Teaching proper singing techniques for pop, rock, jazz, and R&B styles and musical theater for all ages from beginners to professionals since 2004.
Bachelor of Arts in Music - San Diego State University - San Diego, CA 2002 to 2006 -- Graduated May 2006, Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society
Vocal Study - Los Angeles Music Productions' Vocal Mecca - Hollywood, CA 2002 to 2003 ----- Attended workshops and seminars taught by the country's renowned voice instructors such as Elisabeth Howard, Lis Lewis, Seth Riggs, and James Lugo.
Vocal Study - Judy D
avis Vocal Studio - Oakland CA 1993 to 1996 ----- Student for three years, learning techniques from a teacher of many well-known artists.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Sonoma State University - Rohnert Park, CA 1988 to 1991 ----- Graduated June 1991, with a minor in music.
Singer - Endangered Speciez Band, Encinitas, CA 2013 to present-Singer in a 4 piece smooth jazz band performing for private parties, wine and art festivals, and venues in San Diego.
Singer - Duo, San Diego, CA 2006 to 2010----Singer in a two piece, performing jazz standards and popular music at private parties.
Mezzo-Soprano - San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 2002-2006 ---- Toured and performed numerous productions at colleges, high schools and churches as a member of the San Diego State Concert Choir.
Singer - Santa Rosa and San Diego, CA 1992-2002----Lead vocalist in bands named: Salli & Company, Northern Lights, The Salli Band and Footloose, performing pop, jazz, rock and R&B at various clubs and benefits.
Soprano - Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA 1989---Toured and performed at various productions as a member of the Sonoma State University Concert Choir.
*** Lesson Details *** Whether an adult or child, my students learn a great deal even in the first lesson. From that point on there is an abundance of knowledge that can be shared to help them become a better singer. Once they have started to learn, it is up to them to put the time and energy into training their voice. Depending on the amount of time they have to practice and their goals, lessons are taught with the needs of the individual student in mind. I find teaching with patience and a sense of humor at times can help the student feel at ease and have fun while learning.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide a portable keyboard. I'd like the student to have a CD player.
*** Specialties *** Pop, jazz, R&B, Rock styles, classical, musical theater and beginning piano. I use the Judy Davis method, Seth Riggs and Elizabeth Howard's method, Half Leonard piano books, Alfred's piano books and Little Mozart's for the preschoolers.
Mercedes A. November 25, 2014
By far the most wonderful singing instructor I've ever encountered. Salli is very thorough in her teaching but she also makes it VERY FUN! Always encouraging at every lesson which in turn nurtured confidence within myself and my voice. Salli truly cares about the success of each and every one of her students. Always willing to go beyond the call! One instance of this great example was an evening of Karaoke. Salli knew I was deathly afraid of being in front of an audience so to build up my confidence she decided to join me on stage. WOW!!! Studying with Salli goes beyond the Teacher-Student relationship. I also gained a life long friend. I can't thank her enough and am forever grateful to her for always believing in me.
Rob W. August 5, 2014
Vocal Training ·
Salli helped me immensely with my singing. I knew little to nothing when I started and now feel I have the knowledge and tools to use proper techniques and accomplish my goals. She is very patient and knowledgeable and I would recommend her to anyone!
Heather T. July 29, 2014
Vocal Training ·
I have been singing since I was a child however never had any proper vocal training until I started taking vocal lessons with Salli. She taught me many helpful techniques with singing from breathing mechanics to how to accurately mouth the words I am singing to project my notes better as well as many other techniques. Over the years I have used her techniques when recording and performing and I have seen my vocal abilities enhance and become way better than they have ever been. Salli is very professional and very knowledgeable in music and singing, and also a very sweet and sympathetic instructor. She really wants to help you perfect your art and will make sure it does happen, as I have seen it happen with me! She is also very patient and you can always discuss with her what you need to work on. I HIGHLY recommend Salli as your musical instructor, she truly enjoys her craft and loves to help her students.
