Opera Voice Lessons
Levels taught:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
About Francesca V.
Alumnae of CSULAs music department with an emphasis in classical voice and guitar, Francesca's skills cover a vast ocean of information. With a background and formal education in opera and "the classics", Francesca is equally comfortable on stage at The House of Blues as she is at Disney Hall.
Francesca started teaching music at the early age of 16 with great success. She has honed her skills both in the private studio and in the classroom. Having served as musical faculty the California Music Academy, Cornelia Connelly High School, Pasadena Saturday Music Conservatory, and East Los Angeles College, having led choirs of 70+ high school girls and sung before sold out audiences of thousands of screaming fans, having toured 4 continents singing both classical repertoire and performing in commercial rock bands, having sung for presidents and princes, Francesca has high expectations and is skilled in helping her students reach their goals.
Now performing in the Donald Brinager Singers, a studio choir for-hire, Francesca can often be seen performing with orchestras throughout Southern California. While mentoring through her award-winning teaching studio, Francesca also manages to perform several showcases featuring her original music with her amazing back-up ensemble.
With a constant effort to maintain a professional studio learning environment and with a focus on reading skills and solid technique, Francesca's students enjoy lessons packed with information and light-heartedness. The one on one experience you will have the moment you walk thru the door promises to be unmatched. Francesca's students can be seen on major television networks, radio stations and performing around town in various projects. With a passion to give back, Francesca reserves a small number of spots in her schedule for the youngsters and seniors of her community. She teaches beginning through advanced guitar, piano, and voice.
*** Lesson Details ***
Voice and Instrument Coaching
~Develop skills and techniques for top notch practice and performance
~Study theory, composition, ear training, arranging, improvisation
~Discover music technology and performance techniques
~Study melody, harmony, song form and lyric writing
~Voice and Instrument Coaching
~Song Writing and Selection
~Image / Art / Photography Consulting
~Finding your signature sound and style
~Live Performance 101
~Branding / Career Planning and Strategy
~Song Analysis and Consulting
A Note From Francesca:
My official bio is listed below, but perhaps more important than the things I have done are the things that I am doing. I am now approaching my 15th year of teaching. I love to teach! I carry a minimum of 30 students, but have carried more then 80 at one time, and have never once complained. My waiting list cycles based on my performance schedule and recording schedule. If you don't see a time that works for you, feel free to reach out and see if we can find something that works, as an artist, my schedule can be quite full but also quite flexible. I love my students, I get to do what I love all day and I am sure it shows. I have a blast discovering new ways to experience music with "my kids." I call all of my students kids even though most of my studio consists of young adults. I try to have a young air in my classes at all times as it just makes the process so much more fun for everyone.
I've seen it all in through years: kids, adults, beginners and advanced students. I am personally very interested in being the most versatile musician possible and I love being able to share my knowledge with my students. We can study anything and everything from Classical Guitar to Electric Guitar Shredding; from Opera to Kelly Clarkson; from Tchaikovsky to Little Richard! I love getting students to dabble in little bits of all genres, often getting even the most skeptical student singing and playing comfortably in a matter of just a few weeks. My students will be able to read music for their favorite tunes and understand how to improvise from the start. Once you come in, you'll be hooked. You will have fun because I am having fun!
I encourage all of my students to share their favorite music with me. It affords me the opportunity to learn more about what they desire to learn and what types of music they enjoy. We will learn with your music often. After all, isn't that why you are coming to see me? I will introduce you to new sounds and styles, but will foster your love for music, and do my best to never force my music on students. I feel I learn as much from my students when I truly listen to them and their music as they do from me.
On site lessons are available for artists recording demos, rehearsing bands and setting up their own studios.
On a side note, I love seeing students at my shows! I am a full time musician and can be seen playing with my band, in my own solo project and in various choral settings. Check out my website and see what I do outside of the classroom. My students get a kick out of the idea that they can buy a CD with their teachers face on it, and to be honest, so do I. Many of my students have their own music out on iTunes and YouTube. Many more can be seen performing around town in solo projects and professional ensembles.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Pianos, Guitars, Basses, Amps, Computer, Monitors, Music, Recording Software, Drum Kit, Studio and Performance Mics, everything we need! Its like Disneyland for musicians!
*** Travel Equipment ***
*** Specialties ***
Francesca on Artist Development:
I feel obligated to share my joys and experiences-
Not many people have been blessed to sing alongside as many renowned musicians as I have - I've been lucky to be welcomed in both the commercial and classical worlds and they have both afforded me venues to use my voice and express the most vital corners of my soul. To find your purpose through art is one of the greatest gifts you can receive. And to be able to do that in front of thousands of music lovers live or over the airwaves is a surreal experience.
