Portland Area Voice Teachers

 
Piano & Voice Teacher Amanda Habner

Piano & Voice Teacher Amanda Habner

Amanda Habner

Voice and piano teacher Amanda Habner has been teaching for over a decade. She began teaching piano at age 15 and discovered her love for teaching. Amanda knew that her true passion was singing, so she pursued a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, which she received spring of 2014. She followed that degree with a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy (the study of teaching) from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.A native of Washington State, Amanda decided to return to the west coast upon finishing her studies to begin eagerly teaching music.

Amanda loves to work with all ages and levels. Her teaching philosophy includes building trust between the teacher and student, honing musical and technical aspects of piano and singing, stressing the health of the student, use of appropriate repertoire and learning techniques, emboldening students to perform, create personal opportunities, and becoming self learners, and finally having fun.


Piano, Guitar, & Voice Teacher Jeff Kuhns

Piano, Guitar, & Voice Teacher Jeff Kuhns

Jeff Kuhns

Jeff is a multi-instrumentalist. He teaches guitar, piano, voice, and bassoon. Jeff has 15+ years of teaching experience. He studied classical guitar, classical piano, opera, and botany at Central Michigan University. Jeff played principal bassoon in the Eastern Michigan University honors band as well as with the Oakland Youth Orchestra. He has recorded two albums professionally and regularly composes new music. 

Jeff considers his teaching style to be relaxed, dynamic, and adaptive. He caters each lesson to the individual student's interests, ability, and learning style. Jeff believes learning and playing music should be an enjoyable experience if not among your favorite activities. Jeff accepts any student from beginner to advanced with interests in any genre. Jeff will challenge you as much as you would like to be challenged.


Piano, Guitar, & Voice Teacher Malderine Birmingham

Piano, Guitar, & Voice Teacher Malderine Birmingham

Malderine Birmingham

Malderine loves teaching all styles of music to all ages and types of people.  Everyone learns differently and she finds creative ways to make sure the student not only understands the concepts of music but has fun learning it.  Playing music and singing are fun and practicing should be fun as well!  She believes that music helps us grow as individuals and that sometimes all we need is a little encouragement to blossom into our full potential.  She teaches piano, voice and guitar.

Malderine is a multi-instrumentalist singer, composer and songwriter.  She studied piano and voice at Wright State University and has continued studying with various professors and professionals in the music industry ever since.  She has composed, recorded and produced 7 albums and directed numerous music videos. She has performed in orchestras, choirs, bands and a musical. She also regularly performs live in music venues in the Hillsboro/Portland area.


Madeline Schmidt

Voice & Piano Teacher Madeline Schmidt

Voice & Piano Teacher Madeline Schmidt

Madeline is a multi-faceted musician who has spent the last 12 years developing her skills in both the art of singing and playing piano. She pursued higher education at Westminster Choir College where she trained for two years as a Music Education major. After transferring to a smaller program in New York on scholarship, she was awarded a B.A. in Music focused in Vocal Performance. After attaining her degree from The College of Saint Rose, she moved to Portland with the hope of pursuing work with the Portland Symphony Choir and Portland Opera. 

Throughout her schooling, Madeline honed in on her craft and developed skills in music theory, diction, collaborative piano and choral conducting. She considers herself especially equipped in all matters pertaining to educational philosophy and vocal pedagogy. Madeline has performed in masterclasses, given a number of recitals and has an extensive background in choral singing. While her training is in classical music, Madeline is willing and able to teach healthy technique to students hoping to perform any genre of music. 

Madeline's philosophy is that the most touching musical experiences are those that bring deep joy to the performer. In order to lose one's self in music, the student must feel personally connected to the piece; for this reason, self-selection plays a significant role. Madeline is passionate about establishing an open dialogue with her students so that she can better equip them with the skills they seek to attain and teach the repertoire they wish to perform. Madeline is also thrilled to challenge students with more complex pieces as they progress. Ultimately, making music is an emotive process. Madeline is, first and foremost, concerned with creating a safe environment for her students where they feel accepted and completely free to be themselves. 


Olivia Rowley

Voice, Guitar, Bass & Drum Teacher Olivia Rowley

Voice, Guitar, Bass & Drum Teacher Olivia Rowley

Olivia Rowley is 24 years old, originally from Portland, Oregon. Music has always been a part of Olivia's life. With her mother being a professional singer/pianist and teacher, Olivia inherited the vocals skills of her mother and how to teach singing. Growing up in musical theater Olivia starred in multiple productions, as Oliver in "Oliver Twist, Marta in "The Sound of Music" and A Star To Be in "Annie". In 2003-2005, Olivia sang and recorded with Portland's local pianist-Michael Allen Harrison for seasonal Christmas concerts at The Old Church in Downtown Portland. She and Harrison put on concerts to fund raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Foundation to support children battling cancer and terminal illnesses. In 2005 Olivia sang at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall at the "Ten Grands Concert" singing "When You Wish Upon a Star and Somewhere Over the Rainbow" with Harrison in front of 3,000 people. Olivia picked up guitar in high school, taking lessons and self teaching beginning guitar.

Olivia always loves to teach herself as many songs as possible and finds with just a few notes, there is an endless amount of songs you can play. She has also played stand up bass in bands and performed at venues across the West. She taught herself drums and loves all instruments and genres of music. Music comes naturally to Olivia and she is ecstatic to share her love of it with future students.


