I have 30 years experience teaching students of all ages and skill levels. As said, I love what I do for a living and truly care for my students and their dreams. My students are chosen for leads and supporting roles in musical theater, concert solos and ensembles, plus awarded scholarships as Freshmen to many colleges. Not only do I teach sound vocal skills, but my students are trained in presenting a song, preparing for auditions & competitions, using a microphone, managing anxiety, networking and more.
As for piano, I've been playing since I was 7! I was trained with sound fundamentals and a variety of musical styles. It is a joy to watch students of all ages accomplish the skills required to play well and find repertoire that is exciting. Technique is so important, so I am a stickler with hand position and keeping an eye on the music rather than hands; good posture is also vital. Once fundamentals are underway, we can introduce improvisation and theory. Piano is wonderful for ALL and offers many benefits beyond music-making (math, languages, trouble-shooting, concentration). A piano or keyboard is required for students. If you don't have an instrument, I MIGHT have a keyboard to loan until you can purchase one yourself.
There is nothing more enjoyable than watching my students progress week by week. It's such fun to see dreams come true! I love it!
Dawn teaches my daughter piano. She has been truely amazing. We have tried sports and dance but nothing has held my daughters interest. Dawn is patient but thorough. I highly reccomend Dawn!
Dawn is a very experienced and professional teacher. I have observed her teaching my granddaughter both voice and piano, and taken piano myself. Always, she demonstrates and corrects with precision and kindness. Dawn inspires her students through understanding their individual needs and abilities; she is a pleasure to know.
I'm convinced there is no other vocal teacher in the Bay Area that understands the voice as well as she does. Since learning to sing can be very daunting, her wealth of knowledge and warm heart makes for a wonderful and comfortable learning experience.
My daughter has spent 11 years with Dawn. Dawn was instrumental in my daughters career choice. My daughter was accepted at a private performing arts college in Hollywood, was awarded a large merit scholarship, and is thriving in her career. Dawn has a sweet, but professional demeanor with all her students and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the performing arts industry. I believe the instruction Dawn provided my daughter truly shaped her as a great student in school as well as a budding professional.
All skills are based on sound fundamentals. I first listen to a student sing a song they enjoy and I assess what is needed. I give examples of what I can do to improve their voice, then begin with information that the student can take home and use. I give specific vocal exercises and a song to work on "as an exercise" within the first few lessons. Everyone is different, so the pace in which we progress varies; eventually all get their voices "open and free" to sing with a balanced and beautiful sound.
Master of Music in Vocal Performance & Pedagogy from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
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I have been teaching piano and voice lessons since graduating from Graduate school. Once again, it is something I love deeply and feel very confident in doing. I have helped hundreds of students achieve their goals and some high and lofty dreams! It's truly a privilege and a lot of fun!