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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Currently 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.
Rates 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.