

My name is Keisha M. and Colleen Mahal is my teacher. She really helps me try to sing. I get to meet with her by myself because my mom makes me nervous to watch me. She makes me feel comfortable and keeps me on task. She knows how to make me my best. Sometimes, I am very scared to sing in front of others because my twin sister is so good. Colleen never makes me feel bad and makes me sound good every time. I look forward to seeing her every week. I think she’s great!

You should get her to be your teacher too.

Regards,

Keisha

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Katie Dec 1, 2016
Broadway Singing · In studio

My name is Katie M. and Colleen is my vocal teacher. My mommy says that I am creative and have perfect pitch. Colleen is always nice to me and makes me laugh. She teaches me how to sing better. I think that she would be a good teacher for you too. I love going to see her every week and learning something new. She really helps me a lot. I really recommend her.

Regards,

Katie
Child Star … LOL

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Shannon Dec 1, 2016
Broadway Singing · In studio

To Whom It May Concern:

Colleen Mahal has been teaching my children for a few months, starting this year. I got her contact information from an “Education Night” through their theater group – Children’s Musical Theater (“CMT”) of San Jose, CA. When I met her she was very personable, knowledgeable, reasonably priced and flexible work schedule.

She teaches both of my daughters and is absolutely AMAZING! I have no experience with vocal coaches; but, to me she is worth every penny that we spend! When we come for our lessons, she is always ready with something to offer and incredibly professional. She keeps to our time, to the minute, and gets a lot accomplished in our timeframe.

I have one daughter with significant talent; yet, she always finds something that will enhance her voice. My other daughter has stage fright and will sometimes sort of mumble through her songs. When she applies herself she can even sound good with Colleen’s tutelage. She has even improved their performances during the four auditions a year that my girls have to do for their theater group.

I am very thankful for Colleen and would highly recommend her for vocal lessons. Additionally, I have verbally recommended her to CMT personnel and parents that I interact with. I talk about how amazing she is ALL THE TIME! Any student would do well if given the opportunity to work with her. She gets an EXCELLENT rating in my book.

Regards,

Shannon

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Liz Nov 26, 2016
Singing · In home

My 10 year old daughter has been working with Colleen for over 6 months. Colleen has a great way with her and my shy daughter is slowly gaining confidence as she learns how to use her voice and grows into her stage presence/persona. Colleen is extremely qualified in her area of work. I highly recommend her.

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Farid Nov 26, 2016
Singing · In studio

From the first lesson, she taught me a lot more about my voice that I didn't notice before. She is a really awesome teacher!

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