Exciting Singing and Speaking Voice Lessons in San Diego
By Lilah S. - San Diego Singing Teacher
My name is Lilah S. and I teach singing and speaking voice lessons from my home studio in San Diego, California. I have been singing since I could first speak and I do solo work and participate in multiple choirs around San Diego. One of the wonderful things about teaching voice lessons in San Diego is that everyone has a unique voice and I am privileged to hear these different voices. I also get to help students by equipping them with the tools and techniques to improve their voice; whether it is building on the musical knowledge they already have or starting from the beginning.
I have had students tell me that singing is relaxing and meditative and that they are so glad they have brought singing into their lives. I have also had students tell me that by becoming more comfortable with their singing voice they have also become more comfortable with themselves as a whole.
I also teach speaking voice lessons. By helping students to access their breath, utilize their breath more efficiently and articulate words more clearly, students are able to obtain a speaking voice that is more confident and one that allows them to communicate better with others.
Whether you are interested in singing, dancing, speaking or acting, I would love to share in the learning experience with you soon! Sign up for singing or speaking voice lessons in San Diego today!
I am a professional singer and actor with over 10 years of performance experience and private vocal/acting coaching. I studied acting at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and have performed nationally in regional theater, for cruise lines, and several theaters in my current residence of San Diego such as the Lyric Opera San Diego, Old Globe, Lamb's Players Theater and Cygnet Theater. I have taught students from ages 7-adults, and my focus is always the dramatic and emotional aspects of the piece and how to use technique to release that emotion in a healthy and exciting way
*** Lesson Details *** My teaching style is passionate and encouraging. I have taken lessons from many teachers and have found what is useful and what only confuses a student. As such, my approach to singing is very simplistic, and often what I will talk about in the first lesson will be discussed during every lesson. Lessons will usually be divided into 1/2 vocal mechanics and 1/2 dramatic interpretation.
*** Travel Equipment *** Music and acting texts, portable keyboard. Student need not provide anything.
In elementary school, I attended speech therapy because I was unable to pronounce certain sounds. Now I can. In my adult life, my friends will make fun of me for being difficult to understand. I get that way when I'm extremely comfortable and trying to talk fast. I can switch modes to an eloquent, easy-to-understand voice that I can use to address a large audience and command attention. All of this stuff is skill-based and fairly simple to learn. It all starts by being comfortable with the way your personal voice sounds, and working outward from there.
Expect to work on posture, breathing, volume, and control of vowel and consonant sounds. Oh, and we'll also read your favorite books, poems, and speeches out loud! It'll be fun, I promise.
Hi everyone! I'm a hard-working musician with a background in live performance, songwriting, composition, and home recording. I want to help you perform the music you love, whether you're playing to your family, your webcam, or a 15,000 seat arena. I have been teaching private music lessons since 2007.
I am a graduate of UCSD, where I completed my bachelor's degree in music theory and composition. I have taken years of private lessons, played bass, guitar, and mandolin in local and touring bands, and released three albums of original music. I want to make your goals accessible.
son Details *** I focus on making lessons fun for my students. I emphasize the importance of practicing on your own and building confidence by performing live and/or writing your own songs. I love to help people get better at sounding like themselves.
During lessons from me, you can expect to play, sing, clap your hands, and become completely immersed in the music you love. Whether your goal is to perform in front of an audience, record albums, or just play for fun in your living room, I'll help you make that happen.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music room, seating available, street parking.
*** Travel Equipment *** I only teach students who provide their own instrument. I am willing to provide a loaner guitar for the week if a student's instrument needs to be repaired or is not accessible for any reason. I also provide homework when necessary :)
*** Specialties *** I specialize in teaching confidence in performance practices, technique, singing and playing, and good microphone habits for singing, speaking, recording, and songwriting. I teach based on student needs, and I find each student benefits from a different curriculum.
Ethan A. November 12, 2015
Arrangement and Composition ·
Online Verified Student
A talented musician and caring instructor. My son is on the Autism Spectrum and really related to Francis. Francis encourages his students to lead the way with what they desire out of their lessons. So happy we found him!
Kevin M. October 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
my first lesson with Francis was excellent. we talked about goals for a few minutes, then got to work. It was a good vocal warmup and workout. I learned vocal exercises, as well as practicing on a song I wanted to work on. Francis is obviously a pro.
Dale C. October 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Great first lesson. Helped me understand my range, projection, threw in some theory, and gave me a great base to start my development. Overall nice person and kept the lesson on track, focused,and interesting. Looking forward to more classes.
Keynote speakers seeking help with vocal tone, energy, and performance, voice coaching can help take your presentations to a whole new level.
