Tahira Clayton

Vocalist. Song-Writer. Activist. Educator


Tahira Clayton has quickly made a name for herself in the New York City childhood music education scene. A charismatic and energetic educator, Tahira is highly sought after as an educator catering to ages 3 to 18, but able to work with all ages. Tahira offers her teaching skills as a freelance music educator to the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and also at Bach to Rock: America's Music School. In these positions, Tahira directs choral programs at 3 different public schools throughout NYC, a choral program for senior citizens, and maintains a private studio of 30+ students. 

Tahira chooses repertoire as well as creates and contributes choral music education curriculum ideas to public schools in NYC looking to implement custom music education for their students. In addition to this work, Tahira also develops and maintains a curriculum for the early bird music student, ages 3 to 5. This very early childhood music education primarily focuses on introducing musical concepts, including basic music theory, instrument introduction/identification, and combining those concepts while engaging and reinforcing motor skills.  

In addition to working as a freelance music educator in the above listed music schools, Tahira maintains her own private studio. This private studio includes private voice and/or piano lessons, theory lessons, and early childhood music lessons (great for groups of 3 to 5 kids). All of these lessons are offered in-home. Private voice, piano, and theory lessons are available at Tahira's home, or via skype as well.  Further inquiries can be made via email at tahiraclaytonmusic@gmail.com

As an educator, Tahira has trained and worked with students who have been asked to callbacks for a Broadway show (School of Rock), have successfully auditioned and admitted to the Juilliard School's pre-college program, and first time musical theatre students who have landed lead roles in their community theatre companies.  Tahira's students typically score within 3 points of a perfect score in New York state's annual NYSSMA. 

As well as being a private and classroom music instructor, Tahira is a highly sought after clinician for vocal jazz ensembles. She has been on faculty at the Southampton Summer Jazz Camp and has directed groups across the southern United States. 

Tahira's dedication as a musician is easily found within her teaching. She believes that the making of a musician starts as early as learning one's first words and caters to that idea, working with young ages and above to cultivate a passion for music and a desire to learn music. Common topics covered in Tahira's lessons:

-breathing technique
-singing techniques (specializes in healthy belt and mixing. Introduces proper singing tips for youngsters)
-vocal anatomy
-music theory
-jazz theory fundamentals
-singing and piano playing
-beginning piano technique
-song writing
-lyric interpretation
-musc interpretation