Joni Clare is a music and Alexander Technique teacher at Mount Tabor Music School and performing musician in The City Pines in Portland, OR. She shares reflective original music with a unique mystical sound drawing from classical and experimental vocal styles, composition, and the pop-blues-rock realms. Her performing and creative services advocate for a deeper knowledge of the self and that quality of life is quality of sound.

Music and Alexander Technique Lessons

Music Philosophy:

Studying music is an intellectual and creative process that can help improve your sense of self and communication with others. Among receiving general music education, Joni helps connect your unique self to the meaning of music. Through singing or playing, she artfully responds to your intentions while building confidence, whole-self presence, listening skills, and creative consciousness.

She adapts to your needs and can guide you through improvisation, cover songs, piano or piano + vocal pieces. She also features performance readiness and original music, but works it in differently with each student. Your time together is constructive while exploring many ideas that music offers. Her aim is to guide you to a clear, free sound that is understood on a simple, yet sustainable level.

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Joni also teaches Alexander Technique teacher in and outside of music lessons. The Technique is the study of motor control and manner of reaction and is a fantastic sub-skill for music. The overall framework for the technique is to unlearn harmful habits and retrain specific muscle patterns that are associated with stress. The gentle manual guidance that she provides essentially helps bring your alignment into a different state that better sets up muscle use, respiration and vocalization.

In vocalizing or playing any instrument, the challenge is knowing how much and what kind of work it takes to get a desired sound. A developing skill in the technique sets you up for a more conscious process through any activity of life so that you can have a healthy, happy experience with alertness and awareness. 

The practical skills you learn help aid efficient movement and avoid injury during practice without overriding music time. She highly suggests students take some form of Alexander Technique instruction while studying with her and offers 15 minutes “turn up” lessons to students as a boost to their weekly music lesson. She also gives you a free 45 minute lesson first to lay down the foundation before breaking it up into 15 minute lessons.

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

“A large part of my job as a teacher is singing with children. I always lacked the confidence and ability I desired to pass the joy of music along to my students. I wanted to improve in these areas and I couldn’t be happier that I found Joni. She didn’t just focus on the voice, but how the body works as a whole to bring out a new sound. She helped bring me out of my shell and even helped me sing on stage in front of others! I would recommend Joni for anyone wanting to improve their voice or is just starting out.”

-Corrine Spencer, 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


Parent Reviews:

 “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 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays in her studio located on 41st and SE Hawthorne Blvd. Lessons are held weekly and organized around holidays, springs breaks, and the school year calendar.

Rates are $35/30 or $45/45 minutes and lessons are paid for by the month. She offers a free 30-minute consultation or 25% off your first lesson.

15 minute Alexander Technique “turn-ups” before music lessons are an extra $50/month. This is a flat monthly rate and she can give you a free 45 minute lesson first.

Cancellation Policy:  You are required to pay for all regularly scheduled lessons regardless of cancellations. There are no refunds. If you do cancel with a 24-hour notice she will does her best to reschedule, but all make-up lessons must occur within the same month. Joni will always make up a paid lesson that she cancels or  she will apply the payment to the next month’s payment.


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


About Joni Clare


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

Joni Clare graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her early vocal training included classical, jazz, musical theater, and gospel repertoires while performing in the University Choir, Women’s Choir, and Jazz Ensemble. She later specialized in extended vocal techniques, 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. 

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 the Eastburn in Portland, OR in 2016


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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

Want to take music lessons from Joni Clare?

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

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