Teaching

Student Recital 2016

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Tammy has been teaching voice & drama for over 10 years in various schools within Waterloo Region, and now currently teaches from her private studios in Cambridge & Toronto. From 2012 to 2017 Tammy ran a voice program at Meyerhofer Academy of the Performing Arts in Cambridge designed to develop triple threat performers. Tammy is in high demand as a children’s drama educator & director.

On a recent volunteer trip to Kenya, Tammy helped to present workshops on drama, dance, and singing with underprivileged children in various schools and orphanages.

I am so impressed with the progress Tammy has made with all of the kids in her classes. She’s done a great job developing their skills and boosting their confidence.” –  Susan Dahmer, Parent

IMG_5374Tammy’s teaching approach is based on a combination of classical and contemporary singing techniques with an emphasis on vocal function and vocal health.  We strive in lessons to create a strong, balanced, and flexible voice capable of crossing over into various styles of repertoire with freedom of tonal colour and expression.  Acting through song and character development are also an important component in lessons, as Tammy encourages each student to find a personal connection to the lyrics. Students will learn to take ownership of Peter Pan Drama Programtheir singing and develop the skills and tools to become their own teacher.  Just as an athlete must train for months or years for the Olympics, a singer must also train and exercise to develop the coordination, strength, and flexibility in their voice. Tammy’s studio is positive and encouraging environment for students of all ages and musical backgrounds!  It is never too early or too late to improve your singing ability.

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Tammy is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and regularly attends seminars and workshops to develop her teaching.  In 2012, Tammy attend the Contemporary Commercial Music Institute at Shenandoah University to study Somatic Voicework℠ The Lovetri Method to further her knowledge and understanding of contemporary singing styles.  In 2015, she attended the NYU Summer Vocal Pedagogy Intensive under the direction of Dr. Brian Gill.  Tammy continues to study the latest developments in voice science so she can provide her students with the best and most accurate information.IMG_5373Tammy’s teaching expands from her private studio into workshops and masterclasses including the most recent workshop she presented with her friend and colleague Amie Debrone entitled, “Belting is Your Birthright!” Beyond teaching Tammy is gaining recognition as an adjudicator and juror for organizations and festivals such as the Ontario Arts Council, Cambridge Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts, the Guelph Kiwanis Music Festival – Speech Arts, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions.

Belting is Your Birthright - Alysha Harris