An international performing artist, Rebecca has most recently performed in 2014 with the Etruria Opera Festival in Tarquinia Italy as Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica of Puccini. She was also the soprano soloist on the Stabat Mater of Pergolesi with the FestivalBarocco in Viterbo and Nepi Italy, under the direction of Maestro Stefano Vignati. She has been a featured artist at the Tuscia Opera Festival in Italy from 2009 to 2014 as well as performing recitals and concerts in the Southern California area. In November of 2014 Rebecca organized and performed in the Suor Angelica Project, a fundra
sier for the San Diego Opera. This collaboration with the San Diego Symphony and members of the San Diego Opera Chorus raised over $7500 for the Opera.
Since 2009. Rebecca is on the faculty of the Tuscia Opera Festival Lyric Academy, teaching voice and Italian lessons to the American students who come over to participate with the International Lyric Academy of Rome and Viterbo. She has also sung concerts and recitals in New York City, London, Edinburgh, and various cities in Italy as well as locally here in California and Florida. Rebecca received her Bachelor in Music degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. She is completing her Masters studies at the University of California, San Diego. She has also studied at the Universita per Stranieri in Perugia, the International Lyric Academy of Rome, and the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy. She is currently the Director of Music Ministries at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carlsbad, California, and teaches voice and piano privately.
Rebecca is a regular performer with the San Diego Opera and is a former member of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. She is featured on their 1996 release Christmas with the Master Chorale. Other recordings include Mahler VIII - Symphony of 1000 in the chorus with the late Robert Shaw. Other conductors and coaches Rebecca has worked with include Sir David Willcocks, Julius Rudel, Stefano Vignati, Dr. Robert Summer, Mary Mackenzie, Annetta Monroe, Dianna Ruggiero, and Cecilia Valdenassi.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are tailored to the individual student's initial abilities. In all genres of music it is important to breathe well, have breath support, communicate the emotion and character of the song, and eliminate vocal bad habits. These issues are different for everyone.
I teach a classical Italian technique of breath support and beautiful tone, and these techniques can be applied to all musical styles.
The student will be assigned and choose songs to learn and work on as we incorporate the techniques into the songs and vocal exercises.
Piano lessons and Italian lessons are also available from ages 5 and up.
*** Studio Equipment *** CD player, 7' Boston grand piano, digital recorder
*** Travel Equipment *** Yamaha keyboard.
*** Specialties *** Voice, classical, pop, Broadway, opera, Italian, piano, music theory, audition preparation. I specialize in opera but sing many styles, including pop, classical, and musical theatre; I teach all styles in piano.
Mary G. May 13, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Rebecca is a great teacher! My daughter is really enjoying working with her...and she's very picky about who she likes. Rebecca is friendly, easy going and very easy to work with!
Rachel G. April 29, 2015
In studio Verified Student
We have completed one month thus far and Rebecca has done a marvelous job:)
Rachel is really enjoying her lessons!
Jordan S. June 12, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Students will learn classical vocal technique, with repertoire focused on arias from operas and oratorios. Students will also learn basic sight reading and musicianship skills.
For the past 6 years, I have taught students in classical voice, musical theater, piano, and music theory. I am happy to accept students of all ages, levels, and interests. I recently graduated with my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from San Diego State University. I am a member of the National Association of Teacher of Singing (NATS), and serve as the Music Director for Folklore Guild. As a classically trained musician, I perform locally in San Diego as a soloist and a choral singer. Although my true love is opera, I have performed three solo art song recitals in high school and colle
ge. I have performed in both musical theater and opera productions, with roles including Suor Genovieffa from Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and Spirit from Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
*** Lesson Details *** I teach a holistic approach to singing, which means my students will learn the entire system of the voice through vocal exercises, ear training, diction, song, and performance techniques. I am a yoga enthusiast, and integrate yoga into lessons, connecting the body to breath. Yoga gives students a path to good posture and a tool to relax under the pressure of performance.
*** Studio Equipment *** The studio has a keyboard, music books, and room to move. There is a couch available for parents to observe lessons, or a convenient shopping center nearby to run errands during the lesson.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a keyboard to travel with, but would prefer a keyboard or piano in the student's home for lessons and personal practice.