Francesca's focus at CSULA was in classical voice. Having studied with voice with Donald Brinegar, Dr. Susan Kane and Dr. Carol Cleary Francesca has a strong background in Bel Canto technique and classical repertoire.
Alumnae of CSULAs music department with an emphasis in classical voice and guitar, Francesca's skills cover a vast ocean of information. With a background and formal education in opera and "the classics", Francesca is equally comfortable on stage at The House of Blues as she is at Disney Hall.
Francesca started teaching music at the early age of 16 with great success. She has honed her skills both in the private studio and in the classroom. Having served as musical faculty the California Music Academy, Cornelia Connelly High School, Pasadena Saturday Music Conservatory, and East Los Ange
les College, having led choirs of 70+ high school girls and sung before sold out audiences of thousands of screaming fans, having toured 4 continents singing both classical repertoire and performing in commercial rock bands, having sung for presidents and princes, Francesca has high expectations and is skilled in helping her students reach their goals.
Now performing in the Donald Brinager Singers, a studio choir for-hire, Francesca can often be seen performing with orchestras throughout Southern California. While mentoring through her award-winning teaching studio, Francesca also manages to perform several showcases featuring her original music with her amazing back-up ensemble.
With a constant effort to maintain a professional studio learning environment and with a focus on reading skills and solid technique, Francesca's students enjoy lessons packed with information and light-heartedness. The one on one experience you will have the moment you walk thru the door promises to be unmatched. Francesca's students can be seen on major television networks, radio stations and performing around town in various projects. With a passion to give back, Francesca reserves a small number of spots in her schedule for the youngsters and seniors of her community. She teaches beginning through advanced guitar, piano, and voice.
*** Lesson Details *** Voice and Instrument Coaching
~Develop skills and techniques for top notch practice and performance ~Study theory, composition, ear training, arranging, improvisation ~Discover music technology and performance techniques ~Study melody, harmony, song form and lyric writing
~Voice and Instrument Coaching ~Song Writing and Selection ~Demo Recording ~Image / Art / Photography Consulting ~Finding your signature sound and style ~Live Performance 101 ~Branding / Career Planning and Strategy ~Song Analysis and Consulting ~Booking gigs
A Note From Francesca:
My official bio is listed below, but perhaps more important than the things I have done are the things that I am doing. I am now approaching my 15th year of teaching. I love to teach! I carry a minimum of 30 students, but have carried more then 80 at one time, and have never once complained. My waiting list cycles based on my performance schedule and recording schedule. If you don't see a time that works for you, feel free to reach out and see if we can find something that works, as an artist, my schedule can be quite full but also quite flexible. I love my students, I get to do what I love all day and I am sure it shows. I have a blast discovering new ways to experience music with "my kids." I call all of my students kids even though most of my studio consists of young adults. I try to have a young air in my classes at all times as it just makes the process so much more fun for everyone.
I've seen it all in through years: kids, adults, beginners and advanced students. I am personally very interested in being the most versatile musician possible and I love being able to share my knowledge with my students. We can study anything and everything from Classical Guitar to Electric Guitar Shredding; from Opera to Kelly Clarkson; from Tchaikovsky to Little Richard! I love getting students to dabble in little bits of all genres, often getting even the most skeptical student singing and playing comfortably in a matter of just a few weeks. My students will be able to read music for their favorite tunes and understand how to improvise from the start. Once you come in, you'll be hooked. You will have fun because I am having fun!
I encourage all of my students to share their favorite music with me. It affords me the opportunity to learn more about what they desire to learn and what types of music they enjoy. We will learn with your music often. After all, isn't that why you are coming to see me? I will introduce you to new sounds and styles, but will foster your love for music, and do my best to never force my music on students. I feel I learn as much from my students when I truly listen to them and their music as they do from me.
On site lessons are available for artists recording demos, rehearsing bands and setting up their own studios.
