Margaret Gordon

Margaret G.

12 Reviews
San Francisco, CA

About Margaret G.

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Margaret teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: June 2006
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

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.

Photos and Videos

"Les oiseaux dans la charmille" or "The Doll Song" is from Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann.

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

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

Languages Spoken

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

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
NATS

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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12 Reviews on Margaret G.

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Gabi B. Feb 8, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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.
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Xiaochen X. Oct 30, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
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.
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David W. Feb 6, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
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
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!
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BrendanA Jun 23, 2012
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.
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FouadA May 30, 2012
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.
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GiselaS Apr 3, 2012
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.