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Learning to Sing in Portland

By Julia V. - Portland Singing Teacher

Portland is a unique city with its own distinctive character. The city is full of people who love the performing arts, and there is something for everyone to enjoy! If you’re considering taking singing lessons in Portland, you’re in luck! We can offer opportunities in every genre from new age to rock, and a whole song-loving community to support it all!

Students taking singing lessons in Portland are hoping to support their chosen activities whether in church choir, high school groups and musicals, or auditioning for the yearly PATA auditions. PATA stands for Portland Area Theatre Alliance which holds yearly auditions where area performers can be seen by up to 60 area companies. Performers have a choice of doing 2 songs, 2 monologues or 1 of each. Students and teachers can join PATA and it is a great resource for auditions and offering workshops. http://www.portlandtheatre.com/general-auditions.html

My students will often ask me which local choirs they should sing in. Your teacher can help to steer you in the right direction, but I always say it depends on each student’s sight reading and vocal skills. The PDX choral calendar lists 22 auditioned choirs as well as many more non-auditioned youth and professional choirs. https://sites.google.com/site/pdxchoralcalendar/list-of-choirs

Students may want to take singing lessons in Portland to gain entry to a local community college or University music program. PSU has a high-quality music program and are frequently putting on opera productions and providing many performance outlets. Check out their online calendar and student recital schedule. http://music.pdx.edu/calendar/

Mt. Hood Community College and others smaller campuses also have good programs for inspiring students to get out into the world of music and begin performing or teaching.

You know you have a good vocal technique if you can perform in several different styles. The important thing is to find a teacher or group where you feel comfortable and joyful! Joy is an underrated aspect of singing technique that makes everything easier.

While you’re taking singing lessons in Portland, you can enjoy lots of live music in every genre! Kells Irish Pub features traditional Irish music - Every Sunday at 7PM. Everyone is welcome! http://www.kellsportland.com/music/

The many different jazz groups can be found at the Jazz Society of Oregon. http://www.jsojazzscene.org/monthlyclubinfo.htm. To hear some of great jazz music live, check out Tony Starlight! There’s always a fun show and beautiful singers with live music. http://www.tonystarlight.com/events/upcoming-shows/

Finally, give Portland Opera a try. Every year they have young artists trying out for new roles. Portland Opera productions take place at Keller Auditorium and the Newmark Theatre with beautiful sets and costumes. Opera scenes are even performed outside during the summer in downtown Portland. http://www.portlandopera.org/

When you’re out around town and find a style or song you enjoy, jot down the title or keep the performance’s program. Portland Music Company is a local, independent music store where you can pick up the sheet music for some of your favorite pieces. http://www.portlandmusiccompany.com/

Bring your newly acquired music to your voice teacher and say “I’d like to be able to sing this!” You and your teacher will enjoy having a goal and building the skills to get you there.

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Julia V.

Portland, OR

Together we build your singing instrument from breath to vowels and tone so that, whatever style you choose to sing in, you are able to do it with ease.

About Julia

I have a Master’s in Opera Performance from the Boston and New England Conservatories as well as graduating from Vocal Performance programs at Boston University and Western Washington University. I have sung professionally with Boston Lyric Opera, Children’s Theater Companies, churches and synagogue and have toured on the east coast as well as Athens, Greece. Premiering new music is a specialty - I can help you prepare your pieces for auditions.  My students have successful auditions for college opera and music theater programs, and as choir soloists.
Students gain a larger vocal range and an
easy, natural way of singing whether it is in a rock band, choir or as a soloist. Together we find the joy of singing while building a solid technique.