David Pollack

Voice & Guitar Teacher David Pollack

Voice & Guitar Teacher David Pollack

David Pollack has been playing guitar and singing professionally for 15 years and teaching for the past five. He grew up in New York City and studied guitar and voice privately while in Middle and High School. He's written his own songs, released records and toured across the country and Canada.

Within the last five years David has specialized in teaching toddlers, children and teens although he does work with adults, too. Since moving to Portland, OR David has taught everything from Mommy and Me Classes for Toddlers to Rock Camps such as Sound Roots and after School Music Programs via SUN School classes in Portland. 

When teaching privately David travels to you to make things easy! Music is a great way to give kids and adults confidence, a way of socializing with their peers and an outlet to express themselves! 


Samantha Bogard

Voice, Piano & Guitar Teacher Samantha Bogard

Voice, Piano & Guitar Teacher Samantha Bogard

Piano, Guitar and Vocal Coach, Samantha Bogard, has been teaching for 6 years. A native to the Beaverton area, Samantha went to Arts and Communications Magnet Academy to study Vocal Music after studying privately for nearly nine years. She is a talented multi-instrumentalist with experience performing in Orchestral Music, Jazz and Blues Bands, Pop and Opera. She attended New England College receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (education and behavior intervention techniques for children and people with disabilities) and is pursuing her PhD in School Psychology. Samantha performs in solo events, operatic events, composes music and is a regular accompanist for Classical Competitions (such as OMEA).

Samantha is a teacher of joy and self discovery. With guidance, music can become an important aspect that provides enrichment differently in the life of each student. The interest of the student paves the educational path, and she is simply along for the ride to assist in overcoming bumps on the road while providing technical and theoretical knowledge. 

Samantha enjoys working with beginners and intermediate students with interests in any genre, as well as working with musical theory and composition students. She will challenge her students and curve their learning appropriately.


Katherine (Kat) Sylvan

Voice Teacher Katherine (Kat) Sylvan

Voice Teacher Katherine (Kat) Sylvan

Katherine (Kat) Sylvan, Soprano, has her Bachelor's of Music in Classical Voice and is teaching singing lessons in San Jose and Sacramento, CA. She was the music teacher at Holy Family School, San Jose, CA for three years and one of the professional educators with Music for Minors, a nonprofit bringing music classes to schools in the Bay Area. In addition, she led Carolyn Clark Elementary's production of Annie Jr. as the vocal director and vocal coached West Side Story with NorCal Academy and directed Seraphim, Holy Family Church's children's choir.

Her professional singing experience includes singing for Masses at Holy Family Church, San Jose as well as previously being a singer for Fremont Presbyterian, a section leader for St. Mark's Methodist Church, and director for music for youth Masses at the Newman Catholic Community in Sacramento. She has also performed in opera and musical productions.

Kat's own private teacher is the renowned Dr. Robin Fisher, Soprano. Dr. Fisher is one of two classical voice instructors at CSU Sacramento and has performed in both the United States and Europe. Kat has also been trained in jazz and pop singing through her teacher, esteemed writer and arranger, Kerry Marsh. Marsh's CSU Jazz Singers won multiple Downbeat Awards during her time with them. She has been in numerous classical and jazz vocal ensembles, some where she has been section leader and lead. Performing for crowds of over 2,000 people she was the the lead vocalist for the band Invitation To Grace.

Kat is committed to people. It is her belief that the more that someone can unleash their true singing voice the more that person can express themselves. Use the voice you were given to express yourself in healthy and effective ways. It can open up the doors to living the life you want!


Ben Zuelsdorf

Voice & Piano Teacher Ben Zuelsdorf

Voice & Piano Teacher Ben Zuelsdorf

Ben Zuelsdorf is a multi-faceted pianist that regularly performs in many genres in the Portland, Oregon area. He is professional, hardworking and able to perform at a high level in numerous styles of music.

His musical journey began when he was 11 with classical piano lessons in Chicago, Illinois. In 2011, he received a Bachelor's of Music in Piano (Jazz Emphasis) from Portland State University. He has studied personally with Darryl Grant, Alan Jones, Ezra Weiss, George Colligan, Randy Porter and Brian Ward. 

Ben is continually working in new directions on his instrument and is able to enhance any performance by drawing from a wide range of experiences. Previous events performed at include the Silverton Jazz Festival, wedding receptions, formal dinner events, informal shows, Christmas services and album release parties. He currently works with groups ranging from Straight-Ahead Jazz, Contemporary/Popular styles and accompanies religious services and also performs Classical repertoire for private events and semi-annual recitals.

In the future, Ben hopes to begin teaching at a college level and also maintain a diverse performing career. With that goal in mind, he intends on completing a Master's degree in Piano performance in the Pacific Northwest.


Margaret Wehr

Voice, Violin & Piano Teacher Margaret Wehr

Voice, Violin & Piano Teacher Margaret Wehr

Margaret Wehr is a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, performer and session musician originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has been living in Portland and participating actively in the local music scene since 2010. 

Ms. Wehr offers private, in-home instruction for all levels of experience in voice, piano and violin. With over two decades of experience on each instrument she has been teaching piano and voice for the past two years and violin for six. In addition to teaching she performs and tours with several local bands including Y La Bamba (synth and vocals) and Moorea Masa & the Mood (vocals).

Students under Ms. Wehr's instruction are encouraged to choose their own goals for learning their instrument and have a good deal of say in their overall lesson experience. Emphasis is placed on finding ways to enjoy music as both an intellectual challenge and emotionally expressive, often healing experience. Lesson time is intended to be empowering, exploratory and most importantly a source of self-discovery and joyful creativity for students of all levels.