- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
You must always connect with the song and the story line. How do you relate?
These are all topics I go through with students that are looking for more of that edge in their overall singing experience.
We discuss character, character choices, emotion, presence, movement, microphone technique, stand out parts in the music and much more.
It is very important you can relate to the song in some way. It will not be the same as the person who wrote it, but you can still find something that will help you relate. You chose the song for a reason, even if it was for the melody, what is it about that melody you like? what is it about the guitar line, or piano line you like? etc. These and much more are topics I go through in music performance lessons.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 6+
- Teaching since:
- March 2005
I am a very passionate and dedicated instructor. I love working with students at all levels from ages 9 and up, from beginners to experienced adults. It doesn't matter where you are in your musical development, I can help and encourage you to be your very best. I graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Sydney Australia with (High Class Honors) and Majored in Music Performance and Sub Majors in Composition and Theatre. I have had the opportunity to perform in the USA at various venues and overseas in Australia at the Sydney Opera House to name a few.
My teaching experience dates back to my University days. I was in my first year of my music degree when I applied for my first teaching position at a music school in Australia. I taught there throughout the Four years of my Bachelor's Degree and remained teaching there after that. I also started teaching at another well respected music school and remained there until the end of 2010. During this time I was very fortunate to have a large database of students who were with me from the beginning of my teaching career up until I left both schools. The only reason I left was as I am also a performer; I was offered an opportunity to perform overseas and i took it. It was a very exciting part of my life as a performer and has helped me grow as an artist and teacher immensely.
In 2012, I relocated to Miami and have been teaching from my private home studio while I continue working on my music career. As a musician and educator, I am very passionate about my teaching and like to bring the best out in my students. Every lesson is tailored specifically to your individual learning needs. I will teach you a vocal technique based on the Seth Riggs Teaching method with my own methods implemented, performance skills, repertoire selection, and audition preparation amongst other skills. It doesn't matter what your desired goal is, I can help you achieve it. The most important part of it all is that you have fun!!
And for piano I like to teach through a series of books depending on your learning levels. We can start at book one, with scales from the book A Dozen a Day, or we can take the the more traditional route of scales, or learn popular songs. This decision can be made by you and I when we meet at our first lesson and discuss what your goals are as a musician.
*** Lesson Details ***
Every lesson is tailored to your individual learning levels. I normally asses this in the first lesson. Lets start with the Singers.
Most singers are looking for help with contemporary popular music so using specific texts are void here. I will teach you a method of singing technique based on the Seth Riggs singing method, implemented with a technique called "Emotion Centered Singing" which will help you understand music beyond melody and composition but also through text and individual interpretation through story telling customed to your needs. I also teach Musical Theatre Singing, pop, rock, jazz, so if these are routes you would like to take, I can help you on your way there. I will help you choose repertoire for auditions, performances, we will work on performance and audition technique and many more fun things!!!
For the Pianists. This also depends on what you want to get out of your lessons. Do you want to learn pop songs? arrangements? Or do you want to learn classical pieces? I ask you all these questions and more at our first lesson to make sure you and I are both happy with the direction we will take. I use either Scale Books or The Dozen a Day Series or the ABRSM Piano series, Alfred's Adult Piano book and many more. Once again the important factor here is Fun based learning!
*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide a full size digital weighted piano for all Lessons, it has various different sounds and a great grand piano sound for piano students. Printer for any homework given, and stationery
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide some books for learning and make copies accordingly. The student should have a working piano/keyboard in the home. If i request they purchase a book for their learning development, they are required to purchase it.
*** Specialties ***
For Singing- I teach a method called Speech Level Singing. Similar to the Seth Riggs Speech level singing as well as a technique called Emotion centered singing which deals with connecting with the song and feeling the connection through the core. This is useful for performance and interpretation. I specialize in teaching, Pop, RnB, Musical Theatre, Rock and Folk
For Piano, I use a variety a books. I particularly like the Alfred's series as well as the Bastien Series. I also like to encourage other learning materials for holidays which is lots of fun!! This depends on the students learning level. I asses learning levels in the first lesson and plan lessons accordingly after that in order to have the student progress each week. I teach classical piano and contemporary, pop
Lead Actress/Singer for the production of "Tres Vidas" touring around the USA
I portrayed the role of "Terry" in the play; Extremities.