I also work with small children as a Musikgarten teacher and have toured artist residency programs which introduce children to music and theater in schools.   I was adjunct faculty at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, local music studios as well as maintaining my private teaching practice.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am persistent and positive! Having worked and performed with singers and master teachers has helped me to be a resourceful teacher who understands the process of becoming a singer. I believe that a sense of fun and play helps you to accomplish your goals quickly.  For beginners you will learn how the voice works and how to care for and develop your instrument. We will choose music that interests you and helps to build your voice moving from simple to more complex and challenging. Understanding music theory and sight-reading will help you get the most out of your singing. After 3 - 6 months you should have a good command of breathing and an understanding of how to sing with an expressive tone.For the advanced student, I can help you work on trouble spots and give you tools to help with the changes that voices naturally go through.  I look forward to giving you my full focus and celebrating your growth and accomplishments!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Condo w/ open area with f/w keyboard with a visitor's parking lot w/ seating for parents. Parents with younger siblings can use play areas outside.
Basic library of vocal music, giving the student a way to sample different kinds of songs before purchasing books or downloading songs on their own. Music stand, iPhone plug-in/Amp for accompaniments and examples you want me to hear.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a basic library of vocal music at my home studio and will bring targeted books with me. Students should print out their favorite popular songs from such services as Music Notes website.
I expect my students to provide a keyboard, music stand and notebook as well as a low distraction environment.

*** Specialties ***
As an opera and musical theater, Oratorio and church singer, I help singers of all levels improve within their genre from popular music to opera. A good singing technique will help performers in any style stay healthy and enjoy an expressive singing instrument.
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Alexis B. July 23, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Julia is an excellent vocal coach ! She's helped me come out of my shell and discover my vocal talents. Every lesson with her has been meaningful and inspirational. At first I was very shy and hesitant about pursuing lessons, but I'm glad I did ! I look forward to everything else she has to teach me.
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Ivanna P. July 9, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Very professional, knowledgeable. Great teacher.
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Neil June 30, 2015
Singing · In studio
I am 60 years old, have some musical background, have never, ever sung, and have wanted to rectify that for several years. For me, Julia is perfect, and if I say that I am finding my lessons life-changing, it is not an exaggeration. Julia is experienced, skilled, warm, attentive, and observant. I look forward very much to my next lesson.
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Julia V.

Julia V.

Portland, OR 97218
(13)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Emily S.

Portland, OR

About Emily

Music is my life! I started studying at the age of 7 and never looked back. I'm about to graduate with my degree in vocal performance and have already completed my pedagogy requirements. I have 4 years of teaching experience, and 10+ years of performing experience. Currently I primarily perform opera, however I have extensive experience in musical theater, and have performed solo jazz and in vocal jazz ensembles. I am comfortable teaching any of these styles, though of course when it comes to opera younger students will start with art song and other classical styles that are more suited to the
less mature voice.

*** Lesson Details ***
I take a very kinesthetic approach to teaching. I have training in body mapping, and find it extremely useful in teaching students from ages 5-100. Along with learning the music of their choice, students will learn the way the parts of their body responsible for singing work. We will develop techniques that promote the health and longevity of the voice, and avoid discomfort and unnecessary tension.

It is equally important to me that students have fun in their lessons. Music is fun, and if you aren't having fun then I'm doing something wrong.

During our first lessons students can expect to discuss what their musical goals are and how we can best accomplish them together. Throughout our time together we will review these goals, update them, and make sure that we are working towards them an effective and efficient manner. These goals can be anything from auditioning for a choir or musical to having lots of fun and finding out all the cool things your voice can do. Singing is a fun, uplifting activity and my lessons reflect that.

I incorporate at least some music theory into lessons, mainly through take home sheets, although we do take some time during lessons. The amount depends on the goals of the student, and previous experience in music. It is important that all musicians, even vocalists, understand the basics of music theory including key signatures and how to read music. The level to which we focus on theory will depend on the needs and goals of the specific student.

I do not use a specific book for teaching. I will provide some sheet music, and will provide easy and affordable (if not totally free) ways for students to get and obtain sheet music and practice sheets. I have a few method books that are incorporated depending on the age, and goals of the student. I do not require students to purchase these we will use them in lessons and if we deem it helpful I will provide electronic copies that students can print out at home.

After 3-6 months students can expect to have met at least some of their goals, and will notice an improvement in their pitch and general musicianship. They should also expect to have learned a couple of songs that will be agreed upon during lessons. The number will again depend on the age and goals of the student, the genre, and the songs themselves.

