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David W.

Corvallis, OR

About David

Whatever music you want to sing—any style, any time period—I promise I will teach you to sing it in your very best voice.

My name is David and I look forward to the opportunity to teach you how to sing your best, whatever style it is you want to learn. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Oregon State University, where I learned how to sing classical music well. In addition to that, I have years of experience in rock-and-roll bands, and have learned how to apply the lessons I learned from my classical voice teachers to my career as a (very) minor rock star. That's exactly what I
want to help you with: whatever you want to sing, from any period in music history, I know how to teach you to sing with your best voice. Singing is one of the things that makes us all human and I relish the opportunity to help students of all ages and skill levels sing a little bit better each week.

I began singing in high school choir, and quickly added piano and guitar to my repertoire of skills. By the time I began college, it was clear that a life of teaching music was in store for me. While studying music education and vocal performance at Oregon State University, I sang in the OSU Chamber Choir, which toured Arizona in 2005, eastern Europe in 2006, and San Francisco in 2007. After graduation, I worked for two years as a church music director and software tester before making the next move, to St. Louis. I earned a Master of Divinity degree at Covenant Theological Seminary in May 2014, and I plan to be a pastor, musician, and music teacher when all is said and done. I sing and play keyboards at Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Louis. In my free time, I enjoy the finest coffees, reading fiction, and watching soccer.

*** Lesson Details ***
When you're taking lessons with me, expect to work hard but to enjoy yourself. These lessons aren't meant to be fun in the way seeing a movie or playing video games are fun. They're fun because it's rewarding to work hard at discovering and doing something you love. I work hard to be encouraging and give all of the honest compliments that I possibly can.

But when there are areas you need to improve, I will certainly mention it and help you understand how to make those improvements. After a few months of lessons, you can expect dramatic improvements in your breath control, the energy of your tone, and achieving a beautiful, balanced resonance with your voice.

A typical lesson begins with warm ups. This consists of seven or eight minutes of easy vocal exercises that are meant to warm up the muscles in your voice and get your mind prepared to sing and learn. It will also give me a chance to hear how you're doing when you come in for your lesson.

Next, we spend a few minutes reviewing exercises and ideas from the previous week's voice lesson. This gives us a chance to check in on your progress and make sure that you're using your practice time well.

After the review, we'll work on some musical selections. I'll assign some of your music to you, and you'll choose some of your own music to sing. The best use of our time is to sing and work on polishing the songs you want to perform. As we work on a piece of music, I'll take note of places you're using good technique and areas that you need to improve in.

Finally, we'll work on vocal exercises to help you improve in those areas. These include passages of music that help you understand what it feels like when you're singing well. These exercises induce some positive aspects of singing in your voice, which helps you understand how to sing better when you're singing other passages of music. After warm-ups, we spend about half the remaining lesson time on exercises.
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Tam February 3, 2016
Singing · In studio
Loved taking lessons from David. I'm very satisfied with the handful of exercises and advice he's given me to improve my singing. I definitely recommend him!
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Jasmine F. January 5, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
David seems like a good fit. Very professional and easy to talk to. I would highly recommend him.
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Olivia G. August 20, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
You'll find few singing instructors more in tune with (as it were) or more encouraging than David. He's extremely knowledgeable about music/voice theory and, as he gets to know your style and personality, will absolutely tailor lessons to your vocal strengths and needs. High recommendations all around!
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David W.

David W.

Corvallis, OR 97330
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Stuart C.

Aurora, OR

About Stuart

Stuart C.
Guitarist, Songwriter, Composer
Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Music
Composition and Guitar Performance
I am a guitarist and songwriter currently living in Oregon. I graduated from Western Oregon University majoring in music, specifically pursuing the Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Music with a dual emphasis in composition/songwriting and guitar performance. I played with the Singer/Songwriter combo for most all of my college career, and emerged as one of its most valuable members. I have studied guitar with Christopher Woitach, and I have studied Composition with Bill Whit
ley, Kevin Walczyk, Adam Bates and Christopher Woitach.
I have played and studied many different styles of music, ranging from Country, Bluegrass and Folk to Rock, Blues, R&B, and many more. I have arranged songs from professionals and my peers alike. I also have written and co-written dozens of songs.
I taught with the American Guitar Academy, where I honed my skills as a teacher. I have taught people from all walks of life, all ages and skill levels. I love teaching and helping people reach their goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to start lessons off by getting to know my student. I like to know what kind of music they like and what they want to play. I really want to know who I am teaching. I use a building block teaching style, where everything you learn builds upon or compliments the previous skill. The most important part of lessons is the practicing you do in between each lesson, but you might not have to practice as much as you think. Within 6 months, you will learn all the basic chords, rhythms, and scales. You will also learn all the theory behind them, meaning you will know how they are constructed, how they interact and most importantly how to use them. I teach with practicality in mind - if you won't use it, you won't learn it.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate Music Studio: guitar, bass, amps, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide my guitar, and teaching materials. I expect the student to have an instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar - singer/songwriter, rock, blues, indie rock, punk, limited Jazz.

Composition - Contemporary Concert Music, American Vernacular and Popular songwriting.

