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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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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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starting at
$24 / 30-min
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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
starting at
$39 / 30-min
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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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Danielle G.

Corvallis, OR

About Danielle

Hello, my name is Danielle Gosselin. I just relocated from Orlando, FL, to Corvallis, OR. For the past two years in Florida I was an adjunct professor of theatre at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where I taught acting and intro to theatre courses. As well as teaching at the college level, I taught private voice, piano, and acting lessons at Central Florida Community Arts and I worked as a teaching artist at the Orlando Repertory Theatre where I taught theatre workshops, theatre-based community outreach programs, and theatre summer camp. I hold a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting f
rom the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. During college, I participated in and placed first in state-wide and regional singing competitions. I also performed as a professional actor in productions at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Teaching is my passion, and I strive to share with my students what the arts have given to me. I look forward to meeting you soon!
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Katherine August 3, 2015
Vocal Training
Danielle was an outstanding instructor at our school. She had a very structured way of teaching and she knew how to tailor lessons to each of her students. I could see the effectiveness in her teaching in how her students were able to progress in the time that she was with them. Each of her students that would perform in our school recitals would show vast improvement every time. She taught students of all ages and levels and each one of them loved her. She had a great relationship with each of her students. Once a student started lessons with Danielle, they never wanted to leave her.
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Amy July 29, 2015
Singing · In studio
Danielle is an amazing instructor. She was my daughter's first vocal coach. We worked with Danielle for nearly a year and were so sad when she had to relocate out of state. My daughter had a naturally good voice, but Danielle's attention to technique, sight singing, performance skills, and basic music theory helped my daughter grow significantly as a vocalist. My child has a diagnosed anxiety disorder. She tends to be really hard on herself and upset easily. Danielle provided her with the perfect balance of challenging material and confidence-building praise. My daughter shines on stage now, and we know that Danielle is largely responsible for her success. I highly recommend that you select Danielle as your music instructor, as her knowledge of the field and kind ways will continue to enhance the talents of others.
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Denise July 27, 2015
Singing · In studio
Danielle knows how to captivates and keep the attention of the kid. She is very sweet and professional at the same time. My 6 years old daughter loved to have Danielle as her teacher. We love her.
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Danielle G.

Danielle G.

Corvallis, OR 97330
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starting at
$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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starting at
$20 / 30-min

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