Hello, welcome to my profile and thank you for taking the time to check it out. I am happy to introduce myself to you and share that teaching the performing arts is one of the greatest joys of my life.
I am a performing artist and teacher in Los Angeles, teaching a variety of classes from music, dance and theatre. I graduated from San Francisco State University in 2009 where I received a BA in Classical Music, a BA in Dance with a focus in choreography, and a minor in Multi-Cultural Theatre. I have such a strong, well-rounded background in many styles because I value creative exploration.
As a vocalist, I studied classical voice since I was 16 years old, trained at SFSU and La Universidad de Catolica in Santiago, Chile and consider that as strong foundation, but always explored other styles. I loved singing with the SFSU Gospel Choir and the SFSU Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble, playing a mix of Latin folkloric music, Salsa and jazz. Currently I am focused on musical theatre and my own compositions. As a pianist, I began playing piano when I was 7 years old and basically self taught. I received more formal training at SFSU and in music education classes, yet I credit my skills more to my own exploration. I approach my lessons with more creativity and patience, allowing students to discover how they best learn music. I consider the same with trombone. I feel in love with it one day hearing Dixieland jazz when I was 16 and haven’t stopped playing since.
I have been teaching private and group piano, trombone, voice, theatre and dance lessons for the past 8 years. I have taught from my private home studio, private music studios, community centers and public and private schools. I have worked with children as young as 5 years to adults in their 60s. I have also worked in after school programs for many years and supervised and designed music, dance and musical theatre programs for children K-8th.
*** Lesson Details ***
Considering taking lessons with me? Great!
I am very insightful, sensitive, flexible, patient and focused. I like to have fun with lessons and I laugh a lot. Joy is key and I enjoy seeing my students learn and improve. With my training as a musician, I always make sure that there is good technique and good practice habits. I wouldn't consider myself totally laid back because I do expect students to practice, (otherwise, how do you expect to get better?) yet my expectations depend on the personal goals and level of the students. I am here to teach you what YOU want to learn and tailor my lessons to that. This includes teaching whatever style you want to learn, be it pop, classical, musical theatre or R&B. It's all good to me.
As for the lessons, I start with fundamental techniques that are then later applied to songs. My intention is to assist students in reaching their personal music goals, which could range from wanting to feel good about their voice to preparing for a talent show or professional audition. I always encourage students to learn how to read music and basic theory as well performance techniques.
In home lessons (at students home)
*Please note I do not do 30 mins due to cost of commute. If you are within a mile of my residency, it is possible. Please email to discuss. Thank you.
In studio lessons (at my private residence)
How I structure lessons:
1) body awareness and warm-ups
2) breathing exercises
4) focus on one or two vocal techniques for the lesson
5) ear training with solfeggio
6) song and performance
1) body awareness and warm-ups (especially hands)
2) finger coordination exercises
3) scales and arpeggios
4) ear training with solfeggio
6) song and performance
1) body awareness and posture
2) breathing exercises and warm-ups
3) scales, slides and arpeggios
4) ear training with solfeggio
5) song and performance
(depending on style)
1) warm-ups and isolations
2) dance material
Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha, Waltz, East Coast Swing
*** Studio Equipment ***
electric piano and trombone
wood floors for dance
*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, though I'd prefer if students have their own keyboard. Please email if you need information on purchasing a keyboard.
Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.
*** Specialties ***
beginners (piano, trombone and voice)
intermediate and advanced voice
Thank you for taking the time to check out my profile. I look forward to working with you on reaching your goals!
Saint Ignatius College Prep is a private catholic high school in SF. They have a program called Magis that is to assist students to reach higher education and provides them with the skills to do so. Students enter the program in middle school and it assists many students to attend competitive high schools and on to college. I work during the summer with middle school students and provide instruction in Dance and in Musical Theatre. It includes a 6 week program and concludes with a performance.
Taught group vocal classes and workshops, from kids to young adults through Barbizon, SF. Classes would include vocal technique and individual coaching on songs and performance. Instruction was geared to having students audition for talent agencies and performances.
SF Young Dancers Program is a dance program offered through SFUSD to provide quality dance instruction in the styles of Latin social dances to underprivileged youth in the 4th & 5th grade. This includes Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha and Tango. The first two years I taught at a SF public school and the last year, I worked as co-dance director of the program, which included planning of the competition and performances and observation and assistance with teachers and instruction.
Taught private vocal lessons for students at community centers through Latimerlo Studio. Gained experience teaching belting and popular styles.
Taught beginning Spanish classes for the past three years for children K-2nd grade through the i-Immersion Institute after school program at McKinley Elementary, SF. The last year I was the head Spanish teacher, responsible for not only teaching my class but also managing the program and assisting the Spanish and Mandarin teachers.
Providing private voice and piano lessons through Sunset Music Academy. (Great little studio in the Sunset district!) Students ranged from age 5-40(ish).
Providing dance classes through the community center with the SNBC. I taught Merengue, Salsa, Modern and Creative movement for Seniors.
I taught group Adult Salsa classes with Felipe Ku Chan & MIchael Sosa. I also taught my own Latin Hip Hop Fusion classes for adults in the sunset district of San Francisco.