ZingliZh Singing Class Registration and Information

UPCOMING CLASSES 2017

Ear Training and Harmony -- Saturday Workshop

Ear Training and Harmony  -- Introduction to Basic Concepts for Singers

12:00-4:30 with 1/2 hour lunch break  at 2:15-2:45  (6 seats left) $49.00

Do you know people who can "naturally" harmonize? Do you wish you could, but have no idea how to begin?  I'll teach you the basics so you can do it, too. Must already be able to match pitches easily. You'll learn how to hear the notes in a chord, improvise a melody line within a basic chord structure and then apply harmony to that melody. No sheet music. No sight reading of harmony lines. You will learn to do it by ear in the moment. Make it up as we go!

  • Saturday November 11th

One Night Singing Workshop $20
  • Wednesday November ? TBA (6 seats available)
  • Wednesday December ? TBA (6 seats available)
One Day Rasp Workshop $49

Ever wonder how to do those raspy sounds you hear from contemporary singers? Are they totally thrashing their voices? Not if it is done correctly. This workshop will feature a rasp specialist from England, Aliki Katriou. You don't want to miss this!

  • Saturday December 2nd 12 PM - 2 PM (6 seats available)



Upcoming Beginning Singing Classes in 2018

Tentative dates:

Saturday Afternoon Beginners Class, 12:45-3:00 (8 seats left)  $99.00 ($20 discount for repeat students.) This classes uses recorded music for background, or you can bring your own instrument.

  • January 27th
  • February  3rd
  • February 10
  • February 17

* Price includes one private 1/2 hour lesson

Saturday Afternoon 2nd Beginners Class, 12:45-3:00 (8 seats left)  $99.00 ($20 discount for repeat students.) This classes uses recorded music for background, or you can bring your own instrument.

  • February 24th
  • March 3rd
  • March 10th
  • March 17th 

* Price includes one private 1/2 hour lesson

Monday Evening Beginners Class, 16:45-9:00 (8 seats left)  $99.00 ($20 discount for repeat students.) This classes uses recorded music for background, or you can bring your own instrument.

  • March 26thh
  • April 2nd
  • April 9th
  • April 16th

* Price includes one private 1/2 hour lesson

Upcoming Intermediate Singing Classes in 2018

Tentative dates:

Wednesday Evening Intermediate Class, 6:45-9:00 (8 seats left)  $169.00 ($40 rebate for repeat students.) Guitarist (Kevin Veenstra) will accompany you, or you may accompany yourself.

  • January  24th
  • January 31st
  • February 7th
  • February 15  Meet Thursday instead. (Valentine's Day! )
  • February 21st
  • February 28th
  • March 7th
  • March 14th Bonus Class?

* Price includes one private 1/2 hour lesson

Wednesday Evening 2nd  Intermediate Class, 6:45-9:00 (8 seats left)  $169.00 ($40 rebate for repeat students.) Guitarist (Kevin Veenstra) will accompany you, or you may accompany yourself.

Tentative dates:

  • March 28th
  • April 4th
  • April  11
  • April 18th
  • April 25th
  • May 2nd
  • May 9th
  • May 16th  Bonus Class?

* Price includes one private 1/2 hour lesson

About The Classes

Regardless of your singing skills at the present time, the classes are held in a private residence in Rohnert Park, CA. This is a safe fun place to get to know, or to improve or free up your voice. The house is easy to find as you can't miss my colorful pink and green Honda in the driveway. Maybe you've seen it around town?

I am a certified voice technician as well as a contemporary vocal coach. I teach based on how the body/vocal instrument works, dealing with the specific muscles you are using to sing. I will teach you some basic anatomy so you know what's going on in there!  AND make it EASY for you to sing. I can also help you prepare a song for performance. 

Class tuition for regular beginning adult classes includes a 30 minute private voice lesson and is good until the last day of that semester. This is to give you a little one-on-one time. But you do need to use it before the last class as it does expire.