*** Specialties *** I am a yoga enthusiast. I use yoga techniques to address posture and performance anxiety. As an active performer, I encourage and facilitate students performing outside of private lessons. The opportunity to compete in NATS competitions is an option for all students who fulfill the requirements.
Bethany K. May 2, 2015
In home Verified Student
Meredith W. November 17, 2014
So happy with Kayla. She is working with my 12 yrs. old daughter and we have seen such improvements in her singing ability and her self-esteem!
Ann C. October 29, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I should say Kayla has different teaching styles for different students depending on their abilities. I am 27 years old who sings without knowing how to read music whatsoever, so I was quite nervous when started. Being a non-English speaker made me even more nervous because I have been singing in Vietnamese my whole life. With Kayla's coaching, I am a lot more confident now even though it has only been a month. I am ready for the next step, learning proper singing techniques, after my fear for learning how to read music is now over thanks to Kayla.
With my high school diploma and currently going to college to study Music Therapy, Art Therapy, and Dance Therapy, I have a good sense on how to teach. I've been teaching little kids beginner piano and people basic vocal fundamentals for a few years now. It is something I enjoy and will always love doing.
EDUCATION Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, CA 3.5 GPA Graduation date 06/14/2013 Mira Costa Community College, San Diego, CA 3.0 GPA Completed FALL 2012 3 credits Music Theory 1 Completed FALL 2013 4 units English 100 Completed FALL 2013 3
units Psychology 101 Honors Completed FALL 2013 1.5 units Modern Dance Completed SPRING 2014 3 units Astronomy / 1 unit Astronomy Lab Completed SPRING 2014 0.5 units Education Planning/ Assess Completed FALL 2014 4.0 units Algebra I Completed FALL 2014 4.0 English 201 Children's Literature CURRENT SPRING 2015 4.0 Psychology 101 I am an Honors Scholar Student at MiraCosta and will be attending in order to learn my general education. Fall 2013-Current Vocal Instruction 2000 - 2013 Private and choral music instruction with Anne Whattoff and Renea Woodring. Emphasis on performance of classical, musical theater and choral music.
TECHNICAL SKILLS Technologically Savvy - Microsoft Word - Microsoft PowerPoint - Networking - *Willing to learn anything required.*
LANGUAGE SKILLS I speak, read, and write English. I can speak and read *basic* American Sign Language as well as finger spelling. I speak, and read *basic* Spanish. - English - ASL - Spanish
INTERESTS - Community Service - Making other people happy (smile, laugh, etc.) - Singing - Reading - Writing - Piano - Hot Tea - Movies - Smiling/Laughing - Horseback Riding - Camping - Climbing Trees - Interacting with people, especially children. - Animals of all sorts. - Dancing - Family - Friends - Music - Learning
EMPLOYMENT 2009 to CURRENT Music Teacher Privately -Beginner Piano -Vocals -Both piano and vocals at the same time I have nine students, currently, and will have 8 students over the Summer, privately.
December 2013 to February 2014 Kidville -Music -Supervising -Singing -Helping -Assisting
July 2013 to January 2014 Starbucks Carlsbad, CA Monday â Friday anywhere between 4:30am 12pm (Will be adjusted every 6 months) -Cleaning -Cashier -Making hot and cold beverages *Uses espresso machine and blender, etc. -Organizing
VOLUNTEER Experience Jun 2011 to Nov 2011 Spiritual Counseling and Astrology Encinitas, CA Saturdays, and occasional various weekdays various amount of work time. - Paper Filing - Organization - Electronic Filing - Information Input
Jun 2010 to Aug 2010 Assistant/Receptionist Live Scan Solutions Hillcrest, CA - Answered Phones - Handled Money Transactions - QuickBooks - Filing
2009 to Present Occasional Babysitting -Newborn -3 month-years-old -Ages 1-14
MUSIC Experience (Soprano I and II and Alto Vocalist)
Vocal Music Conservatory, Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, CA 2010-Present Over 1000 hours total, 6 hours/week As a selected member of the Canyon Crest Academy Vocal Conservatory Program, I received private vocal instruction in a variety of musical genres including classical, musical theatre, contemporary, and jazz. I participated in ensemble work and collaborations with conservatories in other artistic disciplines. Canyon Crest Academy Choir 2009-2013 I was a soprano in a 45-person choir that performs a very diverse array of music.
