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« I've had various music teachers over the last 20 years and Gabi is... More »
R
Richard
« I've had various music teachers over the last 20 years and Gabi is far and away the best. She is hugely attentive: we sing music I am interested in, discuss it in ways that I understand, and focus on precisely the elements I'm finding tricky. Our lessons are always an excellent balance between being stretching and enjoyable, and despite her obvious experience I never feel that I'm receiving some standard lesson she's delivered hundreds of times before. Gabi's also incredibly knowledgeable and versatile. In the last 18 months we've covered standards, bebop, cool jazz, fusion, funk, soul, broadway, classical Romantic, and that's before mentioning her real specialism in Brazilian music. Her deep knowledge of this culture, history and repertoire have made my singing lessons a gateway to a whole new musical sphere. But more than all of this, our lessons are fun! I really can't recommend Gabi highly enough. »
£40/h
1st lesson free!
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Lessons offered by Gabriela
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Singing
  • Vocal Coaching
  • Classical Singing
  • Jazz Singing
Levels
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Professional
  • Kids
  • Graduate
  • 1st Year
  • 2nd Year
  • 3rd Year
  • 4th year

Professional singer with BMus with Honours in Jazz and MMus in Brazilian music (18 years of teaching experience). Lekcje śpiewu. Aulas de canto.

Methodology

JAZZ and BRAZILIAN music singer and teacher holding BM(Hons), QTS. Voice is an outlet for expression, feelings, moods and the mirror of your personality.
It's an extension of speaking voice. Discover what you can do with it.

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

Singing: Jazz, BRAZILIAN, Pop, Music Theatre, Blues, Latin music, Rock. English as a Foreign Language. Portuguese as a Foreign Language.

- Tell me about your qualifications.

BMus with Honours including Teacher Diploma. Specialisation: Jazz Singing. Mmus specialisation: Brazilian music.
BA in English - teacher of English as a Foreign Language.
Portuguese Language Advanced Level Certificate from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

- How much do you charge?

£40 - Singing Lessons
£25 - English as a foreign language lessons
£20 - Portuguese as a foreign language lessons

- Where do you teach?

I teach at home as well as areas near SE20.

- When are you available?

Available on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

I gladly teach any ages and any levels. I adjust the programme of each lesson individually according to my students' age, abilities, interests, personalities and even moods.
I try to make the lessons challenging in order to promote progress and yet all of this in a non-frustrating, but rather motivating way.

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

I can help to prepare my students for an entrance exam to a music conservatoire: singing technique, Jazz/Pop/Music Theatre repertoire, music theory, ear training, vocal improvisation.

- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.

Day and time on appointment. It is important that your device has an excellent sound system and a good internet speed.

- Do you have a personal message for students?

If you love it - go for it!!!

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One of our best tutors! High-quality profile, qualifications verified and response guaranteed. Gabriela will plan your first lesson with care.

Experience

- What kind of experience do you have?

17 years of singing teaching experience: private vocal coach as well a teacher at music schools across The Netherlands (i.e.Dordtse Muziekschool) and the UK.
4 years of foreign languages teaching experience.

- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?

I have a current DBS check.

- Where and with whom did you train?

I trained mainly in The Netherlands and Brazil. More info on my website (concealed information)

- Tell me about some of your current students.

