As well as touring and recording throughout the year, Tina is actively involved in a broad range of educational activities:
“Singing, and particularly jazz singing, is a great way of speaking to people. My personal approach is to assist people in discovering their own sound, to release it and support it through good breathing technique. I am very committed to helping young singers avoid damaging their voices. Since jazz is such a vibrant and communicative art form, I’m especially interested in education in jazz for all age groups. In the early nineties I recorded two 10-part series for BBC Radio 4, which were repeated on BBC Radio 3 for schools. The first series was called ‘Jazzamatazz’ for 9 to 12 year olds and developed improvisational skills.The second was called “Dig it !” for 7 to 9 year olds. These were the first broadcasts of this type, introducing jazz into a national musical syllabus.”
Tina is a member of the Association Of Teachers Of Singing (AOTOS) and teaches a small number of private students. She has taught or continues to teach at many of the most prestigious UK institutions. These include:
Trinity College of Music: senior jazz vocal professor 1999-2001.
Leeds College of Music: senior jazz vocal professor 1997-1999. Visiting professor (current).
Birmingham Conservatoire: visiting professor (current).
Royal Academy of Music: visiting professor (current).
Guildhall School of Music: jazz vocal professor (current).
London College of Music: jazz vocal professor (current).
Tina also tutors at various summer schools and educational weekends.