Studying a music instrument is an intellectual and creative process that can help improve your sense of self and enable expression with others. While Joni guides you in music education, she also helps you discover and deepen your creative vibration. She holds space for your intentions plus invites you tap into your confidence, whole-self presence and awareness, listening attention, and creative consciousness.
She helps you strengthen your instrument through so many types of play. Depending on your needs and interest, she has improvisation, cover songs, piano or piano + vocal pieces, and technical exercises at the tip of her fingers. 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 and clear 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 and the arts. 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. And you eventually learn to bring these changes about yourself.
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 in freedom.
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
“I had a wonderful experience working with Joni in both Voice coaching and Alexander Technique. Joni is extremely knowledgeable and has a wonderful way of connecting with students. We all had a lot of fun and gained great experience in our group performance that Joni conducted. I would highly recommend Joni to anyone who wants to develop their voice for fun or performance.”
– Jeff Rose, Portland OR
Joni has helped me improve my understanding of my own voice and, most wonderfully, my control over it. I have found voices in myself through her guidance that I didn’t know I had, and have also discovered with her help how to embrace the process of vocal experimentation to become a better singer. I love my voice now more than I ever have, and I was painfully shy before. If you want a teacher who can help your confidence and musical knowledge as a singer grow (and you’re willing to put in the work), Joni has the knowledge and gentle, intelligent guidance to make that possible!
– Reva FoSho, Portland OR
Lessons for Music & Alexander Technique:
Now a new mama, Joni is currently teaching the first three weeks of every month in her home in SE Portland. She will be offering to come to children student’s homes in the 2020 new year.
Rates: $45/45 or $60/60 minutes paid in full the beginning of the month.
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.