Gaw Vang Williams

Gaw V.

Sacramento, CA

About Gaw V.

Background check: Last verified 07/28/2016
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Gaw teaches: Ages 1 and up
Teaching since: June 2004
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

Gaw is a voice artist, music teacher, and arranger local to the Sacramento area, specializing in styles such as Jazz, Pop, R&B, and Classical. She began her music experience with the baritone at age 12, and eventually learned to play the violin, trumpet, French horn, piano, and percussion. She received her B.M. in Jazz Studies and her Master in Voice Performance at California State University of Sacramento.

Gaw sings locally in various Sacramento venues, such as Naked Lounge, the Shine, Shady Lady. She won multiple Downbeat Awards with vocal jazz ensembles at Sacramento State. She performed with Schola Cantorum under the direction of Dr. Donald Kendrick and performed with world class choir RSVP (Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace). Gaw played brass with the championship level drum and bugle corps, Mandarins and Blue Devils A Corps.

Gaw is a positive, personable, and enthusiastic teacher. She began teaching music in 2004 at VAPAC (Visual and Performing Arts Charter), and she taught percussion for several years at C.K. McClatchy High School and currently with Folsom High School. She directed C.K. McClatchy High School choir and was the student director for Sac State vocal jazz ensemble Vox 2 for many years.

She is a currently the director of the Sac State School of Music vocal jazz ensembles and the jazz voice applied instructor. She is also currently the director of the Christian Brothers High School vocal jazz ensemble and is an active private music instructor. Gaw has been working for several years as a vocal jazz clinician, working with many Northern California high school and collegiate vocal jazz ensembles. She recently served as an adjudicator for Columbia College Vocal Jazz Festival and Reno Jazz Festival in 2014.

*** Lesson Details ***
"I love teaching because it's worthwhile to see my students succeed in something they really work hard for. I believe that every student has their own unique way of learning music. I am patient and understanding, so my lesson plans will be based on the student's ability, personal interests, and goals. We can work on songs that range from Bach to Ella Fitzgerald, Rolling Stones to Adele and Taylor Swift. Music is fun and rewarding. With me, students will develop a strong music education to help them succeed while having fun."

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Education

Master of Music Performance

Sep 2012 - May 2014
Sacramento State Universtiy

Languages Spoken

English and Hmong

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Master of Music Performance

May 2014
California State University of Sacramento

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42 Reviews on Gaw V.

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Elaine Aug 9, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My 11 year old daughter thinks Gaw is awesome and so do I!!
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Celina M. Jun 15, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She was great!! Very welcoming and extremely helpful. Love her dog <3
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Sheng-Yang L. Feb 11, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Gaw's very positive encouragement was needed today with my daughter. She's knew what to say to get my daughter more interested in playing the violin. We are definitely looking forward to the next lesson.
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Makayla N. Jan 22, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Gaw is wonderful. Very supportive and kind!!
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Femi F. Sep 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
6 stars! She's awesome! She is very patient, knowledgeable and understanding. Definitely recommend!
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Natalia M. Sep 22, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She is very encouraging and informative. Recommend!
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Natalia M. Aug 28, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Gaw is so encouraging and talented. She's helped with my confidence and technique. I'm learning so much.
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Kennedy L. Jul 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Today was our first lesson and I was very impressed with Gaw. She is very organized and great with kids. My daughter, 8 years-old also really liked her!
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Mary S. Jun 17, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
My daughter just completed her first piano lesson with Gaw and she loved it! Gaw is very patient and intuitive. My daughter can't wait for her second lesson!
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Sina D. Jun 5, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Motivating, very well educated ! Friendly! Punctual! Definitely recommend!