Sofia's Music Studio

Sofia's Music Studio

5.0 (11)
1 employee
26 years in business

About this pro

I have been teaching music for more than 25 years, and I call myself a "teachaholic": just because I love what I am doing!

As a singer I have teaching, performing and recording experience in various genres: jazz, pop, rock, gospel, musical and classical.

As a piano teacher, I have a strong classical education. Therefore I am specialized more in classical piano literature. However, when it comes to accompanying my voice students, I am ready to play any genres!

About my education:
Bachelor and Master of Music and Music Education dual degree at 'The Liszt Academy of Music' Budapest, Hungary.

I was an Adjunct Professor at the Music Department at Western Oregon University (WOU) substituting in the 2015 Fall Term. Through WOU I was twice (in 2017 and 2018) a guest vocal professor at the Guangxi Art University in Nanning, China.

I provide my students with a safe, nurturing, supporting and friendly atmosphere right from the very first moment, so they can feel that they can trust me.

I offer voice and piano lessons in my home studio which is situated in SW Portland, next to Jackson Middle School, close to Lake Oswego/Tigard/Beaverton/Tualatin, with quick access to I-5.

Please also read the reviews on this website until I have here more:
https://www.thumbtack.com/Sofia-s-Music-Studio-Portland-OR/service/2044512

I truly love to experience how my students improve, how they manage to overcome hardships and make music with more and more confidence. It is great to be a part of someone’s progression!

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Portland, OR 97219
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11 Reviews

5.0

  • Tamara Glover

    Both my kids have seen results in their range in a short period of time. Sofia makes a very healthy environment for learning. The kids enjoy the lessons with her.

  • Jim Kendrick

    As a musician of 30+ years, but never a singer, I started lessons with Sofia a year ago. She has been patient and encouraging and has helped me to unlearn many bad habits and move towards proper technique. Beyond that she has given me a complete understanding of my range and helped me to transpose music into more comfortable ranges for my voice. Highly recommended.

  • Weston Miller

    My experience with Zsofia has been a wonderful journey. The vocal scales have helped me to stabilize and expand my range. I can bring new songs to her and she helps me to find the right key. My confidence is my singing has grown and I look forward to my weekly lessons. If you are looking for voice lessons, Zsofia really is a master music teacher.

  • Nina Clippard

    She is wonderfully patient and very nutuand supportive. She explores all the interests my granddaughter has about the piano and music. She couldn’t be better.


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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We meet for a trial lesson to have a feel for each other because mutual sympathy is essential when it comes to one-on-one lessons! We talk about plans, goals, dreams and based on the individual's level I suggest how I would work with him/her. I also describe the method I would apply. Then we schedule a regular weekly lesson.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Education: Bachelor and Master of Music and Music Education dual degree at 'The Liszt Academy of Music' Budapest, Hungary. ******************************************* As a singer I have teaching, performing and recording experience in various styles: jazz, pop, rock, gospel, musical and classical for more than 30 years. As a piano teacher I was trained in classical music, therefore I am specialized more in classical piano literature. ******************************************* I was an Adjunct Professor at the Music Department at Western Oregon University (WOU) substituting in the 2015 Fall Term. Through WOU I was already twice (in 2017 and 2018) a guest vocal professor at the Guangxi Art University in Nanning, China.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

- Free consultation/trial lesson - Upfront payment for a month: - $55/60 minutes - $45/45 minutes - $35/30 minutes - Lesson-to-lesson payment: - $60/60 minutes - $50/45 minutes - $40/30 minutes - Cancellation: - a make-up lesson is initiated if cancellation happens more than 48 hours earlier - no make-up lesson or refund if cancellation happens within 48 hours - Payment: - Venmo, PayPal, Zelle, check, cash


How did you get started teaching?

Voice: People who attended my concerts came to me asking for private voice lessons. Piano: Some of my voice students wanted to learn piano as well.


What types of students have you worked with?

Voice: I have broad experience with both male and female students, starting from age 12 to late 70s. Pop, rock, musical theater, classical, jazz, Americana, country, folk, r&b, soul - my method is applicable for any style. Therefore I have been working with students who had interest toward the above-mentioned genres. I had students who were already active stage performers and recording artists, and students who just wanted to start a new hobby. I had students with almost no voice and a minimal vocal range, but they did not stay like that! Their range increased and their voice grew stronger. Shy students with no confidence reached the level to perform on stage with courage. Students with damaged vocal chords recovered; a student who had issues with even hitting the right pitch recorded his cd after having voice lessons with me for 2,5 years. Piano: I taught children as young as six years old and adults in their 50s.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

When the 2017 school year started, a young girl started voice lessons with me. She wanted to practice for the school choir. Her voice was barely audible. She sounded as if she was frightened to sing although her personality seemed confident. I started working with her and after a year she sings with the same confidence as she behaves herself. I enjoy seeing her opening and freeing up!


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Meet me personally or contact by phone to get a feel for me! A response to your request cannot answer all of your questions! Besides, although making music is a fun activity, it is also intimate. Therefore, I think it is crucial that the student and teacher are on the same 'wavelength' to work effectively.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

- what do the lessons cost? - typically how long does it take to reach my goals? - what to expect during a lesson/how do the lessons go?