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: 5 days ago


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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Master of Music Performance
Sep 2012 - May 2014
Sacramento State Universtiy

Languages Spoken

English and Hmong
Professional Proficiency


Master of Music Performance
May 2014
California State University of Sacramento

43 Reviews on Gaw V.

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Casey Oct 20, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Gaw was excellent. She was incredibly insightful. Her instructions were clear and helped immensely.
Elaine Aug 9, 2016
· Singing · In studio
My 11 year old daughter thinks Gaw is awesome and so do I!!
Celina M. Jun 15, 2016
· Singing · In studio
She was great!! Very welcoming and extremely helpful. Love her dog <3
Sheng-Yang L. Feb 11, 2016
· Violin · In home
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.
Makayla N. Jan 22, 2016
· Singing · In home
Gaw is wonderful. Very supportive and kind!!
Femi F. Sep 23, 2015
· Piano · In studio
6 stars! She's awesome! She is very patient, knowledgeable and understanding. Definitely recommend!
Natalia M. Sep 22, 2015
· Singing · In studio
She is very encouraging and informative. Recommend!
Natalia M. Aug 28, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Gaw is so encouraging and talented. She's helped with my confidence and technique. I'm learning so much.
Kennedy L. Jul 28, 2015
· Piano · In studio
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!
Mary S. Jun 17, 2015
· Piano · Online
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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