I'm a bit out of the box for an educated voice teacher. Most other college level teachers are classical leaning. I teach nonclassical styles. I find many of today's singers want to learn textures and raspy sounds, and how to hit those powerful high notes with ease without sounding operatic.
I'm a Certified Voice Technician, Contemporary Vocal Coach, a Singer and a Songwriter. I probably have been where you. I didn't think I had "that type of voice" either. Now I know differently. So many possibilities! Did you know you're not "stuck with" the voice you have? Your voice is a choice. Current specials are listed on my website, ZingliZh.com
I teach a variety of modern and old school contemporary styles: Pop, Rock, Metal, RnB, Jazz, Folk, Americana, Country, Musical Theatre, and Songwriting. My goal is to help singers of all levels learn styles sung by commercial pro-singers in various genres, and sound authentic doing it. And my lessons are fun!
I love how comfortable I feel with Ms.Tamis, and how fun she is. She is the best and I am so glad that met her.
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.
The lesson depends entirely on the goals and needs of the student. I don't do anything "generic" or "boring." Be prepared to have fun and laugh while you are learning.
My favorite thing is when students bring a song they think they'd never be able to sing. YES! Let's do this! And then they can. Cool!
For a first time student I'll do a simple vocal evaluation to use as our starting point. Then I'll create personal exercises just for YOUR voice to help break any bad habits and at the same time infusing new skills.
You are welcome to bring any material that you’ve been already working on, or that you would like to start working on. You can sing it without music, or with recorded background music.
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. I'm also currently co-writing a book.
But as far as my education history: 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 and Boston's Berklee College of Music's On-line Certification program in songwriting.
$57 per hour lesson via Zoom
$47 per 45 minute Standard Lesson via Zoom
Also packages, but see website for more details ZingliZh.com as Specials change per season.
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I love to teach! Nothing excites me more than helping others become more of who they are. I had taken lessons from voice teachers that bored me to tears doing classical scales that didn't seem to help. Sometimes the coach was harsh and critical and wanted me to sound classical, boring and pretty. I wanted to sing rock, folk, country, and learn styles that had power and textures. So I set out to become the teacher I always wanted to find, someone honest and fair and encouraging, and teaches the styles people actually listen to and sing along with. And I'm fun!
I mostly work with students 18 and older, many of my students are retired ages, and all ages in between. I like to teach styles that people listen to and sing along with, not classical stuff, but real radio play type music of all eras, not just modern, but old school, too.
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 LOVE when students who think they can't sing something, after just a few lessons, they nail it, and are so excited that the weird vocal things I am having them do is actually working.
When looking for a singing teacher, look for someone who is a voice technician, not just a vocal coach or great singer, as great singers 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!
Look for someone who can work with your voice in a way you understand and gets quick and long lasting results with clear instruction and understands the style of music you are wanting to sing.
A teacher should be 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. And is FUN!
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?