About Tamis - Vocal Coach - Singing Instructor
Tamis, a natural born teacher, was drawn to become a singing coach when her own struggles with stage fright and vocal challenges lead her to study everything (from neurology to pedagogy) to "slay that dragon." Her passion is to empower both experienced andinexperienced singers of all ages who think they can't sing or are afraid to be heard. She created an innovative singing technique: ZingliZh, which yields amazing results regardless of skill level and encourages each person's vocal journey.
Tamis has been teaching music since 1987. She is a certified professional contemporary singing coach for both adults and children, teaching groups and one-on-one private lessons in her welcoming and somewhat eclectic Northern California home.
After graduating on the Honor's List with a Vocal/Music Degree in 1991, she became a part of the teaching team for the Joy of Singing classes through SRJC Community Education, specializing in helping new students overcome stage fright and helping returning students with vocal training, staging, and costuming (See Videos.)
Her teaching experience also includes: Song Composition-- Cotati/Rohnert Park School District, and Musical Theater-- Bellevue School District. She was recently featured in the 2016 March issue of Sonoma Family Magazine in an article "Music Matters" for her unconventional teaching style. (See Article.)
Tamis comes from a musical family: her parents and paternal grandparents were musicians, her grandfather was also a music teacher. Growing up with no radio in the car, she learned how to sing harmony at a young age by singing along with the family.
Refusing to let her stage fright interfere with her desire to perform, she implemented her theater background experience and "became a character" on stage.
She has performed in several different bands and sings diverse styles, including folk, country, hard rock, punk, metal, swing and jazz. She has been in many plays and talent shows, starting in grade school. And in high school she was awarded the Bank of America Award in Theater Arts.
She also won first place in the Rock Category for the North Bay Karaoke Entertainer of the Year Semi-Finals.
Tamis put herself through college performing singing telegrams (see pink monkey pic) and was hired as a tutor for students in the Beginning Piano and Music Theory classes at Mendocino College.
Her recent success is with helping people with Parkinson's Disease improve their speaking (and singing) voices via Skype lessons. She is listed as a referral with the University of San Francisco's Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Clinic.
She is proudly a graduate of the New York Vocal Coaching Teaching Training Certification Course, taught by the renowned vocal coach, Justin Stoney.