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Welcome to San Francisco, the mecca of performing arts. While San Francisco may not have the musical history of other cities like New York or Nashville, what it does have is passion, and music groups ranging from classical to punk rock call the city home.

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We offer music classes ranging from beginner to advanced, and all ages are welcome. For our advanced students, we even offer courses in songwriting, music theory, music recording, voice training and music performance. If you can’t go to one of the many studio locations here in San Francisco or the surrounding area, don’t worry about it. We can come to you! Several of our dedicated music instructors are available for in-home lessons. Give us a call and we’ll help you set up the schedule that best fits your needs.

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Tracey H.

San Francisco, CA

About Tracey

I've been singing, performing, songwriting, and studying voice for 17 years. I attended Berklee College of Music, where I studied Voice/Vocal Performance, and earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance from Musician's Institute in LA. I've been teaching since 2006, and work with a wide range of contemporary genres with a focus on rock, pop, country, folk, Americana, R&B, blues, and soul. I like to take a "back-to-basics" approach to voice by helping students develop the core aspects of breathing/breath control, correct vowel placement/vowel tuning, and a focus on muscle memory as
it relates to stretching the cords. I've been told my approach is simple yet effective, and a unique blend of classic concepts with a practical/modern approach to getting in tune with one's one unique voice. Currently a gigging musician and songwriter in SF, I am in the trenches alongside many of my students, which gives me a unique perspective and empathy for the many stages of personal and career development as a musician. I have a lot of first-hand experience with the music business and what it means to manage a band and a DIY-career. Another area I specialize in (and which is probably the nearest to my heart!), is performance anxiety. Having overcome performance anxiety myself and gone on to be a bandleader and gigging musician, I have a close relationship to this and take a special interest in helping students overcome their own fears and anxieties, identify their own voice and identity as a singer, and taking the steps to develop that.

Mostly, I aim to debunk the mystery that the voice can be shrouded in, and change it from being elusive and temperamental to something that students can feel in control-of and at-ease with. I've taught a wide range of students, from young kids to a Marine (true story!), so am comfortable dealing with an equally-wide range of goals and voices.

*** Lesson Details ***
Well, my students tell me that I have the unique advantage of "being young/in touch with the real-world of the music business, but with real professional training and chops." That's about as good as I could have said it, I suppose! I like to pull from all the different facets of my experience and background to inform me as an instructor: formal education and training, as well as my first-hand experiences with my own band, my own struggles with performance anxiety, and my discovery of my own voice through the very methods I now teach to my students.
What that means for you is that rather than focus on a rigid set of rules, we'll focus on your voice and custom-fit a program that is built from solid vocal technique coupled with specific tools to help you develop your own voice and style. I do truly believe in building a solid foundation for you to build your voice upon, but am unconventional in that I believe the best way to learn to sing is by breaking down what is actually going on in there- in a way that students can understand and interpret themselves. Nerd alert: Vocal technique can actually quite liberating and fun! Yes, we will teach you how to breathe correctly; yes, you will be singing scales. But the key is that you'll know why you're singing each note, and what is going to get you to sing those notes more effectively. I believe in hard work because the voice is a musical instrument; but I also believe in making it easily digestible and fun.

In our lessons, you'll learn how to breathe correctly, test your vocal range, and start working on strengthening your head and chest voices to achieve some continuity in your range. We'll also develop the mask and what I like to call your "vendor voice." Oh yeah- it's good stuff. You'll have warm-ups and scales you can use on your own time to get ready for a gig or to continue strengthening the muscles.

*** Studio Equipment ***
PA/monitors, keyboard, microphones.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I am traveling to you, I bring a laptop and small set of speakers on which to play recorded scales and pull up songs for song work. I also have a portable digital recorder to record lessons if that is desired.

