ZingliZh Upcoming Singing Classes

Classes 2020-21

Weekly WEBCAM- Voice Singing Class

Tuesday Afternoons 4:15-6-1sh pm  PDT  

It's like an open-mic style Master Class. You can sing any style you want. It doesn't have to be good. Sing a song and then I do some specific coaching. Then I open the floor to complements (not coaching) from the classmates. It's all levels. Everyone is there to learn and have a good time. It's a very supportive group. And you learn a lot from hearing other people.

Beginning September 1st. Package of 3 classes $45 or Drop in $20

Songwriting Workshop $199


Monday's 12:15 PM PDT Starting August 24th

6 weeks part one, 6 weeks part two.  $199 each. 

Whether you are a budding. blossoming, or seasoned songwriter, this class will give you new and helpful songwriting tools. This is based on what I learned at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.

On-line lyric writing course. Weekly on-line live one hour Zoom Room lectures with handouts to read and homework assignments to help you learn the concepts. You will upload lyrics and sound files of songs you are working on and get feedback from other students. 

Possibility available to record your original song in a recording studio.

  • NEXT SESSION Starting  AUGUST 24th. ONLINE CLASS  Live on-line  QnA will be recorded for replay.

 8 Week Singing w/a Live Rock Band Class --I still plan on doing this but postponed till the bars re-open.

Dates TBA

Prerequisite: must have completed my Back to Basic's class (or private lesson equivalent) and understand basic vocal anatomy. This is an advanced techniques class. It's very fun, but very challenging.
Mandatory attendance of ALL classes or pay for a half-hour private lesson to catch up before the next class day.

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

$349. Payments available. This includes enrollment in the 3 hour Grit/Rasp Workshop ($79 value.) And a one hour private lesson ($55 value.)

What this class is NOT: This is not a class where you pick a couple of songs and have a live band back you up. This is not live Karaoke.

What this class is: You will learn how to sing with a mic, stage presence and rock singing vocal techniques. It is probably very different from what you are used to, especially if you have taken classical leaning voice lessons. Enrollment also includes admission to the Rasp and Distortion Workshop

We'll give you a selection of songs to choose from, although the band might take suggestions if it is in their genre of classic hard rock from the 70 and 80s.    

Most rehearsals will be with recorded music in class as we work on vocals and stage presence. A few rehearsals will be with the band at their rehearsal space in Petaluma.

A vocal distortion rasp specialist from London, the lead singer of a metal band, Aliki Katriou, will be a guest vocal coach for one of the classes to teach you how to do rasp.

6 Week Back to Basics - Voice Singing Class $149

We will do this via Zoom

6 Thursday Evenings  6:20-8:30-ish pm $149.  All levels welcome!

Perfect for the first time student or for someone who wants to really work on their voice. Vocal anatomy, terminology, personalized exercises created just for you to take home and practice each week. Audio and video demos played. A fun way to learn more. It's like having private lessons but in a group setting. All styles and all levels welcome. You can accompany yourself, or use recorded music.

Thursday EVENING: 6:20-8:30-ish -- (6 seats left) 

  • Winter TBA

Returning students from last semester get a free half hour private lesson! 

About The Classes

The singing classes are held in a private residence in Rohnert Park, CA. (Currently all are being held on-line via Zoom.)

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

I have a variety of classes, from songwriting, to 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 singing with a live rock band at a local club. 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. Short workshop classes have included topics such as Harmony, Rasp/Grit, How to Sight Read, and Opera. I am open to suggestions on what you'd like to learn more about. I also do On-line Webcam classes. Sing from home!

I am a Certified Voice Technician and teach based on how the body/vocal instrument works, dealing with the specific muscles teaching you to sing with ease, expression and texture. 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. 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 or we'll teach you one.

  • Saturday  TBA 11:45 AM - 2 PM (8 seats available)

Three Hour Grit/Rasp Workshop $79

All contemporary styles use it: not just Rock and Metal. You hear it in Country, Jazz, RnB, Musical Theatre, Pop, and even kid's cartoons. It's one of the stylistic elements that will help you sound like a professional. Add some style to your singing.

There are several types of rasp sounds and most don't have anything to do with your vocal folds. Curious? Come join us. Learn how to do those raspy and textured sounds without thrashing your voice. You won't regret it.

This workshop will feature a rasp specialist from England, Aliki Katriou. You don't want to miss this!  ( 8 seats available) Register here.

  • MAY  23rd 11:15 AM - 2:15 PM PT

Introduction to Ear Training and Harmony Workshop $99

Basic Concepts for Singers. (5 seats left)

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. No counting notes up thirds. 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 class times.

 (Two Saturdays) Bring a snack as we will break.

  • TBA 

I travel to your rehearsal space during your practice time and coach areas of your songs that vocally need help. Solos, duets, ensembles, backup harmonies, stage presence. Cost is based on your location and amount of time needed.

Seasonal Classes

Musical Theatre Class Part 1 and Part 2 $159 ea

Musical Theatre Songs. Solos with backups, and group singing, staging, costuming, props. We'll put on a show at the end, stringing the songs together with ad-libbed lines between to make our own unique story. Returning students may do two songs.

 14 meetings spread out over 4 months.  Part one is every other week plus one private lesson by appointment. Part two is every  and one meeting for the performance. SHOWCASE at Cherry Valley School

Tuesday Evening: 6:45-9:00 PM -- (CLASS FILLED) 

  1. January 14th - Brainstorm Class
  2. January 28 - Quick Start Lessons
  3. February 11th
  4. Feb 25th
  5. Mar 10
  6. And One Private Lesson by appointment

Tentative dates for part 2:

  1. March 24
  2. April 31
  3. April 7 Full Rehearsal
  4. April 14 Full Rehearsal
  5. April 21 Dress Rehearsal Filmed
  6. April 28 Last Rehearsal
Singing voice lessons in Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, near Cotati, Petaluma and Santa Rosa.