Tamara Williams

Tamara W.

West Orange, NJ

About Tamara W.

Tamara teaches: Ages 7 and up
Teaching since: August 2009
Last sign in: Yesterday

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
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19 Reviews on Tamara W.

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Grace B. Nov 22, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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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Johana S. Jul 26, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My experience with my music coach Tamara was fantastic!!! She is so knowledgeable patience and friendly making the process of growing so much easier.

Sincerely,
Johana
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Kathy Jun 2, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Tamara creates a very comfortable environment. She is very knowledgeable, patient, funny...delightful. This is the first time I am taking voice lessons and was very self-conscious at first, but she made it a very relaxing, fun experience.
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carolyn johnston Mar 14, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
In the few short weeks I've been working with Tamara, I've noticed a huge improvement in my singing. She's superb at teaching just the right techniques for you to address your particular issues. She's patient, kind, and has an infectiously uplifting personality that makes you instantly comfortable with her. For beginners like me, it's nerve-wracking to sing in front of a stranger without feeling self-conscious, but Tamara puts you at ease quickly. She is encouraging, but simultaneously gently guides you towards upping your vocal game in a way that makes you want to achieve. I can't believe how on-target her exercises are at helping me get to the crux of what I need to fix to improve my singing. And I'm always amazed at how much she can squeeze into a session without its seeming overwhelming. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a standout vocal coach with a strong musical background and training, a pitch-perfect ear, and exceptional teaching skills.
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Zachary S. Mar 7, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
1st lesson great intro to the basics. Enjoyed.
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Leticia B. Feb 18, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She's wonderful !!
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Dionne Feb 8, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Great experience
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Estrella R. Feb 8, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My Daughter loved her first singing lesson with Mrs. Tamara. Mrs. Tamara is very kid friendly and has a beautiful personality. My daughter is very excited to have her as her music teacher!
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Denise Iradi Dec 29, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Tamara is awesome and very friendly.
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