During the years I found that students gain the most progress and enjoyment from lessons when they are committed and focused. Every student is different, and my goal is to help each student find their strengths and weaknesses, discover the exercises and practicing methods that work well for them and the pace that is right for them. Voice lessons can teach us a lot about our body, our habits, our shortcomings and our strengths. It’s a fascinating road which I hope you’ll enjoy.
In the past ten years I have been teaching private voice lessons to students of all levels and ages. I taught in different conservatories and music schools both in the US and abroad, and currently teach in my private studio in Brooklyn, NY. My studio includes a diverse group of students, some complete beginners and some advanced, all of them with different goals and a variety of interests. My students include actors, musicians, professional singers, teens and adults.
Aside from private teaching, I spent a couple of years taking part in a community outreach program in Boston that introduced young audiences to vocal jazz. Our work included planning and performing a musical program that is fun, educational and sparks the children’s interest in the art of jazz singing.
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As a Performer
Aside from teaching, I am also an active vocalist with various performance and recording activities. My experience as a performer often helps me prepare students for “real life” as a musician- what to expect on stage, how to maintain your vocal health, how to prepare for auditions and how to take care of the business side of music.
If you’re curious about my activities as a performer, please visit my performance website.
Born in Belgium, raised in Israel and currently residing in Brooklyn, Vocalist and composer Tammy Scheffer’s music combines influences of contemporary jazz with her own expressive voice and a strong sense of melody. Growing up in a musical family, Tammy was first introduced to jazz music in high school, and started performing professionally at the age of 18. Influenced and encouraged by the instrumentalists she worked with, Tammy absorbed their approach to improvisation and composition and embraced the freedom of instrumental jazz. Later she attended Rimon School of Jazz, and was captivated by the contemporary jazz sound for the first time. Inspired to search for her own personal voice, Tammy decided to move to the United States and look for new musical challenges. After being offered scholarships from the New School of Music, Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory, Tammy chose to attend the latter, where she studied with Jerry Bergonzi, Jerry Leake and Dominique Eade. She recently graduated with honors, and moved to Brooklyn, NY, where she teaches in her private studio and work towards a debut cd.
Since arriving to Boston in 2007 Tammy took part in various projects, performing at venues all over the United States. In 2008 she toured with Ayelet Rose Gotlieb’s project Mayim Rabim, and performed at PS 122 and Drom Club in NY, Chicago Cultural Center, Alevrno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and other premier venues. In March 2008 she has been chosen to participate in the exclusive Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead workshop, a program that took place in Washington DC and Philadelphia, and included three concerts on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage which were broadcasted live over the internet. Other notable performances include the Virginia Arts Festival, the Regattabar in Boston, the Fat Cat in NY and the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival in Israel.
Recently Tammy participated in Michael Feinberg’s latest album, “Evil Genius”, and in saxophonist Brian Hogans’ album, to be released by Turnaround Records. In recent years she worked with an expanding circle of musicians, including Jeff Berlin, Kevin Mahogany, Aaron Goldberg, Anat Fort, Sam Barsh, Luques Curtis and Obed Calvaire. Tammy is a recipient of a scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.