Margaret Gordon

Margaret G.

San Francisco, CA

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About

Margaret delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2006

I am an opera singer who enjoys exploring all styles of vocal expression. I perform and teach in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area. My greatest passion is helping others learn how to sing and find their voice. I believe with the right instruction and determination anyone has the ability to sing!

I teach using a mixture of classical technique, voice science and medicine, sound healing, and the Somatic Voicework™ - The Lovetri Method. I teach any style that interests the student, such as musical theater, pop/rock, jazz, blues, and opera. I believe that learning how to sing is not only fun and energizing, but also increases confidence, improves general music skills, and develops mind/body coordination skills.


*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons consist of breath and body work, vocal warm-ups and exercises, followed by in-depth work on songs.

These skills can help any singer become more aware of their voice and how their body works as an instrument. Students are trained, like an athlete, to build up vocal strength and stamina to sing songs and styles of their choice.

In addition to private lessons I also host biannual student voice recitals. Performing in the recitals is not required but encouraged. This is a great opportunity for students to gain performance experience and sing in front of family and friends!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate music room with mirror, chairs, music stand, and keyboard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I use a 76 key Yamaha Keyboard at my home studio. I encourage the student to provide any kind of piano or keyboard with at least 61 keys if wanting lessons from their home.

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Experience

Voice Teacher
Sep 2011 - Present
SF Community Music Center

Private voice instructor

Voice Teacher
Aug 2005 - Present
Private: Magsvoice

Private voice instructor

Stage Director
Sep 2013 - Dec 2013
SF Community Music Center

Opera and Musical Theater Workshop Class

Opera Workshop Production Assistant
Aug 2009 - Jun 2010
San Jose State University: School of Music

Education

Masters of Music: Opera Voice
Aug 2008 - Jun 2010
San Jose State University
MA in Music: Vocal Performance (Opera Studies)
Aug 2008 - Jun 2010
San Jose State University
Bachelors of Music: Opera Voice
Sep 2003 - Mar 2008
University of Washington
Bachelors of Arts: Anthropology
Sep 2003 - Mar 2008
University of Washington
BM in Vocal Performance (Opera Studies)
Sep 2003 - Mar 2008
University of Washington

Languages

German
Limited Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Voice Science Pedagogy
Jun 2015
New York University

An in-depth practicum into vocal production as it relates to singing performance. Training including application of the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and acoustics of the voice in both singing and voice training, and application of laryngeal massage and diagnosis of common vocal injuries.

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Somatic Voicework™ - The LoVetri Method
Jul 2014
CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute of Shenandoah Convervatory

"Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method is a body-based method of vocal training which draws from many disciplines. It is based upon voice science and medicine as well as traditional classical vocal training, complementary modalities such as yoga, movement, dance, acting, and speech training, and various bodywork approaches... It allows the voice and body to be partners with the mind, whether it be for song or speech, and allows the instrument to handle a variety of tasks with greater ease and less effort. It is unique in that all of the vocal exercises are focused on function... not just on how the voice sounds."
This method can be applied to all styles of singing, and can also help alleviate vocal strain or fatigue.

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Awards

2nd Place Winner
May 2010
San Jose Opera Guild Competition
1st Place Winner
May 2009
San Jose Music Club Competition
Scholarship Winner
May 2009
San Jose Woman's Club
Concerto Competition Winner
Nov 2008
San Jose State University

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing
Mar 2012

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

Photos & Videos

"Les oiseaux dans la charmille" or "The Doll Song" is from Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann.
"Hello? Oh Margaret It's You" from Menotti's The Telephone
Photo by Margaret G.

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13 Reviews

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Siobhann B. Mar 11, 2017
Singing · In home

Margaret is a delight, calm and positive and encouraging. She taught me a great deal, particularly about the mechanics in my mouth and throat and nose...and if you think that won't help you sing better, you need to see her! I thought I had lost my upper registers forever (former smoking); au contraire, I can still sing higher and breathe better today than before I started working with her, even though I had to quit a few years ago. I hope to return one day! Please note I am withholding the magical 5th star only because I have no singing instructors post grade school with whom to compare Margaret.

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Gabi B. Feb 8, 2015
Singing · In home

I had only 3 lessons with Margaret, so although it is a bit premature for a review, (and I am sure she is well worth a five star), I want to say that she is wonderful. She has good knowledge of voice training and technique for improving. She has new ideas and always prepared for what I am looking for in a lesson. Thanks Margaret.

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Robin W. Mar 6, 2014
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Excellent

Margaret is a skilled and encouraging teacher. She is always enthusiastic, upbeat and engaged. She offers a variety of ideas and physical demonstrations to illustrate what needs to be learned. I am so grateful to have found her! I could not ask for anyone better.

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Cheryl S. Feb 11, 2014
Singing ·

LOVE LOVE LOVE HER

Margaret is such a good teacher!!! My daughter has been going to her for a month now and she looks forward for her lessons every week!! My daughter has learned a lot. She puts fun in her teaching and my daughter enjoys it every week. I have no regrets in choosing her!!

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Michael F. Jan 18, 2014
Singing ·

Professional Instruction

Margaret is a great teacher and an experienced professional. She can provide instruction with praise and make the experience enjoyable and worthwhile. Would wholeheartedly recommend Margaret to prospective students.

Xiaochen X. Oct 30, 2013
Singing ·

The right singing teacher for me.

Margaret is awesome! She can really find my problem and give me specific instruction. It's very important for the music teacher finding out the way to motive and help students find the right singing spot.

David W. Feb 6, 2013
Singing ·

Patient, knowledgeable, and all around awesome!

I'm brand new to singing, and could not have hoped for a better teacher. I was initially very nervous about singing in front of someone else, but Margaret is very kind, and professional, which made it very easy to loosen up and learn/practice.

Cannot recommend her more highly.

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StasyR Jul 11, 2012
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Lovely Energy and Professional Instruction

Margaret gave me a couple of lessons via an Amazon.com special deal.In just two lessons she helped me with a couple of issues I had with my voice and gave me some great exercises to help me.Highly recommended!

BrendanA Jun 23, 2012
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Amazing Teacher

Margaret is wonderful! I was nervous at first, but now I look forward to my weekly lessons. I feel completely comfortable singing in front of her and she gives great input.

FouadA May 30, 2012
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Fouad A.

I have been singing since I was a child. Margaret showed me the right way to sing, from breathing techniques, how to resonate my voice and more..Now I can start to see a difference in my recordings.

GiselaS Apr 3, 2012
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Margaret is a great teacher! At first I was a bit nervous about going to someones home for singing lessons.Margaret made us feel comfortable right away.Isabella is learning alot and looks forward to her Monday lesson.

BryanH Mar 22, 2012
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Lesson Review

Lessons are great. I've noticed major progress in less than two months. I may have to start extending them.

DianaK Apr 17, 2011
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Margaret is teaching my eight-year-old how to sing and be confident with her voice. My daughter loves Margaret - she has a great teaching style for kids. I think she gives great feedback for my daughter to work on her voice.

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