Sean Shea

Sean S.

Roseburg, OR
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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.
And more advanced students may want to lean things like harmonizing and improvisational technique. I can help you with all these things.
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Sean teaches



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

Teaching since:

I began teaching acoustic guitar and voice lessons in 1984, also offering harmonium and tabla lessons a few years later. Some of my students have approached music mainly for personal enjoyment and deepening their self-identity, while others have used the skills they learned in their careers.

I've found that in order to be a successful teacher, I must be patient and compassionate, and try to always put myself in the shoes of a learner. I feel my greatest teaching strengths come from listening to my students, as well as drawing from my experience as a singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist.

I'm grateful for my exposure to the music of different cultures, especially 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.

Currently, I'm working on recording an album of original songs based on the poetry of Rumi, Hafiz and other mystics.

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Elementary School Music Teacher
Feb 2018 - Present
Winston-Dillard School District

Teach music to Elementary school classes (K-6); design age-appropriate lesson plans to meet state curriculum goals.

Music Teacher
Jul 2014 - Present
Umpqua Valley Music Lessons

Teach individual guitar, voice and percussion lessons for ages 5-adult, with specialty in fingerstyle guitar

Music Director
Jan 1988 - Apr 2014
Lighthouse Center Oregon

Led community weekly music program for guests and staff at spiritual retreat center;
Arranged and conducted music program for regional gatherings and special events; Taught group classes and
individual lessons in Indian Classical music: voice, harmonium, and tabla

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Indian Classical Music
Apr 1979 - May 1992
Private instruction with music teachers in Delhi, India; Eugene, Oregon; and Hanover, NH
BA, Human Development
Sep 1985 - Aug 1986
Pacific Oaks College
Traditional African Drumming
Sep 1982 - May 1983
Wesleyan University
Music major
Sep 1977 - Jun 1981
Dartmouth College


Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Sean S., lead singer with Ocean Drops Music

At a concert at San Diego Center for the Arts, April 2014

Passionate finger-picking with Underground River
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