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The RGVS Instructors
Founded by Rocío Guitard in 1998, the RG Vocal Studio quickly became one of the most sought after schools for vocal training in the Greater Bay Area. Combining thorough knowledge of Vocal Science and Technique with over 3 decades of Music Study and Performance, RGVS takes great pride in being able to turn amateurs into viable singers (visit the Student Showcase for audio examples) as well as helping professional vocalists further their careers. Rocío's superior technical knowledge has made RGVS the only school endorsed by the Otolaryngologists at Stanford University School of Medicine, helping their patients recover their voices through vocal therapy.
Maryam Qudus began studying at RGVS as a young teenager and went on to study at Berklee College of Music and San Francisco State University while experiencing incredible success in her music career as an indie artist. Discovering an innate ability to help her fellow voice students at Berklee, she completed the RGVS Teacher Training program and joined RGVS in 2013 to continue studying the pedagogy of voice and pass on her knowledge to our beginning students.
Using similar technical methods enable our students to move between teachers without having to learn a new technique. We are firm believers that no single teacher has absolute knowledge and therefore encourage our students to pick a "regular" teacher and then take occasional lessons from the other teacher to broaden their knowledge and advance more quickly. As teachers we take lessons not just from each other, but also pursue any and all continuing education opportunities to ensure our ability to pass on the most up-to-date vocal knowledge to our students. Both of us have had to retrain bad vocal habits stemming from bad training. We pass on what really works and we know what it's like to either train from scratch or re-train.
The RGVS Instructors are active professional performers, having to switch styles continously during performances and be able to keep up with extensive voice use for both teaching and performing. We are recording artists in Jazz, Rock, Pop and Theatre, and perform with bands such as Silicon Vibe (Classic Soul/R&B), Hip Affair (Top 40), and Jazz by Design (Jazz), in addition to each teacher's solo careers. We test our methods regularly on ourselves!