Erin Walker

Erin W.

Portland, OR
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About

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Erin delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
September 2011

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, ranging in ability from beginner to experienced. 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.

I travel to some students in N and NE Portland, but I vastly prefer to have students come to me. For students in Vancouver, WA, I do ask that they come to me.

*** 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. For adults, I recommend an hour voice lesson. For kids, I recommend a half hour voice lesson, and half hour of piano if they are not already taking it.

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. For piano beginners, I recommend 30 minutes. Once the student is a little more experienced, I like to have them for 45 minutes.

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.

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Experience

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.

Education

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

French
Limited Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

O mio babbino caro from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi
Opera on Tap gig in Vancouver, WA
August, 2018
Vanilla Ice Cream from the musical She Loves Me
Opera on Tap gig in Vancouver, WA
August, 2018
This is me singing Adele's second aria from Die Fledermaus at a performance with Opera on Tap Portland.
Performing in an opera for my grad program at PSU

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Performing Gianetta in Elixir of Love

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Photo by Erin W.

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Performing with Opera on Tap

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Performing with Opera on Tap

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Opera on Tap, Saturday night Opera in the Honors Bar at McMenamin's Kennedy School

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18 Reviews

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Miriam Jul 24, 2018
Opera Voice · In studio

I'm learning so much having lessons with Erin. She's a great teacher!

Noura P. Jul 13, 2018
Piano · In home

She is absolutely awesome, very knowlagabl and great with kids. My son loves her lessons.

Potrin P. May 19, 2018
Piano · In home

She is absolutely great, my 6 years old son had a blast and we are so excited.

Debra K. Apr 19, 2018
Singing · Online

Mariah Mar 21, 2018
Piano · In studio

Erin is extremely patient and talented in her abilities to work with a five year old. I'm very pleased to have found someone like her.

Dave L. Mar 12, 2018
Singing · In studio

Just started, however, Erin is very polite friendly and patient. knows her topic well....

Trinity K. Nov 16, 2017
Singing · Online

I enjoyed how patient she was with me. She has an amazing voice!

Paige C. Nov 7, 2017
Piano · In studio

My granddaughter, Payge is the one taking piano
lessons. According to her, Erin is an excellent teacher.
She’s fun, easygoing and friendly. Payge loves her a lot.

Hazel

Cheri R. May 2, 2017
Broadway Singing · Online

Katheryne U. Apr 17, 2017
Opera Voice · In studio

Great first lesson! I feel like I learned a lot about technique and pronunciation. I get really nervous to sing in front of people but Erin made me feel comfortable. I definitely recommend her if you want to not only sing better but also learn the lingo, techniques, and theory. Looking forward to our next lesson :)

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anastasia Mar 28, 2017
Broadway Singing · Online

awsome and caring

Bell Sep 16, 2016
Piano · In home

Bell loved the lesson.
Thank you!

Emma Sep 13, 2016
Singing · Online

I have had three lessons with Erin so far and she is great. She is nice and funny!

Abby Aug 22, 2016
Piano · Online

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

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
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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!

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Tom S. Feb 10, 2014
Singing ·

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!

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Zachary M. Dec 30, 2013
Singing ·

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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