Tan Nazare

About Me

I am a master's student in music theory at McGill University. My research interests surround non-Western pop music and transformational theory.

Currently, I am writing my master's thesis: "The Anime Sound." Read more about my thesis project here. Some of my past research topics have covered Japanese traditional music, K-pop and prog-rock.

I am also a singer, a singing teacher and a music theory tutor. I am passionate about teaching and advising my students in all things music career.

Get in touch!

My pronouns are they/them.

Research Highlights

Japanese Musical Tradition: The Roots, Development,
and Consolidation of an Omnivorous Tradition

B.Mus. (Hons) Dissertation at
The University of Edinburgh.

Advisor: Dr. James Cook

More is More: Form, Harmony and Rhythm in K-pop

Seminar paper for
MUTH 541 Topics in Popular
Music Analysis.

Instructor: Prof. Nicole Biamonte

Through the Post-Tonal Lens: Prog-Rock as a Pedagogical Tool in the Post-Tonal Curriculum

Seminar paper for
MUTH 653 Pedagogy of Post-Tonal Theory and Analysis.

Instructor: Prof. Robert Hasegawa


Music Theory Tutoring
and Teaching Singing

Jan 2016—present
Individual lessons.
In person or online.

McGill University
(Montreal, Canada)

Sep 2021—Apr 2022
Teaching assistant to the classes: MUPD 135 Music as a Profession
MUTH 151 Theory and Analysis 2

Performing Arts School
(Stirling, UK)

Jan 2018—Mar 2020
Main stages singing teacher. Teaching duties include: teaching key stages 1-4; lesson planning in accordance with the school’s teaching framework; teaching in accordance with child protection (PVG).

Ritmico Music School
(Edinburgh, UK)

Jan 2016—Jun 2019
Teaching duties include: teaching music to key stages 1-2; lesson planning in accordance with Ritmico’s framework; teaching in accordance with child protection (PVG). Work with teaching methods such as Kodáli and Dalcroze.

Selected Reviews


I have a problem with anxiety and was very worried about starting singing lessons. I had nothing to worry about. Tania had me hooked from lesson one.


Good pace to lessons and always leave feeling like I've learnt what we've set out for the lesson and normally, even more!


Tania was friendly, prompt, and really flexible. The singing lesson was a surprise gift and it went brilliantly! The lesson combined vocal exercises and singing some songs. I will definitely be booking again.


I've only had two lessons and already learned more than what I've learned from any one else about singing.

Reviews retrieved from Tutorful and FirstTutors.

Performance highlights

Graduation Recital
(Edinburgh, UK)

(sadly cancelled due to the COVID-19)
Tan has worked closely with John Kitchen MBE (harpsichord) to deliver an interpretation of the Handel's cantata La Lucrezia. This performance will hopefully take place sometime in the near future.

Marchmont St Giles' Church
(Edinburgh, UK)

Feb 2017—May 2020
Soprano choir scholar.
Tan has also performed at the MGC charity evening concert in 2017 to raise funds towards the restoration/refurbishment of the church.

Studio Recording
(Edinburgh, UK)

Dec 2019
Studio singing for a short Christmas greetings video created for Chartered Surveyors
Blackhall & Powis. See details here.

University of Edinburgh Concert Series

Dec 2016—Mar 2020
Recital-format performances at Greyfriars Kirk, Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh Society of Musicians and City of Edinburgh Methodist Church.

Jukebox: A Musical Revue

May 2017
Acting, dancing and singing as
one of the main characters.
See details here.


Awards And Scholarships

McGill University

Sep 2020—Aug 2022
Student Excellence Award
Graduate Excellence Award
Friends of McGill Fellowship Award

International Grant Competition
Schulich School of Music

Mar 2022
Department of Music Research, Master’s Competition. Grant application: "The Anime Sound"

Reid School of Music
Tovey Memorial Award

Mar 2020
Runner-up prize for solo performance.

Marchmont St Giles Church Scholarship

Feb 2017—May 2020
Scholarship covering part of
personal singing tuition fees.

Edinburgh College
FE Academic Award 2015

Awarded by nomination to the student in further education at Edinburgh College (all courses) that show excellent academic results.

Arena RK Studentship

Sep 2009—Dec 2012
Vocal tuition awarded through auditioning and merit in Arena RK music school (Setubal, Portugal).


  • 2009—2012

    Arena RK Music School (PT)

    Pop/Rock singing and music theory lessons. Various performing opportunities.

  • 2014—2016

    Edinburgh College (UK)

    HNC Classical Music;
    TCL Grade 8 Music Theory;
    TCL Grade 8 Classical Singing;
    TCL Grade 5 Piano.

  • 2016—2020

    The University of Edinburgh (UK)

    BMus (Hons) Class of 2020

  • 2020—2022

    McGill University (CA)

    MA Music Theory