Besides being a master musician, Tim is a teacher by nature.
Instruction is customized to each student's individual needs, and topics are designed to meet the student's goals. Material can provided based on your genre or style interests, or you can bring your own music/songs to work on. Audio/video taping of lessons is encouraged.
Tim's studio is in Inverness Park, CA on the Point Reyes peninsula. On certain days of the week, travel to nearby locations is possible, including San Anselmo, Fairfax, Nicasio, Bolinas, Novato and San Rafael.
Using Skype or your preferred video chat service. With online lessons, instruments can be played up-close at full-screen, for ultra-clear instruction and review. Vocal quality also comes through very well. Rates and terms are the same as on-location lessons.
Suggestions for New Students
For vocal lessons, Tim uses the Passagio technique, also known as Seth Riggs' Speech-Level Singing, which he studied intensively for four years. Students learn to find their different areas of resonance and to relax the musculature of the throat, particularly the larynx, to avoid "pulling up" to high notes or "pushing down" for low notes. Singers learn to float throughout their range, sounding better and eliminating potentially debilitating habits. Proper vocal technique can be applied to any style of singing or speech.
Tim also coaches for specific performances or recordings. He teaches harmony singing and "ear-training" which improves ones ability to respond to a style, melody, and harmony within a harmonic (chordal) structure.