Masterworks Chichester Psalms (Leonard Bernstein) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra at St. Paul's Cathedral San Diego. Soprano soloist. Spring 2010. Faure's Requiem (Gabriel Faure) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra. Spring 2010. A Ceremony of Carols (Benjamin Britten) Vocal Music Conservatory. Fall 2010. 5 Mystical Songs (Ralph Vaughan Williams) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra. Fall 2010. Messiah (George Frederic Handel) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra. Fall 2011. Two Love Songs (Robert Young. Texts from the Songs of Solomon and William Shakespeare.) Canyon Crest Academy. Spring 2013
Operas/ Operettas Dido and Aeneas (Henry Purcell) Vocal Music Conservatory. Witch 2. Spring 2012. A Gallery of Gilbert and Sullivan (W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, arranged by Kellie Evans O'Connor) Vocal Music Conservatory. Chorus member in 'Pirates of Penzance' and Gianetta in 'The Gondoliers'. Spring 2013.
Envision Collaborations Chess (Benny Andersson) Spring 2010 PLAY (Canyon Crest Academy Students) Spring 2011 Serenada Schizophrana (Danny Elfman) Fall 2011 The Wall (Pink Floyd) Spring 2013 The Moby Dick Performance (Charles Dickenson) Spring 2013
Solo Performances Vocal Conservatory Recital Level One Fall 2010 Vocal Conservatory Recital Level Two Fall 2011 Vocal Conservatory Senior Recital Fall 2012 Vocal Juries Fall 2010- 2013 I had adjudicated juries every term while in Conservatory to track my progress.
Repertoire Italian: Non posso disperar, Sergio De Luca French/ Catalan: Bonne Nuit, Jules Massenet Apres un reve, Gabriel Faure German: Sensucht Kennt, Franz Schubert O Kewler Wald, Johannes Brahus English: Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, Phantom of the Opera Before I Gaze at You Again, Camelot Climb Every Mountain, Sound of Music It's All I Have to Bring Today, Ernst Bacon Orpheus with his Lute, Ralph Vaughan Williams When Daisies Pied, Thomas Arne Music for a While, Henry Purcell Take Me To The World, Stephan Sondheim My Johann, Edvard Grieg
RECORDING Experience: I have experience with ProTools 11 and Avid, as well as setting up and taking down sets to record.
WRITING Experience: I have been writing for most of my life and am looking to get published soon.
*** Lesson Details *** Vocals
Basic Music Theory
*** Studio Equipment *** Bongo Drums Cheap Ukulele YAMAHA Digital Piano (with pedals) Condenser Mic
*** Travel Equipment *** Bongo Drums Avid on my laptop Condenser Mic
*** Specialties *** Pop Modern Jazz *Classical* Country *Opera* Basic Theory
**MUST HAVE: Passion for Music**
Sarah W. January 2, 2014
Young and inspirational. "You learn something new everyday" is most definitely true with Sarah and how she teaches. She was slow at first, but one she got to know me and what I desired to learn from her, she was able to envision and teach me well. :)
Hello everyone! My name is Amanda O., and I am a Harpist, Voice teacher, Therapeutic Musician, Life Coach, Alternative Medicine Practitioner, and Vocalist who has over 18 years of experience as a classical vocalist and performer. By 9 years old, I began training as an opera singer and have merged my love of classical vocals with the therapeutic harp. I am currently a full-time Dean's list student at San Diego State University, pursuing my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. I graduated from the International Harp Therapy Program as a Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner and have completed an
internship at Apreva Hospice. I have experience playing therapeutic harp music at over 30 different facilities around San Diego, such as Narzerath House, Bay View, Bella Vista, Monte Vista Village, and La Mesa Health Care Center, as well as making In-Home visits. These include independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory care facilities around SD! I also have experience playing for the actively dying for hospice and consider it an honor to be of musical assistance for people in transition.
