Gabbi Coenen
Sherman Oaks, CA
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Gabbi Coenen

Gabbi C.

Sherman Oaks, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Recommended as part of Voice lessons.

About Gabbi C.

I am a professional vocalist and composer, with a BFA and BMus in Jazz Performance, and over 12 years of performance and recording experience internationally, including appearances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center with NY's premiere a cappella ensemble Khorikos, and the Knitting Factory with Brooklyn-based indie band RVBY MY DEAR; as well as commercial voiceover work for major brands. I specialize in teaching Jazz, Pop/Contemporary, Broadway and Choral singing, songwriting, theory, ear training and arranging, as well as Beginner – Intermediate Piano.
All ages and levels are welcome - including college and high school students preparing for auditions! Whether you’re looking to take your music to the next level professionally, or want to learn just for fun, lessons are tailored to your ability and musical interests. I don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to music, and I encourage and guide my students to find what it is about their voice that makes them unique.

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Georgina
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I made the switch from in-studio to online piano lessons with Gabbi and couldn’t be more impressed with how seamless the transition has been. She has been helping me learn the fundamentals of technique and theory and is very good at creating a challenging yet supportive learning environment. She’s also good at helping me to choose pieces to learn that are within my abilities but still enjoyable to play. My playing has improved a ton in just a few lessons thanks to her guidance. Highly recommend!

Posted Aug 11, 2020
Bryce
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I've done mainly in person lessons with Gabbi but also some online lessons. She is really a great teacher. Very knowledgeable about music. Very patient even with a beginner like me. Highly recommend.

Posted Jun 29, 2020
Milena
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Gabbi is very patient, talented, professional and a fantastic instructor. She has a great understanding of vocal technique and I feel very secure with her. We are currently doing online class and they have been very productive - I’ve been learning a lot! She is extremely knowledgeable and I feel I have improved so much since our first class. She encourages me a lot. I highly recommend her!

Posted Jun 28, 2020
Milena
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Gabbi is very patient, talented, professional and a fantastic instructor. She has a great understanding of vocal technique and I feel very secure with her. We are currently doing online class and they have been very productive - I’ve been learning a lot! She is extremely knowledgeable and I feel I have improved so much since our first class. She encourages me a lot. I highly recommend her!

Posted Jun 28, 2020
Emma
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Gabbi is a wonderful teacher who has helped me learn the basics in singing, as I started out as a complete novice. I feel like I am still able to learn just as well online, as I did during the in-person lessons before COVID-19. She has helped me gain a lot more confidence in my own voice and helped me find joy in singing so that I always look forward to my classes with her.

Posted Jun 28, 2020
Whitney
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I have been taking lessons with Gabbi for 2 years! When I started, I did not know if I was even capable of singing. Gabbi made it less daunting and more importantly-fun! I looked forward to my lessons every week as I tracked my improvement, building up to more challenging songs. I began bringing my guitar, and Gabbi guided me through singing and playing too. When the virus hit NYC, she transitioned my lessons seamlessly to Zoom. Gabbi is an excellent teacher both in-person and online!

Posted Jun 28, 2020
Marta
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I first thought it was going to be difficult to learn piano online but It’s been as great as in-person classes!
I would totally recommend her!!

Posted Jun 28, 2020
Lita
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Great singer, awesome instructor, would recommend Gabbi for any beginner singer. She teaches professional singers too so try her out if you need assistance with performances and auditions.

Posted Nov 16, 2019
Rosie
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Gabbi knows her stuff! She is fun and kind, but is definitely there to help you improve. I've really enjoyed my lessons with Gabbi, and she has helped me out with everything from my choir repertoire to playing around with improvising and making songs my own.

Posted Oct 24, 2019
Bella
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I have been taking lessons with Gabbi for about two months now. In such a short amount of time, I have seen major improvements in my abilities. She provides helpful apps and song recommendations that really expand your vocal range. I record each lesson, as suggested by her, which has made me more comfortable with my voice. Her patience and kindness have allowed me to break out of my shell. She's incredibly knowledgeable and always explains concepts in a way that is easy to understand and replicate. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a vocal instructor!!! Ps- Her accent is adorable!

Posted Oct 31, 2018
Cricky C.
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Gabbi is wonderful! In our first lesson she did a great job assessing where I was and we hit the ground running playing through a number of exercises and songs which challenged me. I feel confident my playing will progress with her!

Posted Sep 29, 2018
David
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She's very good

Posted Jul 22, 2018
Rob
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Gabbi is wonderful! She's very knowledgeable in her craft, and is easy to learn from. I'd highly recommend her for anyone looking to learn piano (or resume learning, in my case).

