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Gaw Vang Williams

Gaw V.

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Gaw is a voice artist and music teacher. She has been performing for 20 years and has been teaching music over 10 years. She received her B.M. in Jazz Studies and her Master in Voice Performance at California State University of Sacramento.

Gaw is a positive, personable, and enthusiastic teacher. She is a currently the director of the Sacramento 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 clinician, working with many middle school, high school and collegiate ensembles and served as an adjudicator for many music festivals.

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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."

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  • Background Checked
  • Speaks English, Hmong
  • Teaching since 2004

Reviews (51)

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Angeline T. Mar 14, 2019
Singing · In studio

Great teacher. Very enthusiastic.

Shreya Feb 24, 2019
Singing · In home

My daughter says that Gaw is an amazing teacher! She loves her singing class.

Annabelle T. Aug 16, 2018
Singing · In studio

Great teacher

Annabelle T. Aug 16, 2018
Singing · In studio

Awesome teacher. Very patient with my 8 yr old daughter

Annabelle T. Aug 16, 2018
Singing · In studio

Excellent teacher. Very enthusiastic and tailored lesson to my individual needs.

Britani A. Jul 7, 2018
Singing · In studio

She is really dedicated!

Igor Feb 20, 2018
Singing · In studio

She is an excellent instructor! I have for years been stuck in my progress and had no idea how to improve. Gaw has been patient and really helped me to get to a point where I feel confident in my skills as a singer to perform in front of others.
She’s very knowledgeable and really helps you develop your vocal technique/style.
I thought about lessons for a while, but now I only regret not starting sooner.

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Bryson W. Aug 21, 2017
Violin · In studio

Bryson was taking violin lessons before and he learned a lot but was unhappy with the teacher which was stern since working with Gaw not only has he improved with his technique but enjoys learning under her direction.

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!

Sina D. Jun 5, 2015
Singing · In studio

Motivating, very well educated ! Friendly! Punctual! Definitely recommend!

Lovely L. Jun 1, 2015
Singing · In studio

I've had a lot of fun with the singing lessons, and learned some fantastic techniques. Gaw has made the entire experience memorable!

Martine H. May 29, 2015
Piano · In studio

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.

Nevaeh F. May 26, 2015
Singing · In studio


Eleanor C. Apr 29, 2015
Singing · In studio

Gaw is an excellent instructor. She's doing a great job helping my daughter build confidence with her voice.

Martine H. Apr 20, 2015
Piano · In studio

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.

Kathy F. Apr 10, 2015
Singing · In studio

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!!

Rachel G. Mar 23, 2015
Singing · In home

Would give her 5 stars if I knew her better - she was great!

Dora S. Jun 19, 2014
Piano · In studio

Gaw is a wonderful instructor. I love her motivational energy

Meredith K. Apr 9, 2014
Singing ·

Excellent Teacher

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.

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Wes B. Mar 12, 2014
Singing ·

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.

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Diane P. May 6, 2013
Violin ·

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.

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Ayana M. Apr 22, 2013
Piano ·

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 that’s all that I could ask for. I would recommend Gaw to anyone, young and old, who would like to learn piano.

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LucindaM Jul 9, 2012

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.

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CathiL Jul 1, 2012

Lessons are going really well with Gaw. I love her methods and her constant encouragement!

CorinaP Jun 27, 2012


Gaw is very patient with my 6 year old and she is having a great time learning from her.

ElizabethG Jun 2, 2012

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!

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AndreaS1 Apr 9, 2012

Awsome Teacher!!

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.

AleciaH Mar 25, 2012

Awesome Vocal Coach!

Gaw is an awesome vocal coach.I really appreciate her honest, helpfulness, and enthusiasm.

AdrienneV Mar 8, 2012

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.

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AliceH Jan 23, 2012

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

JoyceN Jan 10, 2012


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.

PatU Nov 8, 2011


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.

JamesC1 Sep 13, 2011

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!

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LindaF Aug 15, 2011

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!

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RosemaryA Jul 8, 2011

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.

TALIAS Jan 16, 2011

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

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TimB Jun 30, 2010


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

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ChristopherF Jun 21, 2010

Nouveau Fiddle Dabbler

If she can teach ME to play violin...She must be pretty patient!

MaritesJ May 9, 2010

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!

BrianJ Feb 14, 2010

The Best

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.

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jone Jan 8, 2010

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!!!

AmyP Sep 29, 2009

she's a good instructor. my son likes her.

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:

Piano is the easiest instrument to start with and is a crucial instrument to learn for all musicians. Piano helps immensely with understanding music theory. You can quickly learn songs and learn how to accompany yourself and others in a short amount of time.



Monterey Jazz Festival Traveling Clinician
Nov 2018 - Present

Monterey Jazz Festival

Director of Vocal Jazz
Aug 2014 - Present

Sacramento State School of Music


Master of Music Performance
Sep 2012 - May 2014

Sacramento State Universtiy

Bachelor of Music, Jazz Voice
Aug 2004 - May 2010

Sacramento State University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Master of Music Performance
May 2014

California State University of Sacramento


California Teachers Association
Aug 2016
Founded in 1863, the California Teachers Association has become one of the strongest advocates for educators in the country. CTA includes teachers, counselors, school librarians, social workers, psychologists, and nurses. These educators in the K-12 school system are joined by community college faculty, California State University faculty, and education support professionals to make CTA the most inclusive and most powerful voice of educators in the state.
American Choral Directors Association
Sep 2014
Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.
Jazz Education Network
Aug 2014
JEN was formed in 2008 to help bring together the jazz arts community. It hosts an annual conference with concerts presented by students and professionals, a student jazz festival, workshops, research presentations and an exhibition area with manufacturers, retailers, schools and other jazz related organizations. JEN also offers many educational programs, from an outreach program, to mentoring and scholarships.
National Organization of Women
Aug 2014
As the grassroots arm of the women’s movement, the National Organization for Women is dedicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights, and is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States. NOW has hundreds of chapters and hundreds of thousands of members and activists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since our founding in 1966, NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.
California Music Education Association
Aug 2014
CMEA is an affiliate of the National Association for Music Education. NAfME, one of the the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education
Mu Phi Epsilon
Nov 2012
Mu Phi Epsilon (ΜΦΕ) is a co-ed international professional music fraternity. Today, Mu Phi Epsilon has chapters both nationally and internationally. The fraternity supports achievement in music through the awarding of grants and scholarships, as well as music competitions, concerts, and summer music programs. Much of this work has been supported by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, an organization that has been in existence since 1963, as well as fundraising and donations.

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