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Joni Clare is a vocal coach, performing vocalist, and songwriter. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she emphasized on classical voice, experimental improvisation, and composition. She is also training to be an Alexander Technique teacher studying conscious control and physical misuse patterns. 

Clare has been performing for eight years ranging from back-up singing, collaborative projects, and solo work. She released her first album ‘Dividing Silence’ in 2012 and EP ‘Harvest’ in 2015. She has been writing music, singing, and playing keys with her band, The City Pines since 2013 and are currently performing and recording in Portland, Oregon.

Clare’s spiritual sound is intertwined with the classical, experimental, and compositional realms. Her voice pulls from both ends, reaching a spectral intensity within a soulful ambience. Visit her media to listen!

 

 

Voice & Piano Lessons

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Music Philosophy:

Lessons focus on breath management, authentic sound, and vocalizing with the whole self. She centers in on awareness and presence, listening, increasing brain function, and building character. In her studio, you can study pop, blues, improvisation, extended techniques and other styles along with performance readiness and original music if desired. Her aim is to guide you to a more clear, free speaking and singing voice that is understood both physically and cognitively.

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Joni ClareCurrently working towards her teaching certification in the Alexander Technique, she sees that paying attention to muscular tension and balance through the whole self offers sustainable performance application and greater vocal freedom. When students add rhythms and melody to the voice, it requires anatomical, emotional, and intellectual activity. Free singing is a guided practice and process that Clare is attuned to and provides.

What students have said about Joni Clare:

“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 and I am confident you would feel the same.” 

-Kevin Whitney, Portland OR

“Joni was my first voice instructor when I got to Portland, and I couldn’t have chosen a better teacher! She helped me work through my performance anxiety and taught me how to calm my breathing and relax my body so that I could sing to my fullest potential.”

-Charlie H. Portland, OR

 “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.”

-Rosalie, Parent of student, Bayside, WI

“Eve truly enjoyed her lessons with you.  She felt comfortable and at ease with you . Also, the lessons gave her the confidence to try out for the school musical. She was so happy to get that part!  Thanks for being a great teacher!”

-Vanessa, Parent of Eve, Milwaukee, WI

Lessons for Voice and Piano:

Clare teaches on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in her studios located on SE Hawthorne Blvd in Southeast Portland. Lessons are held weekly and organized around holidays, springs breaks, etcetera.

199563_205771162785575_3528848_nRates are $30/30 minutes or $45/50 and lessons are paid for by the month. Your first lesson is 25% off!

Cancellation Policy: Please give a 24 hours cancellation notice otherwise you will be charged the full cost of the lesson.

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Find Joni on Social Media:

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Want to book Joni Clare for an event?

Joni Clare performs for farmers’ markets, festivals, weddings, funerals, private parties, and other public events in the greater Portland, Oregon area. She plays electric sets with her band, The City Pines as well as flies solo. Send an email of interest to joniclared@gmail.com

 

About Joni Clare

 

Resident Artist at the Wormfarm Institute 2015
Resident Artist at the Wormfarm Institute 2015

Joni Clare is a performing vocalist, songwriter, and vocal coach also training to be an Alexander Technique teacher. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in music degree in 2015 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her eclectic vocal studies included classical, jazz, musical theater, and gospel repertoires where she performed in the University Choir, Women’s Choir, and Jazz Ensemble. She later specialized in extended vocal technique, experimental improvisation, composition, and vocal pedagogy with performances in the Contemporary Music Ensemble, Experimental Improvisation Ensemble, and a collaborative vocal-dance piece.

Clare’s early singing and performances took place in church, home and school. She developed a passion and meaning for music singing with her mom and dad in many positive, loving communities that she remains grateful for today. She took every opportunity to sing solos and lead characters in show choir, musical productions, class choir, and solo and ensemble events. It is very clear that early on, Clare carried strong ambition and no fear to sing out and these characteristics are still streaming in her performances and teaching practice today.

Joni Clare singing with Fable and the World Flat on Fox 6 Milwaukee
Joni Clare singing with Fable and the World Flat on Fox 6 Milwaukee

Clare began performing professionally before college, back-up singing with Soup, a funk-rock band recording vocals for two of Fable and the World Flat’s albums, The Great Attractor and Dark Flow. She began writing music in 2011 and released her first solo album, Dividing Silence in 2012. Soon after she started performing out in the Milwaukee culture at Gallery Nights, The Pfister Hotel, Art Milwaukee events, Milwaukee Jewish Museum, public venues, community farmers’ markets, and private weddings. 

https://joniclare.bandcamp.com/album/dividing-silence

She released another EP Harvest (2015) while an art-in-resident at the Wormfarm Institute, in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. She has recorded vocals in many collaborative projects, one being In The Waking Hour (2016) and has been an active member of the improvising communities. Most of Clare’s music is now with her band which released The City Pines in 2015 and they are currently performing in Portland, Oregon.

The City Pines at Ash Street Saloon in Portland, OR in 2016
The City Pines at Ash Street Saloon in Portland, OR in 2016

 

Get in Touch

Want to book Joni Clare for an event?

Joni Clare performing for a Wedding
Joni Clare performing for a Wedding

Joni Clare performs for farmers’ markets, festivals, weddings, funerals, private parties, and other public events in the greater Portland, Oregon area. She plays electric sets with her band, The City Pines as well as flies solo. Send an email of interest to joniclared@gmail.com

Want to take music lessons from Joni Clare?

Visit the Music Lessons page for more information and email her at joniclared@gmail.com to set up a free consultation.

Find her on Social Media:

Performing at Montavilla Farmer's Market in Portland, OR in 2016
Performing at Montavilla Farmer’s Market in Portland, OR in 2016

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instagram.com/JoClared/

 

 

 

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