It's funny, my classical cronies are impressed to hear my stories of packed rock gigs at the House Blues and national touring festivals like Warped Tour and my rock buddies ask to hear my stories of Disney Hall performances with the LA Phil. To be honest, Iâ'm impressed to be there too. Sometimes, I look around and think, how did I get here? How did I get lucky enough to live the dream, to find a home in music?
I've been luckier than most. I've had GREAT mentors who have always pushed me forward and shared their wisdom freely with me. Part of the classical musician's central goal is to educate. That's a value I carry into my rock projects and production studio. Work smarter, not harder. Take the needed skills, create art, teach others how to do the same thing, move forward together to live happier, more productive lives filled with purpose.
I have come to be known as one of the top Musical Mentors & Artist Development Experts on the west coast. A behind the scenes- diva of dream building with the skills to push artists to the next level- the ace up the sleeve of many of today working talents. In my award winning studio, I spend time coaching the young voices and faces of today hottest TV shows seen on ABC, Nickelodeon, and the Disney Channel, but I still have a soft spot for up and comers in the indie music world. Having written and performed my own music for decades, I not only lived the collegiate experience of the elite classical performer singing for presidents and world leaders, but also the dingy road of the rock musician who's showed one night to a packed stadium full of fans and showed up another, thousands of miles from home to play to a coffee shop of 5 people. Music has brought me to nearly every continent and introduced me to some of the most talented and diverse people you can imagine. I feel compelled to share these experiences with those around me so that they my develop the vision, the salt and the skills to persevere.
I am, above all, an artist & creator- living the dream, helping people- like you find their voice and write their songs. Turning raw emotion into art.
Each one of us has a story, our truth. Being an artist is about finding ourselves, our song and expressing it publicly so that we may heal, so that we may grow.
It doesn't take a ton of experience to write a hit song. It doesn't take a fancy education or a family line of talent (though it can help). We can all find our voice, our place in the spotlight, what it takes is the courage to take the next step forward.
You've already had the genius to be in the right place at the right time. Here. If you've made it this far, chances are you are smart enough, hungry enough and ready to take the plunge.
Inside my studio you will find the help you seek. I can impart you with proven techniques to strengthen your sound, develop your tone through strong technique, develop strategies to share your art and develop a plan to turn pipe dreams into reality. Some desire to sing on the worlds brightest stages, others strive to lead others through teaching themselves, and some wish for nothing more than to experience music in a confident manner among friends. All can be lead on this personal journey of the artistic soul and all can make their offering to the musical gods. There is a place at the table for anyone seeking an answer.
Speaks Spanish, English
Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
BM, Vocal Performance from CSULA
Francesca is not only a wonderful person, but she is a great teacher! No matter what age you are, from beginner to very skilled, Francesca offers a gracious, positive approach, with strong encouragement that helps a student to feel safe. I have enjoyed every lesson that I've had with Francesca! She is extremely patient and able to offer positive instruction to correct any unhealthy habits. I am excited and honored to have an opportunity to work with such an experienced voice teacher. She is wonderful!!! I would recommend her to anyone! Keep up the great work Francesca, you are loved by many.Show More
So great, personal, friendly, and motivating!
Francesca is, by far, the best voice teacher I have ever worked with. I cannot think of a single aspect of my singing that has not improved since I have begun working with her. My pitch is better. My tone is better. I am building a repertoire and I have more confidence in my abilities than I have ever previously been able to find. Not only does she inspire you to reach your potential as a musician, but also, your potential as a human. A true lifelong learner, her lust for life and learning is both palpable and contagious. She possesses a wealth of knowledge and resources that she readily shares. When you walk through the doors of BugByte, be prepared to be challenged, but in a space that never feels anything other than completely warm and safe. I feel so lucky to get to learn from this complete gem of a human. Thank you Francesca!Show More
I have been seeing Francesca for a year now. I LOVE going to my voice lessons because I know I'm going to get so much more than just a voice lesson. She always welcomes me with an open heart and love. The studios are a nice cheerful, safe space to be vulnerable while singing. My teacher is my biggest cheerleader, that's always available for a hug or advise. I'm lucky to call her my friend now. Francesca is my voice teacher and life coach. She makes me work hard and always WANT to learn more. I really couldn't recommend her more highly. She's who you need to see if you are looking to expand your artistry. I was so glad she took my call and welcomed me into her studio. It's evident that she loves what are she does. While every pro singer in town ends up at BugByte, I also see Francesca and her assistants working with beginners. So there's room for everyone there, unsurprisingly.Show More
Francesca is awesome! She is very knowledgeable and creates a really cool, welcoming environment. I had never had a voice instructor before and I wasn’t very confident with singing, but these sessions are really helping me work through that! Francesca is very encouraging and she creates lessons around the music that interests you! She taught me some really useful exercises to help me improve with range, pitch, etc. also, gives tools and homework to take home and practice! I’m stoked I found such a great voice instructor! Her dog is awesome too. 😎🤘Show More
Thanks Francesca for making the lesson totally fun and relevant to my present level!