On a side note, I love seeing students at my shows! I am a full time musician and can be seen playing with my band, in my own solo project and in various choral settings. Check out my website and see what I do outside of the classroom. My students get a kick out of the idea that they can buy a CD with their teachers face on it, and to be honest, so do I. Many of my students have their own music out on iTunes and YouTube. Many more can be seen performing around town in solo projects and professional ensembles.
*** Studio Equipment *** Pianos, Guitars, Basses, Amps, Computer, Monitors, Music, Recording Software, Drum Kit, Studio and Performance Mics, everything we need! Its like Disneyland for musicians!
*** Travel Equipment *** Varies
*** Specialties *** Francesca on Artist Development:
I feel obligated to share my joys and experiences-
Not many people have been blessed to sing alongside as many renowned musicians as I have - I've been lucky to be welcomed in both the commercial and classical worlds and they have both afforded me venues to use my voice and express the most vital corners of my soul. To find your purpose through art is one of the greatest gifts you can receive. And to be able to do that in front of thousands of music lovers live or over the airwaves is a surreal experience.
It's funny, my classical cronies are impressed to hear my stories of packed rock gigs at the House Blues and national touring festivals like Warped Tour and my rock buddies ask to hear my stories of Disney Hall performances with the LA Phil. To be honest, Iâ'm impressed to be there too. Sometimes, I look around and think, how did I get here? How did I get lucky enough to live the dream, to find a home in music?
I've been luckier than most. I've had GREAT mentors who have always pushed me forward and shared their wisdom freely with me. Part of the classical musician's central goal is to educate. That's a value I carry into my rock projects and production studio. Work smarter, not harder. Take the needed skills, create art, teach others how to do the same thing, move forward together to live happier, more productive lives filled with purpose.
I have come to be known as one of the top Musical Mentors & Artist Development Experts on the west coast. A behind the scenes- diva of dream building with the skills to push artists to the next level- the ace up the sleeve of many of today working talents. In my award winning studio, I spend time coaching the young voices and faces of today hottest TV shows seen on ABC, Nickelodeon, and the Disney Channel, but I still have a soft spot for up and comers in the indie music world. Having written and performed my own music for decades, I not only lived the collegiate experience of the elite classical performer singing for presidents and world leaders, but also the dingy road of the rock musician who's showed one night to a packed stadium full of fans and showed up another, thousands of miles from home to play to a coffee shop of 5 people. Music has brought me to nearly every continent and introduced me to some of the most talented and diverse people you can imagine. I feel compelled to share these experiences with those around me so that they my develop the vision, the salt and the skills to persevere.
I am, above all, an artist & creator- living the dream, helping people- like you find their voice and write their songs. Turning raw emotion into art.
Each one of us has a story, our truth. Being an artist is about finding ourselves, our song and expressing it publicly so that we may heal, so that we may grow.
It doesn't take a ton of experience to write a hit song. It doesn't take a fancy education or a family line of talent (though it can help). We can all find our voice, our place in the spotlight, what it takes is the courage to take the next step forward.
You've already had the genius to be in the right place at the right time. Here. If you've made it this far, chances are you are smart enough, hungry enough and ready to take the plunge.
Inside my studio you will find the help you seek. I can impart you with proven techniques to strengthen your sound, develop your tone through strong technique, develop strategies to share your art and develop a plan to turn pipe dreams into reality. Some desire to sing on the worlds brightest stages, others strive to lead others through teaching themselves, and some wish for nothing more than to experience music in a confident manner among friends. All can be lead on this personal journey of the artistic soul and all can make their offering to the musical gods. There is a place at the table for anyone seeking an answer.
April Martin July 4, 2015
Online Verified Student
I took a wild chance finding Francesca online, not knowing anyone who'd worked with her and not knowing whether lessons online would feel right. but I was more than amazed. Francesca is so articulate, enthusiastic, encouraging, intelligent, tuned in, and just plain musical - the lesson time flew by so fast and I hardly noticed that we weren't in the same room (in fact we were 3,000 miles apart!). She's not a musician who happens to teach, she's a truly gifted and accomplished teacher. I'm very excited about all I can learn from her!
