Tamar - Teacher #2174

- Voice

- Music Theory (Beginner-Intermediate)

- English

Teaching Philosophy

I have been working as a private voice instructor and professional opera singer for several years. I have had the pleasure of teaching voice to students of all ages and abilities. I am passionate about creating an inclusive, positive, and productive work environment for all my students, and I teach them the ability and importance of developing their technical skills in their private practice.

I believe that all singers benefit from a foundation of classical technique and I strive to impart these technical skills to all my students. I do encourage students to study classical voice as, in my experience, it is the best way to develop the vocal instrument. However, if a student would like to learn other types of music, I am happy to help them with these other styles as well. I have experience teaching jazz, musical theatre, pop, and more, and I am able to apply technical principals learned from my classical voice studies to these other genres. My classical voice instruction can also include preparing students for RCM examinations in voice and theory.

Additionally, I have performed professionally in a number of operas and concerts all over the world which has developed my performance skills in a number of different areas. I draw upon these experiences in my lessons to help my students become well-rounded performers. First and foremost, I am able to understand how to improve and communicate principals of vocal technique. I also teach excellent prononciation in multiple languages (including French, German, Italian, and English), allowing students to access a wide variety of repertoire and compositional styles. I also emphasize the importance of developing a connection to the text of each piece to help students develop their ability to act and embody different characters well.

Musical Education

-University of British Columbia (MMUS: 2017; BMUS: 2015)
-Highlands Opera Studio (2021, 2020)
-St. Andrews Arts Council Opera Workshop (2019, 2018)
- Hawaii Performing Arts Festival (2017)
-Internationale Sommerakademie Universität Mozarteum Salzburg (2016) Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (2015)

Awards and Distinctions

-Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – Western Canada District: Winner (2016) and Encouragement Award (2019)
-Johann Strauss Foundation Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Scholarship (2016)
-Guttman-Dales Award in Voice (2014)

Special Skills and Training

I have worked for several professional opera companies (e.g. Vancouver Opera, Hawaii Performing Arts, and Burnaby Lyric Opera), and performed in concerts all over the world. I hold both a M. MUS and a B. MUS. degree from the University of British Columbia in opera performance. Additionally, I have completed multiple training programs abroad with some of the most highly trained and successful musicians in the industry (e.g. Salzburg, Austria and Sulmona, Italy). I draw upon all these experiences in my teaching to give my students well-rounded musical training.


30 Minutes: $39.00
45 Minutes: $49.00
60 Minutes: $59.00

There is a one-time registration fee of 25 $ charged with the first lessons. All Taxes are included in prices, if applicable

NOTE: Your Credit card will be charged ONLY when the first lesson is set up and confirmed with the teacher


1. Cancellation Policy

Lessons not cancelled or rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice are billable to the client and payable to the teacher. This does not of course apply to travel fees unless the notice is effectively given at the door and the teacher has travelled to the location.

2. Cessation (quitting) Policy

A client must provide a 2 lesson notice period to stop lessons. So a weekly student needs to give 2 weeks of notice, a biweekly student works out to 3 weeks notice and a twice weekly student works out to a week of notice.

3. Illness Policy

Lessons cancelled due to illness or extraordinary circumstances with less than 24 hours notice remain billable to the client and payable to the teacher.

BAH teachers are encouraged to offer a make-up lesson at a future date in the interest of client relations and general goodwill. This only makes sense as teaching a student with the flu for example, will ruin the rest of your week's employment.

No more than 2 lessons may be made up due to illness within a 60 day period.

4. Rescheduling Policy

Any lesson can be cancelled or rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice.

Summer Vacation and Extended Absence Policy

Clients may schedule longer absences for trips etc. 24 hours notice is required.

It is normal and typical for students and about 20% of our teachers to schedule a break in the summer. We do not enforce a notice period (see cessation of lessons) at the end of a long summer break.

5. Evaluation Period

There are no free trial lessons with Beethoven at Home but we do offer a 2 lesson evaluation period where it is easy to try out a teacher. There are no free lessons during the evaluation period and clients may choose to discontinue the lessons at any time by providing the required 24 hours notice. After the student's 3rd lesson the required 2 lesson notice period will apply (see cessation of lessons above).