*** Specialties ***
I have experience with a wide range of styles, but my main genres of focus are rock, pop, Americana, country, blues, soul, and R&B.
I specialize in vowel tuning/correct vowel placement as a way to strengthen the muscles of the voice, in order to correct pitch/tone and solidify muscle memory as it relates to the voice as instrument. I teach from a "ground-up" approach, meaning I feel it's crucial for my students to understand how their voice works, why it works in certain ways, and how they can use vocal technique to their advantage as singers and performers. Building upon that strong foundation, I customize a program for each of my students to address their own set of strengths and challenges.
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Niki I. June 13, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Tracey is so good at making you feel comfortable. Obviously singing in front of someone, especially while they are critiquing you, is something that scares a lot of people and might make them shy away from taking lessons, but Tracey is the coolest person ever and in the handful of lessons I've had so far she makes me feel more comfortable and confident each time. I highly recommend her!!
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Julia J. May 6, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
One amazing teacher!

Tracey is a phenomenal voice teacher and I highly recommend her! She's organized, professional and very musically talented. But more than that, Tracey is extremely adept at communicating the subtle and hard to grasp vocal techniques that are so difficult to put into words. In addition to using analogies, she's great at using visual cues (drawings, arrows, notation# and relating vocal movements to colors, physical movements and sensations. She was more than willing to adapt her lessons for me so that I can gain the best understanding.

I have had other teachers in the past, and while they were all talented and very nice, only Tracey has been able to help me improve my singing voice. I improved more in 3 lessons with her than I did in 8 months of lessons with a previous teacher.

Tracey is also very kind and patient #very necessary with beginners!) and very good at correcting without criticizing. She went way out of her way to accomodate my schedule and even comes to my house for the lessons. I think she's the best and I'm sure you will too!
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Tracey H.

Tracey H.

San Francisco, CA 94117
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starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Margaret G.

San Francisco, CA

About Margaret

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 on
ly 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.
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Gabi B. February 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. March 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. February 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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Margaret G.

Margaret G.

San Francisco, CA 94115
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starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Thomas K.

San Francisco, CA

About Thomas

I've been teaching for over 10 years and I have never had more fun with it. I studied classical guitar for ten years earning a bachelor's and a master's degree in music. During my formal education I not only learned music theory, music history, ensemble playing, and composing, but more importantly I learned how to REALLY learn new things. This ability I try to pass on to my students.I love sharing the things I've learned from all of my various experiences whether it be from my classical guitar background or from one of my various pop/rock bands. I am a working musician and I still learn new th
ings every time I go out to play. It could be classical music at weddings, Jazz at clubs, or Rock and Roll at rowdy venues. There's a lesson to be learned from each.  

*** Lesson Details ***
Playing and understanding music is easy. The notion that it is only for the gifted and super talented is a lie.Fun is the first priority. Everybody wants to learn different things.  I tailor the lesson to the student and their goals. With guitar or theory/songwriting, each person has an 'ideal' they are striving for (rock guitarist ala Jimmy Page, Acoustic folk ala Bob Dylan, songwriter like Paul Simon, or classical guitarist like Andres Segovia).  I work with students to reach their ideal in a laid back, friendly manner.

I might teach out of a book or make our own book as we go along depending on the student, their experience level, and their goals. Each lesson will stress the important music fundamentals and making things easier. Every lesson and every student is different.  I have students as young as 5 whom I help learn music while they are learning how to read and write.  AND on the other side, I have students like my 81 year old mandolin student who has exciting ideas on how we should perform in our next recitals.Learning music is an investment.  Everyone learns at a different pace. There is no norm.  There is no "place they should be" at after a given time of lessons/practice.  I've had students that stagnated for YEARS and then TAKE OFF musically once they really decided to apply themselves.  If you are the parent of a student the best thing you can do is to be involved. After that, nature will take it's course.    

*** Studio Equipment ***
Some amplifiers, spare guitars, and plenty of nick-nacks.  

*** Travel Equipment ***
Instrument

*** Specialties ***
I am trained in classical guitar, but of course I've been playing and teaching electric guitar for years in different bands and professional settings.In addition, I am very passionate and knowledgeable about Irish/Celtic music and instruments i.e. Mandolin, Tin/Penny Whistle, Bouzouki
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Meredith W. February 6, 2015
Classical Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Thomas is an incredible instructor. I've only had 3 lessons so far and I already feel like I've improved my abilities so much. He not only has mastery of the instrument and of music, but best of all for students, he understands how to teach it well.
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Tom D. November 27, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Absolutely perfect!