Lastly I want to emphasize the importance of open communication between student and teacher. My job is to help you reach your goals, and if I'm not doing that then I am not the right teacher for you. While I strive to meet the goals of every student, if at any time you feel that I am not meeting your goals I am happy to discuss that and figure out what the best course of action should be. This is about your musical journey and my ability to guide you in it.

*** Specialties ***
-I have had training in musical theater, and jazz styles
-I have had extensive training in opera and classical styles
-I am willing to teach pop music and have been exposed to the style, but have not done as much performing in it.
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Judith E. April 7, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Emily is a great teacher. Very knowledgeable and explains skills at the level of the student. She is also easy to talk to and kind.
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Judith E. March 16, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Emily is a great teacher. I can't believe how much she packed into a 30 minute session. I feel excited about the next lesson.
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Katie L. August 20, 2014
Singing
Emily is an excellent musician and teacher. You will not be disappointed.
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Emily S.

Emily S.

Portland, OR 97221
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Amanda S.

Portland, OR

I am a songwriter and performer trained in body-based vocal technique, which works for all styles of singing! I help new singers free their bodies from tension and allow their voices to open up. I love working with experienced vocalists to hone their technique, and enhance their range and expression. In our lessons, we will explore grounding and breath, how to find forward focus to give your voice clarity and resonance, and how to play with stylistic choices that will enhance anything you sing. I am a friendly and intuitive teacher, great at balancing structured lessons with meeting my students' individual needs.

About Amanda

I am a body-based voice teacher and vocal coach with a passion for singing, performing, and helping all vocalists discover and explore their best voice. Since graduating from Linda Brice's Transformational Voice Apprentice Training Program, I have been working with a variety of students of all levels and genres, using techniques that are based on how our bodies are designed to produce sound and breath. I specialize in working with vocal performers and recording artists who want to develop artistic expression, feel comfortable onstage, and learn to sing in a way that guarantees vocal longevity
and freedom.
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Dana August 31, 2015
Holistic Voice Technique · In studio
Amanda is awesome! A year ago I decided I needed to study vocal technique, (after teaching myself to sing later in life), to improve my sound and keep from hurting my voice. My friend recommended Amanda and we began weekly lessons.

She taught me the following:

How to effectively use the breath How to sing “forward” and/or project my voice How to properly form vowels How to extend my range How to better evoke emotion, especially to match the moods of lyrics

Amanda is very down to earth and made me feel very comfortable. She is very sweet and has a very relaxed and efficient teaching style. She helped me to improve and further cultivate the voice I have chosen. I am forever grateful!

I highly recommend lessons with her!!!

Sincerely,

Dana Elizabeth (aka Coco Columbia) Singer/Songwriter, Drummer, Music Teacher
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Dana Elizabeth August 20, 2015
Holistic Voice Technique · In home
Amanda is awesome! A year ago I decided I needed to study vocal technique, (after teaching myself to sing later in life), to improve my sound and keep from hurting my voice. My friend recommended Amanda and we began weekly lessons.

She taught me the following:

How to effectively use the breath
How to sing "forward" and/or project my voice
How to properly form vowels
How to extend my range
How to better evoke emotion, especially to match the moods of lyrics

Amanda is very down to earth and made me feel very comfortable. She is very sweet and has a very relaxed and efficient teaching style. She helped me to improve and further cultivate the voice I have chosen. I am forever grateful!

I highly recommend lessons with her!!!

Sincerely,

Dana Elizabeth (aka Coco Columbia)
Singer/Songwriter, Drummer, Music Teacher
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Chris August 17, 2015
Holistic Voice Technique · In studio
My experiences with Amanda were wonderful. She draws equally from her training in the method of transformational voice and her extensive background in music composition and performance. I visited her for several lessons in the summer of 2014, when I was experiencing some trouble getting back into the swing of using my voice after taking a long break. She has an impressive arsenal of tips, tricks, tools, and techniques designed to get you into a comfortable and authentic voice - regardless of your personal learning style. She is knowledgable and encouraging, so I don't hesitate to recommend her with the highest rating.
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Amanda S.