Kevin T. is a music professor at MUM, Vice president of the San Diego Songwriters guild, and CEO of Songwriting Planet. He is an instructor of guitar, bass, voice, piano, songwriting, composition, orchestration, jazz arranging, music theory, ear training, production and engineering, and music business and career development. He graduated from Musicians Institute with a performance certificate, received his BA degree with honors from Berklee College of Music with a dual major in Songwriting and Performance, and received his Masters degree in Music Composition from the University of Miami's Fro
st School of Music.
Kevin has written and performed myriad and diverse styles of music which include everything from jazz, rock, funk, country, blues, fusion, R&B, and classical, to world music and avant-garde. Kevin has recorded CDs and has been the songwriter, arranger, and bandleader for several original music groups. Stress Factor Zero combines rock with funk and jazz. Cloud Ex is an acoustic group combining Afro Cuban and Peruvian percussion with folk rock songs. His most recent band Stratosphere is a modern rock and funk band for artistic rockers and visionaries. They blend diverse styles of rock music with a fiery blaze of Latin percussion, sensuous saxophones, and poetic melodies with a message. Their first CD received radio airplay on over forty stations across the U.S. and Canada, and they are currently working on their third CD. Stratosphere performs throughout Southern California and is currently setting up several short tours in various cities across the U.S., Europe, and South America.
*** Lesson Details *** Well structured lesson plan covering all aspects of music, specifically designed to help you reach your individual goals.
*** Studio Equipment *** Acoustic piano, full keyboard, 4 guitars, bass, amps, microphones, Pro Tools recording equipment, and seating for parents
*** Styles *** Rock, funk, jazz, country, blues, fusion, folk, R&B, and classical
Allyson M. May 29, 2015
In studio Verified Student
This was our first lesson and first impression is that he was very patient with our boys. Our boys have some special needs and he was understanding and accommodating. It's clear he is very knowledgable about the instrument. Time will tell if his teaching style and personality will work for us in the long run.
Chris O. April 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I have been taking lessons with Kevin for a few months now and i look forward to our bi weekly sessions. Kevin has a vast amount of musical knowledge and is easy to talk to and work with, he is understanding of skills and weaknesses and will benefit any student who wants to learn.
David P. June 27, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I played clarinet for ten years. I wanted to find a teacher who really knows how to focus on a student's goals and weaknesses. Kevin has provided me with weekly lessons that I can take home and make trues progress in picking, timing, reading, fingering, and listening, Kevin is a true professional.
With a strong background in Bel Canto technique and Alexander technique Francesca is perfectly suited for teaching speech.
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.
Jamie Hampers July 10, 2016
In home Verified Student
Francesca is one of the few people who are not only multi-talented themselves, but have the gift of teaching. Her knowledge and love for music work in perfect harmony. We are so grateful to be able to learn from her.
Kelli W. July 9, 2016
Speaking Voice ·
Online Verified Student
Explanations of complicated things were made simple and easy to understnd.
Alice July 8, 2016
Classical Voice ·
Francesca is a terrific vocal coach. She really knows music theory and the mechanics of singing. She has been a tremendous source of knowledge and has provided numerous tips and resources to help improve my singing technique. She is also very friendly and easy to work with. I really enjoy my sessions with her and always feel like I walk away with a deeper understanding of voice.
Jessica C., a native of Charleston, SC, has a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her recent performances include Fiddler on the Roof (Lamb’s Players), the world premiere of Life in the Park (14th Street Playhouse, Atlanta, GA), The Full Monty and The Pirates of Penzance at the Lawrence Welk Resort Theatre. Other California credits include Hello Dolly (Starlight), Swingtime Canteen (Moonlight), Godspell (Lamb’s Players), and Fiddler on the Roof (Sierra Repertory Theatre). Jessica has also been a featured soloist in Las Vegas appearing in Jerry
Springer, The Opera (MGM Casino’s Hollywood Theatre), and enjoyed an extended run as the principle vocalist in Jubilee! (Bally’s Casino). Other regional credits include Into the Woods (Fulton Opera House), Beauty and the Beast (Broadway Palm Theatre), The Pajama Game and Christmas from the Heart (Dutch Apple Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof and Young Abe Lincoln (Lincoln Amphitheatre), Sunday in the Park with George (Strollers Theatre), and The Sound of Music (Oregon Straw Hat Players). She has been a soloist and guest lecturer with the Madison Savoyards, UW-Madison’s Early Music Ensemble, Madison Music in Performance Series, Charleston Community Orchestra, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Jessica has been seen in numerous commercials in the Las Vegas and Los Angeles area. She currently resides with her husband, Jordan Miller, in San Diego where they run a vocal and acting studio. Jessica is a pround member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
During her academic studies Jessica concentrated on the bel canto technique and learning to sing in a multiplicity of classical styles, such as, Renaissance madrigals; Baroque cantatas and ornamentation; German, French, Italian, Czech, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish art songs; and opera from 1600 to the present. After completing her doctoral exam review, she began to work professionally in the world of musical theatre and has not had a moment to breathe since that time.