Wow. I've always felt a little guilt for never picking up an instrument and I'm glad I finally fell through and contacted Francesca a couple months ago. She's amazing. There's been a few times where I've been overloaded with work, haven't practiced, or needed to reschedule and she's been incredible at finding a solution for each of these inconveniences. Francesca's Music Studio; incredible! You really get into the "zone" when you're in there and the atmosphere definitely sets that mood. As for her teaching style; I feel like she understands a persons particular "vibe" and teaches accordingly. There's been a few times where I've been high energy and she's matched that energy to where we have a great lesson; and there's also been times where I've been low energy, and she still finds a way to motivate you without over doing it and becomes a great lesson. I'm still new, but there hasn't been a time I've left thinking "I wish I never came". Not once! If you're apprehensive about taking that next step, don't hesitate and just contact Francesca. You won't regret it. Thank you Francesca for everything! See you soonShow More
After working to live for many years, and after purchasing all the books, apps, and YouTube channels that seemed promising, I could never find the approach/perspective that could make the process of learning/playing the guitar not seem like an impossible amount of effort at the end of my day.
I've always wanted to be a musician, but it seemed impossible now that I turned 30 and had a corporate job. Eventually, I bought a new guitar, thinking it would my catalyst. 6 months passed and it had only become a talking piece in first dates, so I decided I needed to look for a musical aficionado.
Walking into Francesca's Studio, I felt immediately like I was in the right place.
In what I thought would take weeks, the 45 minutes I scheduled with her, we were playing and singing to some of my favorite songs.... I can't even explain how great this made me feel. I suddenly felt like I could actually achieve this bucket list dream of mine.
Francesca clearly has a talent in helping others pursue their musical dreams, and I'm excited to continue working with her to realize mine.
Francesca is a wealth of knowledge and has an ease in her instruction that comforts her students. She has an engaging style with children’s lessons and is encouraging and positive in her comments while still being constructive to her students. I also have taken lessons and usually bring my daughter because she adores Frannie and loves her dogs at the studio.Show More
Francesca is great. She has a way of figuring out the right pace and tactics for each person based on their individual goals. Lots of knowledge and lots of tools to take home each time!
Francesca put me at ease immediately. Looking forward to next week. Love her puppies.
Francesca is awesome, in such a short time she has helped me so much. She is so inspiring and encouraging! Very knowledgeable and experienced. I love that during her lessons she will drop so much musical knowledge, history and inspiration. Something that I didn't get from other instructors. She'll help you find your voice, your style, your passion for music. Francesca will immediately recognize which teaching approach will improve your skills most naturally. If you're interested in taking lessons with Francesca DO IT. Go for it. Keep playing, keep practicing, change your life and have fun! :)Show More
My daughter has had two lessons with Francesca so far. She has really enjoyed her time incorporating music that she finds exciting while working on technical aspects of singing. Francesca is high energy and very positive, even when providing constructive feedback. As a parent, I find myself learning things that I can take home and continue to assist my daughter between lessons. We look forward to our upcoming bi-monthly lessons!Show More
Great energy, really hit it off with my child.
If you are searching for someone who has talent, enthusiasm and the gift of knowing how to share their musical knowledge with you in a manner that is also FUN, then look no further. Francesca is the "real deal". In the short space of a single lesson she can tie in music theory, keyboards, harmonica and guitar so that it all makes sense. Thank you Francesca!Show More
Francesca is fantastic!! By the end of our first lesson I already had a basic grasp on so many elements and was able to work my way through a couple songs! I didn’t expect that at all. Francesca is patient and intuitive, meaning that she seems to understand just what you need in a lesson and leads you right to it. I am looking forward to learning so much more!!Show More
Francesca is absolutely AMAZING!!! Having our sessions is always the highlight of my week. She has such a positive energy and strong enthusiasm for what she does and makes learning such a joy. Music has brought so much meaning to my life and Francesca's encouragement and guidance I am confident I am learning from the best. I would highly recommend her as a teacher, you'll love her!!Show More
She is amazing!! My kids love her! She teaches my son guitar & voice, my daughter piano & voice. They look forward to the lessons each week & feel so comfortable to express themselves in her studio. Such a great artistic environment, glad we found her!!!!Show More
From the first time we talked on the phone, I knew I wanted Francesca to be my teacher. Just by a simple conversation and the way I spoke, she pointed out a few things that I definitely wanted to work on, and I was hooked! She is truly talented and passionate about what she does. I like when she gives me a focus or shows me the science so I can understand a technique better. I think the best thing about Francesca is that even when I am embarrassed by my voice and think I sound awful, she always has the most encouraging and uplifting thing to say!Show More
I have learned so much in the first month of lessons. Francesca teaches more than basic guitar. You just have to try her out for yourself.
