Margaret Gordon
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Margaret Gordon

Margaret G.

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn how to sing in any style of your choice. I teach using a mixture of classical technique, voice science, sound healing, and the Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method. These techniques can be used for all styles of vocal expression including musical theater, pop/rock, R&B, blues, Disney, and opera.

About Margaret G.

Margaret has been teaching singing for over 15 years throughout Seattle, San Jose, San Francisco, and now San Diego. She specializes in training children and adults of all ages and levels (8 years old and up) how to use, strengthen, and nurture their natural voice for any music style(s) of their choice. Her teaching style includes a mixture of classical vocal technique, voice science, sound healing, and the Somatic Voicework™ - The Lovetri Method.

Margaret began her singing journey at a young age in church and in local children's choirs and theaters in the San Francisco Bay Area. She developed a strong passion for musical theater throughout childhood and adolescence, and performed regularly in a vast number of theater productions. In college, graduate school, and post study she trained strictly in operatic vocal technique and has since performed in various opera productions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and Italy. Margaret holds a Bachelors of Music degree in Vocal Performance (Opera Emphasis) and a Bachelors of Art in Anthropology from the University of Washington (2008), a Masters of Art in Vocal Performance (Opera Emphasis) from San Jose State University (2010), and is fully certified in Somatic Voicework™ - The Lovetri Method (2014).

In more recent years Margaret has switched (vocal) gears and now also focuses on CCM (contemporary commercial music) singing styles such as pop/rock and jazz. She has sung in and co-led the San Francisco based a cappella group, Vocal Edition, as well as performed at a variety of Cabaret shows and private events. Currently she substitutes with the San Diego based a cappella group, Voxy.

Margaret now lives in San Diego and continues to perform and teach online and at various events in a myriad of vocal styles. She truly believes anyone has the ability to sing!


*** Lesson Details ***

Singing is an enjoyable and natural form of human expression. It can increase confidence, energy, improve mood, music skills, and general mind/body coordination skills. Voice lessons are tailored to the student's singing style(s) of choice. Lessons consist of breath and body work, vocal warm-ups and exercises, followed by an 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. Lessons are conducted weekly, bi-weekly, or schedule-as-we-go, Monday through Friday online (via Zoom).

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Siobhann B.
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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.

Posted Mar 11, 2017
Gabi B.
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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.

Posted Feb 8, 2015
Robin W.

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.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Cheryl S.

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!!

Posted Feb 11, 2014
Michael F.

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.

Posted Jan 18, 2014
Xiaochen X.

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.

Posted Oct 30, 2013
David W.

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.

Posted Feb 6, 2013
StasyR

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!

Posted Jul 11, 2012
BrendanA

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.

Posted Jun 23, 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.

Posted May 30, 2012
GiselaS

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.

Posted Apr 3, 2012
BryanH

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

Posted Mar 22, 2012
DianaK

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.

Posted Apr 17, 2011

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Experience

Voice Teacher
Aug 2005 - Present

The Nurtured Voice: Magsvoice.com

Private voice instructor

Voice Teacher
Sep 2011 - Apr 2021

SF Community Music Center

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 Art: Opera Voice
Aug 2008 - Jun 2010

San Jose State University

Bachelors of Music: Opera Voice
Sep 2003 - Mar 2008

University of Washington

Bachelors of Art: Anthropology
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.
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.

Awards

Voted one of the Top Voice Teachers in San Francisco
Mar 2018

Expertise.com

Voted one of the Top Voice Teachers in San Francisco
Mar 2017

Expertise.com

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.

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