*** Lesson Details *** I'm a very flexible teacher that wants to know what your goals are as a voice/music/acting students. Once I know your goals, I use all of my knowledge and experience to help you meet your goals. We work together as a team! I do not require a specific text book for lessons, since I have a large library of my own from which to pull repertoire and texts. I have taught and coached professional opera singers to children as young as 5 years old in private lessons and group classes. I would love the opportunity to teach you!
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide a keyboard and CD player. My students do not need to provide anything.
*** Specialties *** I am trained in the classical bel canto technique of singing. I have taught and worked professionally in opera, operetta, musical theatre and jazz, as well as, acting.
Bina A. July 2, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I met jessicaC in my home today
She was great both in content and insight she quickly summed up thstbi was an intermediate student after listening to various runs of music and watching somebody mg videos
She is close to my home and that's a Great advantage
I am very hopeful that Jessica will really help me hit my high notes soon and up my game
Lauren V. April 11, 2016
In studio Verified Student
She is very understanding and patience with people who are just starting. She is proffessional and pushes you when you need to be pushed to progress further.
Breann B. January 11, 2016
In studio Verified Student
My daughter Breann and I were extremely excited after her first lesson. Jessica is exactly what we were looking for. Professional, could make anyone comfortable and is someone my daughter can look up to.
Students are raving about their Speaking Voice instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Dan
"Passionate, effective and thoughtful teacher.
I attended an Alexander Technique workshop Jameson co-hosted at the New England Conservatory and recently
began personal lessons on AT and voice lessons with him. Jameson is passionate about teaching and is able to teach students at different levels of ability.
I would highly recommend Jameson for singing and Alexander Technique lessons. I couldn't ask for a better teacher."
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Julia
"Adam is really super (I am only on my third lesson). He will make you feel comfortable and interact with you in a personable and dynamic way.
He is th
e perfect teacher if you want to improve your stage voice and pitch. Adam is the man if you have fame on your mind. Julia
If you are a little slow on the uptake, (like I am when I don't know the subject matter) you need to be brave and follow his directions in practicing techniques. Adam personalizes his lessons, but they could be more planned. They feel a little too unprepared."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Gary
"Very talented, skilled and effective instructor. Taught through demonstration and coaching. Very effective."
Cincinnati, OH teacher:
Review by Elizabeth
"Fawn is a fantastic voice coach and singing instructor. She genuinely loves and cares about her students, her work, and teaching. She taught me tricks and
tips that drastically changed and strengthened my voice for the better just within the first lesson. And without any pressure. She always makes each lesson fun and meaningful. We always discuss new goals (which Fawn is very easy to talk to) and then Fawn tailors a lesson plan to help me quickly reach them. She is extremely flexible about scheduling and also takes extra time to work on particular issues. And what's nice is that her prices are absolutely affordable (and no where near the same ball park as other vocal coaches with her amount of experience)."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Shalonda
"Vanessa has an ability to recognize weaknesses in my voice and speech that affect my speaking voice. I am excited about working with her to improve speec
h. It's only been five classes, and I've recognized major improvement already!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Rory
"Fawn is such a delight to work with! She's always going beyond the lesson to see how she can help empower you take on your goals head on no matter what ar
ea of life. I'm so glad to have found such a genuine person in Hollywood & an amazing teacher to guide me in this industry."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Kim
"Dr. Jeanne made me feel more than comfortable on my initial visit. I literally felt right at home. She has opened my eyes to a whole new world and way of
thinking when it comes to speech. I went in thinking I was only going to go for a few sessions but after today I am definitely extending my time to utilize her talents. I am confident she will guide me where I need to be for my business endeavors."
Washington, DC teacher:
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Review by Jorge
I needed help with projecting and emoting with my voice for a reality TV shoot. Natalie was very helpful in teaching techniques to connect m
y breath and voice, relax and eliminate tension, and thoroughly warm up. These were very helpful. I went from being anxious on camera to having fun and looking forward to more. Highly recommended!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Meggan
"Great instructor, I learned a lot in a short period. The exercises where fun and I became more aware of my speaking strengths and weaknesses. I would defi
nitely recommend Laurelanne!"
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