Other Specialty Classes

On-line Classes 2023

Online Songwriting Circle for Beginners (mostly) - Singer/Songwriter Styles 

Learn songwriting tools pros use with fun and helpful exercises including: song forms, rhythm, rhyme, brainstorming ideas, putting lyrics to a melody, how to write for a singer, how to sing your own songs with expression, and the importance of natural sounding speech. Song sharing is voluntary, but helpful to get real time feedback on something you are working on.

Limited to 6 students submitting songs. Plus an additional 25 students wanting to sit in and observe.

Once a month, reoccurring, 4:30-6:00 pm PDT 


Rock Style Singing - Introductory Class $98 

If you love singing those Karaoke rock songs but sound too "pretty" this is the class for you. An introductory class for people who have never sung rock but want to give it a try. We'll go over how to hit those screaming belty notes (that aren't really a belt or a scream.) And touch upon what rasp is and how to do that sound without damaging your voice. 

Enrolled students  can have a mini-one-on-one lesson during the class time. Adults over 18 please. Unlike my other classes, everyone will be learning the same song and adding new skills each week.

Limited to 8 students.


Sing Originals Class / Songwriting Skills Class

We will work on singing your originals to see if the music and lyrics flow, and how it all works with your voice, how to use natural speak to create meaningful melodies. It's a game changer for your songwriting. You will write lyrics in a whole new way.

Bonus: When you sign up for the Singing Originals class, show up early on the same day and sit in as a guest in my Songwriting Lyrics and Melody Class ($180 value so it's like a buy one get one free.) It starts at Noon PST and is right before your class.

More info on Songwriting Skills Class:

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, other songwriting schools, plus my personal experience as a songwriter and 20 years of coaching singers.

Weekly on-line live 90 minute Zoom lectures with handouts to read and homework assignments to help you learn the concepts. You can also share lyrics and perform songs you are working on and get feedback from other students. 

Limited to 8 students.



You Wish You Could Sing Better - Introductory Class $98

On-line Singing Skills for the contemporary adult singer - Rock, Country, Folk, Americana, etc.  90 minute class focused on soloist singing, styles you might hear on the radio, old school to now. Perfect for singer/songwriters or karaoke stars. Beginners, experienced singers and everything in between! A few volunteers can have a mini-one-on-one lesson during the class time. Adults over 18 please.

Limited to 15 students.


About The Classes

The singing classes are currently all are being held on-line via Zoom.  I have a variety of classes, from songwriting to voice lessons. 

We do a lot of laughing. I'm quirky and fun and enjoy teaching, so you'll see lots of smiles. It's a casual comfortable environment and quite educational without being stuffy.  

You will learn the differences between contemporary and classical singing. I will play you audio and visual demos, teach you basic anatomy,  terminology and perhaps bust a few myths!  We often make very silly animal noises for you to get to know what your voice can do. 

If you chose to sing a song to get coaching, I'll work on whatever your challenges are at the time, and the exercises I give you for homework will be specifically created just for you.


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!

WordWaves Introductory Class &59 - By Andrea Grody


This class is taught by my colleague ANDREA GRODY, the winner of 10 Tony Awards. She is a music director, arranger, and composer with a focus on developing new work.

Register via Event Brite

Three Hour Grit/Rasp Workshop $99

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  and YouTube sensation, Aliki Katriou. You don't want to miss this!  ( 8 seats available) Register here.

  • TBA Spring 2021

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. In person Fall 2022.

  • TBA 

 8 Week Singing w/a Live Rock Band Class -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 , 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.

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