Tamara Williams
West Orange, NJ
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Tamara Williams

Tamara W.

West Orange, NJ
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
singing

About Tamara W.

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.

Reviews

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Maria
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Tamara is simply amazing! She knows what she is teaching. It is very hard to find a vocal teacher specially one that knows what she is doing. She is professional, but at the same time she is very fun and makes the lesson fun and interesting. I’m glad I found her. Thank you Tamara.

Posted May 29, 2019
Richard
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Tamara is extremely talented at both music and teaching. Not only do I get a lot out of the lessons, but they're also fun. I would recommend her to anyone looking to improve their singing no matter what level they're at.

Posted Mar 11, 2019
Alyssa O.
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Tamara was awesome and super supportive of my friend Alyssa during her first lesson. Alyssa said that she feels more confident already and can't wait for her next lesson!

Posted Dec 13, 2018
Nyla E.
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We appreciate our instructor selected for the daughter unit. The instructor is very knowledgeable, patient and supportive. What a great combo so far.... but we are 3 lessons in so we let you know more as we progress

Posted Oct 20, 2018
Chela
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She knows what she's doing. And she's good at it. Highly recommend. 11/10.

Posted Oct 2, 2018
Noemi Q.
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Tamara is an excellent voice teacher. She makes the lessons comfortable and fun, and she's helping me find my voice! I've been taking lessons for about 3 months, and I've learned a whole lot!

Posted Sep 14, 2018
Lacey L.
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Instantly made my 10 year old daughter seem comfortable. Clearly knows her stuff!

Posted May 29, 2018
Brianna N.
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Brianna says - "she was the best!!!:

Posted Apr 18, 2018
Tiarah M.
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Tamara is awesome! She really explains everything you need to do with great imagery and is really focused on helping you improve. As someone who is scared to sing in front of people, she is helping me reach a level of comfort I never thought I could and sing in ranges I didn’t think possible. I love a healthy challenge!

Posted Oct 15, 2017
Nigel
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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.

Posted Apr 10, 2017
Jennifer M.
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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 😊

Posted Apr 9, 2017
Vanessa
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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.

Posted Apr 7, 2017
Martha R.
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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!

Posted Mar 27, 2017
Noa C.
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Engaging and age-sensitive. Our daughter was thrilled.

Posted Mar 25, 2017
Donna
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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.

Posted Feb 22, 2017
Darlene S.
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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.

Posted Feb 4, 2017
Yashica H.
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Great experience with Tamara. She is very knowledgeable and is excellent in making students feel comfortable. I truly look forward to my weekly sessions!

Posted Dec 6, 2016
Grace B.
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Our daughter Grace's first lesson was EXCELLENT... Looking forward to her next lesson.. Thank you Tamara.....

Posted Nov 22, 2016
Victoria L.
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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.

Posted Aug 2, 2016
Johana S.
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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

Posted Jul 26, 2016
Kathy
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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.

Posted Jun 2, 2016
carolyn johnston
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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.

Posted Mar 14, 2016
Zachary S.
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1st lesson great intro to the basics. Enjoyed.

Posted Mar 7, 2016
Leticia B.
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She's wonderful !!

Posted Feb 18, 2016
Dionne
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Great experience

Posted Feb 8, 2016
Estrella R.
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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!

Posted Feb 8, 2016
Denise Iradi
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Tamara is awesome and very friendly.

Posted Dec 29, 2015
Luciano dos Santos
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She's really nice! Helped me to indetify my strong areas and the weak ones. So much fun and an expert on what she does!

Posted Dec 22, 2015
Joe T.
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Personable, made good observation/recommendation to help me improve my voice.

Posted Dec 3, 2015
Skye Noelle P.
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Tamara is so very personable, professional and skilled. She makes learning fun. She shared a lot of knowledge that I can't wait to apply.

Posted Dec 1, 2015
Zeneta C.
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Tamara is very knowledgable about the key points in develeoping the full potential of your voice. She is very personable as well. Looking forward to more lessons!

Posted Nov 21, 2015
Patricia M.
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It's been many years since I had voice lessons, and Tamara made me feel calm and encouraged me that she will help me reach my goals. Her comments about my singing/voice/tone were helpful and geared towards helping me improve in the areas I need. I am looking forward to years of singing great songs in the proper way.

Posted Oct 30, 2015
Chaealit S.
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She is very knowledgible about singing and great teacher. I enjoy learning from her. I would recommend her highly.

Posted Jul 3, 2015
Gigi C.
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First she got a nice personality ,she very connectsd and effisce
nt ,I feel I will larn a lot with you.

Posted May 18, 2015
Gigi C.
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first she got a nice personality, very efficient ,she s very warm and connecting,like that.

Posted May 18, 2015
Pascale L.

Making great progress with Tamara!

I signed up my daughter to have singing lessons with Tamara and am so happy I did! My daughter's voice has improved pretty quickly after just a few lessons and continues to become 'fine tuned' like I hoped. Tamara has been communicative with me consistently, posting session notes and returning correspondence quickly. She rates "excellent" across the board!! So happy!! :)

Posted Aug 5, 2013

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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

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

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