Mark A. June 23, 2015
Country Singing ·
In studio Verified Student
A skilled instructor with a clear intention and instruction!
Kayla M. June 9, 2015
Online Verified Student
Fantastic with my 6-year old. A natural; love her approach.
Classical voice training from the ground up. You can learn how to hone your skills as an opera singer through breath training, vocal technique, classical repertoire and performance techniques
Tasha is a classically trained soprano who enjoys singing and teaching all styles of music. As her student, you can expect lessons to be fun and stress-free. Tasha loves nothing more then helping people sing better and form a new love of music through singing. She will teach you fundamental singing techniques as well as how to blend drama and performance into your singing to create a rich creative experience. Tasha holds her M.M. in Voice Performance from Indiana University and her B.M. from Northwestern University.
*** Lesson Details *** Tasha tailors her lessons to suit the needs of each
individual student. Open communication is a key part of being in her studio. Ask questions! Tasha also believes that singing should always be fun. In fact, the better you get at singing, the more fun it becomes. Students will be able to see progress on a weekly basis provided that they are practicing what they have learned in lessons on their own time. Tasha will give you the tools you need to be able to approach music and singing with ease. Along with singing, Tasha can also teach you basic music theory and foreign language diction.
*** Studio Equipment *** Students will have the benefit of my vast music library as well as a Roland digital piano for use during lessons.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will bring the required materials (sheet music, flashcards, etc) each lesson. I expect students to have a piano/keyboard available at their location
*** Specialties *** Classical voice, music theatre, pop music
Katie P. June 9, 2015
In home Verified Student
Tasha is a great teacher. She is very positive and enthusiastic. She made a great connection with my 12 year old daughter. She has a beautiful voice and seemed to bring out the best in my daughter's voice. (I know nothing about singing technique, so really can't evaluate that.) She was always on top of scheduling and make-ups if she or my daughter had lesson conflicts. Tasha has a wonderful energy and puts a lot of effort into engaging her students. We will miss her.
Cairon J. June 5, 2015
Classical Voice ·
Tasha is wonderful and truly one of the best instructors we've ever come across in our 10 years of having private vocal lessons. What she brings out in her students is amazing. Improvement is seen in each and every session. On top of her abilities to teach and inspire, she's very personable and respectful with her students which allows for a comfortable learning environment and puts her students at ease. My daughters absolutely love her!
Michele S. June 5, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Tasha was amazing !! Olivia learned so much from her about voice control, reading music, a very comprehensive music lesson every time. She and Olivia had a great connection and it showed in Olivia's weekly progress. Highly recommend Tasha to anyone looking for a voice coach.
Learn to sing correctly using the best techniques in the world. I studied voice with Robert Austin at USD and Richard Nichol in San Francisco in the Garcia-Marcheisse Institute. I have over 35 years of on-stage performance including Opera performances, Broadway Style Musicals, Sacred Oratorios as well as Intimate opera dinner gatherings. From Soloist at St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco to entertainer at corporate events with over 5,000 in attendance.
