Jamila Ford

Jamila F.

Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
About: I am a classically trained singer, music teacher, songwriter, podcaster, and a gigging & studio vocalist in pop, jazz, blues, R&B, and country. I began performing twenty years ago after my junior high school principal encouraged me to join the school choir! I then started studying voice in high school and singing has been my focus ever since. I always have felt as long as you love it, practice it, and pursue it you'll always achieve it! I have performed alongside Seal, Mavis Staples, Spiritualized, Leon Bridges, while having the great pleasure of singing in front of Sidney Portier!

Education: I graduated from UC Riverside with a BA in music and an emphasis in vocal performance. I trained classically under William Hanrahan at UC Riverside. I completed my teaching certificate with the UK based BAST program where I learned more about vocal acoustics and anatomy. I’m also currently studying contemporary voice with John Henny. I believe that as long as I continue to learn I will always be an asset to my students.

Teaching: All of my students are wonderfully unique and I tailor every lesson to each student's style and needs! Students can expect to increase vocal size and power, gain confidence as singers, learn powerful breathing techniques, and much more! I started teaching from home then branched out to music schools, and now I enjoy teaching on Zoom, Skype and other online platforms. I love that I can teach students anywhere in the world and I look forward to meeting you!

About Jamila F.

I’ve been teaching one-on-one voice lessons for three years now. Lessons are personalized & tailored to each student's needs & goals, in their own style of singing. Whether you’re learning a song to sing for fun or a professional preparing for an audition, I’d love to help you! I also love to help my students with ear training, basic theory, and performance techniques. Send me a message and let’s talk about what you’d like for your voice!


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5 Reviews
Aaron S.
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good vibes!

Posted May 30, 2020
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Jamila's a good listener and could help anyone from a novice, like,myself, to someone whom is more classically trained.

Posted Apr 27, 2020
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Highly recommended! Jamila offers guidance that translates well for someone like me who does not play any instruments and does not have any experience distinguishing notes. I learn something new each time I attend a lesson. Though I have been singing at karaoke bars for years, in the car, and at home, I am now gaining a better understanding of how to sing in a more consistent way and work with melodies to bring out the best in my voice. Jamila has given me a lot more confidence in my vocal abilities. My goal is to branch out from karaoke in bars and be able to sign up for an open mic night with live instrument accompaniment instead of using karaoke vocal guidance.

Posted Apr 25, 2020
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Jamila was gentle at turns, and assertive as that need arose. I’m both uplifted, and informed. There are things I’ve learned I didn’t know I needed, or even did not know could be known. It is these subtle passages per lesson that have aided my growth immeasurably. Thanks, Jamila!

Posted Apr 25, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

My voice has greatly improved. I am acquiring an operatic voice. I can sing higher.
She is a gifted teacher.

Posted Apr 25, 2020

Photos & Videos

6 Photos & Videos


Lead and Background
Jan 2017 - Present

Pretzel Logic Steely Dan Tribute

Musicares Choir Grammy Event (Leon Bridges & Mavis Staples)
Feb 2018 - Feb 2018

Musicares Honors Dolly Parton

Background Singer
Feb 2014 - Feb 2014


David Bowie Tribute Show

Background Singer
Mar 2012 - Aug 2012

Melody Gardot

Toured US, Canada, and Europe


Vocal Health & Science
Oct 2019 - Dec 2019

Be A Singing Teacher Online Training

Sep 1997 - Jun 2001

UC Riverside



Fluent / Native Proficiency


BAST Training Program
Dec 2019

Be A Singing Teacher Training Program

The BAST ( Be A Singing Teacher) online teacher training program covers functional anatomy and physiology of the voice and respiratory system, understanding vocal registers and transition points, vocal health, practical application exercises, and much more.
Bachelor of Arts, Music
Jun 2001

University of California Riverside

A Bachelor of Arts in music with an emphasis on vocal performance.

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