Principal Singer in production of "What's New Pussycat"
Singer in a production of "The Journey"
Actress in Shakespeare play "Much Ado About Nothing"
Ensemble member for the musical "Chicago" Portraying Merry Murderess; June.
Principal Production Singer for Broadway style shows onboard Norwegian Cruise Lines- Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Dawn
Main Contemporary Singing Coach and piano instructor.
end of year showcase preparation.
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The first lesson went well. My teacher is very good. She explained everything well and was very encouraging. She told me good things and was very patient. She is very good in what she does. I look forward to learning more and more.
I have known Francisca since late 2015 and come to know pretty well. She is an outstanding singer, composer, song writer, actress and musician. I have had the honor to attend many of her performances, including one in Lake Worth, FL as part of the Core Ensemble. All I can say is that until I heard her performance in Lake Worth I had no idea the depth of her talent. She is a great teacher and sets a high, but achievable bar for students. That’s how students grow. If you are lucky enough to have her for your teacher you are in good hands.+ Read More
An amazing performer herself, Francisca, is knowledgeable, and caring. I had an amazing experience!
She's amazing and so sweet!
Francisca seems very knowledgeable. Lessons with her are fun and enlightening. I'm a beginner adult just doing this for fun, but I get the sense professionals would be able to gain just as much.
Francisca's style is so warm and inviting; she helped me feel comfortable instantly! She is very talented and has shown me so much about my voice in just a few lessons- I intend to continue lessons for a long time!
Super easy to relate to, very informative, patient, and definitely worth time and money.
These last few weeks with Francisca have been very eye opening as a vocalist. She has taught me so much and we are still in the beginning stages. If you are looking for someone who is a musician and an artist, she is the best teacher for you. She offers technique and a guide into the creative world. The greatest advantages for me is that she plays the piano and also teaches music theory. She is a very qualified, well rounded teacher.+ Read More
She was absolutely great! Very patient and encouraging. I'm looking forward to many future lessons!
I enjoyed taking voice lessons with Francisca, even if it was for a short time. If my situation changes and it is favorable for me to continue at another time with her, I would do so.
She was very professional and patient. Going to extend my practice time with her. Looking forward to more lessons.
Enjoyed it very much.
Francisca really personalize your lesson to your level. Really pleased with my first lesson.
Very nice... I will be seein her again....💖💖💖
She was great
Awesome made me feel very comfortable and relaxed.
She really knows her stuff! I'm very pleased!
Amazing first lesson! Francisca made my 9 years old daughter very comfortable and a lot was accomplished. We are very excited and looking forward for the next lesson!!!
I am very very happy and honour to work with Francisca ,she is very professional and felt at home the first day .
Looking for to have many more sessions with her.
Thank you Francisca !
Francisca is a wonderful teacher. She knows how to motivate you and make you feel good about your performance to help you grow. She is helping me get over my mental block in order to reach my full potential. Her methods are easy and efficient. I only had a few lessons with her, but I feel that I improved so much.
Definitely recommend her class.
Trusted professional vocal teacher
Francisca was my singing teacher for two years and in that time with her I achieved so much. It was right before one of my biggest singing years (Year 12 HSC Music Examinations) that I met her, and we clicked straight away. I donât believe I would have been able to get through it without her. She gave me confidence and never doubted my ability to take on any song I chose. My voice was the healthiest and strongest it had ever been when she was teaching me. She helped me to further develop my chest voice (something I had always struggled with) and introduced me to a wider range of music genres. It was always the best part of my week going to singing lessons; they were fun and always beneficial, each lesson I walked away with something new to apply. Not only did I learn more about my voice, she developed my stage presence, challenged me and gave me insight into the music industry. With her guidance and continual support I achieved 89% in my HSC music examination, numerous amounts of gigs and my first lead role in an amateur musical production. Always professional, friendly, compassionate and positive; everything a teacher should be when dealing with an instrument as delicate and personal as the voice. Even though I do not receive lessons anymore, across the seas Francisca is still supporting me. I am so blessed to have had her as my teacher and friend.