I am willing to travel to you all over San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Music should be fun and lessons should focus on what you want to do with your improved abilities. Some students want to sing better in school choir or musical programs. Some are trying to sing or play guitar for Church or Synagogue. Others have their eye on Disney careers, rock/pop bands, in short being professionals. What is your dream? I will help you move closer to reaching that dream!!! I am a graduate of USD with a B.A. in Philosophy. I also hold a Masters degree, Teaching Credential Curriculum fr
om Chapman University, Doctoral Studies at Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. I studied voice, guitar and piano classes beginning in grade school, high school, college and post-graduate training as well. I studied voice in San Diego with Robert Austin, in San Francisco with Richard Nichol in the Garcia-Marchesi Institute. I sang with the Palm Beach Florida Opera Company. I am a tenor with a 3.5 octave range. I also sang and performed in Musicals and Operas and Sacred Oratorios from Maui to Florida. I teach voice (beginner to professional levels) and guitar (acoustic and electric: beginners to Intermediate). I have been teaching private lessons for 7 years. I also offer voice or guitar classes at St. Cecelia's School of Music in the San Fernando Valley and St Catherine of Siena Parish School in Reseda. I have students in the San Diego area as well as South Los Angeles County, and in the San Fernando Valley I am the proud "dad" of two high school aged children who are excellent students! I focus my instruction on "correct" breathing and proper singing to protect your voice from injury and produce a beautiful tone and wonderful performance. I teach guitar chords, reading standard musical notation as well as tablature.
Julia Yesionek August 30, 2015
Classical Voice ·
In home Verified Student
Daniel is as passionate about singing as he is about teaching. He is very technical and knowledgeable about how to use the different body parts correctly to produce the best sound. My daughter enjoyed taking lessons from him and learned a great deal.
Nigel G. August 13, 2015
In home Verified Student
I am so happy with how things are going with Daniel, a.k.a., Mr. G.! He is working with my 5 year old son to help him with his speech issues (i.e., clarity, continuity, strength of breath, etc.) and has made it so fun for him. These are still very much so vocal lessons, where my son is tapping into his singing abilities too. But, Daniel has provided us with vocal and breathing exercises to do during the week and my son actually enjoys this. We are seeing the improvements already. My son feels very comfortable with Daniel, who is very capable of reigning in a little boy with 'ants in his pants'. I love that my little son is looking forward to his next lesson with Daniel. I highly recomment him!
Don June 8, 2015
Classical Voice ·
In home Verified Student
This guy knows his stuff and communicates clearly I learned more about breathing--fry, diaphram, 3 levels of breath intake--than I ever did with other teachers,
Express yourself! Learn to use your voice as a natural, comfortable instrument to express your creativity. Students will learn how to expand their vocal range, increase vocal projection, power and agility, how to read notation and phrasing, how to read and sing in foreign languages, how to access the power of breathing, how to act and deliver a song's message, how to audition for musical and theatre opportunities, and how to stay calm under performance pressure. Bring in arias of your own choosing or learn to select pieces based on your voice type. Learn to deliver your music with emotion and connection.
Erin's teaching philosophy falls between technique, structure, and creative freedom, a delicate balance which is a key to successful instruction in the performing arts. Students are encouraged to use theatre and music as an outlet for personal expression, healing, processing difficult topics, and channeling creative energies.
Erin remains an active performer while teaching, as the “teaching artist model” is truly the most beneficial to students. It is essential that teaching professionals remain on the cutting edge of industry trends and bring external resources back to their students.
rin holds a B.A. from University of Minnesota in Vocal Performance, a M.A. in Education from National University, and has been teaching since 2007. Erin is an active performer, educator and entrepreneur whose participation in the vocal arts and theatre community has a wide span. Solo and ensemble performances include "Le Nozze di Figaro," "Rent," "The Mikado," "Heidi," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," choral performances with the San Diego Symphony, Sacra Profana, private events and jazz/cabaret shows. Erin has taught in private, community, and K-12 settings, including Gymboree, Young Audiences of San Diego, Junior Theatre of Balboa Park, San Diego Unified School District, and Cajon Valley School District. In 2007 Erin founded Prodigy School of Arts, a school for the visual and performing arts in La Jolla, CA, which she sold to new ownership in 2013. Erin's teaching methodology is a holistic approach to singing, speaking and acting, engaging the entire body as an instrument, and connecting emotion to storytelling through music. In her spare time Erin enjoys surfing, yoga, travel, languages, and dance in her spare time.
Gina July 22, 2015
Vocal Training ·
Erin was our daughter's first vocal teacher. She not only gained a great foundation in singing, but also learned to greatly increase her vocal range! Erin was always personable, patient, knowledgeable and encouraging! We recommend her highly!!