I love to teach and can make my harp and voice lessons unique to each individual based on their current skill level. I love watching people expand and grow through music. Your lessons will be engaging, compassionate, fun, and organized! Each lesson will encourage you to become excited about your musical growth and inspire you to continue. I offer something unusual for a harp teacher in that I can teach both improvisation and music theory for the harp. This means that you will get the best of both worlds!
I also have obtained education from the Self-Heal School of Herbal Studies here in San Diego, where I have learned about herbal medicine. I am well versed in many alternative therapies (such as E.F.T., meditation, therapeutic music, Ayurvedic medicine, amino acid therapy, etc.) and can provide compassion, understanding, and strategies for alleviating suffering as a Life Coach. My education towards my Master's degree in Psychology also helps me increase my understanding of the human condition and offer additional support for anxiety, depression, addiction, and other stresses. I believe that everyone deserves to live a life of freedom, safety, comfort, and relaxation. I hope to provide loving assistance for anyone seeking someone who cares and will put in the time to truly listen and offer advice.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and please let me know how I can be of service to you!
Adrienne W. June 10, 2015
Online Verified Student
I love my lessons with Amanda! i recently had surgery on my wrist due to a work injury. After just a few lessons, she's altered my technique so that now I play without pain! PLUS I'm a student at Therapy Harp Training Program and she's a certified therapeutic harp practitioner! I couldn't have asked for a better teacher to guide me in this specialized field. She's a gifted teacher and I highly recommend her!!
Lesly S. May 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Amanda is amazing she is patient and kind. She takes her time making sure that you as the student understand the material and can perfect the technique needed for the the harp. The harp is the first instrument I have ever played I didn't think I would be able to play since i have no music experience at all, but Amanda has helped me in every step of the way. If you wish to learn don't shy away from your wish just find a wonderful instructor like Amanda. One who takes her time with you and explains in different ways in case you don't understand the music symbols. She is extremely experienced with the folk harp she is very supportive and doesn't give up on you. Because of her I am excited to go to class and learn new things. My goal is to be an amazing harp player and I know that with her help I will be able to reach that goal. Amanda is just an amazing teacher and I am very fortunate to be learning from her. :)
Bina A. June 8, 2014
In home Verified Student
I hired Amanda to help me with a performance at "the concert under the stars" I had almost 5 classes with her
We hit it off immediately because she was upbeat and committed to the cause as well as very punctual fair and intelligent
She helped me learn a breath technique called abdominal breathing which I will always use
She actually accompanied me at the performance and i really hit the high notes effortlessly because I felt real calm and in control her ukulele was a perfect accompaniment to my voice
I' even received special mention by the organizer
I am now planning to accompany Amanda to other venues
I recommend her without reservation
Experienced vocal teacher of over 5 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of basic and advanced vocal skills. I specialize in vocal training in the areas of broadway, jazz, classical, gospel, christian, and country, I typically use singing lessons for young singers books by Gregory Blankenbehler. My accomplishments include: Owner of Grazioso Music Studio for past 4 years with over 15 students as well as successful Vocal Director for Elementary and High School after care program at O'farral Charter School!
Hi, there! My name is Miss Rhonda and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private music lessons since 1996 and have loved helping my student’s master both vocal and piano performance.
From a five year-old beginner to an advanced high school student on their first vocal audition needing extra coaching, I am confident that I can create a lesson plan suitable to meet your needs. I’m a patient and creative person and my teaching style is to motivate and inspire you musically.
So whether you are a beginner or would like to enhance your skills, I look forward to helping you reach yo
ur musical goals!
Ivonne G. April 28, 2015
Great instructor! One of the best teachers I've ever had! She's patient and truly cares for every student. :)
Cara J. April 28, 2015
Rhonda has only been teaching my sons ( 5yr old and a 7yr old) for a couple of months, and in those months I have seen my boys grow so much. They love music and are so excited when it is lesson time. She has such patience and understanding that make it a great learning environment.
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