I want to tell you a bit about one of my students: a very shy girl who loves music, loves singing and playing instruments. She has a great interest in music, in composition, in sound engineering. I love to teach her because she treats it very seriously. Her biggest challenge is to get over her fears, to open up her voice, to show her personality on stage, in other words, to perform. So our singing lessons are not just about the technical part. We talk a lot about the psychological aspects of performing. The voice is the most vulnerable of all instruments, because it is a person. It is you! And any moods, worries, fears, excitement, personality, sadness, happiness will always be reflected in it. It's like a mirror of your soul. It is very difficult to show it all to a public through singing or any other kind of public performance. So, I challenge my student a lot giving her time, space and distance, for her to digest the challenge and to go for it. I know how important it is for her to, in the first place, gain more self-confidence, because what will follow is her voice opening up and coming out in a stronger, more beautiful and truthful, authentic and genuine form. Now, after 4 months of working with her we both can finally see and feel the progress she is making in both: singing itself and becoming a stronger performer.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £40/h
Lessons offered by Gabriela
Individual
The lessons will be held
at her home
Taught subjects
  • Singing
  • Vocal Coaching
  • Classical Singing
  • Jazz Singing
Levels
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Professional
  • Kids
  • Graduate
  • 1st Year
  • 2nd Year
  • 3rd Year
  • 4th year

Gabriela's CV

• Bachelor of Music with Honours ( Including Teacher Diploma ), Post-Graduate Diploma in Music (equivalent to MA); BA in English - Teacher of English as a foreign language
• Postgraduate Studies in Brazilian Music
• DBS (CRB) checked.
• The Hampshire School Chelsea

5 reviews on Gabriela
  • 5/5

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5 recommendations

R
Richard

I've had various music teachers over the last 20 years and Gabi is far and away the best.

She is hugely attentive: we sing music I am interested in, discuss it in ways that I understand, and focus on precisely the elements I'm finding tricky. Our lessons are always an excellent balance between being stretching and enjoyable, and despite her obvious experience I never feel that I'm receiving some standard lesson she's delivered hundreds of times before.

Gabi's also incredibly knowledgeable and versatile. In the last 18 months we've covered standards, bebop, cool jazz, fusion, funk, soul, broadway, classical Romantic, and that's before mentioning her real specialism in Brazilian music. Her deep knowledge of this culture, history and repertoire have made my singing lessons a gateway to a whole new musical sphere.

But more than all of this, our lessons are fun! I really can't recommend Gabi highly enough.

M
Magdalena

Before I decided to take lessons with Gabriela, I had graduated from the Academy of Music in the Choir Department, so I had some experience in classical voice emission, as well as out-of-school experience with jazz singing, including SLS technique. And yet also: a heavy baggage of frustration related to the feeling of lack of control over the timbre of my voice and the lack of comfort in disposing of it in the way I would like.

Gabriela, after listening to a few of my recordings, helped me to "diagnose" and name the problem that I wanted to solve in my voice, the cause of my discomfort. Already in the first lesson, we went into details. It was a bit like a game of learning the "anatomy of the voice", because Gabriela quickly and naturally interested me in various nuances, even related to the work of specific parts of the vocal apparatus, which she could explain perfectly! Of course, the explanations were followed by specific exercises that helped me discover how "it all" works. It was this understanding and the feeling that I can control my voice according to my own hearing, discretion or even a momentary desire, which for many years was a source of great dissatisfaction and led to even greater tension and blockages. Thanks to the many exercises that Gabriela showed me, without sparing supportive words and humor, I managed to achieve a level of incomparably greater relaxation in the larynx, around the mouth and satisfaction with the applause of my voice and the way I operate it. Not only that, singing just became ... pleasant! It has become a kind of self-therapy, a moment of rest, not only a creative activity. The voice "leveled out" in the registers, it began to sound as I had imagined it could and it started "to listen" to me and “be obedient” to me. Working with the nuances was not easy, but thanks to Gabriela's vast knowledge, commitment and wise pedagogical approach, it was very fruitful.

I highly recommend working with her to everyone! Even via Skype which gave such great results for our meetings! :)

L
Lena

Gabriela is an accomplished singer and teacher.
Singing used to be a struggle for me and I developed bad habits which made me want to give up singing. Since I’ve started having lessons with Gabi, I have been unlearning those bad habits and started to understand how to sing easily and effortlessly. Gabi’s method is clear, efficient and works like magic.

G
Gijs

Gabriela has improved my performance almost 100%. My voice is rebuilt and even my songs are taken into account. Her critics about my songs have increased depth and melody as well as vocal performance. I will keep asking her for her services!