Posted Apr 18, 2018
Grace
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Great first lesson!

Posted Feb 5, 2018
helena
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Highly recommend.

Posted Oct 30, 2017
Holger
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Highly recommend!

Posted Mar 30, 2017
Ebony
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Gabbi is awesome! I'm so happy I'm taking lessons with her. Very pleased.

Posted Mar 19, 2017
Aaliyah
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Gabbi is a great teacher! I appreciate her thorough approach to ensure you've mastered the basics in order to be truly successful and self-sufficient musically.

Posted Feb 18, 2017
Emma G.
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I just had my first lesson with Gabbi and she was wonderful! Encouraging, helpful, and understanding of my total lack of experience. Scheduled my next lesson for next week.

Posted Oct 5, 2016
Alexandra
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Gabbi is very patient and professional. Looking forward for the next class.

Posted Oct 4, 2016
Holger
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First session done... looking forward to the next.

Posted Sep 18, 2016
Jillian
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Gabbi was very sweet and patient with my 9 year old daughter. My daughter is very excited for her next lesson!

Posted Sep 13, 2016
Julie C.
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I am taking beginner singing classes with Gabbi and I highly recommend her.
She is nice, fun, organized and patient. But most importantly, after taking 5 lessons with Gabbi I already feel like I am improving.
We typically start a class with warm up exercices and then work on a song. I am french and not always confortable with singing in English, that's why I appreciated when Gabbi suggested we could start with a song in French, which made things easier for me.

Posted Sep 12, 2016
Dana
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I took piano and voice lessons with Gabbi, beginner level in both. Gabbi is a great teacher. I loved the systematic approach she took. She's very patient and knowledgeable, the lessons are always fun!

Posted Aug 31, 2016
Dana
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I took piano and voice lessons with Gabbi, beginner level in both. Gabbi is a great teacher. I loved the systematic approach she took. She's very patient and knowledgeable, the lessons are always fun!

Posted Aug 31, 2016
Robert
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Gabbi is an incredibly gifted musician and teaching artist. She was very accommodating with what I needed to accomplish in terms of my goals as a singer. She genuinely cared that I was not only to better myself technically and musically but gave me the mental tools necessary to continue my studies outside of our lessons and onward in my own solo career. Between teaching me proper warm-up exercises and how to physically carry myself while singing and even during day-to-day life, she is incredibly knowledgable on the human voice and all things related. I highly recommend her as a teacher and mentor to anyone who is considering doing so.

Posted Jun 24, 2016
Erika
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Gabbi is wonderfully patient with our twin 4yo toddlers whom at first were anything but interested in playing an instrument. But now they sit and follow her directions. It's been a real advantage for me to have her come to our home because it can be quite challenging to have to get two kids to music class! Now my husband even gets a lesson from Gabbi weekly and he's been loving it!

Posted May 31, 2016
Jo
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"Ms. Coenen is my piano teacher, and she is absolutely amazing! She is welcoming, kind, knowledgable, and extremely talented. She takes extra care to explain music theory, concepts, and makes learning exciting and fun. She is also very patient. As an adult beginner, this patience is very much appreciated. I would HIGHLY recommend Ms. Coenen for individuals of any age who want to learn to play the piano professionally or for pleasure."

Posted May 30, 2016
Cynthia
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SHES THE MOST AWESOME TEACHER THERE IS!!!!!! She has a lot of patience when teaching and she would actually tell you about what you need to work on. OVERALL she is a kool kat!

Posted May 15, 2016
Diana
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Gabbi is an amazing instructor! Ive been working with her for quite some time now and have learned and accomplished so much in the process. She is down to earth and is able to cater lessons to your specific needs. She is extremely knowledgeable and has helped me to understand and widen my vocal range. My confindence has greatly increased thanks to her!

Posted May 15, 2016

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Experience

Voice, piano and songwriting teacher
Jan 2009 - Present

Self-Employed

Private lessons in singing, piano and songwriting.

Teaching Assistant
Jan 2013 - Dec 2013

The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music

Teaching assistant for Advanced Jazz Rhythmic Analysis class.

Tutor
Jan 2012 - Dec 2013

The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music

Tutored freshmen music majors in Music Theory, Ear Training, Rhythmic Analysis, Arranging, and Vocal Performance Skills.

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Jazz Performance (Voice)
Sep 2011 - Dec 2013

The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music (NYC)

Bachelor of Music - Jazz Performance (Voice)
Feb 2008 - Dec 2010

West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (Edith Cowan University)

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Artist of the Month - May 2019 & September 2014
May 2019

The Deli Magazine

Artstart Grant funding for new artists
Apr 2014

The Australia Council

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