Tamara Williams

Tamara W.

West Orange, NJ

About Tamara W.

Tamara teaches: Ages 7 and up
Teaching since: August 2009
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

Music has been in my heart since I was a small child. I loved it so much that after 4 years in the U.S. Air Force and 6 successful years in the computer field, I returned to school to study my passion...singing! While in the Air Force, I was a soloist with the Aviano Gospel Choir in Aviano, Italy, from 2000-2001, where we toured different cities in Italy to perform for music festivals and public concerts. During my time there, I also performed with different bands and began making a name for myself as a vocalist.

In 2009, I received my BA in Music from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, IL where I studied classical and jazz voice. After graduating in 2009, I received a full scholarship to pursue my Masters Degree in Jazz Studies at Michigan State University, one of the premiere jazz programs in the United States under the direction of world-renowned jazz bassist and composer, Rodney Whitaker.

While studying at Michigan State University, I toured with the MSU Jazz Orchestra and performed at prestigious events such as the Detroit International Jazz Festival; the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL; the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival; the Lansing Jazz Festival; and the 2011 Elmhurst Collegiate Jazz Festival in Elmhurst, IL, where I was honored with an "Outstanding Soloist" award for Jazz Vocal Performance.

In 2011, I was also featured in I AM ENTERTAINMENT magazine where my music was described as "...sheer and unexpected delight! Her music takes you to another place. That is what great music is supposed to do." In May of 2011, I was also featured on the cover of REVUE Mid-Michigan magazine.

After receiving my Masters Degree from MSU, I moved to New Jersey to pursue my teaching and performing career. I currently teach private lessons and am the Founder and Director of Music Beyond Measure, which creates music recovery programs for trauma survivors. Formerly, I was the Vocal Jazz Ensemble Director for Jazz House Kids in Montclair, NJ. In addition to teaching, I also perform with different bands in the NY metro area.

I have been fortunate to perform with an elite list of jazz musicians, such as Sean Jones, Tia Fuller, Rodney Whitaker, Sean Dobbins, Perry Hughes, Wes Anderson, Ron Blake, Jim Alfredson, Etienne Charles, Diego Rivera, Steve Ritchko, Paul Keller, and many more throughout my jazz career. I also had the honor of being chosen to perform for a master class with Grammy Award-winning artist, Esperanza Spalding.

Although I am mostly trained in jazz voice, I work with singers in various styles, such as pop, R&B, gospel, and musical theater. Whatever style you are interested in singing, I know that I can help you to approach singing in a way that will maximize your vocal potential.





*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that music is for everyone! Whether you are a beginner or a professional, I want to help develop your voice in the healthiest and the best way possible. Whatever your goals are for taking private singing lessons, I will be happy to customize a program according to what it is that you would like to accomplish.

It is extremely important for my students to be well-rounded musicians. Whether you are a country or Broadway singer, you will learn how to sing using classical technique. Aside from technique, you will learn everything from how songs are constructed to how to lead a band and everything in between. No matter what it is that you want to learn, I guarantee that you will have fun while doing it and you will learn how to fall in love with your voice!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have an in-home studio with a keyboard, keyboard stand, digital recorder, microphone, professional amplifier, sheet music, binders, and pencils. Students don't have to bring anything.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When providing in-home lessons, I would prefer if the family provided a piano or a keyboard. However, if none of these are available, I will be happy to bring any equipment needed.

*** Specialties ***
Even though I am a jazz vocalist, I am happy to teach various styles, such as pop, R&B, gospel, musical theater, etc.

Photos and Videos

Recorded studio performance of Tamara Mayers's interpretation of Billie Holliday's "Strange Fruit".

Experience

Founder & Director
Jan 2013 - Present
Music Beyond Measure

Creates arts recovery programs for trauma survivors.

Private Music Teacher
Aug 2009 - Present
Private Music Studio

Works with beginning, intermediate, and advanced singers on vocal technique.

Vocal Jazz Ensemble Director
Sep 2011 - Jun 2013
Jazz House Kids

Lead the vocal jazz ensemble for students ages 12-17.

Music Mentor
Aug 2009 - Jun 2011
Michigan State University Community Music School - Detroit

Taught private lessons to voice students for children ages 7 and up. Worked with instrumental students on individual and group musicianship.

Education

Master of Music - Jazz Studies
Aug 2009 - May 2011
Michigan State University
Bachelor of Arts - Music
Dec 2005 - May 2009
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

27 Reviews on Tamara W.

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Nigel Apr 10, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Im Not Really Comfortable With Alot Of People. But Being Around And Talking To Tamara Is So Natural. She Is Patient, Nice, And if You Don't Understand Something She Explains It In A Clear Way So That You Do. She's Someone You Can Feel Comfortable Singing Around. Tamara Makes Learning Music Fun And Enjoyable.
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Jennifer M. Apr 9, 2017
· Singing · In home
She is an amazing teacher! Really helps you feel comfortable! She very patient and understands when you're feeling shy or discouraged. Definitely recomend her to everyone I know looking for a teacher 😊
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Vanessa Apr 7, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Tamara is a very patient instructor - she is very knowledgeable and I feel happy and confident that I chose her for my daughter's singing lessons.
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Martha R. Mar 27, 2017
· Singing · In home
Mrs. Tamara is excellent with kids and she makes them feel welcomed and comfortable. Before starting singing lessons, my daughter did not sing openly as much other than at her school choir. Once she started singing lessons with Mrs. Tamara she would sing anywhere & anytime with confident:-). We highly recommend Mrs. Tamara Teaches for singing lessons!
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Noa C. Mar 25, 2017
· Singing · In home
Engaging and age-sensitive. Our daughter was thrilled.
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Donna Feb 22, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I was very nervous. Tamara has a very calming presence. She listened to my concerns and began to address them immediately. My lesson was packed with useful information and implementation of skill building techniques.
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Darlene S. Feb 4, 2017
· Singing · In home
I am a little shy when it comes to being in the front/spotlight when it comes to singing. However, Tamara made me feel very comfortable thereby boosting my confidence in my vocal abilities. Although it was our first lesson I so look forward to the next.
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Yashica H. Dec 6, 2016
· Singing · In home
Great experience with Tamara. She is very knowledgeable and is excellent in making students feel comfortable. I truly look forward to my weekly sessions!
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Grace B. Nov 22, 2016
· Singing · In home
Our daughter Grace's first lesson was EXCELLENT... Looking forward to her next lesson.. Thank you Tamara.....
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Victoria L. Aug 2, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Tamara is very passionate about teaching. She is very nice and considerate. She encourages and communicates very well with her students. She is a great instructor.
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