Francesca is an excellent teacher and we learn a lot of interesting things in each session. She is an amazing voice coach.
Cannot believe how excited my son was after his first lesson with Francesca (he was thinking that he would not want to do it after his first lesson). She was able to connect with him quickly, give him confidence and inspire him to continue lessons asking for full hour lessons on the way out. I am
excited for this journey!!!
Francesca makes difficult things to learn Easyer to understand and shows you step by step what to do to become better in what you were looking to learn about
She is a amazing teacher and she is very fun and she focuses very well on what she is teaching and I am very happy that she is my teacher.
Francesca made me feel very welcomed and relaxed for my 1st lesson. I had explained that I never had a lesson before. she made me feel at ease. She gave clear instruction that helped ne understand rhe dinamics of singing and even sent me home with a little homework. I enjoyed!Show More
Francesca is absolutely AMAZING!!! She made me feel so comfortable. She helped me come out of my shell and relax, it was an environment that allowed me to be free and just sing. She is totally chill. Her spirit, demeanor, personality, attitude, and passion for music shows. You MUST have a session with her. I've never had lessons before, and I am so happy that my dear friend recommended her to me. The BEST decision I ever made. She ROCKS!!! I just love her, plus she is like me. She loves to hug. That is always a plus. 💜💜💜💜💜Show More
What a pleasure! This is exactly what I needed. Francesca is fun, and direct. I am not a confident singer but she really helped me get over some of that :) I'm looking forward to the homework and practice. I have specific things to do, and resources to learn a lot on my own. Thanks Francesca!Show More
Francesca is an amazing instructor! My daughters first Piano lesson and it was a great experience. Francesca is encouraging and fun loving. I am so happy that we found her. My daughter can't wait for her next lesson!
She's been more than I expected. Personable with a lot of energy with a knowledge base I can't begin to fathom. She's going to make learning guitar a great experience. I only hope is that I can live up to her expectations.
I moved to San Diego for a few months for work and decided while I was there I would start to learn classical guitar. By luck or aligning of the stars or whatever you want to call it I found Francesca as an instructor. When it came time for my first lesson, and first time playing a guitar, I was a bit nervous and didn't know what to expect. With that first hug and incredible positive attitude all worries shed away. I walked away from every lesson feeling like I had really learned something because you can tell she has a genuine desire to teach people. I'm really going to miss our weekly lessons but I walked away with a lifelong desire to play the guitar and a lifelong friend.Show More
Francesca is super knowledgeable, friendly, and engaging! She's a great teacher; I feel very lucky to have found such a vocal coach.
Francesca is an amazingly warm and patient teacher
Francesca is one of the few people who are not only multi-talented themselves, but have the gift of teaching. Her knowledge and love for music work in perfect harmony. We are so grateful to be able to learn from her.
Explanations of complicated things were made simple and easy to understnd.
Francesca is a terrific vocal coach. She really knows music theory and the mechanics of singing. She has been a tremendous source of knowledge and has provided numerous tips and resources to help improve my singing technique. She is also very friendly and easy to work with. I really enjoy my sessions with her and always feel like I walk away with a deeper understanding of voice.Show More
Francesca is the voice coach I have been waiting for. Each time we meet I feel challenged and enlightened. With her help my voice is getting stronger and more controlled. I look forward to our weekly lessons.
Francesca knows her stuff. I was trained classically in the bel canto classical style when young, and now am doing "commercial" hard rock - but never had that type of training, and want to maintain my singing health with whatever I'm singing. In just a few fun lessons, I've already gotten so much value from working with Francesca. Her ear is tremendous. She goes over the "what" of singing as well as the "how", and makes it easy to learn for anyone who has the "why" (ie, the passion to sing, no matter what style). I've never met a voice teacher that can so effortlessly and willingly transition with me in styles and technique, from opera to Iron Maiden! I'm stoked to be working with Francesca and you will be too!Show More
Francesca is an exceptional teacher and musician. I am a middle aged novice that wants learn to sing but had much apprehension about taking lessons due to my age/ lack of experience/ etc. Francesca's first lesson with me addressed my overactive nerves so that by the second lesson, I felt more relaxed and we were able to get to the piano and the singing much sooner. She packs a lot in each lesson and makes it fun. You'll have a great time learning, but you're not going to gloss over that thing you can't do very well. In fact plan on focusing on it- she knows you can do it! she'll show you your way.You can tell she loves teaching, and she really believes music is a gift for everyone for enjoy.Show More
Francesca is a terrific vocal coach. She has made me aware of several techniques to help me improve my vocal abilities. She is really interested in helping me succeed as a singer.
Francesca is an amazing teacher! We absolutely love her!
