Joni Clare

Joni C.

Portland, OR

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Singing helps you build confidence and presence! At her studio, you can study pop, blues, improvisation, extended techniques and many other styles while focusing on original music and performance readiness. Discover the power of breath, authentic sound, and define your speaking and singing voice.

Joni is a performing vocalist and keyboardist, blending original soul, classical voice, and improvisation. She has a Bachelor’s degree in music and seven years of performing experience.
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Joni delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
October 2014

Joni C is a performing vocalist, songwriter, and vocal coach also training to be an Alexander Technique teacher. She studied the instruments of voice and piano at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she earned a Bachelor of Art degree in music. Her vocal repertoires started in classical, jazz, musical theater, and gospel and later specialized in extended vocal technique, experimental improvisation, composition, songwriting, and vocal pedagogy. Her piano repertoires have included classical and popular music.

She has been performing for eight years ranging from back-up singing, collaborative projects, and singing/playing keys in her band, The City Pines. She released her first album 'Dividing Silence' in 2012 and EP 'Harvest' in 2015 and is currently performing and recording music with her band in Portland, Oregon.

She is down to earth and has a strong, eclectic sound mixing original soul singing with classical and experimental training. She helps you build awareness and conscious control of the singing muscles while expanding the vocal range. Under her guidance you'll explore colors and resonation in relationship to tuning. The goal is to establish a free, confident voice through opening up choice and decision making with an understanding of your instrument!

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Voice, Piano, and Songwriting Instructor
May 2016 - Present
Private studio at Mount Tabor Music School

Vocal Coach
Jan 2016 - Apr 2016
4/4 School of Music

Voice Coach
Oct 2014 - Jul 2015
Brass Bell Music Store


Certificate in the Alexander Technique: Mindfulness + Well Being
Sep 2014 - Present
Oregon Center of the Alexander Technique
Bachelor's Degree in Music: Classical Voice, Experimental Extended Technique, Piano, Composition, Music Theory
Jan 2011 - May 2015
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Winner 414 Talent Contest, Miramar Theatre Milwaukee, WI
Nov 2015
414 Talent

Photos & Videos

Original Song 'Humming bird Tempo' 
Written by Joni Clare on piano and voice
Recorded by The City Pines
Original Song 'Reminder'
Photo by Joni C.

Performing with The Flood
'Follow Me" written by Joni Clare
Performed by The City Pines
Photo by Joni C.

Artist in residence at the Wormfarm Institute

Singer for funk, rock, jam band Soup

Voice and Guitar


5 Reviews

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Drew Aug 27, 2017
Singing · In studio

Joni is an amazing teacher! I studied with her for over 4 months, and it was an absolute pleasure to build my singing skills. She helped me find what I wanted from my lessons, and then helped me tackle my goals. She has no problem explaining as much or little as you are inclined to learn. I hope to take lessons with her again some time in the future. Thank you for all your help Joni. You rock!

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Drew Apr 11, 2017
Singing · In studio

Joni is a great fit for my singing goals. I can't wait until our next lesson!

Kevin W. Oct 6, 2016
Singing · In studio

Joni is a wonderful teacher to work with. Her passion for music and her drive and dedication to helping you achieve your goals show up so clearly in every lesson with her.

It also seems clear to me that she comes at this not from any strict tradition or method but as someone who has learned very well the science behind how the voice and singing work. How the body works as a whole. She then uses that knowledge and her skills to pull forward whatever will work best for any particular goal you have. She will not only show you what to do but she will be sure you understand why you are doing it.

I for one feel lucky to have found her here on Takelessons. I am confident you would feel the same.

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Rosalie Aug 31, 2016
Singing · In studio

Joni shared her gift for vocal instruction with my teen son who has autism. She created a safe place for him to explore his own vocal talent while helping him expand his skills, learn about new kinds of music, and experience the joy of singing.

Charlie Aug 30, 2016
Vocal Training · In home

Joni is an amazing instructor! She was so helpful in showing me how to regulate my breathing to make the most of my voice. Better breathing meant better relaxation, which helped with performance anxiety. She's awesome!

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