I have been teaching singing for 17 years and performing since the 1980s! My specialty is those who have stage fright or are in need of confidence-building. All levels of ability are welcome as well as all styles of music! Classical and Broadway are two of my favorite styles to teach although I can belt out a Demi Lovato too.
Teaching is a calling and I am so happy to be able to change peoples' lives for the better. There is nothing greater than when a student has a breakthrough and gets a new concept or level of ability!
I’d always wanted to take voice lessons but never felt comfortable enough to do so, even after studying music in college and playing most of my life. I took a chance after reading a lot of wonderful reviews and Laura really is quite amazing! She made me feel comfortable almost immediately and she has an incredible ear for picking up on the subtle, and not so subtle, areas for improvement. I’ve never had anyone explain the physical mechanics of what’s required to sing properly in such an illuminating way. She’s super patient and has a genuine interest in helping you meet your goals. Highly recommended!!!
Laura is funny, personable, and an incredible teacher. She made singing fun and accessible. I’m a full-time professional musician in Portland and as soon as I began taking lessons with Laura my bandmates and friends could tell the difference!
Laura not only makes the learning fun, but she has so many ways of teaching the same idea. If a person does not understand something, Laura finds other ways to help you understand. And...she is so patient.! There are many people who sing beautifully (as does Laura) but they cannot teach it. Laura does both wonderfully. She has helped me find my voice and gain confidence in singing. I highly recommend her to anyone who is a beginner or is professional. She has the best ear for critiquing and fine tuning vocals.
Laura is an excellent teacher! In my experience, she adopts her approach based on the goals and desires of her students, to best help them. She is empathetic and intuitive, and has a great sense of humor. She gave me many useful tips and helped me better understand the voice as an instrument. I would recommend her for first time students who are nervous or unsure and need guidance.
First, we assess where you are in terms of technique i.e breath control and throat relaxation. Once we are sure the instrument is flowing correctly, we move on to other issues like ear training or stamina or range increase. We have some fun along the way by pretending to be drill sergeants and opera ladies.
I have a Bachelor of Music degree from Marylhurst University and I have been a stage performer for over 30 years.