Francesca is extremely knowledgeable, very personable, and an all-around excellent teacher. She was recommended to me by my guitar teacher, who is an accomplished singer-songwriter with a great voice for both lead vocals and harmonies. Even though I loved her (my guitar teacher's) voice already, I was able to hear improvements due to her lessons with Francesca. I would therefore highly recommend Francesca for both experienced singers that want to be even better, as well as for beginners such as myself.Show More
Francesca is a wonderful teacher! She's very knowledgeable but shares that knowledge in a way that's easy to understand. I've been an amateur musician for over forty years and I've read a lot of books and watched a lot of videos. None of them explained the concepts we went over during our class as clearly and simply as Francesca. In fact, one of the things she explained had been staring me in the face for twenty or more years! She pointed it out and I had a "duh!" moment! She also has a great way of putting a student at ease and making you feel comfortable with her right away. It didn't feel like our first lesson together. Thank you, Francesca!Show More
Francesca is an amazing teacher and support of your voice. She encourages you to find your voice, and embrace it's natural capabilities. She super dedicated to her career, and has a lot of students, but always take her time with you. I couldn't be more satisfied with my progress in such a short time. I highly recommend Francesca!Show More
Learning to sing can be daunting. There are no two ways about it. Between baring your soul to another human being while allowing yourself to be completely vulnerable, to learning to love the sound of your own voice, it can be discouraging at times. But what I love about Francesca is that she won't let you doubt yourself for a second. She pushes you to realize your potential while instilling confidence through constructive encouragement. As I beginner, I find that my environment plays an important role in how I learn, and practice. The type of environment your get one on one with Francesca is both nurturing and stimulating. Learning to sing with her is teaching me how to be comfortable with being uncomfortable and I always wake away from our lessons standing a little bit taller. The only thing that could match Francesca’s positive, loving spirit is her wealth of knowledge and experience. You would be hard pressed to find a musician of her caliber who possess the same qualities and humility. I am honored to be her student and I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me!
Best teacher ever 10/10
Francesca has been an amazing guitar instructor for my daughter. Francesca is no-nonsense, highly motivational, and makes guitar lessons fun. My daughter always looks forward to lessons, and I am impressed by my daughter's progress: she is now writing her own music and lyrics! Francesca has even managed to pull my daughter out of her shell and encourage her to sing her songs. That in itself is a remarkable feat as my daughter is very shy. Francesca has done wonders, not just for my daughter's guitar-playing, but for her self-confidence as well.Show More
5 stars...Yes...Best instructor ever!!!! I came to Franny as kind of an old dog folk performer. I had some vocal training 25 years ago. In the two months I've been seeing her its been really great. Her knowledge of anatomy and the physics of singing is quite remarkable. What I'm being asked to do makes sense to me on a scientific level. I've seen her working with kids and am touched by the level of compassion, connection and care she puts forth. For anybody reading this...don't think twice!!!Show More
Francesca has done nothing but help me grow as an artist. She is very attentive to the needs of the student and helps you strengthen your weaknesses and perfect the skills you already have. She is a beautiful person and so fun to learn from. I always look forward to our lessons. :)Show More
Francesca is absolutely fantastic. I did a LOT of research when I was selecting a teacher. The teacher had to be multi-faceted (I wanted to explore singing, performing, and learning guitar/ukulele). The teacher had to have positive energy: there's nothing worse than a boring teacher. They had to be personable, communicate well and be NICE, but still be demanding when needed (to keep us challenged and excited and *learning*!). And finally, they had to have No Big Ego -- that is crucial to me, and very hard to find when you find someone that is very good at what they do.
Well, Francesca is ALL of those positive qualities. She knows her stuff, communicates very efficiently (and nicely!). She has a huge range of skills and talents -- from very professional skills/talents while still being able to do/show very down-to-earth personal performances (check out her videos of her performances -- you can see she is very skilled but also very personable -- a rare combination).
Another HUGE quality is her ability with kids. While I am an adult, it was very telling about what kind of *teacher* Francesca is by seeing her be successful with Kids. When I would arrive a bit early for my lessons, often she was just finishing up the last few minutes with a child. She is VERY good with children -- and that is a skill in itself. It's one thing to communicate well with adults; a whole other talent to be "fun" and inspirational to kids! And Francesca does that extremely well. The children learn and have fun doing it -- you can tell by the interactions that the kids are excited and are learning and doing well... of course that equals Fun (and keeps them motivated to learn more). If you have children that want to learn any musical instrument, I would highly recommend Francesca.
All in all, I am very happy I found her. I have learned SO much in just my first several lessons that I am very pleased with the VALUE of her teaching -- some teachers may be cheaper in cost, but if it takes 5 times longer to learn from a semi-good teacher, you end up spending more and getting less, and taking more time. The old saying applies here: "You get what you pay for."
