Do you want to sing with ease and expression but don't want to sound like a classical singer? There are different styles, textures and vocal co-ordinations with contemporary singing that isn't allowed in classical singing. So if you want something different than just learning one way of proper placement or are tired of singing scales to a piano without hearing much improvement, I'd love to have you as a student.
If you really want to sing, Tamis will teach you. The class is laid back and you will be comfortable with the other folks. I probably won't get a gig at Carnage Hall, but I am better than before the class, thanks to Tamis!
I had never taken voice lessons before and was extremely self-conscious about singing in front of ANYONE (even my husband), and our singing lessons with Tamis have been a great experience!! I've learned a lot, sound better, and have gotten more comfortable singing in front of people (still a work in progress). I would love to take more lessons with Tamis as she is a very skilled teacher, in my opinion, and she presents the lessons in a very fun and engaging manner. She is totally sensitive and kind about people feeling unsure of singing out loud in front of others. It's been fascinating to learn just how much there is to singing on the physical level, and the wonderful experience that I've had with Tamis has been enough to encourage me that I definitely want to learn more. And next time, I will practice much more!!
Tamis is a wonderful voice teacher! Her group classes are small, relaxed and a lot of fun, even for those intimidated by the thought of performing in front of others. Very few of us are likely to become professional vocalists (or even Karaoke Sensations), but simply learning some technique and getting comfortable in our skins while singing is still a big deal, right? Tamis is very kind (and hysterically funny at times), and the atmosphere she creates is friendly, supportive and playful-- a safe place to learn and explore singing and, hopefully, to finally find our "real" voice.
Tamis has helped nail some of my biggest challenges with my vocals. She is an amazing coach that explains everything thoroughly so I can make the corrections. She can quickly figure out where I am making mistakes which helps my confidence as a singer. My vocals no longer hurt after 10 minutes of singing. Thank you Tamis!
For a first time student we will talk a bit to find out about any prior vocal training you may have had (if any,) your vocal goals, and any additional questions. Then I'll do a simple vocal evaluation. We use this as our starting point.
I'll create some Vocal Isolation Exercises just for your voice to help help break any bad habits that are keeping you from the ease of singing and at the same time infusing new healthy habits. Then we will apply these new techniques to a song. You are welcome to bring any material that you’ve been already working on, or that you would like to start working on. I am not a pianist, so no need to bring sheet music. You can sing it without music, or with recorded background music. The lesson depends entirely on the goals and needs of the student.
I graduated with an AA degree in music/vocal in 1991 from Mendocino College, where I also tutored beginning piano and music theory students. In 1992 I began studying at Santa Rosa Junior College: songwriting, contemporary composition in Jazz, Rock and Pop, video production, multimedia and theatre arts. I spent 13 years being part of the teaching team for an adult education singing class at SRJC. I also taught songwriting at a middle school in Rohnert Park, and Musical Theatre in Santa Rosa.
In 2016, I completed an intensive training course on vocal exercise design (based on vocal anatomy) at one of the largest music schools in Manhattan: New York Vocal Coaching. Also, I was the first US teacher to attend an Advanced Voice Teacher Training Retreat from The Vocal Process in the UK in 2019. I am currently attending the Boston Berklee School of Music's On-line Certification program.
The more I know, the more I can help you! I continue to study with various specialists and take courses in specific genres by teachers from all over the world. My goal is to keep up with the latest information by continuing my education on a daily basis.
$55 per hour lesson
$40 per half hour mini-lesson
Gift Certificates Available
Discounts for booking via my on-line booking system.
Both my parents were teachers. My mother in arts and crafts, my father in mathematics and drafting. You could say I'm right-brain/left-brain. I was drawn to become a singing coach specifically when my own struggles with stage fright and vocal challenges lead me to study everything (from neurology to pedagogy) to "slay that dragon." I had such bad stage fright that I walked off the stage during a performance, apologizing to the audience that I forgot the lyrics.
I began helping other students in a singing class I was attending at our local college, and by the end of my 4 semesers, I was asked to be the official class assistant. I became part of that teaching team for 13 years while continuing to study and get my certification in Contemporary Voice.
I work with all levels and ages of students who want to learn contemporary styles of singing. Perhaps someone who "just wants to be able to sing better" whether it be at karaoke, or with their guitar at a family gathering, or to have stamina singing in a local theater group or in a band, or just want to learn how "not to hurt. Maybe dealing with stage fright.
I had one student who just wanted to not be embarrassed singing happy birthday at parties. And on the other end, I've had students who are making recordings and touring as professionals writing their own music.
I was so touched by the gracious praise given to me by one of my students, Eki Shola. A local venue was hosting the winners of a world wide music competition. Eki placed in the top 10 out of over 5000 entries and was asked to perform. I was thrilled to be able to attend and support her. Right before her final song, she told the crowd that there was someone in the audience she wanted to give a special thanks to. I assumed it was her husband or her mother, but no, it was me. She told the whole audience how she once had a career as a medical doctor but after taking lessons with me, she is now doing music full time. She said, "This woman changed my life." I felt humbled and blessed.
When looking for a singing teacher, look for someone who can serve your needs. Someone open to hearing your ideas. Someone who is a voice technician, not just a vocal coach or great singer. Someone who can work with your voice in a way you understand and gets quick and long lasting results with clear instruction instead of just telling you to "not do that" or just "do it better" or "get louder." Someone who is nurturing but not patronizing. Someone who is honest and will tell you the truth without discouraging you. Someone who continues to learn. Someone who feels joy in your success.
Do not look for just a great singer, as great singers are not usually great teachers since they may not understand what it's like to struggle or have had the education in how the voice actually works. You wouldn't take your car to be fixed by a race car driver! Go to a great mechanic!
What is your singing experience? What singing skills you would like to improve? Who are your favorite singers or why do you like them? Styles or genres of music you'd like to be able to sing well?