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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.

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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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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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Mavrick G. August 7, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
David is a fantastic instructor!!! I personally love his unique approach which combines the art AND science of singing. His explanations of whats happening physiologically actually help you learn what is correct and incorrect technique. My singing has absolutely improved learning from David.
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rose J. April 5, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
David's very encouraging

David helps this would-be singer get over the fear of performing, of helping me improve the skills that make me feel more confident about being part of a performing group
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David W.

David W.

Corvallis, OR 97330
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Samuel R.

Salem, OR

About Samuel

Sam has been teaching private lessons since 2006 and is currently available to teach online via Skype. He prides myself in tailoring lessons to the specific needs/goals of each individual student. Sam has experience teaching a broad range of students, including individuals looking to gain an appreciation or greater understanding of music, to young musicians competing in state contests and for college scholarships.

Sam received his training at the University of North Texas where he earned degrees in Jazz Studies and Music Education. While at UNT, he played lead-alto saxophone in the internat
ionally acclaimed One O'Clock Lab Band for two years. He received his Master of Music degree from the University of New Mexico where he primarily studied classical music. He has recorded numerous albums with world-class musicians, and is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience with his students. His teaching style has been described as engaging, structured, and insightful.
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Samuel R.

Samuel R.

Salem, OR 97304
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$39 / 30-min
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Ralph S.

Salem, OR

About Ralph

-Advanced Certificate in Piano with Trinity College, London 2013
-Passed Grade 8 with merit ABRSM 2011
-11 years teaching experience
-10 years music ministry experience

I specialize in preparing students for graded examinations. Lessons will usually be broken into...
-theory
-scales
-ear training
-improvisation
-piece/s preparation with technique (main part of the lesson)
-additional questions from the student about playing other types of music

I have high standards of achievements. Book now today! Thanks

*** Specialties ***
Piano examinations
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Ralph S.

Ralph S.

Salem, OR 97317
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$25 / 30-min
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Ken M.

Salem, OR

About Ken

Hi, My name is Ken M and I can't wait to meet you! I love playing Saxophone. I've been playing 40+ years, and teaching private lessons for 10 years. I love helping students gain strength, courage and confidence to develop into the musician you're meant to be. We'll learn how you best learn and at your pace. All lessons are tailored specifically to your needs. Here are some general topics covered: posture, breathing, tone and sound quality, scales and chords, improvisation, performance techniques, how to read music & ear training. or just to stop that embarrassing squeaking. We'll discover you
r creative genius that's been waiting to be found and expressed, so you and others will enjoy the music you make. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Hannah B. January 10, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
I had a great time with Ken as an instructor! He introduced me to the basics of saxophone. He made me feel comfortable and able to achieve. I have never played an instrument. His lesson plans and homework kept me moving along. I felt I had my feet under me as a result of his instruction. I wanted to learn to play for my church; I look forward to taking more lessons from Ken in-home in the future.
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Ken M.

Ken M.

Salem, OR 97301
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Tad B.

Albany, OR

About Tad

Hello! Thanks for taking an interest in my studio! My name is Tad B. I am currently a student in oboe performance at Oregon State University. I am originally from this area and am glad to be back in the beautiful Willamette Valley. My studio includes comprehensive Oboe and English Horn study (technique, literature, reed making, audition preparation), Conducting (instrumental music conducting), beginning and intermediate saxophone, Music theory and Ear Training, and general music exploration. All ages and experiences are welcome, absolute beginner through preparing for serious music study. Plea
se feel free to contact me with any questions, I look forward to hearing from you!
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Tad B.

Tad B.

Albany, OR 97321
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$30 / 30-min

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