Amanda S.

Portland, OR 97232
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Charity M.

Portland, OR

Whether recreationally or professionally we'll expand repertoire to display versatility, work on aural skills (sight singing, intervals, dictation), theory and musicality.

About Charity

The body is an incredible instrument that we use to speak, to rock out, walk, boogie, express, signify and croon. The body can captivate audiences or communicate to a friend. A person can personally and professionally take flight, gaining confidence through becoming familiar with themselves, their bodies and their artistry.

Charity Marchandt ran away with both opera and the circus.Their vocal skill continues to take them on the jazz, theater and classical stages like Portland Opera and Opera Theater Oregon.

Combining both disciplines of music and cirque is one of their favorite thing
s.They are a previous resident artist and troupe liaison of Sky Circus, a continuing guest member with Wanderlust Circus, Voice instructor at Youth Music Project and instructor at Echo Theater
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Lois July 1, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
I have found her teaching style and versatility from a student’s perspective very strong. She is able to adapt to each of her students learning styles. Not only this but she also develops the students self confidence and a belief in their abilities. Thus she has always created students that excel. I have experienced none of her students quitting, but all of us excelled. They all out perform and continue on to great success in their fields of study. I feel very blessed to have her as a teacher and as a mentor. It has lead to my success. Thank You!
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Kelley July 1, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
I had the pleasure of working with Charity when my daughter was taking voice lessons with her. She is a phenomenal teacher, wonderful with kids and offers just the right amount of encouragement and support, as well as the ability to help even the most reluctant student perform. The skills that Charity taught my daughter have translated well into middle school, giving her the confidence to be on stage in front of her peers, which is no small accomplishment. It's been beautiful to watch my child blossom after working with Charity, and I would highly recommend her to anyone considering voice lessons.
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Michael June 30, 2015
Singing · In studio
My daughter loves Charity! Charity has been providing her with singing and dance lessons for over a year. My daughter is so much more confident, and her posture and flexibility are much better. She can now even do the splits. Best of all, my daughter will never feel embarrassed about singing in public. I recommend Charity whole-heartedly.
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Charity M.

Charity M.

Portland, OR 97225
(4)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Kayla D.

Portland, OR

Students can expect to learn proper technique and build their repertoire. Students can expect to be performance ready within three lessons or less. Students will learn a strong work ethic and also how to have fun on stage.

About Kayla

My name's Kayla and I'm a voice teacher/actor/singer/dancer new to Portland. I've got 16 years experience in the performing arts under my belt. I can teach all vocals styles : Classical,Jazz,Musical Theatre,Rock and Metal. I specialize in Rock and Metal vocals with an emphasis on vocal safety and technique. I'm also available for acting coaching and audition preparation. I also offer my opinions and an inside look into the performing arts whenever I can. With a couple years of touring under my belt and several professional shows as well as my experience in film, I hope that I can help to answe
r any questions you may have about choosing this as a career. Looking forward to working with you! - Kayla
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Craig McCord July 31, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
Kayla was professional, knowledgeable, clear, and encouraging. She asked excellent questions to find out my experience and goals, then moved right into effective instruction on warmup exercises around breathing and simple scales. She made me feel comfortable and willing to take risks, and I quickly felt stronger and more confident.
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John July 7, 2015
Singing · In studio
I have worked with Kayla over the past five years both in the recording studio and In live performance of my musical, “Love at Last Sight.” She is nery versatile and has a four octave vocal range. She can harmonize or sing lead with great skill and is extremely dedicated to her craft. I reccomend her highly as a vocal instructor. Sincerely, John Guernsey (pianisr & songwriter)
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Joe July 7, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Kayla is a fabulously talented vocalist who is willing to share her exceptional talent with others. Anyone who is blessed to take a lesson from Kayla will be rewarded with a great vocal lesson!
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Kayla D.

Kayla D.

Portland, OR 97214
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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