Studying a musical instrument 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, but Joni also helps you discover and deepen the creation of your unique sound. Your intentions are important while she still 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 offers 15 minute “turn up” lessons as a boost to their weekly music lesson. She offers a full complimentary lesson to first lay down the foundation before breaking it up into 15 minutes.
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
“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 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.
Rates: $35/30 or $45/45 minutes (paid monthly).
$50 fee/month for 15 minutes of Alexander Technique instruction before each music lesson. This is a flat monthly rate and she you begin with a complimentary 45 minute lesson.
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 does her best to reschedule, but all make-up lessons must occur within the same month. She will always make up a paid lesson that she cancels or will apply the payment to the next month’s payment.