Gay Otey

Gay O.

Portland, OR

About Gay O.

Gay teaches: Females 6 to 75
Males 7 to 75
Special needs
Teaching since: September 1975
Last sign in: 3 days ago

Overview

I break into song before my feet touch the floor -- 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 show music. I use 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. Prefers this due to teaching method. Best to send in studio. Vocal students need some type of keyboard instrument at home in order to obtain proper pitch for vocalizing and solo practice. I will teach you basic music reading skills and keyboard chord playing.

*** 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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Experience

Pianist/organist

Apr 2013 - Present
Kenton Presbyterian Church

Church organist; choir accompanist.

Soloist, organist

Dec 1978 - Dec 2012
Portland area Christian Science Churches

Education

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

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency
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3 Reviews on Gay O.

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Logan S. Sep 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son was absolutely delighted with "Miss Gay" and her teaching style. She is very good with young children - very patient and fun!
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Karen N. Aug 25, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
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.
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Bella M. May 14, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Gail is very knowledgeable.