If there were 6 stars available, Francesca would get that rating from me.
As a 47yr old total beginner, I can't say enough about how much Francesca has inspired me. So patient and supportive, best instructor ever. I would definitely recommend her to any new student or burgeoning artist looking to take their craft to the next level!Show More
First of all I want to say when I read Francesca's profile and saw all of her gifts she was blessed with I knew right away she had so much to offer me, the student! I wasn't sure how online classes were going to turn out since I had never had a lesson online before. Francesca prepped me for an audition and I was amazed at the things she noticed such as posture and body language with my online lesson as well as voice placement. Each lesson with her I have learned valuable material to help me improve in all areas of being an artist! I am blessed for having found her and I highly recommend that you give her a try because you'll be so glad that you did!Show More
I took a wild chance finding Francesca online, not knowing anyone who'd worked with her and not knowing whether lessons online would feel right. but I was more than amazed. Francesca is so articulate, enthusiastic, encouraging, intelligent, tuned in, and just plain musical - the lesson time flew by so fast and I hardly noticed that we weren't in the same room (in fact we were 3,000 miles apart!). She's not a musician who happens to teach, she's a truly gifted and accomplished teacher. I'm very excited about all I can learn from her!Show More
A skilled instructor with a clear intention and instruction!
Fantastic with my 6-year old. A natural; love her approach.
From vocal/guitar skills to stage performance and mentoring- she is the best you can get. BEST INSTRUCTOR EVER.
Francesca is a wonderful instructor. Her enthusiasm and knowledge provide the atmosphere for my daughter to stay engaged easily. I appreciate her methods of teaching.
Francesca is very professional and really listens to your needs. She focuses on the music genre you want to learn, and really works to enhance your natural abilities. She really knows her stuff :-)
Francesca Valle is more than your average guitar teacher. I never feel like I'm doing her enough justice when I refer to her as "my guitar teacher" because she has honestly been more like a mentor than anything else. I can honestly say that I don't think I would have gotten anywhere with my music if it weren't for her. Because of Francesca, I have grown so much as an artist in songwriting, recording, and performing.
If you are looking for a teacher that knows what they're talking about and how to bring out the best in their students, Francesca is the teacher for you.
We've been seeing Francesca for almost three years, she’s helping our son that has ADHD, PDD NOS and OCD diagnosis with singing classes. We love the way Francesca teach our son, more that singing lessons is life coaching, addressing all kinds of struggles that our son encounters; The studio is very professional and she always make time to see our kids. – We love you Francesca ! – Angel, Michelle S and Family.Show More
Francesca Valle is an absolutely inspiring lady. Just being around her and to listen to what she has to say is a gift. If you have managed to stumble upon her - don't let her go! She is seriously the best teacher out there! Could not have dreamed up a more caring, talented, thoughtful human being - in anything and everything she will teach you, her passion runs deep.
A very special talent! She truly realizes all the art an soul in every form of music, and encourages people to love and to feel and to create. A++ !
Francesca is a perfect mixture of technical ability and musical savy-ness. Using her knowledge and wisdom on the music industry she can help develop anybody who is pursuing music as a career or anybody who is just picking it up as a hobby. She is the real deal and lots of fun!Show More
Francesca's an exceptionally good teacher. Pretty much every music teacher will have technical music skills but she's unique in having a firm grasp of psychology and motivation, which are underestimated in generic schooling and critically important. Classes are engaging and fun while remaining technically accurate and meaningful. She's got an excellent ear, gives lots of precise feedback on how you can control your sound to make it how you want it. Highly recommend.Show More
I had a great lesson with Francesca. Very knowledgeable and worked and helped me quite a bit on learning and understanding several aspects of the guitar. If it were not for scheduling conflicts I would have kept having lessons with her and would not hesitate to plan future lessons with Francesca. Great personality and teaching skills!!Show More
We have really had a lot of fun working with Francesca! My daughter and I have been taking guitar lessons for a few months and in that short time we have learned new skills along with a sense of motivation to develop ourselves as musicians. I really appreciate how Francesca teaches with a variety of techniques in order to meet the needs of all different learners - she inspires and keeps us enthusiastic to learn. She listens to what is needed for each student and makes each lesson fresh and fun. We're so happy that we found her as a teacher and I would definitely recommend her!Show More
My 14 year old daughter and Francesca have been working together for 2 years now. Initially the lessons were geared towards piano to build a foundation to singing and all music, and we have incorporated singing for the last year. My daughter and Francesca have built an understanding together on what to work on, focus on, and build on. My daughter is the ability to sing and play piano simultaneously, each week coming to Francesca with what she is inspired by with her own natural skills and Francesca knows how to take this to the next level. My daughter trusts Francesca and her guidance and is motivated by everything she shares. If you are looking for an instructor to motivate you to be a confident musician and not just someone who plays an instrument well, she is the one! We love Francesca!Show More
Initially, I hired Francesca purely as a singing coach. It had been years since my last singing performance outside of my car or shower and I needed help to brush-up my technique and help me to build upon my current knowledge to grow as a singer. What I got from my lesson's with Francesca was far more than I could have imagined. In my first lesson, she posed the "genie in a lamp" scenario...if I had a genie that could grant me three wishes, what would they be. Once we talked about my goals of growing, not only as a singer, but also as a performer, songwriter, pianist, and guitar player, a door to the world of musical theory and sound singing technique swung open with such vigor, I was consumed with excitement following my first lesson. I was finally on the right path to get where I want to be as an artist.