C
Caroline

By working with Gabi for several years at the "Dordtse Muziekschool" (Holland), we clearly noticed how her pedagogical skills, combined with her experiences as a professional vocalist, enabled her to become one of our best teachers. She inspires her students with her musical knowledge and positive and enthusiastic attitude. Her teaching methods give them the opportunity to have vocal classes at the highest level. She's a very kind and warm person whom I'd highly recommend as your vocal teacher.

Interview with Gabriela

QUESTION 01 | 08
When did you first develop a passion for music and your favourite instrument?
Gabriela — I developed a passion for music and especially singing in my childhood as I was observing my father, who is a bass player and a vocalist, rehearsing with his band. Later I studied classical piano, music theory and history in a state music school in Poland where I am from.
QUESTION 02 | 08
Is there a particular type music or artist that you listen to on a loop without it driving you crazy?
Gabriela — I listen constantly to Guinga who is a Brazilian composer and in opinion of many Jazz or other Brazilian composers, he is the next Antonio Carlos Jobim. He is the essence of the traditional Brazilian music as well as a follower of the impressionist Gabriel Faure and George Gershwin or Cole Porter.
QUESTION 03 | 08
Explain to us the most difficult or riveting course you could personally give to a student of music.
Gabriela — The most difficult course of music and in particular in singing, as this is my area of expertise, would be the interpretation of a song and how to use the technical part of singing as a tool to express our emotions through music, which is dictated in case of a song by its text.
QUESTION 04 | 08
What do you think is the most complicated instrument to master and why?
Gabriela — I don't think there is a most or least difficult instrument. All of them are very difficult of you want to master them. I would say rather that voice is quite different from all the other instruments because is unique to each person and since we can't see it, only feel it and hear it, it is difficult to master and control it and also to teach it. The voice changes every day in a way. All the emotions we feel at a particular moment or even the state of our physical condition will reflect in it. Singers have to face these vocal conditions every day and in this sense, it is most complicated instrument, in my opinion.
QUESTION 05 | 08
What are your keys to success?
Gabriela — To me, one succeeds in music if they stay true to themselves and to what they believe in. I don't think a financial success is really a success. It is of course important to earn from music as from any other job one does, but a real success is to, first of all, achieve the highest level of musicianship one is able to possibly achieve.
QUESTION 06 | 08
Name three musicians you dream of meeting in your favourite bar in the early hours of the morning. Explain why.
Gabriela — Ella Fitzgerald - one of the greatest interpreter and vocalist of all time whom I admire for being able to lose herself emotionally in a song and being able to forget about everything around her and for her creativity. I would like to ask her how she was able to do it. Quincy Jones - a great arranger and composer whom I admire for tirelessly creating music despite of difficulties he encountered in his life. I would like to know his recipe for his strength. Antonio Carlos Jobim - the greatest Brazilian composer. I would like to chat with him about nature and how it always inspired him.
QUESTION 07 | 08
Provide a valuable anecdote related to music or your days at music school.
Gabriela — In my days at a conservatoire, there was a teacher, a big band leader, who used to spread fear among the students but not always in a very scary way and rather either amusing. One of the famous phrases he said once, completely disappointed with the students' preparation for a rehearsal, was: "If morons could fly, this school would be a f....... airport"
QUESTION 08 | 08
What are the little touches that make you a Superprof in music?
Gabriela — I am very professional in what I do because I am very respectful towards my colleagues musicians, meaning, I keep my appointments, punctuality, and in the first place I am always prepared for rehearsals and performances. I try keep my body in a good physical condition as this is my instrument and my voice depends on it - I don't smoke, I sleep not too late, I drink lots of water, I do sports. I am very auto-critical when it comes to my performance and I always record the rehearsals and analise my singing and the rehearsal in general. I am also very picky in terms of the repertoire I sing.

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