Gay Otey

Gay O.

Portland, OR

Lesson Details



Gay delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 6 to 75, males 7 to 75 and special needs

Teaching since:
September 1975

Music starts my day -- I make a detour by the piano on the way to the shower. Starting my day with music almost guarantees that my day is more productive and is filled with joy.

My musical life started when I was 4 when my dad started teaching me piano. I played woodwind instruments from 5th grade through college. I started voice lessons when I was 16 (and wanted to get into the top high school choir). And then, at age 60, I asked myself what I most wanted to be excellent at, what would carry me through the rest of my life. I chose piano and found a top-notch teacher who took me back to square one and changed my musical life. Then--a few years later, I found a top-notch voice teacher who taught me to breathe, taught me to speak . . . and changed my life once more.

I want to share these new discoveries with YOU. I want YOU to have a chance at a part in a school musical. I want YOU to be able to stand up in church and sing your heart out. I want YOU to be able to sit at a piano and make up accompaniments for group singing or confidently play a solo for your friends and family.

My college degree is in voice. My master's degree is in choral music and elementary school vocal classroom music. I've been part of a summer stock music program in Montana where I sang in the chorus, played piano in the pit orchestra and the following year acted as vocal music director for 5 full-length musicals.

*** Lesson Details ***
There's no stress in studying with me. We'll go at your speed. But I will tell you, the better you get, the pickier I get! Perfection is unattainable -- it's the journey that matters. I use many different series of piano books -- Young Pianist's Library, Celebration Series, FJH literature. I love duets. For singers, I like to sing show music, sacred music. I teach beginning Italian songs and art songs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Has 3 acoustic pianos (2 grands & 1 upright); Conn theatre-type organ

*** Home Equipment ***
I want an acoustic piano available in a piano student's home. I want a keyboard instrument available in a voice student's home (and a desire on the part of the student to learn how to read music). Best to send in studio.

*** Specialties ***
I am a continuing student of the Dorothy Taubman piano technique. I teach classical piano, basic improvisation, vocal classical art songs, sacred music, musical theatre.

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Apr 2013 - Present
Kenton Presbyterian Church

Church organist; choir accompanist.

Private teacher, piano and voice
Sep 1975 - Present

Soloist, organist
Dec 1978 - Dec 2012
Portland area Christian Science Churches


Master of Arts degree; Professional Diploma in Music Education
Sep 1961 - Jun 1963
Teachers College, Columbia University
Bachelor of Music
Sep 1960 - Jun 1961
University of Oregon
Voice performance
Sep 1957 - Sep 1960
Texas Woman's University


Fluent / Native Proficiency

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3 Reviews

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Logan S. Sep 9, 2016
Piano · In home

My son was absolutely delighted with "Miss Gay" and her teaching style. She is very good with young children - very patient and fun!

Karen N. Aug 25, 2016
Singing · In home

Gay was a skilled instructor as well as a delightful person. I'm very happy to have found her and will continue to use the techniques she suggested.

Bella M. May 14, 2015
Singing · In home

Gail is very knowledgeable.

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