Joni Clare is a voice/piano and Alexander Technique teacher at Mount Tabor Music School in Portland, OR. She is also a performing musician in The City Pines, expressing genre fluidity and positive vibration in music. Her original themes and creative services advocate for a deeper unified self and she believes that the resulting sound of our instrument is interconnected with the health of the our entire human system.

Music + Alexander Technique Lessons

Music Philosophy:

Studying a music is an intellectual and creative process that can help improve your sense of self and communication with others. General music education is of great value and Joni also helps you discover and deepen the creation of your unique sound. Your intentions are important while she holds space for building confidence, whole-self presence and awareness, listening skills, and creative consciousness.

She adapts to your needs and guides 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 free and sustainable sound that can be understood on a simple 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 guides you through 15 minutes of work in with your weekly music lesson. She also offers a full complimentary lesson to first lay down the foundation.

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, Piano & Alexander Technique:

Clare teaches in her studio located at Mount Tabor Music School on 41st and SE Hawthorne Blvd. Lessons are held weekly and organized around holidays, springs breaks, and the school year calendar.

$45/45 or $60/60 minutes paid monthly. $35/30 minutes is also offered to ages 10 and under.

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, lessons can be made up within the same month of payment. She will always make up a paid lesson that she cancels or will apply the payment to the next month’s payment.

Joni Clare’s Music

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 all electric with her band, The City Pines as well as plays 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 leads in show choir, musicals, class choir, and solo and ensemble competitions. It is very clear that Clare, early on carried strong passion and very little fear to sing, dance, and play instruments. These observations are carried through her performances and teaching services 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 to plug her voice into the Milwaukee, WI music scene in her early 20’s back-up singing with local groups, Soup and Fable and the World Flat. Studying and performing music from Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Grateful Dead on weekend nights while singing Classical pieces in college during the week, she quickly advanced her dynamic voice for writing original music. She cultivated something unique and eclectic that struck a balance between her collegiate work, reflective writing, and collaborations with other Milwaukee musicians.

She composed a raw, striped-down collection of songs (Harvest 2015) during an art-in-residency at the Wormfarm Institute. She also recorded a freely improvised album, The Waking Hour (2015) with two other Milwaukee improvising musicians before heading out to Portland. Most of Clare’s writing, recording and performing is now with her band of 5 years, The City Pines in Portland, Oregon.

The City Pines at the Eastburn 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

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