ZingliZh Singing Classes Information

Summer CLASSES 2019

6 monthSongwriting Workshop $150

This  workshop meets once a month over 6 months. Are you clueless about how to even begin to write a song? Perhaps you play an instrument and would like to put some lyrics to some chords, or maybe you already have poems or lyrics and want to put them to music.  Let's do this as a class with feedback from your fellow classmates. Includes help with melodies, harmonies, and vocal style. Bring your instrument if you play one! .  Register here.

Once a month, to be decided by the group -- (8 seats available.) $150

  • May-November 2019


8 Week Singing w/a Live Rock Band Class

8 Saturday Afternoons. Plus one evening TBA. SINGING WITH A LIVE ROCK BAND Beg/Int Performance Class . Limited to 6 students.

8 payments of $37.50. Register Here.

By popular request, something NEW! Coming this Spring. You will learn a rock song or two and perform it at a local club with a live rock band! Classic rock from the 70 and 80s.  We'll give you a selection of songs to choose from. Learn how to sing with a mic, stage presence and rock singing vocal techniques.

Most rehearsals will be with recorded music in class as we work on vocals and stage presence. A couple of rehearsals will be with the band at their rehearsal space in Petaluma.  A rock specialist from London the lead singer of a band, will be a guest vocal coach for one of the classes.

8 Week Singing w/Guitar Class

8 or 9 Thursday Evenings  SINGING WITH GUITAR Beg/Int Performance Class (AKA Bruce and the Baronettes) 6:45-9:00 $189.  You may accompany yourself. Or Guitarist  Bruce Loring will accompany you. Group songs, duets, solos with backups. Folk, rock, blues, country music.Returning students from last semester get a free 1 hour private lesson!  Register here.

THURSDAY EVENING: 6:45-9:00 -- (8 seats left) 

  • June 6th - Aug 8th (no class July 4th)
  • Dress Rehearsal  TBA
  • Showcase Performance TBA Mid August

Two Day Grit/Rasp Workshop $119

Ever wonder how to do those raspy or textured sounds you hear from professional contemporary singers?  All pros do it, from country to jazz to Musical Theatre, to pop artists. It's one of the stylistic elements that will help you sound like a professional. Are they totally thrashing their voices? No, because they do it correctly. There are several types of rasp sounds and most don't have anything to do with your vocal folds.  Curious?  Come on and join us. You won't regret it. First class you learn how to do it. Then come back the next class and apply it to songs. 

This workshop will feature a rasp specialist from England, Aliki Katriou. You don't want to miss this!

  • Two Saturday TBA 11:45 AM - 2 PM (6 seats available) Contact me to hold your seat.

Introduction to Ear Training and Harmony Workshop $99

Basic Concepts for Singers. (8 seats available) Contact me to hold your seat. 

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! 8 hours total class time split up into 2 or more class times.

Dates and times TBA. Probably a Wednesday Evening or Saturday Day.

  • TBA

Musical Theatre Class

Tuesday Evening  Class, 6:45-9:00 3 payments of $69 (or $198.) Musical Theatre Songs. Solos with backups, and group singing, staging, costuming, props.  Register here.

TUESDAY EVENING: 6:45-9:00 PM -- (1 seat left) 

  • January 22nd - April 23rd
  •  SHOWCASE April 23rd at Cherry Valley School

About The Classes

The singing classes are held in a private residence in Rohnert Park, CA. 

You will learn the differences between contemporary and classical singing. I will play you recorded snippets of songs and other demos, teach you basic anatomy, and we'll work on our voices as a group and individually on a volunteer basis. You will learn terminology and perhaps bust a few myths!  (Register here.)

I have a variety of classes, from voice lesson classes (more info) focused on just improving the voice, to live music performance based classes like singing with guitar or your own instrument with group songs or duets with harmonies.  Or preforming costumed Musical Theatre (more info) staged show tunes to recorded orchestration. Maybe even a holiday themed class at Christmas time. Which classes are offered varies each season. (Register here.)

In all of my classes we do a lot of laughing along with learning! It seems very casual and go with the flow, but I do have a plan for each session. What will be taught is often determined by student questions and individual needs. You will be individually coached on whatever your challenges are at the time, and the exercises I give you for homework will be specifically created just for you.

I also offer workshop classes and sometimes will invite a guest teacher who is specialized in a certain area. Workshop classes have included topics such as Harmony, Songwriting, Rasp/Grit, How to Sight Read, and Opera. I am open to suggestions on what you'd like to learn more about.

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. If you want to learn to sing with ease and expression but don't want to sound like a classical singer, 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. (Register here.)


Specialty classes are created by the interests of the students. Prerequisite: must have completed my beginner's class (or be a current student.) The dates will be selected when I have at least 4 students who are available on a given day. If any of these below are of interest to you let me know so I can set up a date. Pay by check or cash. I often bring in other teachers who specialize. If you have an idea for a class I'd love to hear it!

One Day Sight Singing Workshop $59

Have you ever wanted to learn how to sight read? Do you think you need perfect pitch or need to know the names of all those dots on the page? Not with this technique. You will be taught how to read between the note:  How far up or down is the pitch from the last one. This class will be taught by Anne Brenneis, an accomplish musician and choir leader from Marin County.

  • TBA  (8 seats available)

Introduction to Classical Technique & Opera Workshop $59

Am I a soprano? A tenor? What the heck does all that mean? And how is that singing different from other styles? Will this help increase my range? Come find out in this 2 hour introductory workshop. You will learn vocal coordination, jaw, tongue, breath support, larynx position, formants, resonance, for singing Opera correctly, and learn a few exercises and have a one-on-one personal assessment of your voice with an Opera Singer and Teacher from England. Have a song you are already familiar with.

  • Saturday  TBA 11:45 AM - 2 PM (8 seats available)
Singing voice lessons in Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, near Cotati, Petaluma and Santa Rosa.