Timothy July 18, 2015
Erin taught piano and singing to our two daughters for 4 years. She cultivated and inspired their love of music, piano, singing. Erin delivered excellent results. She made it fun for our children, but also pushed them to their full potential. Erin is extremely personable, extremely smart, extremely inspiring.
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Review by Sakura
"Nina is fun and professional. She is also very patient and encouraging. She continuously pushes for the best results. The lessons are productive and I mad
e great improvement in a few months. She is an excellent teacher."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Jennifer
"Here you will find an ally in your search for excellence.
I've had five private voice coaches in my life and Jessica is the finest. As one might expect a
fter viewing her resume, she is an excellent musician with a rarefied degree of training. What her resume doesn't tell you is that she is a gifted educator who not only understands vocal production but also is able to think of several different ways to communicate a single concept.
I recall a couple of my (otherwise talented) voice teachers as frustrated performers whose cynicism informed my lesson time. This is not an issue you need to worry about with Jessica. She has performance gigs and is happily active in her professional community. One may secure her time safe in the knowledge that the lesson will be about the pupil.
Possibly the most distinguishing aspect of studying with Jessica is her facility for problem-solving. Whenever tell her about a physical sensation or an emotional reaction I am having while vocalizing, she not only listens and is supportive but she also takes the extra step of formulating a plan to address the issue. It is this extra step that sets her apart as a teacher. There are not many instructors in the performing arts whom upon hearing, "Wow, I feel really weird when I do 'X'," will subsequently diagnose the physical source of the reported weirdness and then have both the patience and focus to suggest and implement techniques to overcome it.
While I am an adult student, I would not hesitate to recommend Jessica as a teacher for children and teenagers new to training in the arts. I have talked with her enough in the few minutes before and after lessons to know that she genuinely likes young people and has purposely and enthusiastically taken jobs teaching them in the past. Did my nephew live locally I would undoubtedly have him studying voice and piano with her."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Cassandre
Recommended. Good teacher!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Patricia
"Excellent voice teacher
I found Valerie's teaching approach to be very focused on the individual's development needs. Her lessons are well-rounded and in
cluded work on all areas of technique."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Lachlan
"Patti is a phenomenal musician and teacher
Patti is the most effective music teacher I have worked with. She has an intimate and readily communicated kno
wledge of vocal technique, and crucially, where problems can arise. She has an intuitive awareness of the voice in a way that can only come from extensive professional experience in performance and education. In a relatively short space of time I have learnt a great deal and grown vocally beyond what I thought I would be capable of.
I cannot recommend Patti highly enough."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Vilma
"Very knowledgeable, talented and patient."
Miami, FL teacher:
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Review by Shana
"Results within the first session
Jordan is an amazing teacher. I have never worked with someone so patient. When we began working together it took me the
entire hour before I could understand each new idea of her technique. She would never grow angry or frustrated with me. Before I began taking lessons from Jordan I had terrible habits and my voice was never consistent. Some days I sounded decent and others I could barely phonate. Because of Jordan I can go into an audition or performance and successfully sing even thought I am shaking with nerves She has taught me a technique that always works whether it's that time of the month or I am especially tired. Jordan has opened up my voice to what it should be and has taught me how to tap into my resonance to create a larger, more natural sound that allows me to be heard over a piano and or small orchestra. I highly recommend Jordan as a teacher. It only takes one hour to hear improvement."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Brent
"Charles is a top class professional instructor with the qualified training, experience and tools to make any singer into a head-turning extraordinary sing
er. As well as being extremely patient, he understands the human voice to the extent to make it progressively evolve and advance at a surprisingly fast pace, while at the same time respecting it's limits. My voice grows during each lesson and just into my 3rd lesson, there has been no plateau point at all. Great teacher!"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Sarah
"Emily is knowledgable and sweet! Make sure you take lessons with her. I highly recommend"