Tom is truly a great teacher. He has tailored his approach to my unique needs-as an accomplished musician learning his 6th instrument, his teaching approach reminds me of things I ought to remember while playing any instrument, and music in general. And my lessons are tons of fun! He has a great knowledge of all the different approaches to the guitar and other stringed instruments which really fits in to what I am most interested in- how to get a particular sound for any given piece of music for the guitar. I'm extremely happy about having found tom to be my teacher.
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Tessa L. September 25, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Great teacher for my 7yr old!

Thomas is great with my 7-year old son. He has been extremely patient with him. He balances out the session with teaching and getting to know him at the same time. He does not rush through the lesson and makes him feel at ease with the guitar. He was only practicing with Thomas for a year and built enough courage and experience playing the guitar that he performed at his school's end-of-the-year talent show and did an amazing job thanks to Thomas! I was impressed!
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Thomas K.

Thomas K.

San Francisco, CA 94114
(9)
starting at
$37.50 / 30-min
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Beth L.

San Francisco, CA

About Beth

I earned my BA in French from Pomona College, followed by my Masters in French Language Education from the Sorbonne University in Paris. I have three years of experience teaching English and English as a foreign language to middle and high school students.

I have taught private violin and viola lessons since the beginning of 2012. As a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, I have completed their violin pedagogy courses for Suzuki books one through four. I played in the San Diego Youth Symphony in high school, and play viola in the San Francisco Civic Orchestra.
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Reuben S. August 20, 2015
French · In studio
Verified Student
First lesson was fine. We took a few minutes to find each other in a cafe setting but as it was also a meet and greet session I wasn't too concerned about time. As it turns out Beth more than made up the time. She's very pleasant and easy to speak with. We went over my goals, simple traveler type words, phrases and questions, and a work schedule to cover the next several weeks. Beth told me how she was going to approach teaching me after listening to my goals. I'm looking forward to the next session where we can focus on learning the language.
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Lella L. July 23, 2015
Violin · In home
Beth works in a middle and high school and teaches violin there after school. Beth is a very nice and professional violin teacher who is very patient with her students. She can find the students' technical problems and deal with them quickly. I like Beth very much as a teacher.
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Beth L.

Beth L.

San Francisco, CA 94117
(2)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Emily T.

San Francisco, CA

About Emily

I provide a fun, supportive and creative environment for my students, exploring music with enthusiasm and finding new ways of approaching the voice to facilitate a healthy technique.

I teach students of all ages and levels, and all musical genres. I believe that in order to sing any kind of repertoire (whether it be rock or opera), you first need to understand and work on the fundamental principles of singing; body alignment, breath support and a clear, resonant tone.

Originally from Gainesville, Florida, I started studying piano at the age of 6 and then started voice lessons around t
he age of 8. I started mainly with musical theater and pop music, and it wasn't until high school that I left Gainesville to pursue a more rigorous arts education at Interlochen Arts Academy. There, I discovered my love for opera and classical music, and then went on to receive my Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory, and my Master of Music from San Francisco Conservatory.

Studying and performing music has been such an integral part of my life, and I have a lot of enthusiasm and energy to teach aspiring musicians!
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Chelsea M. September 2, 2014
Classical Voice · In studio
Emily is an amazing teacher. She is super supportive and very knowledgeable. She has helped me open up my voice so much. I love how she structures her lessons--we do exercises in the beginning and then we work on musical and acting details in my songs in the second half. She challenges me but is encouraging all the while. She also has a great way of keeping things simple and straight forward. I would recommend her to anyone who would like to find more ease and enjoyment in singing!
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Emily T.

Emily T.

San Francisco, CA 94102
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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