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Piano, Violin, Cello, Music Theory, Fiddle, Upright Bass, Viola
Hi, my name is Sue L. I teach music and perform professionally with Mango Nights as their arranger, violinist, cellist and bass player. I earned my music degree from Portland State University in 2006, graduating with honors. In 1996 I won two Medals of Distinction for violin performance and music theory and then in 2001 I received a Merit Award from the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, London, England for viola performance. I've been blessed to be able to perform in a variety of ensembles and genres such as musical theater pit orchestras, string quartets, the Vancouver Symphony, and rock, jazz, tango and blue grass/folk bands.
My biggest thrill is to be able to transmit culture to the younger generation through music.
Piano, Singing, Spanish, Broadway Singing, Clarinet, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice
I harness years of music teaching in diverse settings (including three years' private studio plus three years as a choral director and two years as a music instructor with homeless youth) for a diverse studio meeting real artistic needs. I also am a fluent and experienced Spanish tutor, teacher, and interpreter and offer effective, individualized Spanish tutoring at your convenience.
Highlights from my career include:
* Professional singing and playing experience in diverse settings (opera stages, pubs, churches, you name it)
* Intensive and well-rounded musical training at renowned Brigham Young University in clarinet and voice (earned BM in vocal performance, 2007), including coursework in piano/keyboard, music theory, pedagogy.
* Member of two professional associations, NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists) (2007-2008) and networked with local associations (Classical Revolution PDX, for example)
* Mental health, domestic violence, and disabilities direct service work as an advocate, caseworker, support group facilitator, and center director (2007-2012). Broad yet intensive experience in social services enables holistic and effective guidance with the huge array of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual issues and nuances that affect musical development and performance (bodily tension, working through nerves, motivation, stress relief techniques, goal-setting, life changes and music, disorders support, etc.)... Basically, a life music coach at your beckon call, if that is what you need.
* Years of professional teaching, training, and experience in a wide variety of fields (including Spanish, early education/preschool, healthy relationships and abuse, micro-enterprise, and finances) provide dynamic tools to connect with all ages and learning styles, in addition to instruction based on individualized plans and needs
* Choral music conductor experience (four years volunteer instructor) allows me to offer a broader view of instrumentation, developing your voice/instrument in a group, and establishing a presence in the music community
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele
I knew I wanted to be a professional guitar player from the first time I picked up an electric guitar over 14 years ago. I started taking private lessons as soon as I got my first guitar, and without the crucial guidance and encouragement I received early on I certainly would not be the guitarist I am today, and that old guitar might even be collecting dust in a closet somewhere. Since I began teaching 8 years ago my goal has been to provide that same encouragement to beginning students and to help them realize that no matter what their ambitions are, they can be achieved with enough practice and they can have fun along the way!
When I started high school I realized there was a lot more to playing guitar than the hard rock and blues songs I had been learning up until then, so I enrolled in a music theory class, joined my school's jazz band and began taking classical guitar lessons at the University of Wyoming. After high school I accepted academic and music scholarships to attend the University of Oregon where I majored in Jazz Studies, and I graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis on jazz arranging. While at UO I performed in student combos and my own rock band Just People as well as the award winning Oregon Jazz Ensemble. I also had the opportunity to perform with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra and play several shows with Grammy-Award winning country artist Lynn Anderson.
This diverse experience allows me to help my students improve their technique and gain a deeper understanding of the guitar, regardless of the style(s) of music they are passionate about. I firmly believe that anyone can learn to play guitar and that lessons should be fun, whether your goal is to be able to sing your favorite song and strum a few chords or start your own band and take over the world!
Composition, French, Piano, Singing, Spanish, Writing, English, Music Performance, Music Theory, Reading, SAT, Songwriting, Test Prep
Developing personal goals, and finding one's creative voice is a lifelong pursuit that can be very rewarding.
Learning new things, developing one's musicality and creative interests adds dimension and richness to my life. This invaluable gift makes a person and their life experience more interesting.
Music conveys one's story- longstanding universal language.
Studied classical piano formally 12 years (started age 5), pursued interest in jazz theory/voice/piano since high school (started age 14). Studied jazz voice and piano at Gallatin School of Individualized Study (NYU), private instructors in classical and jazz piano/voice since high school. Studied with Dr. Gerard Knapp, Dr. Chan at classical piano camps at WSU Pullman. Jazz piano, creative writing, voice performance at Port Townsend; studied with Jay Clayton and many talented musicians. Received piano scholarship from Shoreline Comm. College at 15. I was the first jazz singer in the Northwest School jazz band, directed by late Floyd Standifer; performed at Benaroya Hall, former Town Hall, Wing Luke Asian Art Museum, other local venues.
Recent years learning classical and jazz piano improvisation, violin, other creative voices. Literary arts, published last year Capitol Hill Times print edition, visual arts, (4 solo exhibitions/gallery contract age 19 Gallery 110, Pioneer Square; received regional League of Innovation award and award of national merit.
Study abroad in Paris, studied in New York, lived abroad in Spain, six months Seville/5 weeks Barcelona, one year teaching in S. Korea; believe immersion is most effective learning experience for languages.
Masters in Teaching from City University, (Diversity Scholarship recipient)
Washington State Teacher Certification.
Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Accordion
I teach vocal technique to recording artists, singers interested in starting or
joining bands, people looking to do musical theater, do some opera, and anyone
who just wants to sound great around the campfire.
My students learn how to embellish the things they like about their voices and
make them sound unique, while at the same time defeating tension and poor vocal
technique. I also work on shaping the whole performer, from stage presence to
My instrumental students work on both classical and modern music. If you are interested in learning how to read music, chords, charts, compose or just learn some basics I am happy to help you with that.
Optional recitals are held two times a year.
I have a Bachelors of Music, Vocal Performance at the University of Oregon
and have been teaching voice since 2002. I have sung in The U of O Opera
Ensemble, Eugene Symphony Chorus, The Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, The Dahoo
Chorus, Emily Post and Opera Theater
Oregon. I have featured with The
Salon ensemble, Trashcan Joe, The March Fourth Marching Band, Sophe Lux, and
The String Cheese Incident
Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone, Songwriting, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone
After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a degree in music, I moved to New York where I lived for 11 years. I have been a professional multi-instrumentalist since then and a member of many bands including Beirut and Arcade Fire. I have also performed and/or recorded with many others including David Byrne, Passion Pit, Coldplay, and LCD Sound system. I have performed in dozens of countries, at some of the world's biggest festivals (Bonnaroo, Coachella, Glastonbury), and on many television shows (Colbert, Letterman, Fallon).
I have experience in playing and teaching many different styles and can teach you what YOU want to learn. Playing music can be a very rewarding experience, but should also be fun. I can promise you will have fun in our lessons and have fun with music in general.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."