Francesca will push and guide you as far as you need to go, but only if she knows that's your goal. She routinely checks-in to make sure we are progressing in the right direction and is a great person for suggestions (with no pressure) and to bounce new ideas off of. She is realistic, but allows you to dream-up the life you want, in regards to music. She is a God send and I am so thankful I found her as a coach.
Francesca is an amazing find and I cannot wait to see where my coaching journey leads into the world of music and performing!
Francesca is a teacher's teacher. (And, yes, I'm a teacher.) ;-) I am truly impressed with how she communicates with and engages my son. He started guitar lessons in February--now, a few months later, he is playing every day and learning new techniques at every lesson. She has also taught him how to teach himself--to explore and go beyond the hour a week they have together. He loves it. I never have to remind him to practice. He even had the confidence for play for some visiting family members last week. Even though Francesca is an extremely busy musician, performer, and teacher, when she is giving a lesson, she is completely focused on that learner and their needs. I am grateful we found her. <3 Francesca!Show More
I had been playing Guitar with zero musical training and zero knowledge of theory for about a year and a half prior to being taught by Francesca. I've only been to lessons once a week for a few months and my dexterity as Well as my knowledge of theory has been vastly improved. The laid back environment coupled with Francesca's great communication skills make learning comfortable and easy. The experience is always focused on bettering your playing and you as a musician. There is never fear of embarrasment from messing up or being incorrect because of the friendly encouraging atmosphere. .From an aspiring beginner to an experienced musician looking for guidance, I believe Francesca's lessons could be helpful to anyone looking to improve on or become a musician.
Francesca has taught me guitar, vocals, guitar theory, and self motivation. She is like the complete package. I always feel like I'm In my personal santuary of peace when I'm at my lessons. I'm in the navy ,and even though I have a really random schedule, she always find a way to fit me in. I recommend her to anyone who would like to learn life lessons through music lessons. â
Amazing teacher, great experience! Every lesson is a revelation. I've gained a lot of confidence and knowledge since I started. Fran has helped me develop my voice and my musical abilities very fast and always in a welcoming environment. I would definitely recommend her as a teacher.
Best voice coach in town
I've been a student of Francesca's for about 3 years now, and it's hard to overstate her teaching ability. Her breadth of knowledge and skill at conveying it in the right way at the right time is extraordinary. I highly recommend her to any singer or musician seeking to better your skills.
I grew up playing instruments and reading music. Always wanted to play guitar so I looked for a teacher. The first lesson Francesca showed me what I needed to know to teach myself how to play. I can't really tell you why that is so important, but if you look at it and think... Your alone practice time will be where you are learning to play. If you practice an hour a day a week you'll get 7 hours in. While you may only see her once A week for 30-60 min. So, you might be thinking to your self; man, one lesson? That's all I need? Yeah. If you are a quick study it is. But you will go back. The level of motivation she provides and the environment she creates in her studio to learn will keep you coming back. Above all that, she is an amazing person.
Francesca is the best!
I've been taking lessons with Francesca for over a year now, and she is simply an amazing teacher and an amazing person. She has a vast amount of knowledge about music, drawing both from theory and a wealth of real-world experience, and she does a great job of relaying that information to others in a way that makes it easy for them to understand. She has a wonderful personality that makes it very easy to feel comfortable with her. I can't recommend her enough. If you're thinking about taking lessons, give her a chance and you won't regret it.
I have really enjoys taking lessons with Francesca. She is a great teacher and person. She truly wants her students to succeed and achieve their goals. I would definitely recommend her!
When I came to Francesca I had zero musical background. I wanted to learn to play the quitar so I could sing to my first grandchildren ( twin girls) coming in February. By my forth lesson I was playing 'Yellow Submarine ' by the Beatles! Francesca truly has a gift for teaching music. She loves it and loves sharing her knowledge. I leave my lesson with a smile every week.
