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Joni Clare is a vocal coach, music instructor, and performing vocalist. She has been performing professionally for eight years and has a Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her studies emphasized in classical voice, experimental improvisation, and composition. She is also training to be an Alexander Technique teacher studying conscious control and physical misuse patterns. 

Joni’s spiritual sound draws from the classical, experimental, and composition realms. Her voice pulls from all ends to reach a spectral intensity and soulful ambience. She shares her eclectic studies of music and Alexander Technique to help assist you with more self-discovery.

Clare’s performing experience range from back-up singing, collaborative projects, and solo projects. ‘Dividing Silence’ was her first footprint of original music and ‘Harvest’ was written during an art-in-residency at the Wormfarm Institute. She formed her band, The City Pines in 2013 and has been performing and recording in Portland, Oregon since 2015. 



Voice & Piano Lessons

Music Philosophy:

Lessons serve many purposes and among receiving general music education, Joni helps connect you to the meaning of music. She artfully responds to your intentions whether they be developing awareness and presence, activating your listening skills, reaching a higher state of brain functioning, or discovering an integrated psycho-physical self within creativity.

She adapts to what you want to accomplish and is open to you playing or writing from many genres, vocal improvisation, and piano or piano + vocal pieces. She also features performance readiness and original music, but works it in differently with each student. The time together is playful, yet constructive and entertains both, concrete and abstract ideas. Her aim is to guide you to a more clear, free voice that is understood on a simple and sustainable level.

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Currently working towards her teaching certification in the Alexander Technique, Joni discusses balance in space and freedom throughout the whole self. Your voice and every aspect of you is an instrument and when you add rhythm and melody, it becomes an anatomical, emotional, and intellectual experience. The Alexander Technique is a simple thought technique referring to non-doing and uses science, art, and education to help you understand more. In music, the challenge is knowing how much “work” it actually takes to make a desired sound. Studying the technique helps you form a more conscious, reliable judgement that helps you reach those notes without unnecessary muscular use. While the focus is placed on process, a musician hopes to achieve a more integrated self who expresses with balance no matter the athletic demand. 

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 Tuesday, Wednesday, 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. She offers a free consultation or your first lesson 25% off.

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 I will do my best to reschedule, but all make-up lessons must occur within the same month. We will always make up a paid lesson that I cancel or I will apply the payment to the next month’s payment.


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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 is a performing vocalist, songwriter, and vocal coach also training to be an Alexander Technique teacher. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in music degree in 2015 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her eclectic vocal studies included classical, jazz, musical theater, and gospel repertoires where she performed in the University Choir, Women’s Choir, and Jazz Ensemble. She later specialized in extended vocal technique, 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 Ash Street Saloon in Portland, OR in 2016
The City Pines at Ash Street Saloon 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