Gabriela has been teaching students at Shine for a number of years. With over 10 years of experience of in Singing Classes, and Vocal Education, she specialises in Voice utilising the Rabine Method. But Gabriela is not only a singing teacher, she regularly performs herself and she combines both these elements in her lessons. Her students at Shine benefit from her multiple talents.
Gabriela is performing with the string quartet Delta and you can catch performances next week! She answered some questions for us, and we encourage you to go to see her shows!
What made you want to become a musician? What inspired you to start playing and making music?
Music has been by my side since I was little, while I danced ballet or sang the pop songs my mother listened to on the radio. In my teens, grunge bands inspired me to form my first band. Especially the appearance of front women like Alanis Morrisette. But it was not until after going through several universities (and dropping out) that I arrived at the music conservatory and felt that it was my home, that that was what I wanted for my life.
What strengths do you believe make a great musician?
Practice a lot and study a lot, have confidence in what you do, be honest with yourself and with others, never stop learning, be humble.
Describe your creative process when you write/make new music.
When composing I try to let myself be carried away by inspiration, a sensation, a color. I often come up with melodies when I travel by train or bus, or when I’m walking down the street, and then at home on the piano I look for harmony. Sometimes also experimenting by playing with the piano the melody appears. And, depending on the project, it may be that when working with others I create the melody based on a harmony that the guitarist or pianist has proposed. The lyrics are always the last thing for me.
Who’s your ideal musician to collaborate with and why?
Juanjo Fernandez is a musician I love working with. I admire him a lot. He is an incredible and talented musician, who really shares the stage, he is generous, he guides, he listens, not all musicians know how to do that.
Are there any musicians who inspire you? What qualities do you admire about them?
Many…Bjork, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Eddie Vedder, Amy Lee, Silvia Perez Cruz… I admire that they have created their own music, they have been there for many years and continue to be faithful to their creations, I also admire the greatness and humility that they transmit to their public.
What’s the best piece of advice another musician ever gave you?
“Don’t be discouraged by what others say. If that’s what you like, never stop playing it.”
Which skills have you gained that help you perform effectively as a musician?
Practicing a lot! And to be in touch with myself first; and from this expression I can better communicate with the public.
Tell me about a favorite performance in your career. I have had several, one of my favorites was singing Argentine tango in a town near Toulouse. There were few people, it was snowing, I felt like the audience was really listening that day and we were communicating through music.
Any tips for other musicians or music students for combatting performance anxiety? Try to stay calm and connected with yourself. With your body. With your expression. Knowing that there will be people who love what you do, others who will hate it, and even others who will ignore it. You can’t please everyone. And first and foremost, above all, it is for yourself. Practice a lot, because the technique gives wings to your expression, and in turn gives you security.
Tell us about the performance with the band “Delta” Next Friday, September 15, we will perform a double concert of original music. My musicians, in addition to playing with me, have an instrumental music project called Delta, and we will play songs from both projects. The pianist has also collaborated with the arrangements of my project. I am very excited to sing my songs in Barcelona because it will be the first time we will play them here with the full band.
Catch Gabriela and Delta at the Inusual Project in Barcelona on the 15th September at 21h. Tickets available here: Entradium
This weekend we will welcome our beginners students, along with their families and friends to enjoy a musical concert in Barcelona, showcasing what they have learned this year. We look forward to seeing everyone there! Once again our concert will be hosted in the Concert Hall of the Center Popular La Violeta in Gracia at … on Saturday 17th June 2023 at 17h!
Playing a musical instrument is an excellent way to learn new things, improve your skills, and enhance your creativity. While practicing alone at home is great, playing in a concert has many benefits for music students, especially beginners.
First and foremost, playing in a concert allows beginners to experience what it’s like to perform in front of an audience. It helps them conquer any stage fright and boosts their confidence. It also provides an opportunity for students to showcase their skills and hard work to their family, friends, and peers.
Playing in a concert also exposes students to different music genres, styles, and techniques. They get to play with other musicians, which enhances their ability to listen, collaborate and work as a team. It also encourages them to be more committed to learning the instrument and motivates them to practice more.
Moreover, playing in a concert allows students to receive feedback from professionals, mentors, and peers, helping them improve their skills and technique. The feedback received can be incredibly valuable, and students can use it to enhance their playing and achieve better results.
Concerts also create an excellent platform for music students to learn the art of performance. They learn how to communicate with the audience, how to create an atmosphere, and how to structure their music. All these are essential skills that can’t be learned by practicing alone.
Playing in a concert also offers a chance for students to meet new people and make new friends with whom they share common interests. It can be an opportunity to network with other musicians, meet potential bandmates, and even get recommendations for gigs or other events.
At Shine Music School we believe that playing in the concert is an essential part of the learning process and should be encouraged for every music student. See you this weekend!
Our Combos concert is happening this Saturday. Shine Music Schools combos give our students the unique opportunity to play as part of a band, a choir, an orchestra or more. Not only do students benefit from actively learning how their chosen instrument or singing can work with others, but its also a fun way to share a love of music. Come and support some of our groups as they perform on Saturday at the La Violeta Cultural Center in Gracia
The concert begins at 6pm
C. de Maspons, 6, 08012 Barcelona
Some of the Combos from last year… you can see more on our Youtube Channel.
As the school year ends in Spain and the temperatures in Barcelona rise, everyone prepares for the summer holidays. Music exams are studied intensively and students practice for the annual music concert held at the end of the year.
It is an exciting occasion and one that the Estudio Shine family looks forward to every year. Students invite friends and family to come and enjoy all the musical pieces and the day is filled with fun musical energy. Each year some of our teachers are featured as well, in an early finale!
The concerts are usually in two parts, with a beginners show and an advanced concert, however you can attend both! It is an opportunity for students to showcase their achievements for the year and also an opportunity to perform in front of a crowd, which is an important learning curve for students and an added skill!
This year our Beginners Concert will be held on the 19 of June and our Advanced Concert is programmed for the 16 of July. Both concerts will take place live at La Violeta in Gracia at 17h. We hope to see you there, to end some music together to open the summer season.
Our concerts are advertised on Facebook and our Instagram pages, and we make announcements to students via email and at school before due dates.
* Note that Shine Music School is not closed for summer vacation, in fact our teachers offer intensive courses during the holiday season, and anyone is welcome to come and practice!
João Silva, an accomplished musician, shares his notable knowledge and experience with students of The Shine School of Music, where he teaches the violin. On Saturday the 22nd of April he will be presenting his new work on the violin in a small concert held at The Music Room for a limited audience.
We invite all Students and friends of Shine Music School to come and join us for a drink and the concert, but hurry, we only have 30 places! 🙂 You can purchase a ticket at Shine Music School in Gracia or at The Music Room. Contact us to find out more!
We look forward to seeing you there!
c/ La Perla 22
22 April 2017
Born in Ponte de Lima, Portugal (1991), and growing up in an amateur musicians family he started having contact with music when he was very young. At the age of 12 he began studying classical violin at the Professional Music School of Viana do Castelo, Portugal, where he completed his degree in classical violin. At the age of 19 he began studying violin at the Hot Jazz Club of Portugal and two years later studied in ESMUC, Barcelona.
In Barcelona, he now leads and takes part in different bands such as, “João Silva & Mariano Camarasa” (Jazz), Basarab (Balkan) and DuCaña (Traditional Music of Brazil). All of them featured in several festivals and different countries such as Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Ukraine and Switzerland.