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By Cecilia C. - San Jose Singing Teacher
When we mention the city San Jose and the Bay Area, people first think of high tech companies and competitive schools. However, there are also many hidden star music teachers, wonderful musical ensembles and performance venues. I am Cecilia, and I teach singing lessons in San Jose.
The first question I always ask my students is: "Do you sing or play music with any groups?" Music is always about team work; one rarely sees a one-person show with music - as composing the piece, renting or sharing venues, showcasing the piece and actually getting performers to perform the work takes a lot of time, energy and people. Most teenagers sing with their school choir, which I recommend all of my younger students do. Singing in choir guarantees students to improve their knowledge in music theory, musical expressions and sight reading skills. Not to mention, singing in choir also improves people's mental health, builds teamwork skills and allows both children and adults to make friends with those who share similar interests.
Choosing a group that suits you all depends on what you are looking to achieve with singing. Younger students should look for singing groups from their schools - whether a cappella groups or the school choir. Most of them are free and are always welcoming new members. As for adult students with some experience in singing, The San Jose Symphonic Choir and The Santa Clara Chorale are great options for those who are looking for regular rehearsals and performances with the best conductors/directors in the nation. Check out their websites here: http://sanjosesymphonicchoir.org/ http://www.scc.org/
For intermediate to advanced level students, I highly suggest auditioning to sing for the chorus ensemble and small roles for the opera companies around the area. Bay Shore Lyric Opera in Los Altos, West Bay Opera in Palo Alto and Verismo Opera in Berkeley provide great opportunities for classical music students and emerging singers. If anyone feels ready to step in the top professional field, there are also opportunities to try out for the chorus and small roles of Opera San Jose (http://www.operasj.org/).
Besides performing with different groups, I also suggest that my students go to as many concerts as possible while taking singing lessons in San Jose. I will admit: I learned most of my music knowledge through attending concerts. While studying and singing in Italy, I attended at least two concerts per week. Whether the concerts are good or bad, I learn something through seeing and listening. Seeing how others perform will give you ideas of how you would want to shape the music yourself and how you would like to perform such pieces. Opera San Jose has a student special for only $10 per show, and the groups which I have mentioned above also have multiple concerts per season.
One may also check out the schools around this area, especially universities such as Santa Clara University, Stanford University and San Jose State University. These schools have the best performance venues and facilities such as The Stanford Bing Hall, Santa Clara University Recital Hall, and Mission Santa Clara de Asis. You will find great quality concerts with the cheapest price.
I'm not currently taking beginner students, but I can refer you to my studio partner, Melissa. Please see her TakeLessons page here:
Learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics and how they apply to singing. Develop skills for matching pitch as well as generating sense of pitch internally. Work to control and sufficiently support your breathing. Explore the elements of tone and diction that really make your singing sound good.
Voice Lessons may include the following...
+ Vocal warm-up exercises
+ Technique and style development
+ Selected songs to practice
+ A recorded copy of the lesson to review and practice with.
As a private instructor, Nicholas seeks to develop students of his own to build excellent technique that they may become confident and comfortable singers in any style they desire.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano Keyboard with Music Stand.
Vocal Song Books
Lesson Recording Device
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a selection of music books to read from, a piano keyboard if the student does not have one, and a lesson recording device. Students may provide any music they wish to work on.
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in singing and teaching Art Song and Opera/Concert Arias.
Basics and advanced technique, as well as beautiful expressiveness and beauty in tone and performance.
All lessons are tailored to the needs of each individual student. I work on a very technical basis but at the end of the day, singing should be fun. Work we do will help you expand your vocal range and your technical chops.
A three time Grammy award winning singer, Colleen has been teaching voice for over 10 years. She utilizes classical technique to train artists who perform both classical and commercial styles of music, including musical theater, R&B, pop, gospel, rock, alternative, country, musical theater and jazz.
She has been trained in contemporary technique by Seth Riggs, vocal coach to Michael Jackson; as well as Linda Septien, vocal coach to Beyonce, Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, Demi Levato, Ryan Cabrera, Kidz Bop Kids, Miley Cyrus and many many more top stars.
Colleen has been trained in classical technique by Sherri Greenawald, director of the San Francisco Opera’s Merola program.
Colleen performs throughout the bay area with Prime Time A Cappella.
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