Music Theory - The language and inner workings of music
17th century Counterpoint to Serialism and contemporary composition techniques, orchestration, jazz theory and arranging
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Mike G. August 7, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Stuart is a nice person. Unfortunately, his background is very different from mine.
To the point, musically, his orientation is toward electric guitar. Mine is only acoustic.
Although he pointed out that fretboard theory and practice is the same for both instruments, the practice of playing the acoustic guitar is very different. Perhaps more significant is that Stuart says and shows that he does not have experience teaching an experienced player as myself. I will not continue with Stuart.
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Daniel R. June 19, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My experience with Stuart is very good.. i got along with Stuart very quickly he is a cool guy and an awesome teacher.. i can say that i have learned a lot from him and i am looking forward to learning even more..
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Carla W. May 6, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
I love the online services

Stuart is a great teacher, always encouraging, offering advice. Very reliable. He enjoys what he is teaching and it shows every week when we come for lessons. His home is warm and inviting.
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Stuart C.

Stuart C.

Aurora, OR 97002
(3)
starting at
$19 / 30-min
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Charles M.

Salem, OR

About Charles

I’m Dr Charles. I have been a guitarist since 1977. I began teaching guitar when I was earning my Masters degree in music education from Portland State University in 1998-1999. I also taught guitar privately while I was earning my doctorate in music from Florida Sate University and teaching music history and music analysis at the university as well. I earned my PhD in music in 2008. During my years in Tallahassee I served as a guitarist backing Charles Atkins, Florida’s most well-known blues and gospel singer. During that time I have helped numerous individuals maximize their talent on the gu
itar. I have worked with children, home-schoolers, teenagers who want to form bands, people who want to strum guitar in their church, people who want to write songs, and retired people who are still young at heart and want to rock! I believe that playing music is one of the most spiritually satisfying experiences that one can have, and I am here for you if you would like to study guitar. I welcome students of all skill levels but I particularly love helping beginning students or those who have put the instrument down but would like to pick it up again.
When I was starting out on guitar I had a teacher who hated the music that I loved and nearly killed my passion for the instrument. I will never be that type of teacher. I will run with your passion for music. All lessons are tailored to the individual there is no file that I pull out and expect you to follow but I will tell you when I feel that there is something you should know or work on. I see my role as a musical coach. I enjoy keeping up with the newest trends and styles in music and I am well-versed in the latest versions of punk rock, heavy metal, and alternative styles.

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My style of teaching is laid back but focused. I have a healthy sense of humor and understand that someone can only play if they are relaxed. I will help you build a technique that requires the least amount of physical energy. When teaching children I maintain a learning environment that emphasizes play and imagination. I often use the Children’s Guitar series from Hal Leonard. With intermediate and advanced students I stress creativity, and finding your own voice on the guitar. We will always analyze the music to see what makes it work and so that you can apply those principles to your own playing. I stress mastery of the fingerboard so that the student can play in any situation with total confidence. I have no set curriculum with rock and folk players. We will work on what you want to work on but I often use my own handouts as well as books from the Musicians Institute. If you want to take formal classical guitar lessons I can help you there as well since I have two degrees in classical guitar. I typically use the Frederic Noad Solo Guitar series when teaching classical guitar.

*** Specialties ***
general classical guitar, blues/rock, general folk guitar. The analysis of all styles of classical music. General music theory from basic tonal harmony and counterpoint to modern techniques.
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Theresa December 12, 2015
Guitar · In home
Charles is a great teacher very knowledgeable about many types of music. I am beginning to love my guitar again! Lessons are great! What more can I say...
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Charles M.

Salem, OR 97305
(1)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Sandy Martha K.

Salem, OR

About Sandy Martha

I love to teach! Lessons with me are full of enthusiasm and high standards. I am certified in the Suzuki method and have a Masters Degree in traditional cello from New England Conservatory.
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Sonia November 27, 2015
Cello · In studio
My two kids started taking lessons with Sandy when they were around 4, they are still playing cello today, the oldest is 13. So many kids around us studying with other teachers stopped their instruments during these years. Thanks to Sandy, mine love cello and enjoy music, a gift that will stay with them forever. Sandy is extremely professional, but at the same time clearly loves her students; and they love her back. She adapts to the needs, level and personality of each student; the kids gain confidence and do their best. Delightful to watch as a parent, whether your kid is gifted musically or... not so much. Sandy is the Mary Poppins of cello lessons.
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Vivien November 23, 2015
Cello · In studio
Miss Kiefer was the best instructor we have had. Parents and students were sad that she needed to leave Hong Kong and return home to the US. She was energetic, dedicated, vastly experienced in the Suzuki Method and repertoire, and could bring the best potential out of the children. The students, ranging from preschoolers to teenagers, all loved her lessons and always felt accomplished afterwards. Miss Kiefer is capable of capturing every child's unique character and learning style, and making cello playing fun and beautiful for each of them. A truly remarkable cello teacher.
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Alice November 23, 2015
Cello · Online
Sandy Martha Kiefer is an absolute genius working with children! She taught my son cello when he was a beginner many years ago in Massachusetts, and I have followed her career with awe and admiration since then. She inspires her students, gives them a strong technical foundation, as well as a love of music. She encourages their creativity and curiosity and makes the lessons productive as well as fun. The instructions she gives to her students both during the lessons and for homework are clear. Sandy is an outstanding teacher and musician, and I recommend her 100%.
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Sandy Martha K.

Sandy Martha K.

Salem, OR 97305
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$30 / 30-min
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Leo S.

Salem, OR

About Leo

, it's never too late or early to pick up the guitar. I cater to all ages and specialize in teaching beginners through advanced musician
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Leo S.

Leo S.

Salem, OR 97302
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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