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        Sergey has over a decade of experience working with all ages and experience levels, from children to adults, and beginners to advanced singers. Sergey has studied Vocal Pedagogy with Juliana Gondek (UCLA) and Dr. Rebecca Plack (SFCM) and Vocal Physiology with Dr. Krysztof Izdebski (SFCM).  He is an alumnus of Summer Vocal Intensives in Payerbach, Austria, where he studied with Bel Canto experts Vladimir Chernov and Olga Toporkova. 

Sergey holds a BA in Voice from UCLA and an MM & Post Graduate Diploma in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 

Sergey's Teaching Philosophy     

  "Why do we sing? Singing allows us to communicate in a way that speech simply cannot. Finding the most natural way to sing allows us to communicate not only intellectually, but also physically. What we can perceive as sound is only the start. The complete sound of a human voice cannot be fully identified by the conscious mind, and we mustn’t try to. Instead we must revert back to what our bodies already do naturally.

         Our bodies are already set up to literally project our emotional state. When one produces an honest sound, the most precise communication will occur from person to person, regardless of age, race, or sex.

          Thus, it is of the utmost importance that each singer finds out what his or her own voice really is, allowing the entire body to be an integral part of producing sound. It is not important to categorize a voice as much as it is important to allow the voice to function in its most natural state.

           Therefore, anyone can sing. It is not something meant for people with “good voices,” but rather singing is something that allows anyone to communicate on a more intimate level. The path to the final result of “singing” is not correcting the sound but allowing ones voice to function naturally, free of preconceived notions of what “good” singing really is."

-Sergey Khalikulov

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