Francesca is a great and amazing music teacher. My daughter enjoys a lot to learn guitar from her. She is fun, energetic, interactive, eager, helpful, knows what students want and is good at motivating the student with creative homework. We have to stop the lessons due to our summer travelings. However, my daughter cherishes the time she learns guitar with wonderful Francesca.Show More
Voice coaching with Francesca
Francesca's great energy makes for a a fun learning environment. Always ready with positive encouragement and easy to understand explanations, she really wants her students to succeed and reach their full potential. I look forward to each lesson!
Francesca is a wonderful teacher. My daughter Jorden is ADD and sometimes has a difficult time staying on task. Francesca's style of teaching not only engages Jorden but manages to hold her attention the entire lesson. I'm so greatful to watch Jorden not only having fun but able to retain what she's learning.
A Wonderful Person; An Amazing Teacher
Francesca is fantastic, let me just begin with that! Francesca focuses on the art, and the soul of the music; she treats music as a passionate pursuit of creativity and expression. She manages to push me and challenge my boundaries, all while letting me take control of my own learning process. I have always felt that music is all encompassing, and if you let it, it will permeate every aspect of your life. Francesca has proven this and even taken the concept to a new level; every lesson I feel like we explore not just music, but life in general. Her wealth of experience and obvious skill, paired with her enthusiasm and fantastic teaching style, make her easily the best teacher I have ever had.
We are dong well. Too soon to know if she help me in the long run, but I like what she has shown me so far.
My teacher is Awesome! I'm already feeling a lot more confident and have already written my first song after only 4 lessons!! Love love love the piano
My daughter has gone to her for piano and singing, as well as music performance (those pesky microphones!) and we love Francesca. She's spontaneous and she really knows what she's talking about. She always ask, "Does that make sense?" because she really wants my daughter to grasp what she's teaching. I've seen several positive changes in my daughter due to Francesca's lessons on confidence, too.
Francesca is a gifted teacher. She has a unique method of teaching. She explains her philosophy of teaching before she begins so the students understand what she is trying to accomplish.
Francesca is absolutely amazing. No one could ask for a better vocal coach. She has a vast collection of musical knowledge and is very intelligent.
Love working with Francesca. She is super. I love singing with her. She is brilliant.
Bought 3 lessons as a trial for my grandson. Francesca was great and he enjoyed the lessons BUT he is not focused enough at 7 to practice and make further lessons practical.Teacher A+ Student A for fun and D for followup!Thanks for the experience!
Francesca is a superb instructor. My daughter loves her time with her and she is progressing very well. We couldn't be happier with her.
Francesca has been great. She is inspiring to my daughter's studies, and keeps kids interested in possibilities!
Francesa V. is wonderful in her teaching of my greand-daughter age 13 years. Taryn looks forward to each lesson and loves the praise she is given however, is also able to hear the coaching words as encouragement. Francesca is her teacher and her friend. 5 stars!!Show More
Francesca is AMAZING
I had taken voice lessons before and they were a total bust. This time around, I found Francesca and it has been awesome! She strikes the difficult balance between choral teacher and vocal coach with ease. Francesca realizes that all voices are different and everyone has different goals and does nothing but support both your vocal style and your personal goals with expert advice and instruction. Absolutely outstanding!!
Francesca is very straightforward which I enjoy.
An Awesome Experience
I was only able to work with Francesca a short time, but each lesson was extremely helpful to me in many ways. I would definitely highly recommend her to everyone. Francesca is very knowledgable and talented, she is a real pleasure to work with and learn from. Many thanks to her for all her help!
BugByte School Of Music
Group lessons and workshops available for voice, songwriting, and early musical development for babies.
With access to three studios and our state-of-the-art and vintage gear, our staff have the experience and passion to help you take your music project from concept to reality. Song Selection Collaboration Arranging (Simple Overdubs to complete Track Production) Recording Editing (Tuning, Timing, Sound Replacement) Overdubs Mixing Mastering Full-Band Recording – All Styles and Genres Vocal and Instrumental Recording Editing & Corrective - beat correction, vocal tuning Mixing & Mastering Voice-over Recording Audio Books Radio/Podcast Production
San Diego IndieFest
IndieFest celebrates and advocates for outstanding independent music, film, art, business and ideas. We are passionate in our conviction that music and art can uplift, inspire and motivate in ways nothing else can. There is a world of good going on out there that simply doesn't get the attention nor support it deserves. We strive to change that. With the collective power of the people, progress happens! IndieFest 8 features a three-day celebration of independent music, film, art, business and thought. It is family friendly and wildly eclectic with a wide array of amazing visual art, activities, film, comedy, dance, delicious food, beer and spirits for our 21+ patrons. And then of course, we have tons of music.
Donald Brinegar Singers
With DBS Francesca sings for studio and stage, often appearing with Los Angeles' best and brightest musicians in some of its most prestigious events.
Fluent / Native Proficiency
California Music Studios
Los Angeles Music Awards
LA Music Awards