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Sean S.
Sutherlin, Oregon
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Sing from your heart with personalized training from a seasoned coach with 38 years of experience
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The voice is our first instrument, and accordingly, our most natural one to express the creative impulses of our soul. However, there are several challenges we need to overcome in order to make it really shine. The first is that we hear our own voice differently than others hear it - from "inside our head." So it takes some practice to learn different ways of hearing ourselves. The second challenge is that most music doesn't happen in isolation, but with other people's involvement. So unless you plan to sing "a capella" (without instrumental accompaniment) and just for your own enjoyment, you need to learn how to relate what you sing to other sounds. This requires a good deal of practice and it is certainly easier with the help of a skilled teacher to help you learn not only what to listen for, but how to control your voice to make it do what you want. Then there are technical refinements like breath control, articulation, intonation, projection, resonance, ear training, etc. More advanced students may want to learn things like harmonizing and improvisational techniques. I can help you with all these things. And I'll serve as a sounding board, giving you feedback and helping you become more aware of how to listen to the subtleties of your voice, and how to control it so you can express yourself more fully. Above all, I'll encourage you to sing from your heart - to stay in touch with what moves you in a song, and to use the power of your voice to touch others' hearts.
About Sean S.

I look at music essentially as a subject of the heart. People are drawn to learning music by an irresistible pull, and what may start as a casual curiosity can grow into a lifelong passion. The mystery of the creative process is more of an art form than a science, with as many different approaches as there are personalities. In my almost forty years of teaching music, one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is the importance of putting myself in the shoes of a learner, listening and being responsive to my students’ interests, needs and strengths. I have a profound respect for each person’s individual musical tastes and styles, and I have an abiding faith in each person’s inner source of inspiration and wisdom. My main goal as a teacher is to help you tap your own creative wellspring and discover your unique talents. I began teaching acoustic guitar and voice lessons in 1984, also offering harmonium and tabla lessons a few years later. Some of my students approach music mainly for personal enjoyment and deepening their self-identity, while others use the skills they learn in their careers. I'm grateful for my exposure to the music of different cultures from around the world, from my roots in back-porch American folk music to the fascinating polyrhythms of traditional African drumming and the deeply moving melodies of Indian Classical music. I had the good fortune to study these disciplines intensively with Master Teachers during my time at Dartmouth College, at Wesleyan University, and through independent studies in India. My teacher training at Pacific Oaks College further deepened my appreciation of cultural diversity as well as my sensitivity to different learning styles. This experience has enriched my own compositions, as well as my ability to connect with learners from diverse cultural backgrounds, and to help guide people in developing a personal style free from artificial boundaries of genre. I never cease to be in awe of the amazing potential that each student brings to the table, and I am grateful for the chance to help people open up their musical gifts. Currently, I'm working on recording an album of original songs based on the poetry of Rumi, Hafiz and other mystics. # # # COVID-19 Update: I've resumed in-person lessons, using careful safety protocols. Please check with me for details. I will also continue teaching lessons online using specialized teaching techniques I've developed for online lessons, which my students have found very satisfying (please read my reviews!) You can use either the TakeLessons mobile app or your web browser (no software is necessary to download). I've found the clarity and responsiveness excellent, and a great bonus is the option to record your lesson for you to review later. Don't hesitate to give it a try!

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Sean S.
Sutherlin, Oregon
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Sing from your heart with personalized training from a seasoned coach with 38 years of experience
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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The voice is our first instrument, and accordingly, our most natural one to express the creative impulses of our soul. However, there are several challenges we need to overcome in order to make it really shine. The first is that we hear our own voice differently than others hear it - from "inside our head." So it takes some practice to learn different ways of hearing ourselves. The second challenge is that most music doesn't happen in isolation, but with other people's involvement. So unless you plan to sing "a capella" (without instrumental accompaniment) and just for your own enjoyment, you need to learn how to relate what you sing to other sounds. This requires a good deal of practice and it is certainly easier with the help of a skilled teacher to help you learn not only what to listen for, but how to control your voice to make it do what you want. Then there are technical refinements like breath control, articulation, intonation, projection, resonance, ear training, etc. More advanced students may want to learn things like harmonizing and improvisational techniques. I can help you with all these things. And I'll serve as a sounding board, giving you feedback and helping you become more aware of how to listen to the subtleties of your voice, and how to control it so you can express yourself more fully. Above all, I'll encourage you to sing from your heart - to stay in touch with what moves you in a song, and to use the power of your voice to touch others' hearts.
About Sean S.

I look at music essentially as a subject of the heart. People are drawn to learning music by an irresistible pull, and what may start as a casual curiosity can grow into a lifelong passion. The mystery of the creative process is more of an art form than a science, with as many different approaches as there are personalities. In my almost forty years of teaching music, one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is the importance of putting myself in the shoes of a learner, listening and being responsive to my students’ interests, needs and strengths. I have a profound respect for each person’s individual musical tastes and styles, and I have an abiding faith in each person’s inner source of inspiration and wisdom. My main goal as a teacher is to help you tap your own creative wellspring and discover your unique talents. I began teaching acoustic guitar and voice lessons in 1984, also offering harmonium and tabla lessons a few years later. Some of my students approach music mainly for personal enjoyment and deepening their self-identity, while others use the skills they learn in their careers. I'm grateful for my exposure to the music of different cultures from around the world, from my roots in back-porch American folk music to the fascinating polyrhythms of traditional African drumming and the deeply moving melodies of Indian Classical music. I had the good fortune to study these disciplines intensively with Master Teachers during my time at Dartmouth College, at Wesleyan University, and through independent studies in India. My teacher training at Pacific Oaks College further deepened my appreciation of cultural diversity as well as my sensitivity to different learning styles. This experience has enriched my own compositions, as well as my ability to connect with learners from diverse cultural backgrounds, and to help guide people in developing a personal style free from artificial boundaries of genre. I never cease to be in awe of the amazing potential that each student brings to the table, and I am grateful for the chance to help people open up their musical gifts. Currently, I'm working on recording an album of original songs based on the poetry of Rumi, Hafiz and other mystics. # # # COVID-19 Update: I've resumed in-person lessons, using careful safety protocols. Please check with me for details. I will also continue teaching lessons online using specialized teaching techniques I've developed for online lessons, which my students have found very satisfying (please read my reviews!) You can use either the TakeLessons mobile app or your web browser (no software is necessary to download). I've found the clarity and responsiveness excellent, and a great bonus is the option to record your lesson for you to review later. Don't hesitate to give it a try!

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Great 1st lesson. Sean is patient and kind, Thank you!

Posted Feb 22, 2022
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Great first lesson looking forward to the next.

Posted Oct 25, 2021
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I've just done my first session w/Sean. I'm signing on for a while as he seems very approachable, knowledgeable, and flexible. He also has a varied background w/singing/songwriting/guitar playing which will work for my new approach. He also works in several complimentary areas of music & likes Rumi & J. Mitchell as much as I do!

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Singing
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Valley Ct
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Student's Home
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Work hours
M
T
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T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
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30 minutes
$42
45 minutes
$55
60 minutes
$67
90 minutes
$92
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
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