And we do a lot of laughing! My goal is to make it fun. I love using visuals and to help you learn by doing. Don't be surprised to find balloons, soup ladles, a shield, rubber bands, a turkey baster, and a very cool vintage 1987 Yamaha Keytar as part of my teaching toolbox. You might even learn a few vocal tricks from Mickey Mouse and Scooby Doo!

 I often use a rubber band to show students how the vocal cords stretch. A funny thing happened one private lesson when the rubber band flew out of my hand and landed on the floor in the shape of a Treble Clef. Wow! That was amazing. I excitedly told the student." Look! My vocal folds turned into music!"  And so they do!


Class Format

At the start of each class, we spend a few minutes sharing stories about singing related subjects experienced, or noticed, outside of class. There is a short lesson planned for each class, but after that, what will be taught is determined by student questions and individual needs. I often will start or end class with group singing because it's just so much fun to sing together!

Sometime beginners aren't yet comfortable singing by themselves in front of other people, and that's okay. In my beginning classes, you are never put on the spot to sing alone unless you want to. It is always your choice. Singing should be fun and not intimidating. It is valuable, however, for me to hear just your voice so I can help with your instrument's specific needs. The intermediate students, even though the stage fright is still there, will be asked to sing solo. People are encouraged to bring an instrument, like a guitar, uke, or we can use recorded music. Currently, the accompanist for my intermediate class is Kevin Veenstra.

Toward the last classes, I introduce a little bit about song writing and we do some improvised singing where we make up a song or two. I also touch briefly on harmony, what it is, how to do it, and a bit of ear training. (Special workshops are offered on ear training, harmony and songwriting.)

I won't have you do generic scale exercises, but instead do melodic isolation exercises which work specific muscles of the singing instrument to gain strength, flexibility and control. I will create specific exercises just for you based on on what you need at the time. You will be surprised what your voice can do with ease once you know how. 

 

Having a song or two to work on can be a good learning tool. Some students do a different song each week. Some do the same song because they are working on something for a performance, maybe church or a wedding, and would like specific feedback on that song. Maybe you are a songwriter and need help coming up with a melody or interpretation.

I also work on stage fright and we do some powerful, but playful games to help deal with our insecurities.

This is the type of class you can take over and over again, as each class is based on the needs of each student in attendance. Every person has different challenges and different goals and we give ample class time to those issues. Most students repeat the beginning/intermediate several times. Hearing similar information with your singing skills  at higher level, feels like whole new information! It is an affordable way to get some basics, and then add private lessons or the workshop classes.

I have decorative curtains around the room to create a fun atmosphere, one looks like a piano, one a wall of guitar amps, and the other looks like a stage curtain. It's a way to engage the "pretend" part of you to keep the class fun and lighthearted. Much easier to learn if you are having fun. I even have a small platform you can stand on if you want to. It's up to you. You can always just sing from your seat (but it really is fun to stand on the "stage.")

The performances classes ends with an informal recital and may even include a karaoke party!


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Enrollment is non-refundable. If you drop the class or stop attending at any point, you will not receive a refund or credit. If the class is under-enrolled and is cancelled, you will receive full credit which you can use toward another class or private lessons.  

On the flip side, if classes are full, I often  add another date as a freebie! (It's just like Chinese food dinners: with 6 you get egg rolls! ) Also, you are welcome to make-up a class by sitting in on one of my other class times.


I accept PayPal, or pay with your Credit Card without having a PayPal account.

If you prefer to pay with cash or check: Please contact me to arrange payment in person to hold your seat in the class

Returning Students receive a discount if you repeat a regular class. Drop-in rate is $25 per class.

Classes are small and a lot of fun, 4-8 students, so you get personal attention without intimidation. The length of a class is roughly two hours and 15 minutes. (Yeah, sometimes we go over a bit if we are really into something cool!)

We meet mostly every week but sometimes there is a holiday or special circumstance which means a skipped week, so check the dates carefully. I will always remind you and send an email.

Specialty classes are usually one day, on a Saturday with a lunch break (bring your own bag.)

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Singing voice lessons in Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, near Cotati, Petaluma and Santa Rosa.