Erin Walker

Erin W.

Portland, OR

About Erin W.

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Erin teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: September 2011
Last sign in: 2 days ago


I have a Master's in Vocal Performance from Portland State University, and over a decade of vocal training and performance experience.

I teach voice lessons to kids, teenagers, and adults.

My voice students range in ability from absolute beginner to intermediate with significant previous musical and vocal training. I have helped the beginning students learn to match pitch and read notes on the staff. My voice students learn to sing with purer vowels, increased breath support, and to access greater vocal range.

I teach beginning piano to all ages. I teach students as young as 5 as long as they are able to stay focused for the duration of a half hour lesson. Most of my piano students are in the 7 -10 range, but I teach some beginning adults as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice students will learn to improve their technique through proper breathing, correct vowels, space, and resonance. I teach repertoire based on the students' interest, but I am well versed in classical and operatic repertoire in English, French, German, and Italian, as well as some musical theatre and jazz. I also teach pop songs for those who are interested. I can help you improve your technique for whatever style of music you want to sing.

Piano students will learn to read music, play with correct form, learn scales, and improve their musicianship skills. I teach out of lesson books (mostly Faber) to improve technique, but I want students to learn supplemental pieces that are fun for them as well.

I hope to share with you the same joy I get from making music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio at home has a piano, my music library, a large mirror for aiding the student in observing their vocal habits.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For in home lessons, students will need to have a keyboard or a piano in a space free of distractions. Students should have a neat, three ring binder to hold any loose sheet music. Piano students need a regular notebook to write lesson assignments.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching classical art songs and musical theatre.

Photos and Videos

This is me singing Adele's second aria from Die Fledermaus at a performance with Opera on Tap Portland.


Voice/Piano Teacher

Apr 2014 - Present
Private Lessons

I teach voice and piano lessons to ages 5+.

Piano/Voice Teacher

Dec 2013 - Present
Private School

I teach voice and beginning piano lessons to kids.

Private Voice/Piano Instructor

Apr 2013 - Present
Private Studio

I teach voice, piano, and music theory lessons to ages 5 - 99.

Piano/Voice Teacher

Sep 2013 - Jun 2014
Chordination School of Music

Worked as a substitute teacher for private piano and voice lessons.


Master's in Vocal Performance

Sep 2009 - Jun 2011
Portland State University

Bachelor's in Vocal Performance

Aug 2003 - May 2007
Northern Arizona University

Languages Spoken


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7 Reviews on Erin W.

Bell Sep 16, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Bell loved the lesson.
Thank you!
Emma Sep 13, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
I have had three lessons with Erin so far and she is great. She is nice and funny!
Abby Aug 22, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Abby was shy when she started. Erin was patient with her. I never used Skype before so it was an expedient me
George L. May 22, 2015
Opera Voice · In studio
Verified Student
I had 3 lessons from her. She is a very patient teacher; her instruction is progressive and methodical. I really enjoy learning things I had no idea before. Her instruction really has widen my breath of knowledge in voice.
Jamie D May 14, 2014
Awesome Teacher!!

I have been learning from Erin for about 6 months, she has shown me how to do things with my voice I never thought I could ever do!! She is really patient, but holds me to a high standard as well. Lots of fun, and easy to be around too. Great experience!
Tom S. Feb 10, 2014
Verified Student
An Exceptional Instructor!!!

Erin is a very knowledgeable instructor in both voice and piano. I have been taking lessons from her in my home for about 3 months now and I have made HUGE strides in my ability to sing on key (which was close to zero before I started lessons with her) and my ability to read music and play the piano which I gave up on when I was 8 years old.

Erin is professional, patient, understanding and very reliable and I would highly recommend her. Her valuable instruction has opened a whole new world for me!
Zachary M. Dec 30, 2013
Erin is just wonderful--helpful, supportive, and fun!

I came to Erin after several years away from singing, and she got me right back up to speed quickly and completely--better than ever, in fact!

We've worked on pieces that I've always wanted to work on, but she has also exposed me to all kinds of music that I hadn't known, and each piece has been exciting, challenging, and rewarding to sing.

Erin has always been completely reliable and professional, and an expert communicator. The few times she's ever given me feedback or instructions that I didn't understand immediately, she was able to communicate the idea in another way, and she's always completely open to questions. She's really just completely comfortable to talk to. Even when I struggled in her lessons from time to time, I never once felt frustrated or discouraged, and always came out on top.

Working with Erin, my technique, artistry, and confidence have all soared, and each lesson has been a joy. Erin is as knowledgeable as she is talented, and simply a delightful human being.

I'd give her three thumbs up if I had an extra hand!
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