Renee Calvo

Renee C.

San Diego, CA

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Renee delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7 to 60

Teaching since:
August 2005

I am a San Diego native who grew up with the joy of music education, choirs, and opportunities to perform.
I am passionate about arts education for all people and my mission is to educate as many people as possible about the benefits about consistent music

I enjoy time away by traveling, walking, reading, fixing up my house, and spending time with friends.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice Lessons:
I tailor each lesson to the individual. I believe in a solid, vocal foundation in order to sing in any style. Daily vocal exercises, breathing exercises, and healthy tone production are the basis for my teaching.
Learning to sing requires knowledge about the vocal instrument and the musculature involved.
Acting exercises are also incorporated into the text analysis of each song in order to fully understand the meaning behind each song.
Each student should record their weekly lessons in order to review instruction and also to help with acquiring accurate listening and pitch skills.
Music should be purchased and brought to every lesson.

Piano Lessons:
I tailor each lesson to the individual. I use a variety of methods: Faber and Faber, Alfred Premier, Succeeding at the Piano. The lessons involve ear training, written theory, rhythm recognition, and songs (repertoire). My goal is to teach a well rounded musician equipping with the tools necessary to enjoy music for a lifetime.
Daily practice, attention to details, and enjoying the music are my goals for each lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano
Ipad and laptop for special assignments or supplementary activities
PA and microphone for Advanced students preparing for auditions and competitions.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Voice, Popular Styles, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Opera, Church Music.

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Core Chorister
Dec 2013 - Present
San Diego Opera

Adjunct Voice Faculty
Oct 2012 - Present
University of San Diego

Teach private voice lessons to undergraduates. Coach singers in the jazz ensemble.

Teaching Artist
Jan 2011 - Dec 2012
City Heights Music School

Class voice that focused on different styles alas well as working on fundamentals of music: note reading, rhythm, and pitch recognition.

Teaching Artist
Sep 2008 - May 2011
Children's Creative and Performing Arts Academy

Voice Teacher
Sep 2006 - Aug 2007
San Diego Junior Theatre

Taught musical theatre voice classes for ages 6-11.


Master of Music
Jan 2007 - Dec 2008
San Diego State University
Bachelor of Music
Jan 1997 - May 2001
Point Loma Nazarene University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jan 2008

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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After the January recital with piano student, Daniel H.


20 Reviews

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Arturo A. Sep 3, 2014
Singing · In home

Thank You Renee!

I had never taken a singing lesson before and I was beginner. Renee is very patient and knows exactly what exercises to use to help you. Renee made me feel more confident when singing. Great person!


Javier M. Sep 7, 2012
Piano ·

Great with my kids!

I've been bringing my kids to Renee for 4 years. She has a great way of relating to the kids and I appreciate her dedication and discipline.
She has a lot of resources and always is sending my kids home with extra materials to help them learn about music reading.

Not only is she a great teacher, but she can actually play and sing at a professional level. My kids are going to be with her until they graduate from high school!

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JanieT Mar 26, 2012

My daughter loves Miss Renee and is learning a lot. Miss Renee is professional and personable which makes her the perfect instructor for children and adults.

ReneW Nov 18, 2011

Thank You

I think that rene calvo is a very good teacher of basics for piano thank you for referring her to us.

AnaM Sep 25, 2011

Really good teacher

I have been taking lessons with Renee for 2 months now, and she has helped me a lot with acting the songs and excersises for breathing and relaxation, she challanges me and helps me improve.

JenniferB2 Aug 31, 2011

Jessica b

Rene is a phenomenal instructor when it comes to working with children. Jessi has a hard time staying focused and Rene has a way of working with her to keep her interested. We are very pleased with Rene!! And most important Jessica adores her

DoanT Aug 31, 2011

Thanks Ms Renee

Ms Renee is a great piano teacher. She makes learning fun and easy. My son Anthony likes her a lot and always looks forward for her hours.

AleydaH May 10, 2011

Thank you

Ms. Renee has been such a great teacher to our little boy. She's making music fun and learning how to play seem seamless. My little boy is always looking forward to his time with Ms. Renee!

SheridanA Mar 24, 2011

Ms. Renee

We are so please with Ms. Renee! She's a great teacher and Lily learns so much from her.

CynthiaS Feb 21, 2011

Great Introductory Lessons

I took my five-year old to Renee for introductory piano lessons and I'm so pleased. Renee is great! She is patient and keeps the lesson interesting. My daughter is having a wonderful time and is leadning a lot. She's even practicing without my prompting her to.

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CarolineH Oct 1, 2010

Renee is a great teacher for my daughter. She picked up her learning style immediately and is patient and kind.

JoseG Aug 15, 2010

Great Teacher

Renee adapts her teaching methods to the way I learn best so that I can take the most from her lessons. She is just great

MaggieP Jun 27, 2010

Exactly what I needed to get started

Renee is a wonderful teacher.... She listened to my requests and had lots of great information on how to take my music interests and learning to the next level as I travel with my keyboard for the next few months. I am enjoying this new hobby very much from her instructions.

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BenR Apr 21, 2010

She is fantastic. I learn a lot and have a great time.

JamesR Jul 11, 2009

Great so far !

Renee is very patient with my son Kellen. She does a excellent job at keeping him focused.

DebbieB May 14, 2009

Renee was a great teacher for my daughter. "She was very helpful and explained things really, really well," according to Carly. Our time with Renee was short, but we gained a lot in that short amount of time.

JordanF Apr 28, 2009

Renee is wonderful. She's patient and makes lessons enjoyable, but at the same time I know I am learning from her.

BreS Apr 21, 2009

Great teacher

Renee has been so terrific with Breanna! She is so patient and thoughtful and considerate! - Marsha

LisaP3 Apr 17, 2009

Wonderful instructor!!! Very knowledgeable and nurturing!!! Go Renee!!! :-)

BrettP Mar 31, 2009

Renee is real good. Very patient but pushes for quick learning.

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