ZingliZh Singing Class General Information
UPCOMING FALL CLASSES 2018:
Beginning/Intermediate Singing Class
4 Week Beginner/Intermediate Combo Class- (4 min 8 max) 3 payments of $44 (or $129.) Returning students welcome. This classes uses recorded music for background, or you can bring your own instrument. You can make up a class by attending another class during the same semester. Returning students from last semester get a free hour lesson! More information. Register here.
THURSDAY EVENING: 6:45-9:00 -- (8 seat left)
- Sept 6th
- Sept 13th
- Sept 20th
- Sept 27th
- Oct 4th (possible bonus class depending on enrollment)
Beginning/Intermediate Singing Classw/guitar
8 Wednesday Evening SINGING WITH GUITAR Class, 6:45-9:00 4 payments of $49 (or $189.) You may accompany yourself. Or Guitarist Bruce Loring will accompany you. You can make up a class by attending another class during the same semester. Returning students from last semester get a free 1 hour lesson! I appreciate your devotion! Register here.
WEDNESDAY EVENING: 6:45-9:00 -- (8 seats left)
- Sept 5th
- Sept 12th
- Sept 19th
- Sept 26th
- Oct 3rd (Bruce gone)
- Oct 10th
- Oct 17th
- Oct 24th
Special Christmas Holiday Singing Class
Wednesday Evening HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS Class, 6:45-9:00 3 payments of $42 (or $119.) Spiritual Songs. Solos with backups, and group singing. Register here.
WEDNESDAY EVENING: 6:30-8:15 -- (8 seats left) NOTE EARLIER TIME
- Nov 7th
- Nov 14th
- Nov 21st (no class)
- Nov 28th
- Dec 5th
- Dec 12th
- Dec 19th
SPECIALTY CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
Specialty classes are created by the interests of the students. Prerequisite: must have completed my beginner's class (or be an ongoing private student.) The dates will be selected when I have at least 4 students who are available on a given day. Pay by check or cash. No refunds. If you have an idea for a class I'd love to hear it!
Introduction to Songwriting Workshop $59
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. In this class we'll create some simple songs, perhaps even add some harmonies to the chorus. No music reading skills needed as this will be a beginning class using improvisation with simple chords progressions.
Date Saturday -- TBA
12:00-4:30 with 1/2 hour lunch break at 2:15-2:45 (8 seats available)
Introduction to Ear Training and Harmony Workshop $99
Basic Concepts for Singers.
Two consecutive Saturdays. (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! This is a two day workshop. 4 1/2 hour classes with 1/2 hour lunch break. Bring a bag lunch.
TWO SATURDAY DAYS: TBA
OR THREE EVENINGS: TBA
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 (6 seats available)
One Day Grit/Rasp Workshop $59
Ever wonder how to do those raspy or growly 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 TBA 11:45 AM - 2 PM (8 seats available)
One Day Applied Grit/Rasp Workshop $59
This is for students who have already taken the grit/rasp class, understand the basics and want to apply it to songs. This workshop will feature a rasp specialist from England, Aliki Katriou.
- Saturday TBA 11:45 AM - 2 PM (8 seats available)
About The Classes
The 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 intermediate classes, from singing with guitar, to preforming Musical Theatre staged show tunes, to singing with karaoke background, or perhaps group songs or duets, maybe even harmonies. Which classes are offered varies each season. Intermediate classes are for returning students who have completed a beginning or a Beginning/intermediate combined class. (Register here.)
In the Summer, there is a shorter amount of weeks available, so I offer 8 week Beginning/Intermediate Combined classes which cover the information in my Introductory class, but with more time for mini-singing lessons and group songs like we do in the intermediate classes. Summer classes includes a casual "open mic night style" showcase and pot luck normally in the afternoon the weekend of my birthday mid-August. And perhaps a sing-a-long after!
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. I often will start or end class with group singing because it's just so much fun to sing together!
In Spring I'll be doing a Musical Theatre Class. The class will have lecture, staging and voice lessons, plus additional rehearsals by arrangement. We will create a mini-musical based on students song choices. Bring any song from any musical and we will fit it all together with our own story line. Solos, duets, ensembles. It will be fun and quite unique! I will guide you as the director, but I want class participation in the creative process. You all have great ideas, so let's do this together as a group!
I also offerworkshop 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 doing scales and singing to a piano, I'd love to have you as a student. (Register here.)
The Fall and Spring classes end with a showcase. All student are encouraged to participate, but it is optional.
Summer classes have a more casual pot luck party and performance. And may even include a sing-a-longafter!
SPRING CLASSES 2019:
COMING SOON after Christmas Break...
Musical Theatre Class
Tuesday Evening Class, 6:45-9:00 3 payments of $69 (or $192.) Musical Theatre Songs. Solos with backups, and group singing, staging, costuming, props. Register here.
TUESDAY EVENING: 6:45-9:00 PM -- (8 seats left)
- January 29th - Brainstorm Class
- (February 5th possible bonus class based on enrollment)
- (February 12th - no class)
- February 19th - Official Start Date
- February 26th
- March 5th
- March 12th
- March 19th
- March 26th
- April 2nd - Dress Rehearsal
- April 9th - SHOWCASE