- Teaches students:
- and Ages 1+
- Teaching since:
- June 2004
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.
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"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."
Gaw was excellent. She was incredibly insightful. Her instructions were clear and helped immensely.
My 11 year old daughter thinks Gaw is awesome and so do I!!
She was great!! Very welcoming and extremely helpful. Love her dog <3
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.
Gaw is wonderful. Very supportive and kind!!
6 stars! She's awesome! She is very patient, knowledgeable and understanding. Definitely recommend!
She is very encouraging and informative. Recommend!
Gaw is so encouraging and talented. She's helped with my confidence and technique. I'm learning so much.
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!
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!
Motivating, very well educated ! Friendly! Punctual! Definitely recommend!
I've had a lot of fun with the singing lessons, and learned some fantastic techniques. Gaw has made the entire experience memorable!
Gaw is very positive, encouraging, supportive, and motivating. I really appreciated her for her manners, personality, her ability to be so accommodating with my schedule.
Gaw is an excellent instructor. She's doing a great job helping my daughter build confidence with her voice.
Gaw is a very professional and friendly teacher. I am really enjoying her teaching style. She is always supporting and encouraging. After only a few lessons, I already feel like I have learned a lot and continue to learn quickly.
Gaw is very welcoming, passionate & patient. My daughter loves her! She has progressed immensely in the short time she's been working with Gaw. Great teacher!!
Would give her 5 stars if I knew her better - she was great!
Gaw is a wonderful instructor. I love her motivational energy
My daughter, who is 12, learned so much from Gaw. She improved greatly under Gaw's instruction. I highly recommend Gaw for anyone looking for a teacher for their kids, or themselves! She was honest, but kind, and really encouraged my daughter to reach her potential. You will no be disappointed with her.
Gaw is a Knowledgble, Caring and Talented Music Teacher
My 5 year old daughter has been taking vocal lessons from Gaw for the past 4 months. I am always pleasantly surprised as she continually teaches new techniques each week. What a great musical foundation my daughter will eventually have. additionally Gaw is always encouraging and supportive especially when my daughter wanders off key. Thanks Gaw for your inspired training and support.
Gaw is past awesome!
Gaw is amazing! My daughter loves her weekly lessons. She is patient and encouraging. I thought it was just the chemistry between her and my daughter until I saw her working with all the children in her recital. Her talent and ability to bring out the best in her students is truly a blessing.
Gaw is Great!
Because my daughter is so young (6yrs old) I was especially worried that we may not be presented with an instructor who is equipped with the patience and grace it will take to successfully teach a child of her age. To my surprise Gaw was exactly what we needed. With her extensive background in music and experience with teaching young children, my daughter loves learning piano, and thatâs all that I could ask for. I would recommend Gaw to anyone, young and old, who would like to learn piano.
Fun Teacher for Kids
Gaw is sp good with kids - my 8 year old daughter loves her and looks forward to the weekly voice lessons. Gaw understands and knows how to work with kids. She makes lessons fun and interesting. She recommended that I sat through the first lesson with my daughter, and after every lesson she gives me guidance to work with my daughter at home.
Lessons are going really well with Gaw. I love her methods and her constant encouragement!
Gaw is very patient with my 6 year old and she is having a great time learning from her.
Oh my goodness! I don't think I have enough room to properly describe how incredible Gaw is! She is everything an amazing instructor should be and more: knowledgeable, patient, knows how much to challenge you, with such an amazing personality! Just in the short time I have been taking lessons, I have improved so much!+ Read More
Gaw V. Is such an amazing teacher with wisdom. She has away of bringing out the best of you, when you never thought you had.
Awesome Vocal Coach!
Gaw is an awesome vocal coach.I really appreciate her honest, helpfulness, and enthusiasm.
I'm not finished with my lessons as of yet, but I've been impressed with Gaw. Singing in front of people is not an easy thing for me to do, and she has a way of treating it as though it's 'no big deal', which is what I need. I've already heard improvement in my voice quality and I always look forward to my lessons and seeing Gaw. I highly recommend her. I'm one of her older students, so even beginning this process was a challenge that she has made so much fun and much less terrifying.+ Read More
Hannah Oldfield's mother
Gaw, Thanks so much for all you are doing with Hannah. She is improving and gaining more confidence. You are a fantastic voice teacher and coach.Alice
Gaw has been instruction my granddaughter on Piano for 2 years now. She was the only one I found to take a 4 year old. Isabella read music before she could read word. we are very happy w/Gaw :) and highly recommend her.
I think you have been excellent, professional and dedicated with your weekly approach in bringing out the best in Osewanne. You surely lived to the task and thank you for all your efforts.
Looking for an awesome singing teacher??
I've only been taking voice lessons from Gaw for a month but I've seen a big improvement in not only my voice but my confidence as a singer as well! She is very enthusiastic in helping you achieve your goals as a singer and will definitely help you get there with her lessons and tips. If you're looking for a friendly, down to earth vocal teacher who knows their stuff, look no further!
They don't get any better then Gaw!!!
Not only is Gaw the sweetest person you'll find, her teaching and music abilities are far beyond most. I don't want to say too many wonderful things because she'll get booked up and I 'll have a difficult time getting more lessons in for me!
Hello, this is Onome, student. I like that I can relate to her since she is young and knows my kind of music. I feel comfortable with her and she gives me great tips and pointers. Thank you.
Gaw is a wonderful teacher
Gaw is a very good teacher. My daughter (6) loves her lessons. She is orgenized and can give a strong music foundation. She is teaching with a smile and in a friendly way. She is also listening to the student and try to find ways to enjoy the study and the music together. We are happy that we found her
It is strange and wonderful at the same time. I can feel (and Hear) the changes occuring in the quality of my voice and more ease in reaching notes that have been difficult. These are songs that I walked in the door with and are a good gage of progress. Thanks Gaw. Tim
Nouveau Fiddle Dabbler
If she can teach ME to play violin...She must be pretty patient!
Mia is enjoying her violin lessons! She likes her teacher Gaw. She is very nice and knowledgeable in her field. Mia wants to be a good violinist someday and with Gaw, I know she can do it!
As an adult, even though a professional actor, it is difficult to take lessons in a craft which is not your specialty. However Gaw does an incredible job of teaching you, with the realization that you are an adult, and in such a professional manner which I have seldom seen from others in any field. I would highly recommend her to all adults, at any level, and from what I have seen with her interactions with other students, she seems just as great with younger children.
EZ smog manager
She is awesome would highly recommend her for anyone who is interested in improving their music talent my daughter is 9 and she is shy but she is finally opening up and that just awesome she needs a raise!!!
she's a good instructor. my son likes her.